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Contact: Matt Moxley, Interim Program Manager • • 301.846.2687 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Matt Moxley, Interim Program Manager


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.


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.


There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Enrollment 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.


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.

Police Science A.A.S. The Police Science A.A.S. degree program prepares Maryland law enforcement officials to meet the challenges of a diverse, global society and is available to sworn, currently employed police officers who hold a current Certification and Training Standards Compliance Card issued by the Maryland Police Training Commission (MPTC), and who are graduates of a Maryland police academy certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions (MPCTC).

Law enforcement officers who have graduated from a Maryland police academy can be awarded 29 credits for coursework taken during their academy training. Officers can complete the associate degree requirements either online or in a face-to-face classroom format by taking 31 additional credits (22 credits of general education courses and nine additional credits in criminal justice courses).

Officers must take a minimum of 15 credits at FCC to receive the associate degree from FCC. If an officer/student has credits from another institution, those credits can be transferred to FCC, provided the credits are accepted by the FCC registrar.
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) (MATH 101 recommended)   3 Credits
3 Departmental Requirement CCJS 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice   3 Credits
4 Departmental Requirement POL 106 - Police-Community Relations*   3 Credits
5 Gen Ed Core EMGT 101 - Disaster, Crisis, and Emergency Management   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Gen Ed Core COMM 103 - Public Speaking   3 Credits
7 Departmental Requirement CCJS 201 - Criminal Law   3 Credits
8 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (Gen Ed course list) (SOCY 102 – Social Problems recommended - satisfies Cultural Competence requirement)   3 Credits
9 Departmental Requirement POLC 112 - Criminalistics*   4 Credits
10 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Elective w/lab (Gen Ed course list) (BIOT 130 - Forensic Biology recommended)   4 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

11 Departmental Requirement CCJS 204 - Police Operational Services   3 Credits
12 Departmental Requirement Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues Elective (Gen Ed course list) Wellness Elective (HLTH 160-Stress Management recommended) (Wellness elective satisfies the PHED/HLTH/NUTR requirement)   3 Credits
13 Departmental Requirement EMGT 201 - Public Safety GIS and Technology or SOCY 201 - Criminology   3 Credits
14 Departmental Requirement POLC 221 - Police Defense Tactics*   5 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

15 Departmental Requirement EMGT 220 - Emergency Operations Planning   3 Credits
16 Departmental Requirement POLC 222 - Police Arsenal and Procedures*   5 Credits
17 Departmental Requirement POLC 223 - Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC)*   3 Credits
18 Departmental Requirement EMGT 221 - Public Safety Leadership and Ethics   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
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

* *Articulated from Maryland Police Corrections Training Commission and/or only offered at a Maryland Police Training Academy

Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communications with law enforcement staff and the general public. This may include:
    • effective communication skills in dealing with various types of people (e.g., hostile, angry, drunk, deranged, racist, etc.),
    • identification of non-language and language-style factors that contribute to a negative response from the public (e.g., profanity, spitting, disrespectful attitude, etc.), and
    • courteous, active listening.

  • Apply concepts, principles and practices of the criminal justice system to affect successful resolution to potentially and commonly-encountered policing situations. This may include:
    • identifying basic psychological responses of victims and
    • calming and controlling a distraught person.

  • Demonstrate ability to identify a given crime, crime classification and section number utilizing the Annotated Code of Maryland and/or the Digest of Criminal Laws and knowing the conditions under which certain procedures are appropriate. This may include:
    • subpoena procedures, 
    • booking procedures, and 
    • advising a person of his/her rights.

  • Demonstrate effective written communications. This may include:
    • preparing complete field and interview notes, and
    • preparing in-depth narrative reports necessary for various legal organizations and legal proceedings. Students will interpret results of wellness, fitness and nutrition evaluations.

Tuition Options for this Program:
  • Statewide approved program. Any student residing in Maryland is eligible for in-county tuition rates.
  • Maryland State Troopers - Maryland State Police pays for tuition, fees, and books.
  • Law Enforcement Officers in Maryland - Check with your agency for information regarding tuition assistance programs. 

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
  • MACEM&PS recognize that college-level learning does occur outside of the traditional environment.  Ask the MACEM&PS Program Managers about the extensive opportunities to evaluate your experienced-based learning and how to demonstrate this learning for academic credit.​ Learn more.

2020-2021 Curriculum Pathway

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

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

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.
FCC classes will be delivered primarily online to maintain public safety. Face to face instruction and student interactions will only be conducted when it is necessary, required, and feasible to do so in a safe environment. Learn More about Course Formats

General Education Core Course List

To find more information about how credits may 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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*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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