Course Information

Credit for Coursework

The regular academic year is divided into three quarters of approximately 11 weeks each. Summer session usually includes terms of 10, eight and five weeks, with class periods proportionately extended. Course start and end dates appear in the online schedule of classes.

One credit is generally allowed for each discussion or laboratory period per week. The discussion period consists of 50 minutes of lecture or discussion; the laboratory period may consist of two or more clock hours. For each period of lecture or discussion, students are expected to spend at least two hours on outside preparation. MHCC's Credit Hour Policy can be found at

An average course load of 15 credits per quarter may give a student sufficient hours of credit to graduate in two years, depending on course placement levels. These hours should be chosen according to an organized curriculum. No student may take more than 20 hours per quarter without approval from the Academic Advising and Transfer Center.

Course Numbering System

Courses Numbered 1-4 do not carry grades or credit. Tuition is charged per clock hour.

Courses Numbered 5-9 may: be graded (letter grade) or ungraded (pass/fail) or audit; be credit or noncredit; not be applied toward an MHCC degree or certificate unless stated in specific AAS curricula.

Courses Numbered 10-49 that do not carry credit cannot be applied to any degree or certificate.

Courses Numbered 10-49, excluding Developmental Education courses, without a career-technical alpha prefix (see following list) and that carry credit, may be used only as an elective for an AGS or certificate.

Courses Numbered 10-99, excluding Developmental Education courses, may be graded or ungraded and may carry credit applicable to an MHCC AAS degree or certificate. Career-technical certificate/degree programs provide up to two years of specialized education designed to prepare the student for career entry.

Courses Numbered 100-299 are acceptable for an MHCC degree or certificate and may or may not be eligible for transfer to four-year institutions. However, students should be aware the course or courses may be accepted as elective credit only or not at all if the credits do not fit in the student’s major discipline or major. Transfer acceptability is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Career-Technical Courses

The following identify career-technical (CTE) course prefixes currently used at MHCC and do not normally transfer to a four-year institution; however, specific transfer articulation agreements may exist that enable CTE courses to transfer. Up to 12 credits of Career-Technical courses numbered 100 and above may be used as elective credit toward the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree and Associate of Science Oregon Transfer (ASOT) degrees. CTE “standalone” courses are not applicable to an AAS degree or certificate; they may, however, be used as electives toward the Associate of General Studies (AGS). Career-Technical courses numbered 100 and above maybe used as elective credit toward the Associate of General Studies.

Code Title
AC Accounting Technology
AH Health Professions-General
AM Automotive Technology
AMD Automotive Technology
AMF Automotive Technology
BMC Bus Mechanics (Apprenticeship)
BRF Masonry Finisher (Apprenticeship)
BRM Brick Mason (Apprenticeship)
BT Business Technology
CIS Computer Application Specialist (except CIS120/L in combination, and CIS122)
CM Cement Mason (Apprenticeship)
COS Cosmetology
CPC Tuckpoint, Cleaner, Caulker (Apprenticeship)
CR Carpenter (Apprenticeship)
CRC Carpenter (Apprenticeship)
CRE Exterior/Interior Specialists (Apprenticeship)
CRM Millwright (Apprenticeship)
CRP Pile Driver (Apprenticeship)
CRS Scaffold Erector (Apprenticeship)
DH Dental Hygiene
DP Integrated Media - Digital Photography
ECE Early Childhood Education
EHS Environmental, Health and Safety
ELCE ELCE Electrician (Apprenticeship)
ELCL Electrician (Apprenticeship)
ELP Electrician (Apprenticeship)
ET Engineering
FI Fisheries Technology
FSE Funeral Service Education
FT Natural Resources Technology
GD Integrated Media - Graphic Design
GW Glazier (Apprenticeship)
HS Mental Health/Social Service/Addiction Counseling
HT Hospitality and Tourism Management
IM Integrated Media
IMHF Heat and Frost Insulators (Apprenticeship)
IMTL Integrated Metals
ISTM Information Systems and Technology Management
MA Medical Assistant
MCH Machinists (Apprenticeship)
MEC Mechatronics
MFG Integrated Metals - Machine Tool Technology
MO Medical Office
NR Natural Resources Technology
NRS Nursing
PLR Plasterer (Apprenticeship)
PN Practical Nursing
PTA Physical Therapist Assistant
RB Integrated Media - Broadcasting
RF Roofers and Waterproofers (Apprenticeship)
RT Respiratory Care
SMT Sheet Metal Workers (Apprenticeship)
ST Surgical Technology
TS Tile Setter (Apprenticeship)
TV Integrated Media - Video
WE Career-Technical Cooperative Education
WL Wilderness Leadership
WLD Welding Technology
WR WR101 and WR102 only

Course Number Change

In the event a course number changes from a career-technical number to a transfer-level number, the transfer-level number will appear on the permanent record only for those who took the class after the change was approved.

Developmental Education Courses

IECC120-level courses and MTH020 Applied Arithmetic and Pre-algebra may apply as electives for the AGS degree only. The following are considered Developmental Education classes and are therefore not acceptable for any MHCC degree or certificate:

DE___ (all)
HD090Transition to College1.0
MTH010Conceptual Arithmetic4.0
RD090Effective Reading and Learning Strategies5.0
WR090Writing Skills: Paragraph to Essay4.0
WR091Integrated Reading and Writing6.0

Course Requirements / Prerequisites

Most MHCC courses require certain levels of reading, writing and/or math skill. All students who wish to enroll in these courses must have their reading, writing and mathematics levels established. This is typically done by taking a College Placement Test (CPT). Students with transferable reading, writing and/or math credits from another institution, Smarter Balance scores, or GED scores, may not have to take the CPT.

Courses may have other requisites that are satisfied only by completing the stated course or requirement. Some courses may require an instructor’s consent/approval. You must contact the instructor to receive consent for registration. Consent is based on the instructor’s assessment of your readiness to enroll in the course.

Course requirements can be found in the course description in the pages to follow and in the schedule of classes.

Course Description Terminology


A requirement or course that must be successfully completed before taking the course.


A requirement or course that must be either successfully completed beforehand or taken in combination with the course.

Concurrent enrollment/registration

A course that must be taken in combination (the same quarter/term) with another course.

Recommended Requisite

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the stated requisite in order to be better prepared for the course.