Jul 22, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook Archived Catalog

Student Services and Activities



Motlow College provides a cooperative education program as an integral part of its efforts to link practical work experience to the student’s educational program. Students who successfully complete the cooperative work assignments will be awarded two semester hours of credit for a maximum of two terms. The work assignment must be related to the student’s program of study or career goals and approved by the program coordinator. The cooperative education classes are graded on a Pass/Fail basis. For more information on course requirements, see the course descriptions section of this catalog. Additional information is available on Moore county academic dean by calling 931-393-1849, or contacting the academic dean on Smyrna center 615-220-7818, assistant academic dean on McMinnville center 931-668-7010, or assistant academic dean on Fayetteville center 931-438-0028.


Motlow State Community College is committed to meeting the needs of qualified students with disabilities by providing equal access to educational opportunities, programs, and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate. This commitment is consistent with the college’s obligations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 (as amended in 2008). Together, these laws prohibit discrimination against qualified persons with disabilities.

All students seeking assistance through Disability Services must self-disclose the presence and nature of a specific disability to the Office of Disability Services. Before receiving requested accommodations, students are required to obtain current documentation (within the last 3 to 5 years) of the disability. Documentation may include records or written statements from a professional who is licensed to practice in the field appropriate for diagnosing and/or treating the disability in question–a physician, optometrist, audiologist, physical or occupational therapist, psychologist, etc.

The Office of Disability Services coordinates services for students with disabilities at all Motlow College campuses. The disability service staff serve as advocates and liaisons for students with disabilities attending the college. The offices are located in Crouch Building, Room 1042 on Moore county campus and Room 134 on Smyrna center. For assistance, call 615-220-7857, email bchampion@mscc.edu.


A comprehensive New Student Orientation program is required of all first-time freshmen prior to registration for classes. New student orientation is designed to introduce new students to college life, to learn about resources that Motlow has to offer, to find out about campus activities and organizations, and to provide the student with advisement and registration assistance. For more information regarding new student orientation, contact the assistant director of student services at any Motlow campus.


Completion Coaches are located on the Fayetteville, McMinnville, Moore County and Smyrna campuses and serve as a valuable college resource to students. All freshmen students are assigned a completion coach at his/her primary campus. Coaches will meet with students discuss their career and academic interests and provide resources to assist students toward successfully achieving their academic goals. Students will be encouraged to take an active role in their learning and education, which ultimately impacts student retention and graduation.


Completion coaches also assist students with career planning resources to achieve their educational and career goals by offering many helpful tools and career enhancement opportunities.  

Career Planning administers an “Interest Inventories” career assessment survey which helps students examine their educational and career pathways. This survey is administered on-line and contains three parts: Career Search with Person Match, Skills Assessment, and Work Values Inventory. Students are encouraged to call for appointments.

This unit facilitates potential employment opportunities by posting full and part-time job listings as well as volunteer opportunities on its web pages. Students are encouraged to contact the companies direct. If there are questions, students may call 931-393-1719 or 931-393-1612.

Students who need assistance in resume preparation, interviewing techniques, and job-seeking strategies may contact us for guidance. This unit also coordinates Career Fairs and industry awareness days for students pursuing employment.


Motlow offers a non-compulsory student health and accident policy which will provide protection for students at a very competitive rate. For policy information, contact the Office of Student Success on the Moore County campus or the director’s office at the Fayetteville, McMinnville, and the Smyrna campuses.


On occasion when an emergency message needs to be delivered to a student at one of the college locations, that message should be directed as follows:

  Moore County Campus Office of Student Success (Day Only) 931-393-1690
  Moore County Campus Library (Evening Only) 931-393-1670
  Fayetteville Center Director’s Office (Day and Evening) 931-438-0028
  McMinnville Center Director’s Office (Day and Evening) 931-668-7010
  Smyrna Center Director’s Office (Day and Evening) 615-220-7800


The Testing Office provides a wide range of services to both the College and the community. As a service to Motlow students, to other local students, and to residents of the community, the Testing Office participates on a regular basis in the testing programs described below.


Motlow State Community College serves as a residual test center of the American College Testing Program (ACT). Tests are given during the semester, prior to registration and monthly during the summer. All students taking the ACT Test must have a Motlow admission’s application on file prior to taking the ACT Test. Students will register for the Residual ACT by logging into their MyMotlow account, go to the Student tab, click Testing/Proctoring Services, click Residual ACT Test Registration then proceed with the registration form. Please see the Motlow website for more information: http://www.mscc.edu/testing/act.aspx  A general interest course entitled “ACT Test Preparation” is scheduled fall and spring semesters. Information concerning this course may be obtained from the Office of Workforce Development and Extended Service.


The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives students the opportunity to obtain college credit by examination. CLEP is computer-based and scores are returned immediately after testing. The maximum amount of advanced credit allowed is one-fourth of the total number of credit hours required for graduation. Motlow has been approved as a limited CLEP testing center that administers only subject area tests. There is a fee for each subject test. Students planning to take a CLEP test must create an account and register with College Board and complete the online CLEP registration form for Motlow. http://www.mscc.edu/testing/CLEP.aspx  Further information concerning CLEP is available from the Testing Office. A listing of CLEP subject areas which may be tested at Motlow appears in section entitled “College Level Examination Program Credit.”


Effective April 1, 2016, General Education Development Test (GED) is no longer an option for High School Equivalency Diploma for residents of Tennessee. Effective July 1, 2016, the HiSET will be the only option for residents of Tennessee who wishes to obtain their High School Equivalency Diploma. Test takers who have started the GED modules have until June 30, 2016 to complete them.

High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)

Adults who have not received a high school diploma and wish to apply for a certificate of high school equivalency may take the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test). Please see the Motlow website http://www.mscc.edu/testing/HiSET.aspx to help determine which tests best suits your needs for a High School Equivalency diploma. Persons who feel inadequately prepared to take the HiSET test can obtain assistance from your local service delivery area. Motlow has been established as an official HiSET testing center. The HiSET is available at the Moore county and Smyrna campus on computer-and paper-based format. The paper-based format is administered at the Fayetteville campus and in Winchester.

PRAXIS: Core Academic Skills for Educators Test

Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Tests

If you wish to take all three computer-delivered Core Academic Skills for Educators exams (5712, 5722, 5732) at the same time, select Core Academic Skills for Educators Combined Test (5751) when registering. Scores will be reported by individual test (5712, 5722, 5732).

  You Need to Take: Test Code: Qualifying Score:
  Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading 5712 156
  Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing 5722 162
  Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics 5732 150
  (On-screen four-function calculator provided.)    

Students pursuing the Associate of Science in Teaching degree are required to take the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test during their sophomore year. For registration information visit www.ets.org and click on PRAXIS.


For information concerning this exam, contact the Testing Office.


For information concerning this exam, contact the Testing Office.


For information concerning this exam, contact the Testing Office.


For information concerning this exam, go online at http://www.mscc.edu/nursing/HESI_entrance_exam.aspx or contact the Testing Office.


Forrester Student Center on the Moore County campus houses the Tipps Bookstore and the cafeteria. Commercial television viewing is available in the Student Activities and Resource Center (SARC). The cafeteria, located in Forrester Student Center, is operated by a private vendor. Breakfast and lunch, as well as short order snacks, are served. Drink and vending machines are located in all buildings on all campuses.


Students attending Motlow State Community College have several options when purchasing textbooks and supplies. Motlow College Bookstore, operated by Follett Higher Education Group, Inc., carries all required textbooks and student supplies which are selected and officially approved by the faculty. Motlow College Bookstore locations include the Tipps Bookstore on the Moore County Campus, the McMinnville Campus Bookstore at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Center in McMinnville, and at the Smyrna Campus Bookstore. All students’ academic needs may be served by ordering textbooks and supplies online at www.motlowshop.com using a credit card. A nominal fee is charged for shipping. Textbooks and supplies may be reserved online at the bookstore online address.

Refund Policy

Textbooks may be returned for full credit if the book is (1) accompanied by a sales receipt; (2) unmarked (if purchased new); and (3) returned within specified time. Regular term textbooks may be returned for full credit up to 7 calendar days from the opening day of classes (or within 2 days if purchased thereafter). Summer term textbooks must be returned within 2 days from the opening day of class for full refund. All textbooks with defective publication will be replaced throughout the term. There are no refunds for textbooks purchased during the last week of classes or during final exam week.

Buy Back Policy

Cash is paid for used books throughout the year. The buyback price is determined by the future class use of the book at Motlow College and the inventory levels at the bookstore. Up to 50% is paid on all textbook editions which have been adopted for the next term (as long as the demand equals or exceeds the supply). To receive maximum value of a textbook, the textbook should be sold as soon after the last class as possible, the time when inventory is most depleted and need is the greatest. For example, by the first day of class a book may not be worth 50% because the inventory level may be adequate. As an additional service, non-adopted textbooks which are current editions and in good condition will be purchased at the current market value based upon a national college textbook market guide.

Bookstore Hours

Please see http://www.bkstr.com/motlowstateccstore/store-info-contact-us for current store hours and information for all campuses.




The college sponsors intercollegiate athletics under the supervision of the faculty in health, physical education, and recreation.

The intercollegiate program sponsors teams in men’s basketball and baseball and women’s basketball and fast pitch softball. These teams compete in a regular schedule with teams from other recognized institutions of the same scholastic levels as Motlow State Community College. To participate in intercollegiate athletics, students must meet the eligibility requirements of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA).


Don’t just go through college, let college go through you!

At Motlow we encourage you to not just attend college, but to experience college. One way for students to enrich their college experience is to participate in as many co-curricular activities as possible. These activities provide students with opportunities for fellowship with other students, interaction with faculty, leadership opportunities and community involvement. As you pursue your educational goals, we encourage you to become involved with campus activities, organizations, clubs and student government.


The Student Government Association is a united group of individuals who are dedicated to expressing the needs of their student body. Each Motlow campus has its own elected student government officials consisting of a vice president, sophomore and freshman senators, as well as other appointed officials. Sophomore members are elected in the spring, and freshmen members are elected in the fall.

The President of the Student Government Association serves as a liaison among SGA on each campus. The Smyrna, McMinnville, Moore and Fayetteville campuses maintain a separate administrative structure for the Student Government Association; each led by an executive vice president on the respective campus. Each addresses issues unique to that campus including student activities, student concerns, and community projects.


There are a number of nationally recognized organizations at Motlow.  Exceptional faculty make these organizations enriching and valuable for the skills, knowledge and experience you will gain. The relationships you will build with faculty and peers cannot be understated. You will find added value to your educational experience, whether in Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa, Skills USA, American Chemical Society, or the Student Nurses Association. Each organization have their own requirements and many of them travel to various activities and national conferences.


The Motlow Ambassador Program provides a distinct leadership experience. This is a volunteer opportunity for students to be inspired for holistic growth, which in turn will prepare you for the workforce, equipped with the skills necessary to succeed. Motlow Ambassadors learn leadership skills, peer to peer mentorship, professional development, and communication skills. The group represent the College at a host of community special events. Ambassadors are top representatives of the student body and the College as a whole. They demonstrate knowledge about the college, its programs, history and purpose, and the multitude of programs and services it provides. Ambassadors are held in high esteem as they strive to be role models within the College and greater community.

For more information on various clubs, organizations and student leadership opportunities, contact Kirsten Moss-Frye, Dean of Students at kmoss@mscc.edu.


The Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) represents a group of TBR colleges and universities (including Motlow College) devoted to making international education and cultural understanding a central goal of higher education throughout the state of Tennessee. TnCIS sponsors an annual conference on international education and provides summer study abroad opportunities in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America for students of member institutions. For more information about the programs offered and application procedures, please visit the TnCIS website.  http://www.tncis.org/