Oct 20, 2021  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
    
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Admission


 

photo of studentsMiddlesex is a public college with an open admission policy. Applicants are required to have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (GED or HiSET). Students graduating from Massachusetts public high schools as of 2003 or later must certify that they have earned a high school diploma and met MCAS requirements. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores are not required for admission.

Some major programs of study have additional admission prerequisites that must be satisfied in order to be considered for admission, and admission to these major programs of study may be competitive due to the limited number of openings. Non-Massachusetts residents are admitted on a space-available basis.

To create a supportive learning environment, students are admitted to Middlesex Community College with the understanding that they possess sufficient academic skills to meet the requirements of their courses and programs, and the personal capacity to adhere to the standards for student conduct published in the Student Handbook and available on the college website at www.middlesex.mass.edu.

Students may meet with a counselor to explore options, discuss transfer credit, inquire about admission, or to learn more about Middlesex Community College. To schedule an appointment  with an admission counselor  in Bedford or in Lowell,  call 1-800-818-3434.

Campus Tours

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A monthly schedule of campus tours is available on the MCC website: www.middlesex.mass.edu. Tours are available during the day and on some evenings. A virtual tour is also available on the Admissions webpage. Please call 1-800-818-3434 for further information.

Getting Started

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How to Apply for Admission

  1. Review the admission requirements for your major. (See Programs of Study  .)
  2. Submit your Application for Admission online at www.middlesex.mass.edu/admissions, or call 1-800-818-3434 for an application.  If mailing your application, send it to: Middlesex Community College, Enrollment Management Center, 33 Kearney Square, Lowell, MA 01852-1987.
  3.  Submit your high school transcript or high school equivalency documentation.  Mid-year transcripts may be submitted if you have not yet graduated from high school.
  • If you have not yet earned your high school diploma at the time you submit your application, you must certify that you have earned your high school diploma or GED/HiSET credential prior to the start of classes.
  • To request transfer credit for course credits from other colleges, forward official transcript(s) to Middlesex Community College, Enrollment Management Center, 33 Kearney Square, Lowell, MA 01852-1987 or you may send official electronic college transcripts to registrar@middlesex.mass.edu.
  • If you have been homeschooled, you are eligible to apply for admission to a degree or certificate program provided you have successfully completed an approved home school program in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws or the laws of your home state , and fulfill all MCC admission requirements.

      4.  After you’ve been admitted to Middlesex, you will receive a(n):

  • Admission Letter (Electronically)
  • Information on submitting Immunization records
  • Voluntary Statement of Special Learning Needs Form

 

Building Your Class Schedule

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Determine your College Course Placement

Before enrolling for classes, entering students must determine their eligibility for college level English and math coursework (placement).  Placement is determined through a variety options including Multiple Measures and Guided Self Placement. 

  • Multiple Measures: In many cases, students can place into college-level English and Mathematics based on a recent high school GPA, SAT scores, ACT scores or previous college-level courses.
  • Guided Self Placement:  Students who are not able to place using multiple measure criteria can use guided self-placement for English and Math courses. Guided self-placement is only for students who have not taken any previous English and Math courses at Middlesex Community College.
  • Accuplacer: Most students will not need to take a college placement test to determine course placement however it is still used in exceptional situations.  The computerized test consists of a reading section, math section and a short essay. Students are required to have photo identification when taking a placement exam.
  • Detailed information regarding the course placement options and process are available at Student Assessment Home (mass.edu)

 

 

Register for Your Courses

  • All students admitted to an Associate degree or Certificate program are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor to register for their first semester at Middlesex.  Appointments for registration may be made by calling 1-800-818-3434 or by visiting Advising (mass.edu). New students should attend a New Student Registration Session.
  • Continuing students are encouraged to log into their myMCC portal to click on My Registration to register for courses.
  • Students who do not plan to enroll in a specific major program of study, you may enroll as a Visiting Student.  The Visiting Student Form may be filled out electronically or you may call 1-800-818-3434 to speak to an enrollment specialist.   For course offerings,  course descriptions, and class meeting times and places, visit our online enrollment link in MiddleNet or call 1-800-818-3434.
  • Visit this link for detailed information on your Pathways to Enrollment: How Do I Register? (mass.edu)

Taking Care of Business

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To pay your tuition and fees:

  • Complete your Financial Aid application.
  • Sign up for the Middlesex Community College payment plan, available for the fall and spring semesters only. For more information contact the college Student Accounts Office in Bedford (781-280-3645) or Lowell (978-656-3291.)
  • Pay by check, or pay online using Discover, MasterCard or Visa at www.middlesex.mass.edu - click on the MiddleNet icon.

To take care of your health insurance:

  • If you register for nine or more credits, you will be charged for health insurance. This fee may be waived if you are covered under another health insurance plan.

    Note: Insurance requirements may vary for students admitted to Health programs.
     
  • If you are planning to be covered under your parents’ health insurance, be sure to check their student enrollment requirements.

Let us know if you:

  • Need to withdraw from a class.
  • Change your major program of study.
  • Change your address or phone number.

Starting Classes

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Most successful MCC students:

  • Attend every class meeting.
  • Log on to their myMCC Portal.
  • Check their MCC email every day.
  • Buy their books during the first week of classes.

Changes to your schedule:

  • Occasionally a course is canceled due to low enrollment. To register for another class, log on to www.middlesex.mass.edu or call us at 1-800-818-3434.
  • To make changes to your schedule, complete the Add/Drop process at www.middlesex.mass.edu, call 1-800-818-3434, or visit a Student Information Center before the end of the first week of classes.

Programs with Additional Admission Requirements

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Applicants to the following major programs of study must meet additional admission requirements, which are detailed in Programs of Study .

General Programs

  • Digital Forensics Certificate
  • Early Childhood Leadership Certificate
  • IT Cybersecurity Operations Certificate
  • IT Advanced Cybersecurity Operations Certificate
  • Paralegal Studies Certificate

Health Programs

  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dental Laboratory Technology
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Nursing
  • Phlebotomy
  • Radiologic Technology

Application materials and forms for these major programs of study are available at the Student Information Centers in Bedford and Lowell. They are also available at www.middlesex.mass.edu or call 1-800-818-3434 to request them by mail.

International Student Admissions

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Applicants who are not United States citizens or not permanent residents of the U.S. and are interested in obtaining a student visa (F-1) must complete an International Student Application, available in the Admissions and Recruitment Office. Further required information includes: statements of financial support, scores on Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 500 (written) or 173 (computerized) or 61 (Web-based), and a physician’s certificate of health, including immunizations which comply with Massachusetts state law. For more information, please call MCC’s Student Recruitment Office at 978-656-3207, or visit the college website and select the Admission link at www.middlesex.mass.edu/internationaladmissions.

College Course Placement

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Before enrolling for classes, entering students must determine their eligibility for college level English and math coursework (placement).  Placement is determined through a variety options including Multiple Measures and Guided Self Placement. 

Multiple Measures: In many cases, students can place into college-level English and Mathematics based on a recent high school GPA, SAT scores, ACT scores or previous college-level courses.

Guided Self Placement:  Students who are not able to place using multiple measure criteria can use guided self-placement for English and Math courses. Guided self-placement is only for students who have not taken any previous English and Math courses at Middlesex Community College.

Accuplacer: Most students will not need to take a college placement test to determine course placement however it is still used in exceptional situations.  The computerized test consists of a reading section, math section and a short essay. Please email placement@middlesex.mass.edu to inquire about a testing appointment. Students are required to have photo identification.

Detailed information regarding course placement options is available at Student Assessment Home (mass.edu)

Immunizations Records

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Massachusetts law requires that all full-time students (those enrolled in 12 or more credit hours) under the age of 30 , and all students in the Nursing and Allied Health Division* (part-time and full-time, regardless of age) provide proof that they have been immunized against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Meningococcal (MenACWY) (required of full-time students 21 years of age or younger received on or after 16th birthday), and one lifetime dose of Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Acellular Pertussis - after 2006) in order to attend classes at any public or private college or university in Massachusetts. Students born in the United States before January 1, 1957 will be considered immune to Measles, Mumps and Rubella and exempt from the MMR vaccine requirement. Students born in the United States before January 1, 1980 will be considered immune to Varicella (chicken pox) and exempt from the Varicella requirements.

Students who do not complete these requirements are subject to a health services immunization hold. This hold prevents students viewing semester grades, or have transcripts sent to other colleges until these records are submitted. Please visit the Mcc’s Immunization webpage https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/studentinformationcenter/requiredimm.aspx  or email records@middlesex.mass.edu for additional information about these requirements.

*All health programs will require additional immunizations

Health Insurance

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Chapter 23 of the General Laws of Massachusetts requires that all students enrolled in nine or more credit hours participate in the College Student Medical and Accident Insurance Plan. The requirement may be waived for students who already have comparable health insurance by completing a waiver form and submitting proof of the existing coverage to the Middlesex Community College Student Accounts Office.

Students who are enrolled in fewer than nine credits are not eligible to participate in the Student Medical and Accident Insurance Plan. However, students who are enrolled part time (fewer than nine credits) can go to www.mahealthconnector.org or call 1-877-623-6765 for additional information about Commonwealth Choice or Commonwealth Care insurance plans, which are offered through the state of Massachusetts.

For further information, contact the Students Accounts Office in Bedford (781-280-3645) or Lowell (978-656-3291).

Readmission to the College

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Students who wish to be readmitted to Middlesex and were not enrolled within the last two years, must submit a new application. Please fill out a new online application here.. Readmitted students will be treated as new students and sent new-student admission information.

Please note: Middlesex retains educational records for a maximum of five years after a student was last enrolled at the college.

Once You Are Admitted…

 

Academic Planning

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Matriculated students (those who have applied and been admitted to the college) who attend day classes are assigned an academic advisor. Academic advising is a valuable service, since all students are responsible for fulfilling the precise requirements of their academic major program of study.

Each semester, students must meet with their academic advisor to plan their course selections for the following semester. Before registering for classes, students are responsible for making and keeping appointments with academic advisors to ensure they select courses with appropriate content and credit.

Many students who only attend classes in the evening or weekends are not assigned advisors. However, unassigned students are strongly urged to consult academic counselors for advising at their campus Academic, Career & Transfer Center.

Academic and Transfer Advising

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Located on the Bedford and Lowell campuses, MCC’s Academic and Transfer Advising Centers are designed to help students identify their goals, and develop and modify an educational plan to reflect their academic, career and life goals. Whether it is your plan to take a few classes, transfer to another institution, or earn a degree from Middlesex, our advisors will work with you to help achieve your goals. The advising process includes providing timely, accurate information about academic and career opportunities, program requirements, college policies and procedures, and seamless transfer pathways. Advisors also connect and refer students to support services and resources.

Academic Advising Services - Academic advising at Middlesex is a shared practice throughout the institution that supports teaching and learning. Individualized, collaborative relationships between students and advisors lead to a better understanding of current skill levels, aptitudes, interests and strengths. This fosters an appreciation of the role of higher-education planning in developing and achieving student objectives.

Through frequent interaction, advisors engage students in assuming an active, self-sufficient role in their academic planning. Academic advisors promote student retention and progress by encouraging students to identify and pursue their appropriate educational and professional goals.


Transfer Services - Middlesex recognizes that students may utilize a variety of educational programs to complete their educational goals. We encourage students to explore transfer options early in the development of their educational/career plan.

There are many ways for students to bring previously earned credit to MCC. Students may also take credits earned at Middlesex to other colleges and universities. Our transfer counselors can assist students with this process by providing incoming-transfer credit evaluation, as well as transfer counseling to baccalaureate programs, including MassTransfer .

The Bedford campus Academic and Transfer Center is located in the Enrollment Center (Building 9), Room 115. In Lowell, the Academic and Transfer Center is located in the City Building, third floor.

Call 1-800-818-3434 for more information or to make an appointment with one of our advisors.
 

 

Student Information Centers

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If you need to register for classes, change your schedule, verify your enrollment ,or just need general assistance, visit the staff in the Student Information Centers. In Bedford, the Student Information Center is located in the Enrollment Center (Building 9),  call 781-280-3605. In Lowell, the Student Information Center is located in  the Cowan Building, third floor; 978-656-3213.

Agency Clients

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Clients of agencies, such as Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission or the state’s Commission for the Blind, are assisted by MCC’s Office of Disability Support Services. Please call 781-280-3630 for more information.

Veterans, Dependents of Veterans, and Reservists

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Middlesex Community College major programs of study are approved for the receipt of veterans’ educational benefits.

Massachusetts veterans may also qualify for the waiver of their tuition costs and should contact the Student Accounts Office for additional information on program requirements.

Related Topic: To learn more about resources for veterans and current service members, see the Veterans Resource Center .

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks (CORI\SORI)

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In order for a student to be eligible to participate in an academic, community or clinical program that involves potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, the elderly and other vulnerable populations, the student may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible to participate in such activities.

The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Criminal History Systems Board, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178B, to access CORI records. The College shall refer to regulations issued by the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services, 101 Code of Massachusetts Regulations 15.00-15.16, as guidance when assessing student CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

If a student is allowed to enroll or participate in such a program despite having certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions, this is no guarantee that a future employer would also disregard such criminal record. For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact Barbara Malobecki in Human Resources at 781-280-3672.

MCC Opportunities

 

High School Students

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Dual Enrollment/Early College - Dual Enrollment and Early College programs at Middlesex allow qualified high school and home-schooled students to begin earning college credit while satisfying their high school graduation requirements. Students work with their high school or home school advisor to select coursework that will satisfy both high school and college requirements. To qualify, students must have a high school grade average of at least a “C.” The student must also have written approval from a guidance counselor, as well as from a parent or guardian and must meet all eligibility requirements for the college coursework.  Home-schooled students must have evidence of school-district program approval. To maintain eligibility for the Dual Enrollment Academy, students must earn a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average in their MCC courses. Additional information is available at www.middlesex.mass.edu/admissions/.

Technical Preparation - Students attending participating technical, vocational and comprehensive high schools have opportunities to enhance their high school, college and workplace experiences through on- and off-campus activities. Articulation agreements provide a smooth transition from high school to college. Additional information is available at www.middlesex.mass.edu/admissions/.

   

 

Northeast Consortium of Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (NECCUM)

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Full-time day students at any of the NECCUM member schools may cross-register in courses not offered at the college or university where they are enrolled, under the NECCUM conditions. NECCUM member institutions: Endicott College, Gordon College, Marian Court College, Merrimack College, Middlesex Community College, Montserrat College of Art, North Shore Community College, Northern Essex Community College, Salem State University and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. For further information, inquire at MCC’s Student Information Center or speak with an advisor in the Academic, Career, and Transfer Center.

 

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

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MCC students may enroll in Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs at UMass Lowell through the Northeast Consortium of Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (NECCUM). ROTC programs qualify men and women enrolled as degree candidates for commissions as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force or the United States Army.

UMass Lowell offers both Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) and Army ROTC (AROTC) programs. Students may major in any undergraduate discipline.  Both ROTC programs offers several types of scholarships. Details regarding ROTC programs and scholarships are available from MCC’s Academic, Career & Transfer Centers in Bedford or Lowell, or by contacting the ROTC programs directly:

  • Air Force ROTC (Detachment 345) - UMass Lowell, Mahoney Hall Bsmt. (South Campus), 1 University Ave., Lowell, MA 01854;  978-934-2252, e-mail: afrotc345@uml.edu; website: www.uml.edu/Dept/AFROTC.
     
  • Army ROTC (The Bay State Battalion) - UMass Lowell, Mahoney Hall Bsmt. (South Campus), 1 University Ave., Lowell, MA 01854; 978-934-4169; website: www.uml.edu/army_rotc

Additional information is also available at the ROTC national websites:  Air Force ROTC: www.afrotc.com, or Army ROTC: www.goarmy.com/rotc.

College-Level Skill Development

 

College-level learning ability is key to academic success. At Middlesex, we have specialists in reading, writing, math and other subject areas available to help students adjust to college-level coursework. It is strongly recommended that students take advantage of the academic advising and planning services that are available through the Academic, Career & Transfer Centers and Student Information Centers on both campuses. Courses in a college major program of study are planned according to stages of learning, which lead students to an understanding of the content, theory and application of the material. Each stage is built on a sequence of courses (often increasingly difficult) that contribute to the student’s satisfactory completion of the program. These stages must follow an orderly sequence for a major program of study to be valid in its purpose and outcomes.

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