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Contact: Jan Sholes, Program Manager
301.846.2503

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. Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment. 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 email advising 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 Services for Students with Disabilities, Veteran and Military Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Health and Exercise Sciences The Health and Exercise Sciences Area of Concentration within the A.A. in Arts and Sciences degree program provides students with the first two years of course requirements leading to a bachelor’s degree in physical education.

Students also have the option of pursuing a certificate in Personal Training within the Health and Exercise Sciences Concentration. The program requires completion of general education courses and selected PE/health courses. High school preparation for this option should include algebra, biology, and chemistry.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. 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

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 - English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3/4 Credits
3 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list) (PSYC 101 - General Psychology recommended)   3 Credits
4 Gen Ed Core BSCI 150 - Principles of Biology I   4 Credits
5 Concentration PHED 170 - Introduction to Health and Exercise Sciences   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Gen Ed Core BSCI 201 - Anatomy & Physiology I   4 Credits
7 Concentration PHED 165 - Fitness for Living   3 Credits
8 Gen Ed Core Arts Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
9 Gen Ed Core Humanities Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
10 Concentration PHED 152 - Methods of Fitness and Conditioning (satisfies PHED/HLTH/NUTR requirement)   1 Credit
11 Concentration PHED 150 - Methods of Strength Training   1 Credit

3Recommended Third Semester

12 Concentration BSCI 202 - Anatomy & Physiology II   4 Credits
13 Concentration HLTH 150 - Health Education   3 Credits
14 Concentration NUTR 102 - Nutrition in a Changing World or NUTR 200 - Principles and Application of Nutrition 3 Credits
15 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list) (EDPS 210 - Human Growth & Development recommended)   3 Credits
16 Gen Ed Core Communications Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

17 Gen Ed Core Gen Ed Elective (Gen Ed course list)   3 Credits
18 Electives Choose electives in consultation with an advisor (See catalog or your degree plan for details on which electives should be taken)   10 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

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

Available Online

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 Summer Only

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

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will define the role of physical education in the broader context of education both in the private and public sectors.
  • Students will apply the knowledge and skills necessary to delay or prevent lifestyle diseases that are prevalent in our society today.
  • Students will identify factors that affect sports participation and motor skills performance.
  • Students will correlate the principles of human nutrition to the functioning of the human body.
  • Students will interpret results of wellness, fitness and nutrition evaluations.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2015-2017 Curriculum Pathway
 
Internship Program
Internships help students integrate what is taught in school with what is required in the workplace. Students take internships to develop knowledge and skills valued by employers. At FCC, students in certain programs are eligible to receive credit for internships.

Learn More
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Fitness/Personal Trainer Certificate The Fitness/Personal Trainer Certificate Program prepares students for a career in personal training and allows students to enter the workforce directly after earning the certificate. Certification is through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

The NASM certification program includes a specified curriculum and requires an internship, as well as passing the certification exam. The FCC/NASM curriculum includes classes in biology, anatomy and physiology, and introduction to business, as well as the physical education courses Fitness for Living, Methods of Fitness and Conditioning, Methods of Weight Training, and Essentials of Personal Training with lab.

Students who earn the Fitness/Personal Trainer certificate have a strong foundation for further coursework in physical education related fields. This certificate can be used to meet the elective requirements of the General Studies A.A. Degree.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. 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 (Fall)

1 Departmental Requirement BSCI 201 - Anatomy & Physiology I* or BSCI 117 - Human Biology   4 Credits
2 Departmental Requirement NUTR 100 - Nutrition Basics   1 Credit
3 Departmental Requirement PHED 145 - Body Mechanics   1 Credit
4 Departmental Requirement PHED 150 - Methods of Strength Training   1 Credit
5 Departmental Requirement PHED 152 - Methods of Fitness and Conditioning   1 Credit
6 Departmental Requirement PHED 165 - Fitness for Living   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester (Fall)

7 Departmental Requirement PHED 148 - Exercise Psychology   1 Credit
8 Departmental Requirement PHED 250 - Essentials of Personal Training**   4 Credits
9 Departmental Requirement PHED 240 - Fitness Assessment and Business Practices   3 Credits
10 Departmental Requirement PHED 180 - Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester (Spring)

11 Departmental Requirement INTR 102 - Internship**   2 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

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

Available Online

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 Summer Only

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

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
* Students who take BSCI 201 must first take either BSCI 55, BSCI 150, BSCI 223, or CHEM 101.

** Students may do the internship in the same semester as PHED 250 or in the semester immediately following for best practices.

There are additional certification fees associated with PHED 250. See program manager for details.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will define the role of physical education in the broader context of education both in the private and public sectors.
  • Students will apply the knowledge and skills necessary to delay or prevent lifestyle diseases that are prevalent in our society today.
  • Students will identify factors that affect sports participation and motor skills performance.
  • Students will correlate the principles of human nutrition to the functioning of the human body.
  • Students will interpret results of wellness, fitness, and nutrition evaluations.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Gainful Employment - Fitness Personal Trainer
Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.
 
Internship Program
Internships help students integrate what is taught in school with what is required in the workplace. Students take internships to develop knowledge and skills valued by employers. At FCC, students in certain programs are eligible to receive credit for internships.

Learn More
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Physical Education, Coaching Letter of Recognition The Physical Education, Coaching Letter of Recognition Program gives students the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a career in athletic coaching.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. 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 letter of recognition. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Recommended First Semester (Fall)

1 Departmental Requirement PHED 160 - Psychology of Sport   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester (Spring)

2 Departmental Requirement PHED 175 - Coaching Principles   3 Credits
3 Departmental Requirement PHED 180 - Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

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

Available Online

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 Summer Only

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

Available Online

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
* 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 Personal 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.
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Athletic Trainers
$47,510.00/yr • +23%*
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Exercise Physiologists
$49,270.00/yr • +13%*
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Fitness Trainers and Instructors
$39,820.00/yr • +10%*
*Median pay, projected job growth or decline from 2016-2026. Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018 Edition.
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