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Contact: James Hatch, Program Manager • • 301.624.2769 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: James Hatch, Program Manager
301.624.2769

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.

Computer Studies Certificate The Computer Studies Certificate program is designed for students seeking to build skills in the field of computer studies. The program gives students the opportunity to utilize the latest computer hardware and software with curriculum that emphasizes problem solving, teamwork, and creativity. Students develop the skills necessary for employment in the computer industry as they learn to define and analyze problems and develop, test, and maintain programs.

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. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 (301.846.2625 TDD) for advising. 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

1 Departmental Requirement CMIS 106 - Object Design and Programming   3 Credits
2 Departmental Requirement CMIS 120 - PC Operating Systems   3 Credits
3 Departmental Requirement CMIS 121 - PC Repairs and Diagnostics   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

4 Departmental Requirement CMIS 203 - Systems Analysis & Design   4 Credits
5 Departmental Requirement CMIS 179 - Cybersecurity Fundamentals or CMIS 218 - Information Security   3 Credits
6 Departmental Requirement Any BGMT, CMIS, or INTR course   3 Credits
7 Departmental Requirement Any BGMT, CMIS, or INTR course   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.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Prepare a plan that addresses organizational needs.
  • Identify problem requirements that demonstrate understanding of user and technical needs.
  • Design problem solutions that solve the requirements.
  • Integrate hardware, software, and security models that facilitate project outcomes.

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 - Computer Studies
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.

Computer Support Specialist Certificate The Computer Support Specialist Certificate teaches students the skills to provide technical assistance and support to computer users by learning to troubleshoot software and hardware problems. The program includes instruction in computer concepts, information systems, networking, operating systems, computer hardware, the Internet, software applications, problem solving, and principles of customer service. This program covers the objectives required by CompTIA A+.

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. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 (301.846.2625 TDD) for advising. 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

1 Departmental Requirement CMIS 120 - PC Operating Systems   3 Credits
2 Departmental Requirement CMIS 121 - PC Repair & Diagnostics   3 Credits
3 Departmental Requirement Elective - Any CMIS course   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

4 Departmental Requirement CMIS 280 - Networking Fundamentals or CMIS 290 - Cisco 1 Network Fundamentals   3 Credits
5 Departmental Requirement CMIS 200 - IT Support Services   3 Credits
6 Departmental Requirement Elective - Any CMIS course   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.
*Elective – Select 6 credits from CMIS courses

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify problem requirements that demonstrate understanding of user and technical needs.
  • Analyze alternative solutions.
  • Design problem solutions that solve the requirements.
  • Integrate hardware, software, and communications models.

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 - Computer Support Specialist
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.

Healthcare Information Technology Certificate The Healthcare Information Technology Certificate program prepares students to work as healthcare information technology technicians in a healthcare setting and to perform tasks such as maintaining the system that supports electronic health records (EHR), improving EHR software usability, and designing/implementing policies to protect healthcare data.

The program provides students with specialized knowledge and skills on healthcare-relevant software and computer proficiency and includes information technology, healthcare systems, and medical business operations. This program covers the objectives required by CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician.
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. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 (301.846.2625 TDD) for advising. 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

1 CMIS 101 or CMIS 106 Information Systems & Technology or Object Design and Programming   3 Credits
2 CMIS 120 PC Operating Systems   3 Credits
3 CMIS 121 PC Repairs & Diagnostics   3 Credits
4 MEDA 109 Medical Terminology   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

5 CMIS 173 Healthcare Information Technology   3 Credits
6 MEDA 112 Medical/Administrative Office Applications   3 Credits
7 MEDA 220 Electronic Health Records   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.
Students will be able to:
  • Design and develop information systems and processes that improve quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of healthcare operations.
  • Provide data management and analysis in order to ensure healthcare specific data security.
  • Evaluate the impact of information technology on the clinical process, clinical outcome, organizations, and resources.
  • Implement policies and procedures in order to protect the privacy and security of patient health information.
  • Explain healthcare-related requirements and prepare/conduct auditing to ensure compliance.


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 - Healthcare Information Technology
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.
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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Computer Network Architects
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Computer Support Specialists
$53,470.00/yr • +11%*
*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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