FAQ

FAQ


Admissions - Frequently Asked Questions
 
How do I change my name or address on my ATC records?
For a change to be official, you must submit a written request to the Enrollment Services Center or have documentation from the U.S. Post Office. Address accuracy is essential for residency coding and communication with the College. The Enrollment Services Center also handles requests for residency changes for tuition purposes. Official documentation (social security card, marriage license, divorce decree or court order) must accompany the name change form. Download the Name/Address Change form and submit the completed form to the Enrollment Services Center (Room 152).
Does ATC offer transfer programs?
Yes. We offer an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science degree.
Is there a transcript fee?
Beginning December 2, 2013, Aiken Technical College implemented an electronic transcript system designed to make it easier for students to request an official transcript. Parchment, the transcript provider, will charge a standard fee of $2.75 per request.
How do I register for classes?
It is your responsibility to make an appointment with your advisor before the beginning of the semester. Your advisor is assigned to you according to your program of study.
Will I need to have my high school transcript sent?
Yes. You will need to have your OFFICIAL high school transcript sent DIRECTLY to ATC.
Is ATC an accredited institution?
Yes. ATC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
How do I know if I've been accepted as an ATC student?
After completing the application process, you will receive a letter in the mail within five (5) business days of your acceptance. If you have completed all the steps and would like to know your status before receiving your letter, stop in or call the Enrollment Services Center (Room152) at (803) 508-7263.
Proof of Enrollment for Insurance Verification
Log on to your WebAdvisor account and complete the "Enrollment Verification" request. You will be able to pick up the completed form in the Enrollment Services Center (Room 152) after five (5) business days. You must bring a photo ID with you in order to pick it up. Please note: Enrollment Verification forms are not processed until two (2) weeks after the start of each semester.
How do I get a parking decal?
Students: Bring your current class schedule, your photo ID (example - driver's license, military ID or previous ATC identification card) and your vehicle's registration to the ATC Bookstore located in the 900 Building during the following hours:
Monday through Thursday - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday - 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Faculty and staff: Bring an authorization form from Human Resources, your photo ID and your vehicle registration. See hours above.
Contact information: bookstore@atc.edu or call (803) 508-7370.
How do I request an official transcript from ATC?
1. The quickest way to request an official transcript is through the MyATC Portal
2. In the "Student Links" section of the portal, there is a link labled "Request an Official Transcript"
3. Follow that link and the directions within in it to request an official transcript from our e-transcript provider, Parchment. Please keep in mind that there is a $2.75 fee per request.
How do I change my program of study?
Complete the appropriate Change of Program form which is available in the Enrollment Services Center (Room 152). Your new advisor must sign the form before it will be accepted.
May I attend summer classes at ATC while I am
home from my full-time college?
A student already accepted or enrolled at another college may enroll as a transient/guest student at ATC in order to transfer credits back to the primary college. You must submit a completed ATC application for admission along with a form/letter from your primary college specifying which courses are to be taken at ATC and transferred back to that college. It is your responsibility to request an ATC transcript for completed courses be sent to your primary college.
More information about our guest student process can be found here.
If I am suspended from another institution, can I attend ATC?
Yes, UNLESS you were suspended on a disciplinary action. Contact the Dean of Enrollment Services for more information at (803) 508-7244.
Does ATC require the SAT or ACT?
You must have taken either the SAT or ACT within the last 4 years. (SAT scores must be at least 480 Verbal and 440 Math or a composite of 19 on the ACT). If you have not taken either of these, you may opt to take our Placement Test instead. Please contact counseling services at (803) 508-7382 for more information.
How do I apply to ATC?
Click this link for our online application:
ATC online application
I have applied, what do I do next?
Click this link and follow the steps: Steps to take to become an ATC student
How do I get a clinical badge?
Bring your photo ID to the Enrollment Services Center (ESC) located on the first floor of the 100/200 building during the following times:
Monday through Thursday - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday - 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
The ESC has a list of students who are eligible for a clinical badge.
What if I didn't receive my VA Education benefits last month?
• If you are Chapter 30, 1606, or 1607, you must verify your enrollment with the VA on the last business day of each month through www.gibill.va.gov/resources/verify_attendance or at 1-877-823-2378. Failure to verify enrollment with the VA will delay payments. • If you are a spouse/dependent (Chapter 35) and in a certificate or diploma program of study, you must verify enrollment with the VA also. • If you have an overpayment, it can delay or stop payments.
Does ATC honor home school transcripts?
Depending on the home school association’s accreditation, we may accept transcripts from a home school. Each case is reviewed on an individual basis.
How old do I have to be to attend ATC?
This is determined on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Director of Enrollment Services at (803) 508-7262.
Does ATC offer the GED?
ATC does not offer the GED. Contact the Adult Education Department in the county of your residence.
How do I get an ATC ID card?
Students: Bring your current class schedule and your photo ID (example - driver's license, military ID or previous ATC identification card) to the Enrollment Services Center located on the first floor of the 100/200 Building during the following times:
Monday through Thursday - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday - 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Faculty and staff: bring an authorization form from Human Resources and your photo ID.
Will I need to send transcripts from other colleges?
Yes. You will need to request OFFICIAL transcripts from all
previous colleges and have them sent DIRECTLY to ATC.
PLEASE NOTE: Transcripts mailed to students are considered unofficial.
Is there an application fee?
Beginning January 13, 2014, there will be a $10 application fee for each application submitted.
Once I have completed my program, how do I apply for graduation?
Come to the Enrollment Services Center (Room 152) and obtain a graduation application. Take the completed application to your advisor for review. Submit the approved application and a degree audit (available on your WebAdvisor account) to the Enrollment Services Center by the posted deadline.

Cashier Office - Frequently Asked Questions
 
Where can I pay my parking fine?
Parking fines may only be paid in the Cashier's Office (Room 128). You must have your Student ID and the ticket in order for the cashier to accept your payment.
What are my payment options for tuition?
1. Payment in full may be made at the Cashier's Office (Room 128) or on WebAdvisor via the MYATC Portal by selecting the "Make a Payment" option.
2. Payment Plans: If you do not have the funds to pay in full, you may set up a Payment Plan if your account is in good standing and you tuition balance is over $200 or over. The student must come to the Cashier's Office to establish their Plan and sign the paperwork. Please note that the STUDENT must sign the paperwork.
Payment Plans require a $30 non-refundable processing fee be added to the tuition balance after financial aid has been applied to the account. A down-payment of 20% of the total balance is required on the day you set up your Plan. The remaining balance is split into 3 payments.
Payment Plans are available for Spring and Fall semesters. Summer Plans are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Where can I pay my Payment Plan?
Payment plans can be made in the Cashier's Office by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard. Payments may also be made on WebAdvisor using a Visa or MasterCard by selecting the "Pay on my Payment Plan" option.
How can I reach the Cashier's Office?
By calling (803) 508-7503.
Where can I pay my Library fines?
Library fines can be paid only in the Cashier's Office (Room 128). If the fine has not been posted to your account, you must go to the Library to obtain a form stating the amount owed.
Where is the Cashier's Office and
what are the hours of operation?
The Cashier's Office is located in the 100-200 Building, Room 128. Our hours of operation are:
Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Certified Nursing Assistant - Frequently Asked Questions
 
What are the instructor’s qualifications?
Instructors are Registered Nurses licensed in South Carolina with a minimum of two years experience in Long Term Care facilities. They may be assisted by Licensed Practical Nurses with long term care experience during labs and clinical sessions.
What must I do for the clinicals?
Students are required to complete 40 hours of clinical experience in a long term care facility.
Where can I find the current class schedule?
A current class schedule can be found under the "Current Courses" link within the "Current Students" section or within WebAdvisor.
Are there any physical requirements?
Standing or walking for long periods of time is required with some lifting and moving of patients and heavy equipment.
What will this course do for me?
Nurse Aides provide basic patient care, such as taking a resident’s temperature or giving a bed bath, as part of the nursing team. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the examination through the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (administered by Pearson Vue). Students must pass this written and practical skill examination to become certified in South Carolina. Go to the Pearson Vue website for further information on the CNA examination.
What are the prerequisites?
A background check is required for all health programs and immunizations must be current. Students must also complete a PPD (TB skin test) and the Hepatitis-B vaccination series.
Can you tell me more about certification?
Certification comes from the South Carolina Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). For information on SC state certification go to the CNA registry website.

Emergency Medical Technician - Frequently Asked Questions
 
What are the instructor’s qualifications?
Instructors are SC Certified Paramedics who have completed a 40-hour instructor course and are approved by SC DHEC. The instructors are also required to be BLS instructors approved by American Heart Association, American Red Cross or ASHI.
Can you tell me more about certification?
Certification comes from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Visit http://www.scdhec.net/hr/ems/
What are the prerequisites?
Students must have a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years of age. Prior to registration, students must take the appropriate WorkKeys tests and achieve passing scores. Call (803) 508-7263 for information. A background check is required for all health programs and immunizations must be current. Students must also complete a PPD (TB skin test) and the Hepatitis-B vaccination series.
Are there any physical requirements?
EMT training requires that a person be in good physical condition. EMTs must be able to lift, carry and balance 125 lbs or more in order to lift and/or move injured persons. EMTs must be able to use good judgment, and communicate verbally and non-verbally in an emergency situation. Good manual dexterity is needed to use a variety of instruments during treatment.
What must I do for the clinicals?
Students are required to have a minimum of five patient contacts and 20 hours of "ride-alongs" on area ambulance services. These must be completed during the course and prior to the final examination.
What will this course do for me?
EMTs provide care to the injured and the critically ill at the scene and on route to the hospital/medical facility. This course is designed to help you gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be a competent, productive and valuable member of the emergency medical services team. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Registry EMT-Basic exam required to become certified in South Carolina. The student is responsible for examination fees. Visit www.nremt.org/about/nremt_news.asp This course is a prerequisite for the EMT-Intermediate course and can start yu on a career path to becoming a certified paramedic. For more information about the EMT-Basic to Paramedic career path, follow this link: Public Safety Career Path

Financial Aid - Frequently Asked Questions
 
How do I check the status of my financial aid?
You can check the status of your financial aid by logging into Web Advisor. You can check to see: if you have any outstanding documents; if you have been awarded; and if your aid has been posted to your student account. You can even print a copy of your award letter.
What is your Title IV school code?
010056
When do I need to apply for financial aid?
To receive an optimum financial aid package, we recommend applying for financial aid by May 1 of each year. However, our deadlines are as follows:

July 1 — for the following Fall semester
November 1 — for the following Spring semester
April 1— for the following Summer semester

Applications submitted after the established deadline dates will continue to be processed but will not be guaranteed to be ready for payment purposes at registration. You should prepare to pay for your cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies. Once you are determined eligible for aid, you will be reimbursed after mid-term of the semester.
When will refund checks be sent out?
Students who do not use all of their financial aid will receive a refund roughly four weeks after the first day of the start of the semester. If you do not receive your refund, you may want to look on Web Advisor to see if you have any “restrictions” placed on your account. All refunds are disbursed through Higher One and paper checks are no longer mailed by the College. See MyATC Card for more information.
What types of documentation will I need to complete the financial aid application?
1. DOCUMENTATION OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME: Student’s/Spouse’s prior year federal tax returns and W-2 forms including schedule “C”; (if under the age of 24) Parent’s prior year federal tax returns and W-2 forms including schedule “C”; Support or any other type of income.

2. DOCUMENTATION OF ASSETS: documents reflecting the balance/value of savings and checking accounts, CD’s, stocks/bonds, money markets, business or farm, rental property, real estate (other than home in which one resides) etc.
What happens to my aid if I withdraw from one or more of my classes, but not all of my classes?
It is important to remember each time that you withdraw from a class it will affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Completion Rate. Federal regulations require that your Cumulative Completion Rate be at least 67%. Grades of W, WF, NC, U, or F count against your completion rate.

If you have federal Title IV aid (PELL, SEOG) and you remain enrolled in at least one credit hour class, your aid will not be reduced from your original enrollment award. For example, if you registered for 12 credit hours and you withdrew from 6 credit hours, you will still be paid based on 12 credit hours.

If you have state aid (SCNB, SC LIFE, SC-LTAP) you must remain enrolled through the institution’s 0% refund period to earn these programs. If you reduce your course load, you may be required to repay unearned program funds. For example, if you receive the SC-LTAP based on 12 credit hours and you withdraw from 6 credit hours before the 0% refund period, you will be paid based only on 6 credit hours.
I’m over eighteen years of age but not yet twenty-four and live on my own. Why do I have to report my parents' information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid?
Until you reach the age of 24, get married, have children for whom you provide more than half of the support, earn your bachelors degree, become active duty military or veteran of the military, or become an orphan/ward of the court, the Department of Education requires that parental information be provided. Only in unusual circumstances can the Financial Aid Office override this requirement. Examples of unusual circumstances would include (a) both parents are deceased, (b) the student is legally separated from his/her parents, (c) the student is removed from the home by state agencies or courts due to physical and/or emotional abuse or (d) total family disillusionment exists which makes it impossible to obtain the parent’s financial information.
What other types of aid are available at ATC and who do I contact to apply?
  • Aiken Technical Scholars Program…..Patsy Fields (803) 508-7278 or Shareffa Harris (803) 508-7420
  • Single Parent Assistance Program…..Evelyn Pride (803) 508-7380
  • Veterans Education Benefits…..Deborah Key (803) 508-7333
  • Student Government Association Scholarships…..Dr. Vinson Burdette (803) 508-7244
  • Campus Ambassadors Scholarships…..Anna Dolianitis (803) 508-7477
What happens to my aid if I withdraw from all of my classes?
Again, it is important to remember each time that you withdraw from a class it will affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Completion Rate. Federal regulations require that your Cumulative Completion Rate be at least 67%. Grades of W, WF, NC, U, or F count against your completion rate.

If you have federal Title IV aid (PELL, SEOG) and withdraw from ALL of your classes before the 9th week of class (60% of term), you will not have earned all of your aid and may find that you must repay unearned program funds. Unlike a partial withdrawal, you will only earn a percentage of your award based on the number of days that you attend class. For example, if you receive $2,000 in federal aid and you withdraw from all of your classes after attending only 50% of the semester, your aid will be recalculated and be adjusted to $1,000; however, your tuition will remain the same.

If you have state aid (SCNB, SC LIFE, SC-LTAP) and withdraw from all of your classes before the college 0% refund period, you will lose all of these funds for the semester. You will be held responsible for returning these unearned funds. However, if you attend these classes past the 0% college refund period, you will have earned 100% of these programs.
What types of financial aid are offered through the Financial Aid Office and how do I apply?
Most financial aid programs offered through the ATC Financial Aid Office are free programs and do not have to be repaid as long as you meet the program requirements. ATC offers the following programs:
  • Federal Pell Grant (PELL)
  • Federal Supplemental Equal Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Federal Work Study Program
  • South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance Program (SC-LTAP)
  • South Carolina Need Based Grant (SCNB)
  • South Carolina Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (LIFE)
  • Town and Country Loan - Cost $10
  • ATC Foundation Scholarships

Health Sciences - Frequently Asked Questions
 
Do you have a wait list for nursing programs?
No, we accept students for nursing programs on a merit system.
How many students do you admit for the Surgical Technology program each year?
We admit the top candidates once each year for this program. See application for deadline dates and application criteria.
I’m currently enrolled in another nursing program and I’m thinking about transferring. Is that possible?
If you are currently taking nursing classes, you will need to apply to our program like all other applicants, and if you are accepted, the nursing admissions committee will determine if your nursing classes would transfer in.
How many students do you admit for the Radiologic Technology program?
We admit the top 15 candidates once each year for this program. See application for deadline dates and application criteria.
Where can I find the Radiologic Technology program application?
Click here: www.atc.edu/p21363.aspx.
What types of nursing programs does ATC offer?
ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing), PN/LPN (Practical Nursing or Licensed Practical Nursing) and a Bridge Program (PN/LPN to ADN)
Where can I find all of the nursing program applications?
Click here: www.atc.edu/p21363.aspx.
Does ATC offer a Nuclear Medicine program?
No. We do, however, offer an X-ray based Radiologic Technology program.
How many students do you accept in nursing programs?
We accept the top 40 candidates twice each year for the ADN program. See application for deadline dates and application criteria. We accept the top 24 candidates once each year for the PN program. See application for deadline dates and application criteria. Acceptance for the Bridge program (LPN to ADN) varies based on seat availability, twice each year. See application for deadline dates and application criteria.
How can I prepare for the TEAS exam?
The ATC bookstore sells a study guide. You can also visit the TEAS website for more information on the test: www.ATItesting.com.
I’m currently enrolled in one of the pre-requisite classes for a nursing application. Can I still fill out the nursing application?
You must have successfully completed all of the pre-requisite classes by the application deadline, as stated on the nursing application. If you have not successfully completed the pre-requisite classes by the deadline, you will need to wait until the next application cycle.
What are the differences among ATC's nursing programs?
The ADN is a two-year program and upon completion you will be able to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become an RN The PN is a one-year program, and upon completion you will be able to take the NCLEX-PN exam to become an LPN The Bridge program is for LPN students who wish to progress to an ADN degree.
Does ATC offer an Ultrasound Technician program?
We do not offer an Ultrasound Technician program and you do NOT have to go through an Ultrasound Technician program in order to apply for the Radiologic Technology program at ATC.
What should I bring with me to my advising appointment?
You should bring unofficial copies of all of your college transcripts.
Where can I take the TEAS exam?
First, you need to pay the $60 fee at the Cashier’s Office in Room 128. Then you will take your receipt to the Testing Center (Room 742) to take the TEAS exam during normal test center hours.
What is the TEAS Exam?
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) must be taken prior to applying to any of the nursing programs. The exam costs $60 and can be only be taken twice per academic school year.
Is there an expiration date on my TEAS exam?
Yes, there is. The scores are good for one year.
Where can I find the Surgical Technology program application?
Click here: www.atc.edu/p21363.aspx.
When is the application deadline for the nursing program I desire?
The ADN application is always around June for a fall start date, and September for a spring start date. The PN application is always around September for a spring start date. The Bridge program is always around March for a summer start date and June for a fall start date.
I’m interested in applying to your nursing program. What steps do I need to take?
First, apply directly to ATC (www.atc.edu – click on “Apply Now”). Have all of your previous OFFICIAL college transcripts sent to ATC (Attention: Admissions and Records), P.O. Drawer 696, Aiken SC 29802. Also, after you have applied to ATC, you will need to make an appointment with an advisor to go over the application with you.

Hospital Unit Clerk - Frequently Asked Questions
 
What are the instructor’s qualifications?
Instructors are healthcare professionals with unit clerk experience.
What will this course do for me?
Health Unit Clerks manage all non-clinical tasks in hospital nursing units. Responsibilities include transcribing physicians' orders for patient treatment, preparing patient charts, maintaining statistical reports and communicating with visitors. Unit clerks may also be cross-trained to perform basic patient care skills as a Multi-Skilled Healthcare Technician.
What must I do for the clinicals?
Students are required to complete 30 hours of clinical experience in an area hospital. Students are required to wear student ID and dress professionally according to the program dress code.
Can you tell me more about certification?
Students may qualify to sit for the certification exam through the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC). For more information visit www.nahuc.org
What are the prerequisites?
A high school diploma or GED is required. A background check is required for all health programs and immunizations must be current in accordance with the TBDD Student Clinical Handbook. Students must also complete a PPD (TB skin test) and the Hepatitis-B vaccination series.
Are there any physical requirements?
No.

Library - Frequently Asked Questions
 
Can I check out Reference Items and Periodicals?
Reference Items and Periodicals may only be used on the library premises.
May I use the library at USCA?
Yes, USCA is a member of Pascal, therefore, you can use your ATC ID to check out up to ten (10) items from the Gregg-Graniteville library at USCA. There is a 6-week time limit for these items.
May I renew my books online?
Students, faculty and staff may renew their ATC library books online, up to 3 days before the due date. Use the Library's catalog to access MyMillenium. Use your personal login to see the books you have checked out and to renew library items.
How many books may I check out, and how long may I keep them?
You may check out up to 10 books for a time period of up to two weeks.
How do I find journal, newspaper and magazine articles?
The ATC Library subscribes to a variety of magazines, journals and newspapers. Ask to see the Periodicals List at the circulation desk. The Library also offers online access to articles and abstracts through our databases including InfoTrac, SIRS Knowledge and EBSCO.
What if the Library does not have a book I need?
Current students, faculty and staff may request books from other SC academic libraries through Pascal. In addition, we offer inter-library loan services for requesting books and articles from libraries across the country.
What are reserve materials and can I check them out?
Faculty members place items on "reserve" when they want their students to have access to them. Checkout time for reserve items varies from library-only use to a 2-day checkout of videos. Please check the Library catalog for availability of reserve items.
How do I find books in the Library?
Use the Library's catalog located on the Library webpage to find books on your desired topic. You may search by keyword, title, author, subject or call number. After locating the book you want, write down its call number. Books are shelved in the Library by their Library of Congress call number.
How do I pay my fine?
Come to the Library circulation desk to obtain a Library Fine Routing Slip. Take this slip to the Cashier's Office (Room 128 of the 100-200 Building) and pay the fine. Then bring the yellow "paid" copy of the slip back to the Library so your record can be cleared.
Does the ATC Library take book donations?
Yes. For more information, contact Katie Miller, Director of the Learning Resources Center, at (803) 508-7432, or e-mail her at millerku@atc.edu.
Who may check out material?
Students, faculty, staff and community patrons may check out items.
Where is the Library located?
The Library is located in the Dale Phelon Technology Center (the 1000 Building).
We are on the first floor in Room 1001.
What are daily overdue fines?
Library fines are 25 cents per day per book and $1.00 per day per video.
May I access Library materials from home?
The Library offers online access to electronic books, article databases, helpful links and an instant message reference service. To access these, click on the Library link on the ATC homepage or library link.
What is the charge for lost materials?
The fees for lost items are: replacement cost, a $10.00 overdue fine and a $10.00 processing fee.

Online Learning - Frequently Asked Questions
 
May I start my online class early?
Online classes begin the first day of the term.
Whom do I contact for answers to other questions about online learning courses?
Email the ISM support desk at: support@atc.edu
How do online courses work?
While students do not have to access courses at a specific time, there are definite beginning/ending dates and courses are not self-paced. Assignments are typically due each week just as in traditional college courses. Successful students usually access their online courses 4 to 5 times per week in order to keep up. Most reading, research and writing are done the same as with traditional courses.
May I take individual courses without having to come to campus?
Yes, however some courses do require occasional travel to campus for proctored exams, library assignments and lab activities. Check with the instructor before enrolling if travel to campus is a concern.
What is my Blackboard username and password?
Your Blackboard user name is the same as your WebAdvisor user name. Generally, this is your last name plus your first initial, possibly followed by some numbers. Your temporary password for Blackboard is the last six digits of your social security number. If you need help with WebAdvisor, or need help finding your WebAdvisor user name so you may access Blackboard, use the WebAdvisor link at the bottom of this webpage or call (803) 508-7433.
How do I know if I will succeed in an online learning course?
To be successful in an online course where there is no immediate interaction with an instructor and classmates, a student must have excellent time-management and study skills.
How do I get to Blackboard?
The Blackboard link is at the bottom of the college webpage. Once you do this, you may find it easier to bookmark the Blackboard site in your browser.
May I take all the courses leading to a degree without coming to campus?
Yes, you can. ATC offers two degrees completely online; Associate of Arts and Network Systems Management. More information about these degrees can be viewed on our Online Degree Programs page. Have questions about these offerings? Contact our Enrollment Services Center at (803) 508-7263.
How do I get started in my online class?
Log into Blackboard on the first day of classes and click on your class. You should be taken to the Announcements page of your course. Read your instructor's announcement thoroughly and follow their directions. If you still have questions, e-mail or call your instructor. You should also thoroughly read the syllabus and ask your instructor anything that is unclear. In addition, clicking on each of the links on the left-hand menu and exploring each area will help you understand how the course is set up.
I signed up for an online class. When will my instructor contact me?
Do not wait for your instructor to contact you. Log onto Blackboard immediately. Our online courses are not self-paced. Online classes begin on the first day of the semester and end on the last day of the semester. Online classes have the same attendance policy as face-to-face courses.
Does it cost more to enroll in an online learning course?
Tuition and fees are the same as for other courses offered by the college regardless of delivery format.
Do online learning courses transfer as easily as other Aiken Technical College courses?
Yes. The mode of delivery has nothing to do with a course's acceptance at another institution with which the college has an articulation agreement.
How do I receive my online course materials?
Students access lessons and assignments through a web browser. Textbooks for some online courses also include a CD ROM with animations, movies and supplemental information. Textbooks and other required materials are available through the Aiken Technical College Bookstore.
Are books and materials the same for online learning and on-campus courses?
Not always. Students must verify that they purchase the textbook required for a course by its specific section number or by its specific syllabus.
I am enrolled in an online class and I have
successfully logged into Blackboard but I don't see my class. Where is it?
If you enrolled before the start of the term, you should have access to your course on Blackboard on the first day of the term. If you added the course on or after the first day of the term, you may experience a delay of 48 hours before gaining access to Blackboard. If, after 48 hours, you are still unable to access Blackboard, send an email to: support@atc.edu

In your message, include your name as it appears in the college records, your course number, your section number (e.g. HIS 101 067) and a telephone number where you may be reached.

Radiologic Control Program - Frequently Asked Questions
 
What Rad-Con programs are offered?
ATC offers two programs: an Associate in Applied Science with a major in Radiation Protection Technology degree and a Radiological Control Technology Certificate.
PLEASE NOTE: The Rad-Con Certificate is an ADVANCED certificate and is only for those students who ALREADY possess an Associate or Bachelor degree in a science-related field.
Students interested in this field of study should have strong math and science skills. This
field of study requires the student to pass advanced math and science courses in order to graduate.
What is the Rad-Con "fast-track" program?
The fast-track program is a special admissions program offered in conjunction with SRNS. This program may not always be available. The "fast-track" gives certificate-level students the opportunity to complete their studies in approximately 10 months, approximately half the time of the traditional certificate program.
NOTE: Eligible students for this program are certificate-level students who already have an Associate or Bachelor degree in a science-related field.
Am I eligible for the Rad-Con "fast-track" program?
If you already have an Associate or Bachelor degree in a science-related field, you may be eligible depending on whether or not the program is being offered that semester and if there is space in the program.

Records and Transcripts - Frequently Asked Questions
 
How do I change my program?
A student who wishes to change programs must complete the appropriate Change of Program form available in the Enrollment Services Center. Both current and former advisor must sign the forms.
How do I request an official copy of my transcript from ATC?
A student can request their official transcript from ATC by visiting the MyATC Portal. Within the portal under the "Student Links" section there is a link labeled "Request an Official Transcript". A student will need to click and follow that link in order to request an official transcript from our e-transcript provider, Parchment. Please be aware that Parchment requires a $2.75 fee per transcript request.
How can I check my final grades?
Grades may be viewed via WebAdvisor. Fall 2006 was the last semester that Aiken Technical College mailed grades reports to students. You can view your grades on WebAdvisor, available through the MyATC Portal.
How do I change my name or my address on my College records?
The Enrollment Services Center makes an official change to the addresses on a student’s records only through a student’s written request to the Enrollment Services Center or documentation from the U.S. Postal Service. Address accuracy is essential for residency coding and communication with the College in general. This office also handles requests for residency changes for tuition purposes. Official documentation must accompany the name change form. Official documentation is considered to be one of the following: social security card, marriage license, driver’s license, divorce decree, or court order. Please download the Name/Address Change form and submit the completed form to the Enrollment Services Center (Room 152).

Registration Information - Frequently Asked Questions
 
How can I check my final grades?
Grades may be viewed on WebAdvisor. You can get to WebAdvisor by visiting the MYATC Portal. A link to the MYATC Portal is available at the bottom of this page.
What is my WebAdvisor log in and password?
Visit the Enrollment Services Center (Room 152) during normal business hours for instructions and log-in information.
How do I register for classes?
Students attending college for the first time must take the ATC Compass Placement test or send acceptable SAT/ACT test scores to the Enrollment Services Center. You will then have to make an appointment for orientation and advisement. Continuing or returning students will be assigned an advisor according to their program of study. You are responsible for making an appointment with your advisor prior to the start of the semester. Your advisor will then release you to register.
What if a class I want to take is full?
Check to see if the class is offered at a different time OR check back another day to see if seats have opened up OR wait until centralized registration which is held a week before classes start each semester.
Does ATC offer specific classes online or at a certain time of day?
Go to "Search For Classes" on the atc.edu homepage. The click the drop-down menu next to TERM and highlight the term you want (Ex: Fall 2009 -Full Term). Next, select the classes you want and go to the bottom of the page and hit SUBMIT. A list of classes will show on the screen. Under "meeting information" you will see the time and days that the class meets OR if it is an online class, it will be noted there.

Test Center - Frequently Asked Questions
 
Whom do I contact for information about the Test Center?
Test Center Asst/Proctor – (803) 508-7488
Test Center Coordinator – (803) 508-7278
Test Center Manager – (803) 508-7487
satcherb@atc.eduor Email – testcenter@atc.edu
What are the various services or tests provided?
For a complete list of tests and services please go to the Test Center page. You can get there by following the Test Center link on the bottom of this page.
Where and what are the hours of operation?
The Test Center is located in the 700-800 Building, Room 742. We operate on a walk-in basis and a MINIMUM of a valid picture ID is required for services.
Our hours of operation are:
Monday and Thursday – 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Saturday - 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.

Veterans Affairs - Frequently Asked Questions
 
What is the Attendance Verification Form?
All recipients (Chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606 and 1607) are required to submit a monthly Attendance Verification. The form is mailed to the student by the School Certifying Official. The student must have each instructor sign the form to verify attendance or non-attendance in his/her class. Failure to return the form by the due date can and will result in interruption or termination of benefits.
What should I do if there is a change in my enrollment?
You should notify the VA and School Certifying Official immediately. Prompt notification can prevent or reduce overpayments. If the VA does not receive prompt notification of changes in enrollment or termination of enrollment, you will have an overpayment with the VA.
Do I have to verify enrollment monthly with the VA?
Chapters 30, 1606, 1607 and VRAP recipients must verify their enrollment monthly by Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (Wave) or by calling 1-877-823-2378.

Chapter 35 recipients in a certificate or diploma program will receive VA Form 8979, Student Verification of Enrollment each month from the VA to verify enrollment.
Can I use my VA benefits to pay for Continuing Education courses?
Va benefits are not available at this time.
Does ATC have a Veteran's support group?
Yes. ATC has a Student Veterans Association. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ATCSVA or contact Richard Weldon at weldonr@atc.edu or (803) 508-7382.
What is the Enrollment Certification Form?
The Enrollment Certification Form notifies the School Certifying Official that you have registered for classes and wish to be certified for that term. The form must be completed every semester you plan to use your benefit and should be submitted as soon as your registration is finalized.
How do I get my VA Education benefits started?
  1. Apply to Aiken Technical College and be accepted into an eligible program of study.
  2. Register for an eBenefits account and apply for benefits online at www.gibill.va.gov
  3. Complete the VA Intake Packet found here or in the Enrollment Services Center in Room 152.
  4. Meet with the VA Advisor for advisement and registration.
  5. Complete the Enrollment Certification form to be certified for payment.
Can I apply for financial aid?

Everyone is encouraged to apply for financial aid.Because payment to the college is due prior to the release of benefit,Montgomery GI Bill; Dependents Educational Assistance; Selected Reserves; andVRAP participants are encouraged to apply for financial aid.  In many cases, you may be eligible foradditional funds that can help cover costs outside of benefits.

Do I have to pay for my tuition, fees and books out of pocket?
For students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the VA will pay the college a percentage of the in-state tuition and fees. The student would be responsible to pay any balances remaining. The book stipend and housing allowance will be paid to the student and the student would be responsible for purchasing books and supplies.

Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation benefits pays the school for tuition and fees and the student may charge their books and supplied in the ATC Bookstore to Vocational Rehabilitation.

All other benefit programs including Montgomery GI Bill, Dependents Educational Assistance, Selected Reserves or VRAP that student is responsible for all school expenses such as tuition, fees and books.
I am a dependent or spouse receiving Chapter 35 benefits. Can I take courses online?
Chapter 35 recipients in associate degrees can take distance learning courses. Chapter 35 recipients in certificate or diploma programs cannot take online/distance learning courses.
Can I receive my Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) if I am taking distance learning?
Yes. You must be enrolled in at least seven (7) semester hours to receive BAH. However, enrollment in distance learning courses only, the housing allowance will be paid at 50%.
Will I owe the VA if I withdraw from one or more of my courses?
If your enrollment status changes after the end of the school's add/drop period, a reduction in hours will create an overpayment of benefits to you and you will be required to reimburse the VA for the overpayment.
Is Aiken Technical College a Yellow-Ribbon Participant?
No.


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