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Florida Coast Career Tech    
2010-2011 Catalog [Aug. 2010-Aug. 2011] 
    
 
  Nov 19, 2018
 
2010-2011 Catalog [Aug. 2010-Aug. 2011] [Archived Catalog]

Courses


Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System

Course Prefix Titles Index

Courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS). This numbering system is used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 26 participating non-public institutions. The major purpose of this system is to facilitate the transfer of courses between participating institutions. Students and administrators can use the online Statewide Course Numbering System to obtain course descriptions and specific information about course transfer between participating Florida institutions. This information is at the SCNS website.

Each participating institution controls the title, credit, and content of its own courses and recommends the first digit of the course number to indicate the level at which students normally take the course. Course prefixes and the last three digits of the course numbers are assigned by members of faculty discipline committees appointed for that purpose by the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee. Individuals nominated to serve on these committees are selected to maintain a representative balance as to type of institution and discipline field or specialization.

The course prefix and each digit in the course number have a meaning in the Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS). The list of course prefixes and numbers, along with their generic titles, is referred to as the “SCNS taxonomy.” Descriptions of the content of courses are referred to as “statewide course profiles.”

Example of Course Identifier
Prefix Level Century Digit Decade Digit Unit Digit Lab Code
  (first digit) (second digit) (third digit) (fourth digit)  
HCP 0 0 0 1  
Health-Care
Providers
(Assistants)
PSAV Level
at this
institution
Health Careers
Core
Core Competencies
for Health Care
Workers
Health Career
Cores
No Laboratory
component in
this course

General Rule for Course Equivalencies

Equivalent courses at different institutions are identified by the same prefixes and same last three digits of the course number and are guaranteed to be transferable between participating institutions that offer the course, with a few exceptions. (Exceptions are listed below.)

For example, a health careers core course is offered by seven different postsecondary institutions. Each institution uses “HCP _001” to identify its health careers core course. The level code is the first digit and represents the year in which students normally take the course at a specific institution, in the SCNS taxonomy, “HCP” means “Health-Care Providers (Assistants),” the century digit “0” represents “Health Careers Core,” the decade digit “0” represents “Core Competencies for Health Care Workers,” and the unit digit “1” represents “Health Careers Core.”

In the sciences and certain other areas, a “C” or “L” after the course number is known as a lab indicator. The “C” represents a combined lecture and laboratory course that meets in the same place at the same time. The “L” represents a laboratory course or the laboratory part of a course, having the same prefix and course number without a lab indicator, which meets at a different time or place.

The Course Prefix

The course prefix is a three-letter designator for a major division of an academic discipline, subject matter area, or sub-category of knowledge. The prefix is not intended to identify the department in which a course is offered. Rather, the content of a course determines the assigned prefix to identify the course.

Authority for Acceptance of Equivalent Courses

Section 1007.24(7), Florida Statutes, states:

Any student who transfers among postsecondary institutions that are fully accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and that participate in the statewide course numbering system shall be awarded credit by the receiving institution for courses satisfactorily completed by the student at the previous institutions. Credit shall be awarded if the courses are judged by the appropriate statewide course numbering system faculty committees representing school districts, public postsecondary educational institutions, and participating nonpublic postsecondary educational institutions to be academically equivalent to courses offered at the receiving institution, including equivalency of faculty credentials, regardless of the public or nonpublic control of the previous institution. The Department of Education shall ensure that credits to be accepted by a receiving institution are generated in courses for which the faculty possess credentials that are comparable to those required by the accrediting association of the receiving institution. The award of credit may be limited to courses that are entered in the statewide course numbering system. Credits awarded pursuant to this subsection shall satisfy institutional requirements on the same basis as credits awarded to native students.

Exceptions to the General Rule for Equivalency

Since the initial implementation of the SCNS, specific disciplines or types of courses have been excepted from the guarantee of transfer for equivalent courses. These include varying topics courses that must be evaluated individually, or applied courses in which the student must be evaluated for mastery of skill and technique. The following courses are exceptions to the general rule for course equivalencies and may not transfer. Transferability is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

  1. Courses not offered by the receiving institution.
  2. For courses at non-regionally accredited institutions, courses offered prior to the established transfer date of the course in question.
  3. Courses in the _900-999 series are not automatically transferable, and must be evaluated individually. These include such courses as Special Topics, Internships, Practica, Study Abroad, Thesis and Dissertations.
  4. College preparatory and vocational preparatory courses.
  5. Graduate courses.
  6. Internships, practica, clinical experiences and study abroad courses with numbers other than those ranging from 900-999.
  7. Applied courses in the performing arts (Art, Dance, Interior Design, Music, and Theatre) and skills courses in Criminal Justice (academy certificate courses) are not guaranteed as transferable. These courses need evidence of achievement (i.e., portfolio, audition, interview, etc.).

Courses at Nonregionally Accredited Institutions

The Statewide Course Numbering System makes available on its home page a report entitled “Courses at Nonregionally Accredited Institutions” that contains a comprehensive listing of all nonpublic institution courses in the SCNS inventory, as well as each course’s transfer level and transfer effective date. This report is updated monthly.

Questions about the Statewide Course Numbering System and appeals regarding course credit transfer decisions should be directed to the Curriculum Services office or the Florida Department of Education, Office of Articulation, 1401 Turlington Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400. Special reports and technical information may be requested by calling the Statewide Course Numbering System office at (850) 245-0427.

Course Prefix Titles Index

Listed below is an alphabetical index of the course classification discipline and the respective course three-digit prefix. To identify the course prefix, scan the alphabetical listing, locate the desired classification discipline and then note the prefix that distinguishes that specific discipline.

The courses which Florida Coast Career Tech offers in that discipline can be ascertained by following the appropriate three-digit prefix in the alphabetical listing of course descriptions in the following section of the catalog.

Classification Discipline Prefix

Autobody Repair and Refinishing

ARR

Automotive Mechanics

AER

Aviation Maintenance Technology

AMT

Banking Related Courses

BRC

Building Construction Vocational

BCV

Cosmetology

COS

Cosmetology: Specialized

CSP

Criminal Justice: Basic Training

CJK

Dental Assisting

DEA

Dental Support

DES

Diesel Mechanics

DIM

Domestic Security

DSC

Electrical/Electronic: Vocational

EEV

Electrical/Electronics Repair

EER

Fire Fighting and Protection

FFP

Health Care Providers (Assistants)

HCP

Home Economics: Vocational

HEV

HVACR: Heating/Ventilation/AC/Refrigeration: Tech Trades

ACR

Management: Applied

MNA

Massage

MSS

Medical Assisting Technology

MEA

Office Technology Applications

OTA

Practical Nursing

PRN

Precision Metals Technology

PMT

Real Estate

REE

Risk Management and Insurance

RMI

Student Life Skills

SLS

Surgical Technology Studies

STS

Taxation

TAX

Transportation and Logistics

TRA

Vocational Preparatory Instruction

VPI