Rappahannock Community College (RCC) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of RCC.
As one of Virginia’s twenty-three community colleges, RCC is approved by the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges. The college’s two associate degrees — Arts and Sciences and Applied Science — are approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. The associate of applied science degree in nursing (ADN program) and the certificate program in practical nursing (PN program) are approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.
The Associate Degree in Nursing Program at RCC is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). Contact the ACEN (formerly NLNAC) at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326.
The college holds memberships in the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Council of Education, and the Association of Virginia Colleges, and is approved for listing in the U.S. Office of Education directories.
The EMS Programs, Basic and Advanced through Intermediate, are accredited by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services.
RCC degree graduates will demonstrate competency in the following general education areas:
A competent communicator can interact with others using all forms of communication, in order to understand and be understood. Degree graduates will demonstrate the ability to:
A competent critical thinker evaluates evidence carefully and applies reasoning to decide what to believe and how to act. Degree graduates will demonstrate the ability to:
Cultural and Social Understanding:
A culturally and socially competent person possesses an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the interconnectedness of the social and cultural dimensions within and across local, regional, state, national, and global communities. Degree graduates will demonstrate the ability to:
A person who is competent in information literacy recognizes when in- formation is needed and has the ability to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively (adapted from the American Library Association definition). Degree graduates will demonstrate the ability to:
An individual engaged in personal development strives for physical well-being and emotional maturity. Degree graduates will demonstrate the ability to:
A person who is competent in quantitative reasoning possesses the skills and knowledge necessary to apply the use of logic, numbers, and mathematics to deal effectively with common problems and issues.
A person who is quantitatively literate can use numerical, geometric, and measurement data and concepts, mathematical skills, and principles of mathematical reasoning to draw logical conclusions and to make well-reasoned decisions. Degree graduates will demonstrate the ability to:
A person who is competent in scientific reasoning adheres to a self-correcting system of inquiry (the scientific method) and relies on empirical evidence to describe, understand, predict, and control natural phenomena. Degree graduates will demonstrate the ability to:
OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT
Students may be required to take one or more tests prior to graduation, which are designed to measure general education achievement, and/or achievement in selected major areas, for the purpose of evaluating academic programs. No minimum score or level of achievement is required for graduation.
Test results will remain confidential and will be used for the sole purpose for improving college programs.
Learn about policy guidelines regarding Rappahannock Community College, its website, or technology:
The following are student-specific policies from the RCC Catalog and Student Handbook [PDF]