Arapahoe Community College

2016-2017 Catalog

About ACC

Message From the President


Our Mission – Your Success

Welcome to Arapahoe Community College and congratulations on selecting ACC to pursue your educational goals. For more than 50 years, ACC has helped students just like you achieve personal and professional aspirations. We look forward to being a part of your journey toward success!

At ACC, we are proud to offer a wide variety of innovative opportunities, including more than 100 degree and certificate programs. Whether you attend ACC to pursue a new career, upgrade your skills or plan to transfer to a four-year institution, our educational offerings and services are the first steps to providing you the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your goals. With nationally recognized faculty, small class sizes and cutting-edge technology, we are confident the education you receive at ACC is among the best you will find in Colorado.

ACC is the communities’ college. That’s why in addition to traditional college programs we offer many opportunities for lifelong learners, including continuing education for practicing professionals, customized training for industry needs, programs for seniors, and fundamental programs to help students prepare for college coursework. With convenient course times and campuses in Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock, you’re sure to find classes that will best fit your schedule and lifestyle.

In this catalog is everything you need to get started at ACC.

I am pleased to welcome you to the ACC family and wish you every success. We're glad you're here!

With warmest regards,

Diana M. Doyle, Ph.D.

The History of Arapahoe Community College

1964 - A group of Littleton residents research the need for a junior college and present their findings to local school districts. With help from community and business leaders, school officials and citizens, Littleton residents vote to establish a college.

1965 - Arapahoe Junior College is founded on May 4, 1965.

1966 - Arapahoe Junior College opens and welcomes its first 550 students.

1970 - The College joins the Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System and is renamed Arapahoe Community College (ACC).

1970 - The College becomes accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

1974 - The Main Building on the Littleton campus is completed.

1977 - An Annex to the Main Building is added.

1979 - The Colorado Gallery of the Arts opens.

1989 - The College acquires and opens the West Alamo Center in downtown Littleton near the main campus; the acquisition is renamed the ACC Art and Design Center.

2000 - ACC expands into Douglas County with the opening of the University Center at Chaparral (UCC) in Parker.

2001 - ACC completes a $13 million renovation of the Main Building on the Littleton Campus to house the Weber Center for Learning Resources (the library) and additional classrooms.

2006 - The College's reaffirmation of accreditation is received by The Higher Learning Commission

2011 - The University Center at Chaparral (UCC) is renamed the Arapahoe Community College Parker Campus.

2011 - The College expands again with the opening of the Arapahoe Community College Castle Rock Campus. The new campus offers credit and non-credit classes plus Workforce Training programs and facility rentals.

Our Door is Always Open

Arapahoe Community College is an open-door admissions institution. If you have a high school diploma, General Education Development (GED) certificate, or are not in high school and 17 years of age or older, you may be admitted. Please remember that admission does not guarantee enrollment in any specific programs and courses. You may be required to meet prerequisites designed to help you successfully complete a course of study.

Admission may be denied in accordance with the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policy BP 4-10.

Vision Statement

To be the leader in Community College education in the State of Colorado.

Mission Statement

To provide innovative and responsive educational and economic opportunities in an accessible, inclusive environment that promotes success for students, employees and the community.

Values Statement

Life-Long Learning — We uphold the highest academic standards and support the growth and success of each individual.

Integrity — We encourage the free exchange of ideas in an open environment that embraces honesty, respect and personal responsibility.

Community — We foster trusting relationships and respectful communication through collaboration with our students, employees and community partners.

Inclusion — We honor an open dialogue in a safe environment that respects and embraces individual differences.

Learning Outcomes for Student Enrichment and Process Improvement

Preparing learners for life success is an important commitment at Arapahoe Community College. These learning outcomes address the knowledge, skills and values that are fundamental to the personal and professional growth of our students, employees and community.

Communication — Construct, deliver, and engage in effective, knowledgeable communication for a variety of audiences and purposes.

Information Management — Identify, retrieve and synthesize information in order to think critically, reason creatively and make informed judgments.

Personal Development — Identify and continually develop one’s aptitudes and abilities in pursuit of goals.

Responsibility and Accountability — Employ personal and social accountability, recognize ethical issues, practice ethical behavior, and balance personal freedom with the interest of the community.

Quantitative Reasoning — Retrieve, interpret and evaluate information and numerical concepts to determine trends, make predictions, and develop informed opinions.

Cultural Awareness — Identify, distinguish, or express a diversity of aesthetic, cultural, and historical perspectives.

Diversity Statement

We respect, understand, and embrace the differences and similarities among our students, staff, faculty and the community we proudly serve. As a community, ACC encourages the richness of diversity and values the dignity of all persons. We strive to foster an equal and positive learning environment that reflects the diverse nature of the people of Colorado and the nation.
August 22, 2012


Institutional Accreditation

Arapahoe Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Commission can be reached at 312.263.0456. Web address:

ACC Program Accreditations

The following programs hold accreditation and / or approval as listed:

Automotive Service Technology, National Automotive Technician Education Foundation Inc. (NATEF)

Certified Nursing Assistant, Colorado State Board of Nursing

Early Childhood Education, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Emergency Medical Technician, Colorado State Department of Health, Emergency Medical Services Division

Health Information Technology, American Health Information Management Association

Interior Design, National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)

Law Enforcement Academy, Colorado P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standard and Training Board)

Paralegal, American Bar Association

Medical Laboratory Technology, National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Mortuary Science, American Board of Funeral Service Education

Nursing (Registered), The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. and The Colorado State Board of Nursing

Pharmacy Technician, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP)

Physical Therapist Assistant, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

Addresses and phone numbers for these accrediting agencies are listed within the description of each specific degree or certificate.

Academic Calendar 2016-2017

SUMMER SEMESTER 2016 (201710)

5.23.16- 8.01.16



April 4 - May 15

Summer registration for all students

May 28 - May 30

Memorial Day Holiday - College Closed: No Services Available


May 23


June 5


June 9 (noon)

Grading Deadline for Maymester Classes


May 16 - May 22

Last Minute Registration

May 28 - May 30

Memorial Day Holiday - College Closed: No Services Available

May 23


June 6


June 30

Graduation Application Deadline for the Summer Semester

July 4

Independence Day – College Closed: No Services Available

July 31

Last day of 8-week classes

August 1

Last day of 10-week classes, End of Summer semester

August 4 (noon)

Grading Deadline for 8-week and 10-week classes






May 23 - June 5


10 week classes

May 23 - August 1


8 week classes

June 6 - July 31

Maymester courses that meet on Monday will have to schedule extra time during the term due to the Memorial Day holiday. Summer Classes that meet on Monday will have to schedule extra time during the term due to the July 4 holiday.

FALL SEMESTER 2016 (201720)

8.22.16 - 12.13.16

April 11 - August 14

Fall registration for all students

August 15 - 21

Last Minute Registration

August 22


September 3 - 4

Labor Day holiday – CLASSES NOT IN SESSION: Most Administrative Services Not Available

September 5

Labor Day holiday – College Closed: No Services Available

October 10

Columbus Day – College Open – Classes in Session

October 18

Fall Professional Development Day; CLASSES NOT IN SESSION; Limited Administrative Services Available.

October 31

Graduation Application Deadline for the Fall Semester

November 11

Veteran’s Day – College Open – Classes in Session

November 21-23

Fall Break, CLASSES NOT IN SESSION, offices open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

November 24

Thanksgiving – College closed: No Services Available

November 25

Fall Break – CLASSES NOT IN SESSION, offices open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

November 26 - 27

Fall Break – CLASSES NOT IN SESSION, Most Administrative Services Not Available

December 13 (Tues)

Last day of classes, end of Fall Semester

December 16 (noon)

Grading Deadline

December 25 - Jan. 2

Holiday Season – College Closed: No Services Available

January 3 (Tues.)

College re-opens





15-week classes

August 22 - December 13

Classes that meet on Saturday will have to schedule extra time during the term due to the Labor Day holiday.

SPRING SEMESTER 2017 (201730)

1.17.17 - 5.09.17

November 1 - January 8

Spring registration for all students

January 9 - 16

Last Minute Registration

January 16

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday – College open

January 17 (Tuesday)


February 20

President’s Day – College Open, classes in session

March 13 - 19

Spring Break – CLASSES NOT IN SESSION, offices open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

March 15

Graduation Application Deadline Date for the Spring Semester

April 4

Spring Professional Development Day; CLASSES NOT IN SESSION; Limited Administrative Services Available

May 9 (Tuesday)

Last Day of Classes – End of Spring Semester

May 12 (noon)

Grading Deadline

May 13






15-week session

January 17 - May 9

Telephone Directory

Littleton Campus Main Switchboard



303.797.5700 x9

Admissions and Records


Advising Center


Art and Design Center


Assessment / Testing Center




Campus Police Dept


Career and Transfer Center


Cashier’s Office


Castle Rock Campus


Child Development Center


Community and Workforce Programs


Community Education Non-Credit


Disability Services


Fitness Facilities


Financial Aid






Hope/Lifetime Learning Tax Credit (1098T)


Human Resources and Employment




Parker Campus


President’s Cabinet




Vice President of Administrative Services


Vice President of Instruction


Vice President of Student Affairs


Chief Financial Officer


School of Arts, Humanities, Business and Technology


School of Health, Mathematics, and Sciences


School of Legal, Communications, and Social Sciences


Student Affairs


Student Math Support Center


Student Recruitment and Outreach


Student Success Center


Student Writing Center


TTY Users Relay Colorado


Veteran Services Center


Workforce Training


Video Relay Services (VRS) Videophones


Art and Design Center AAD4000


Open Computer Lab AM1650


2016-2017 Catalog

Arapahoe Community College

About ACC

Getting Started

Paying For School

Student Resources and Services

Student Academic Records

Academic Policies and Procedures

Legal Notices

Academic Programs

Course Descriptions

Academic Achievement Courses

Accounting Courses

Air Force ROTC Courses

American Sign Language Courses

Anthropology Courses

Arabic Courses

Architectural Engineering and Construction Courses

Army ROTC Courses

Art Courses

Astronomy Courses

Automotive Technology Courses

Biology Courses

Broadband Technology and Communication Courses

Business Courses

Business Technologies Courses

Chemistry Courses

College Composition and Reading Courses

Communication Courses

Computer Aided Drafting Courses

Computer Information Systems Courses

Computer Networking Courses

Computer Science Courses

Computer Web-Based Courses

Cosmetology Courses

Criminal Justice Courses

Early Childhood Education Courses

Economics Courses

Education Courses

Eldercare Courses

ELS 101 Eldercare Specialist

Electricity Industrial/Commercial Courses

Electronics Courses

Emergency Medical Services Courses

Engineering Courses

Engineering Graphics Technology Courses

English Courses

Entrepreneurship Courses

Environmental Science Courses

Esthetician Courses

Fermentation Courses

Finance Courses

French Courses

Geography Courses

Geology Courses

German Courses

Health and Wellness Education Courses

Health Information Technology Courses

Health Professions Courses

History Courses

Horticulture Courses

Humanities Courses

Human Performance and Exercise Courses

Interior Design Courses

Investments Courses

Japanese Courses

Journalism Courses

Law Enforcement Academy Courses

Literature Courses

Management Courses

Manufacturing Technologies Courses

Marketing Courses

Mathematics Courses

Medical Laboratory Technology Courses

Medical Office Technology Courses

Meteorology Courses

Mortuary Science Courses

Multimedia Graphic Design Courses

Music Courses

Nail Technician Courses

Nurse Aide Courses

Nursing Courses

Occupational Safety Technician Courses

Paralegal Courses

Pharmacy Technician Courses

Philosophy Courses

Photography Courses

Physical Education Courses

Physical Therapist Assistant Courses

Physics Courses

Political Science Courses

Psychology Courses

Russian Courses

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Spanish Courses

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