2019-2020 Catalog

Volume LII - August 2019

Published annually by Western Piedmont Community College as an announcement of courses and programs, this catalog is for informational purposes and does not constitute a contract. The College reserves the right to make changes in policies and regulations and to add or withdraw course offerings as needed.

Notice of Non-discrimination

Western Piedmont Community College, as an Equal Opportunity Institution, complies with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, ethnic origin, association, or disability. It is the policy of Western Piedmont Community College that no person shall be discriminated against in employment, admissions, or educational activities. The College will provide reasonable accommodations, modifications or adjustments through the use of nondiscriminatory policies and procedures for persons with qualifying disabilities. Inquiries concerning Federal Title IX, Section 504, and related laws may be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1001 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton, NC 28655 or telephone 828-448-3500.

Institutional Accreditation

Western Piedmont Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097 or call 404-679- 4500 for questions about the accreditation of Western Piedmont Community College.

Program Accreditations

  • Associate Degree Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org.
  • Basic Law Enforcement Training is accredited by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, 1700 Tryon Park Drive, Raleigh, NC 27602-0149, (919) 661-5980.
  • Dental Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission's web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.  
  • Early Childhood Education is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children 1313 L Street, NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005.
  • The Medical Assisting Diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org), upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 210-2350.
  • Medical Laboratory Technology is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, (773) 714-8880.
  • The Developmental Studies program is accredited by the National Association of Developmental Education (NADE), 170 Kinnelon Road, Suite 33, Kinnelon, NJ 07405, (877) 233-9455.


  • North Carolina Board of Nursing
  • North Carolina Department of Justice/Criminal Justice Standards

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • American Association for Paralegal Education
  • American Council on Education
  • Cooperative Education Association
  • International Association for Campus Law Enforcement
  • Learning Resources Network
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • National Council for Resource Development
  • National TechPrep Network
  • North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities
  • North Carolina Community College System
  • North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification
  • North Carolina Campus Compact