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Curriculum Programs of Study

At Johnston Community College, students apply and are admitted to programs of study. The curriculum for each program of study is designed in accordance with the Curriculum Standards mandated by the N.C. Community College System. State approval of each curriculum is required prior to the offering of courses within a program.

On each Curriculum Standard, there are requirements for general education, major hours, and other required hours.

The terms “major” and “area of concentration” are defined by the College as follows:

  • A major includes those courses which provide specific job knowledge or skill and comprise the majority of the hours in each program of study.
  • An area of concentration is a group of courses required beyond the core for a specific related employment field.

Associate in Arts
Associate in Engineering
Associate in Science

Provides the student with the opportunity to complete up to 61 semester hours of course work that will transfer as baccalaureate credit to any college in the University of North Carolina (UNC) system.

Associate in General Education
To broaden students’ education, with emphasis on personal growth, intellectual enrichment, and improvement in general knowledge. The curriculum provides an introduction to the liberal arts (general education) in a program that can be tailored to the student’s personal interests rather than to specific technical or professional requirements. All students preparing to enter health science programs are placed in this program.

Accounting and Finance
Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and growth in the accounting and finance profession.

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology
Provides the basic knowledge to develop skills necessary to work with residential and light commercial systems.

Applied Engineering Technology
The curriculum includes courses in safety, math, physics, electricity, engineering technology, and technology-specific specialty areas. 

Associate Degree Nursing
Provides the knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Associate in General Education - Nursing
The Associate in General Education (AGE) - Nursing is designed for students who wish to begin their study toward the Associate in Nursing degree and a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing as based on Blocks 1 through 3 of the Uniform Articulation Agreement between the University of North Carolina's Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs and the North Carolina Community College Associate Degree Nursing Programs which was approved by the Sate Board of Community Colleges and the UNC board of Governors in February 2015.

Basic Law Enforcement Training
Designed to give students essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers.

Bioprocess Technology
Prepares individuals to work as process operators in biological products manufacturing facilities.

Business Administration
Introduces students to the various aspects of the free-enterprise system.

Cardiac and Vascular Sonography
Provides the knowledge and skills necessary to acquire, process, and evaluate the human heart and vascular structures.

Community Spanish Interpreter
Prepares individuals to work as entry-level bilingual professionals who will provide communication access in interview and interactive settings.

Computer Integrated Machining Technology
Prepares students with the analytical, creative and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from initial concept through design, development and production, resulting in a finished part.

Computed Tomography Imaging Technology (in partnership with Edgecombe Community College)
Prepares the individual to use specialized equipment to visualize cross-sectional anatomical structures and aid physicians in the demonstration of pathologies and disease processes.

Provides training and practice in the skills required of the professional cosmetologist.

Criminal Justice Technology
Provides academics/knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Double Major Criminal Justice Technology - Latent Evidence Degree also available.

Criminal Justice Technology - Forensic Science
Focuses on local, state, and federal law enforcement, evidence processing, and procedures. Double Major Criminal Justice Technology and CJT - Forensic Science Degree also available.

Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology
Prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain diesel engines in vehicles such as Heavy Duty Trucks over one ton classification, buses, ships, railroad locomotives, and equipment; as well as stationary diesel engines in electrical generators and related equipment.

Early Childhood Education
Prepares individuals to work with children from birth through age eight in diverse learning environments.

Emergency Medical Science
Provides graduates with the knowledge base and skills to enter the fast-paced and challenging world of pre-hospital medicine.

Fire Protection Technology
Prepares individuals for employment or advancement in governmental agencies, industrial firms, insurance rating organizations, educational organizations, and municipal fire departments.

Information Technology
The Information Technology (IT) curriculum prepares graduates for employment in the technology sector as designers, testers, support technicians, system administrators, developers, or programmers who use computer software and/or hardware to design, process, implement and manage information systems in specialties such as database services, security, business intelligence, healthcare informatics and others depending on the technical path selected within this curriculum.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Prepares students to become MRI technologist and skilled health care professionals that are trained to use magnetic energy fields to produce images of the human body.

Provides registered radiologic technologies the didactic and clinical experience necessary to become registered mammographers.

Medical Assisting
Prepares the individual to be a multi-skilled health care professional qualified to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.

Medical Office Administration
The Medical Office Administration curriculum prepares individuals for employment as medical administrative personnel in the areas of medical office, medical billing and coding, dental office, patient services, and medical documents.

Medical Sonography
Provides the knowledge and clinical skills in the application of high frequency sound waves to image body structures.

Nurse Aide
Prepares individuals to work under the supervision of licensed health care professionals in performing nursing care and services for persons of all ages.

Office Administration
The Office Administration curriculum prepares individuals for employment as administrative office personnel who use skills in the areas of office management, office finance, legal office, virtual office, customer service, and office software.

Paralegal Technology
Prepares individuals to perform routine legal tasks and to assist with substantive legal work under the supervision of an attorney.

Pharmacy Technology
Prepares individuals to assist the pharmacist in duties that a technician can legally perform and to function within the boundaries prescribed by the pharmacist and the employment agency.

Prepares individuals to obtain blood and other specimens for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Graduates may be eligible for national certification as phlebotomy technicians.

Prepares the graduate to become a registered radiographer, a skilled health care professional who uses radiation to produce images of the human body.

Therapeutic and Diagnostic Services
This curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in Health Sciences. Students will complete general education courses that provide a foundation for success in nursing and allied health curricula. Courses may also provide foundational knowledge needed in the pursuit of advanced health science degrees or programs. Graduates from the Nursing Assistant program may be eligible to be listed on the Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) Nurse Aide registry as a Nursing Assistant I and the N.C. Board of Nursing Nurse Aide II registry as a Nursing Assistant II. They may be employed in home health agencies, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, extended care facilities, and doctors’ offices.

Therapeutic Massage
Prepares graduates to work in direct client care settings to provide manipulation, methodical pressure, friction, and kneading of the body for maintaining wellness or treating alterations in wellness throughout the lifespan.

Truck Driver Training School
Students learn skills and safety on the highway and light preventative maintenance. Upon completion, the student will be eligible to test for a Class A CDL License.

Welding Technology
Provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology, and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metal industry.

SECU Partnership East

East Carolina University College of Education with the support of SECU Foundation has established consortium partnerships with community colleges and public schools within the university’s service region.

SECU Partnership North Central Consortium is making it possible for students throughout eastern North Carolina to obtain a four-year degree from East Carolina University without traveling to the main campus.

Students graduate with a four-year degree from ECU by completing the first two years of the program at Johnston Community College, one of the partnering community colleges, followed by taking ECU courses online. JCC contact and advisor is Tammy Barbour. For more information, please contact Kathy Bradley, coordinator of the SECU Partnership North Central Consortium at (252) 451-8212 or by e-mail at or visit

Johnston Community College and Johnston County Schools collaborate to provide flexible, student-centered learning opportunities for high school students in Johnston County. This partnership maximizes the use of resources and opportunities through a variety of innovative approaches. Johnston Community College and Johnston County Schools meet annually to review partnership roles, responsibilities, and opportunities for expanding their partnership.

Johnston County Early College Academy
Johnston County Early College Academy opened in the fall of 2008 as a second partnership high school between Johnston Community College and Johnston County Schools. Students attend Early College Academy for five-years, grades 9-13, on the campus of Johnston Community College. Upon completion of the thirteenth year, students are awarded both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree or two years of college transfer credit toward a bachelor’s degree. Students receive six years of education in five years. The program of study is tuition free. Transportation and lunches are provided by Johnston County Schools.

Eighth grade students residing in Johnston County Schools attendance area who have successfully completed all requirements for promotion to the ninth grade are eligible. To apply for admission, students must contact their middle school counselor. They must complete the online application and submit two recommendations. If selected from the application pool, students move to the next phase which is an interview.

Early College Academy students are encouraged to maintain their current involvement in community–based extracurricular activities since these students do not participate in extracurricular activities such as band and sports at the traditional public schools. For more information about Early College, please contact your school counselor or call Early College at (919) 464-2314.

Career and Technical Leadership Academy
The Career and Technical Leadership Academy is a Cooperative Innovative High School located on the JCC campus. Established in Fall 2016, the Career and Technical Leadership Academy is a five-year program open to rising ninth graders. Students can choose from one of six pathways: College Transfer, Medical Assisting, Industrial Systems, Information Technology, Early Childhood Education or Nurse Aide. Pathways lead to the completion of an associate’s degree preparing students for college or to gain employment in their field of study. Our focus is on College and Career Readiness with an emphasis on Leadership.