Catalog  –  2013 - 2014


Registering for Classes - Course Admission Policy

The policy of the college is that, unless specifically exempted by statute or regulation, every course, course section, or class reported for state aid, wherever offered and maintained by the college, shall be fully open to enrollment and participation by any person who has been admitted to the college and, when applicable, a relevant program, and who meets established prerequisites.


Many courses offered by the college require the completion of prerequisite courses taken at Porterville College or their equivalent at another accredited institution. Students are advised to consult the course descriptions found in the current college catalog or semester schedule for the identification of the prerequisites for a course.

Prerequisites are approved through the Porterville College Curriculum Committee. They may be revised or adjusted during the school year. For specific information, contact the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Room AC-101.

Important Definitions

  • If you should see the words prerequisite, co-requisite or recommendation in the catalog, it is important for you to understand the definition of these terms.
  • Prerequisite means a condition of enrollment which a student is required to meet in order to demonstrate current readiness for enrollment in a course or educational program.
  • Co-requisite means a condition of enrollment consisting of a course which a student is required to simultaneously take in order to enroll in another course.
  • Recommendation means a condition of enrollment which a student is advised, but not required, to meet before or in conjunction with enrollment in a course or educational program.

Procedures for Prerequisite Challenge

Students may petition to challenge prerequisites based upon the following criteria:

  • The prerequisite has not been made reasonably available.
  • The prerequisite was established in violation of regulation or in violation of the district-approved processes (student documentation required).
  • The prerequisite was discriminatory or applied in a discriminatory manner (student documentation required).
  • The prerequisite has been met based upon the student’s knowledge or ability to succeed in the course despite not meeting the prerequisite (student documentation required).

Location of Prerequisite Challenge Petitions

Prerequisite Challenge Petitions are available in the Counseling Office, AC-126; or Learning Center. Students wishing to challenge the English or mathematics placement prerequisites should contact the respective division chair.

Recommended Skill Levels

For most courses listed in the catalog, recommended basic skill levels have been assigned in reading and writing and, where applicable, in mathematics. Students are advised that they should have at least these skill levels for academic success. Specific course skill levels are available in the Counseling Office, AC-126.

Priority Registration Appointments

Continuing students who were registered on Monday of the third week of classes are assigned early registration appointments for the following semester in the following order:

  • Students who belong to specific groups or special programs and who have completed matriculation.
  • Students who have completed orientation, assessment, counseling and have a Student Educational Plan on file in descending order of the number of units completed, except that students who have completed 45 to 68 units will be first.