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NOVA 2011-2012 College Catalog

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS -- Developmental Studies

Developmental courses are designed to provide the basic skills and knowledge necessary for success in college-level courses. These courses (numbered 1 through 9) are available at all campuses of the College in English composition, reading, spelling, English as a Second Language, and mathematics (arithmetic through trigonometry). A limited selection of developmental courses is available at the Medical Education Campus.

Counselors will help you determine through testing the areas in which your skills and knowledge are below college entry level. In some cases you must complete your developmental courses before enrolling in certain courses or being admitted to a curriculum. In other cases, you can take college level courses along with developmental courses.

Credits earned in these courses are not applicable toward associate degree programs..
A wide variety of instructional methods and materials are used at the College for developmental courses. In some courses there is a choice of either the classroom type of lecture/discussion or individualized (programmed) instruction in which you can work at your own rate of learning. Some developmental courses are offered through the Extended Learning Institute. If you have any questions, please check with a counselor or faculty advisor.