Advising FAQ

These questions are developed to answer some of the most common questions that students ask about reaching their educational goals. Click on a question that interests you to get a quick answer. If you need further information, contact your advisor.

 

Q: What is the difference between Advising and Registering for Classes?

Advisors assist with a student's transition to college. They validate a student's career path and program of study. An advisor helps students select courses and make decisions about course load and delivery methods. They support the student's ability to meet academic program requirements. Class registration is one outcome of an advising meeting.

 

Q: Where do I find my registration code?

Your registration code is provided to you by your advisor.

If you are a new student, you will see an advisor in New Student Advising.

If you are a current student, you will need to see your Academic Advisor. You may find your Academic Advisor's name in Pathway in the upper-right section of the Student page, or at the top of your current class schedule. Use the Directory to locate their contact information.

If you have trouble identifying or contacting your Academic Advisor, please contact advising@ptc.edu, or call 864-941-8388.

 

Q: Do I need to see an advisor to register?

Yes, all students must meet with an advisor before they register.

 

Q: How do I change my major?

You can do this by filling out a Change of Major Form with your Academic Advisor. This form is available online, or at in the Student Records Office located in the A Building on the Greenwood campus.

Please be aware that when you change your major, you are subject to the requirements listed in the College Catalog in effect at the time of the change. 

 

Q: Can I have a double major at PTC?

A student cannot be coded under two majors. However, a student may earn one associate degree, diploma, or certificate, and then complete another degree, diploma, or certificate). Once you complete one program, you will then be coded in the second program as you continue to earn credits.

Please remember that only courses required for a student's declared major will be used to calculate Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

 

Q: Where do I go if I am having trouble being successful in a class?

You should first speak to your instructor, who can help you determine the areas you need to work on, and can make suggestions for improving your performance.

If you need tutoring assistance, visit the Tutoring Center in the K-Building, or access the Tutoring Center home page to learn more about this service. Tutoring is available in a variety of subjects. We also have NetTutor available for students within our D2L course management system. 

Remember, too, you may make an appointment with your Academic Advisor to discuss other possible solutions.

In addition, there are may services available through the Student Success Center and the Career Planning and Counseling department. Whether you need help with your courses some study tips, or just someone to talk to, visit the Student Success Center in Room 101A or call 864-941-8356. Learn more at ptc.edu/resources.

 

Q: What do I do if I'm not able to continue attending my classes?

This depends on when you decide to stop attending.

If you need to drop the class within the drop/add period, you may do so in your PTC Pathway account by clicking on the "Add or Drop Classes" link located in the list under Registration Tools. The course will not appear on your transcript, and you may be eligible for a tuition refund.

After the Add/Drop period, you must withdraw from a class. When you withdraw from a class, a "W" will appear on your transcript. Please be aware that withdrawal from courses can have an impact on your financial aid. 

If you have determined and accepted the risks and consequences involved in withdrawing from your course(s), you may withdraw from all but one of your classes via Pathway. To do this, click on the Withdraw from a Course link located in the list under Registration Tools. 

If you need to withdraw totally from the college for medical or other reasons, contact your advisor and the Financial Aid Office.

 

Q: How do I transfer courses to Piedmont Technical College from another college?

You must have an OFFICIAL transcript sent from your previous institution directly to Piedmont Tech’s Student Records Office. The transcript can be mailed or e-mailed. If mailed, it must come in a sealed envelope. If the transcript has been sent to you, keep the envelope sealed and take it to Student Records. 

Your coursework will be evaluated, and you will be awarded equivalent transfer credit. For a course to be transferable, it must be from an accredited college or university, have a grade of C or better, and be equivalent to a PTC course in content.

A student may transfer in a maximum of 75 percent of credits toward an associate degree program at PTC.

 

Q: Can I repeat a course?

In general, the College allows a student to repeat a course for any reason more than once. All attempts and grades will show on the transcript, but only the highest grade will be used in calculating cumulative GPA.

In Health Care programs, a student may repeat certain courses only once. Talk to your advisor for details.

Note that Financial Aid will only pay for so many attempts at a course, so be sure to check with the Financial Aid office before registering for a repeat class.

 

Q: I don't know which career or major to choose. Can anyone help me?

Yes. PTC offers a number of career-exploration resources as you try to make these decisions.  The Career Planning and Counseling Center offers a number of Career Services

The college has specific, up-to-date information on careers including employment outlook, salaries, ability requirements, descriptions of responsibilities, salary predictions, etc. on the Career Tracks Web site. Students can also do self-exploration through computerized career search tools.

Individual counselors and advisors are available to meet with you to help you use the materials listed above as well as clarify your goals, areas of interest, and abilities. Career Conquest sessions are offered by the Career Planning and Counseling Center for students who are unsure of their career goals. Please contact the Student Success Center at (864) 941-8356 to make an appointment.

 

Q: Does everyone have to take the English, reading, and math placement tests?

No, many students can be placed in English and math courses based on SAT, ACT, or advanced placement testing. Refer to the Placement Policy to determine if placement testing is necessary. If placement testing is needed, students should complete testing before meeting with a New Student Advisor. 

If you have a question about placement testing, contact the Admissions Office at (864) 941-8369.

 

Q: Most of PTC's programs are laid out in a certain sequence. Can I take the courses in a different order?

Piedmont Tech has developed graduation plans for each degree, diploma, and certificate. Graduation plans detail the courses required, and recommend when courses should be taken. Many courses have prerequisites or are offered only during certain semesters; the graduation plans are laid out with these in mind.

It is best to ask an advisor if you have questions about what sequence will work best for you.

You and your advisor may also develop a degree plan that will help guide you in choosing your classes each semester.