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Contact: Nancy Dankanich, Program Manager
301.846.2605

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account. You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.
 

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to emailadvising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Office of Disability Services, Veteran Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Pre-Health Professions Area of Concentration – Pre-Surgical Technology The Pre-Health Professions Area of Concentration within the A.S. in Arts & Sciences – Pre-Surgical Technology pathway prepares students to apply for acceptance into the FCC Surgical Technology A.A.S. Degree Program. Students may apply to the FCC Surgical Technology A.A.S. Degree Program after successful completion of the selective admissions courses (first three semesters of this pathway), but acceptance into the program is not guaranteed.

Upon acceptance into the FCC Surgical Technology A.A.S. Degree Program, students should begin the Surgical Technology A.A.S. Degree pathway. 

Students who are not accepted into the Surgical Technology A.A.S. Degree Program may complete this pathway to earn a Pre-Health Professions Area of Concentration A.S. in Arts & Sciences degree. Students who intend to transfer should work with their advisor to understand the requirements of their chosen college or university.

CERTIFICATION IN SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY (CST) AWARDED BY THE NBSTSA

Class of May, 2017    11/12 CST Pass     91.6 % Pass Rate 

* Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N.
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763 
www.caahep.org


 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. 

General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester (Fall) – Selective Admissions Courses

Gen Ed Core EN 101 English Composition 3 Credits
Gen Ed Core MA 206 Elementary Statistics or MA 207 Elementary Statistics with Probability or Gen Ed Mathematics course of choice, taken as an elective 3/4 Credits
Concentration CH 101 General Chemistry or BI 55 (non-credit developmental course) or BI 101 taken as an Elective 4 Credits
Concentration Elective 3 Credits
Gen Ed Core CMSP 105 Small Group Communication   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester (Spring) – Selective Admissions Courses

Concentration BI 120 Microbiology for Allied Health or BI 203 Elements of Microbiology   4 Credits
Gen Ed Core BI 103 Anatomy and Physiology   4 Credits
Gen Ed Core SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 Credits
Concentration Elective 3 Credits
Concentration MDA 108 Basic Medical Terminology 1 Credit

3Recommended Third Semester (Summer) – Selective Admissions Courses

Gen Ed Core BI 104 Anatomy and Physiology   4 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester (Fall)

Concentration ED/PS 208 Human Growth & Development   3 Credits
Concentration Nutrition in a Changing World or Principles & Applications of Nutrition (satisfies PE/Health Requirement) 3 Credits
Gen Ed Core PS 101 General Psychology 3 Credits
Concentration EN 102 English Composition and Literature 3 Credits

5Recommended Fifth Semester (Spring)

Gen Ed Core Art Gen Ed 3 Credits
Concentration Electives (credits may vary, to meet minimum 60 credit requirement for degree)   10 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Selective admissions courses are completed at the end of the third semester. 

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Surgical Technology A.A.S. Degree The Surgical Technology A.A.S. Degree Program provides students with a foundation in the sciences and in the principles and practices of the surgical technologist’s roles during the phases of surgery. The essential components of this health career are applied through extensive preceptored clinical experiences.

A 60-65 credit A.A.S. degree option combines the clinical and didactic coursework of the certificate with general education requirements. Graduates with a certificate may work as a surgical technologist while completing the A.A.S. degree courses. Many employers will assist with the cost of tuition. 

The Surgical Technology A.A.S. Degree Program at FCC is a selective admissions program. This pathway is for students who have been accepted into the program only. Students who have not yet been accepted into the program should begin the Pre-Health Professions Pre-Surgical Technology pathway and apply to the Surgical Technology A.A.S. Degree Program after all selective admissions courses have been completed.


CERTIFICATION IN SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY (CST)  AWARDED BY THE NBSTSA

Class of May, 2017    11/12 CST Pass     91.6 % Pass Rate 

* Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N.
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763 
www.caahep.org
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester (Fall)

Gen Ed Core EN 101 English Composition 3 Credits
Gen Ed Core Mathematics Gen Ed 3/4 Credits
Departmental Requirement BI 120 Microbiology for Allied Health   4 Credits
Departmental Requirement MDA 108 Basics of Medical Terminology or MDA 109 Medical Terminology* 1/3 Credits
Departmental Requirement Electives   2 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester (Spring)

Gen Ed Core PS 101 General Psychology or SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 Credits
Gen Ed Core Communications (CMSP Required) 3 Credits
Gen Ed Core BI 103 Anatomy and Physiology*   4 Credits
PE/Health PE/Health Requirement 1/3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester (Summer)

Gen Ed Core BI 104 Anatomy and Physiology*   4 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester (Fall)

Departmental Requirement ST 120 Surgery Essentials (with lab)*   3 Credits
Departmental Requirement ST 100 Fundamentals of ST I (with lab and clinicals)*   6 Credits
Departmental Requirement ST 101 Introduction to ST* (with lab)* (fulfills cultural competence requirement)   6 Credits

5Recommended Fifth Semester (Jan Term)

Departmental Requirement ST 105 Clinical Practicum (with lab and clinicals)*   5 Credits

6Recommended Sixth Semester (Spring)

Departmental Requirement ST 200 Fundamentals of ST II (with lab, clinicals and CST examination)*   12 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
*Denotes courses for the Surgical Technology Certificate Program

Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate information pertinent to the practice of surgical technology (cognitive domain).
  • Perform, independently, skills required for employment as an entry-level practitioner (psychomotor domain).
  • Exhibit professional behaviors consistent with college and employer standards for a surgical technologist (affective domain).

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2015-2017 Curriculum Pathway

Available scholarships for this program: 
  • Frederick Memorial Foundation Scholarship
  • Loats Foundation Scholarship
  • Joseph and Margaret Droll Memorial Scholarship
  • Association of Surgical Technologists
  • National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Surgical Technology Certificate NOTICE: The certificate in Surgical Technology will be offered through the cohort beginning January, 2020. After that date, the AAS in ST will be the only option. The Surgical Technology Certificate Program provides students with a foundation in the principles and practices of the surgical technologist’s roles during the phases of surgery. The foundations of practice are applied through extensive preceptored clinical experience.

The Surgical Technology Certificate Program provides students with a foundation in the principles and practices of the surgical technologist’s roles during the phases of surgery. The foundations of practice are applied through extensive preceptored clinical experience.

CAAHEP accreditation entitles program graduates to apply to sit for the national certifying examination in surgical technology. Enrollment is limited (20 students in each of two cohorts.)

The Surgical Technology Certificate Program at FCC is a selective admissions program. This pathway is for students who have been accepted into the program only. Students who have not yet been accepted into the program should begin the Pre-Health Professions Pre-Surgical Technology pathway and apply to the Surgical Technology Certificate Program after all selective admissions courses have been completed.


CERTIFICATION IN SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY (CST)  AWARDED BY THE NBSTSA

Class of May, 2017    11/12 CST Pass     91.6 % Pass Rate 

* Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N.
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763 
www.caahep.org
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their certificate. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester (Spring)

MDA 108 or MDA 109 Basics of Medical Terminology or Medical Terminology 1/3 Credits
Communications Gen Ed (CMSP Required) 3 Credits
BI 103 Anatomy and Physiology   4 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester (Summer)

BI 104 Anatomy and Physiology   4 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester (Fall)

ST 120 Surgery Essentials   3 Credits
ST 100 Fundamentals of Surgical Technology I   6 Credits
ST 101 Introduction to Surgical Technology   6 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester (Jan Term)

ST 105 Clinical Practicum   5 Credits

5Recommended Fifth Semester (Spring)

ST 200 Fundamentals of Surgical Technology II   12 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Gainful Employment Information   Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.
 
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
For related non-credit continuing education and workforce development programs, see Health & Wellness Career Training. While continuing education and workforce development courses do not provide academic credits, participants experience affordable, flexible and rewarding programs, with select courses offering industry recognized training for licensure and career certification at the state and national level.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.

Frederick Community College has articulation agreements with the following institutions, allowing students a seamless transfer experience. Students who plan to transfer should speak with an advisor or program manager from their chosen transfer institution before selecting elective courses.
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