Advising Center
Bldg. S, Room S113
bhcAdvising@dcccd.edu
972-860-4830

Frequently Asked Questions

Do not seek advising over the telephone. Advisors are not available to conduct advising over the telephone.

    General Information

  1. What are the Advising Center’s hours of operation?
  2. How do I formally withdraw from my class?
  3. What is the difference between credit and non-credit courses?
  4. Does Brookhaven College offer the Nursing Program?
  5. Getting Started

  6. I have never attended college. How do I get started?
  7. Is a high school diploma or GED required to attend Brookhaven College?
  8. If I am already a college student but new to the Dallas County Community College District system, what am I required to do to gain admittance to Brookhaven College?
  9. Assessment

  10. What is the Texas Success Initiative, TSI?
  11. Which assessment tests are required for TSI?
  12. Do I have to take an assessment test to attend credit courses at Brookhaven College?
  13. How long is the assessment process?
  14. What is “Quick” THEA? What is the difference between THEA and “Quick” THEA?
  15. Is there a study guide for the THEA test?
  16. I passed THEA. Why do I need to take a developmental math class?
  17. Do I need to re-test after I finish taking developmental reading, writing or math?
  18. Planning Your Schedule

  19. What is pre-advisement?
  20. What is eConnect’s Plan My Schedule
  21. What is the difference between an associate degree and a certificate?
  22. What can I do with the various certificates and associate degrees offered at Brookhaven College?
  23. How do I plan my schedule for a semester?
  24. What happens if I repeat a course?
  25. Is there anything I can do about a low GPA from several years ago?
  26. Transfer

  27. How do I receive credit for courses completed at other colleges?
  28. What are the steps to transfer to a university, and when do I need to start them?
  29. How can I find out what courses at Brookhaven College transfer to a Texas four-year college or university?
  30. Planning to transfer to a state four year college or university?
  31. What is the CORE Curriculum?
  32. If I don’t know what university to transfer to and I don’t know what I want to major in, what courses should I take?

  1. What are the Advising Center’s hours of operation?

    For current hours, visit the Advising Center website.


  2. How do I formally withdraw from my class?

    SCHEDULE CHANGES (ADD/DROPS)

    Stop before you drop! Read about the new Texas drop law before you drop a course.

    Students desiring a schedule change have the following options:

    1. ADD/DROP courses only after full payment of tuition is completed and processed through the Brookhaven College Business Office. Stop by the Admissions Office, Room S041, for an Add/Drop Form.
    2. Complete or partial withdrawal from college any time after registration until the last drop day requires an exit interview with an advisor. You may contact an advisor in the Advising and Counseling Center, Room S113.

    You may not drop your classes by e-mail. You must formally withdraw from the course.

  3. What is the difference between credit and non-credit courses?

    Credit courses can be used to satisfy requirements for certificate programs and/or associate degrees or higher. Although developmental courses are credit courses, they cannot be used to meet credit requirements for graduation, but are sometimes necessary to develop basic skills needed to improve the chances of success in college-level classes.

    Non-credit courses can also be defined as “corporate” or “continuing education” courses. These courses are short-term and used for personal interest or to develop job skills. You can contact the Workforce and Continuing Education Division at 972-860-4600 for more information.

  4. Does Brookhaven College offer the Nursing Program?

    Yes. The Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas unanimously approved Brookhaven College’s application for initial accreditation of an Associate Degree Nursing Program. Approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Community and Technical Colleges Division also has been received. Brookhaven College’s first nursing class of 30 students was admitted fall 2004. Visit the Associate Degree Nursing Program Web site for more information about the program and for a list of upcoming nursing information sessions.

  5. Getting Started

  6. I have never attended college. How do I get started?

    Prior to the beginning of each term a student who has completed the application process may register for courses for the coming semester.

    1. After submitting your application for admission, you will receive a letter of confirmation and registration materials.
    2. Attend a mandatory orientation session for first-time-in-college students.
    3. Complete appropriate assessment testing.
    4. Meet with an advisor for academic planning. High school transcripts and SAT, ACT, THEA, TASP scores, if available, should be brought to the advisement session to assist in placement. Assessment tests must be completed prior to advisement.
      Your mandatory advisement session will help you:
      • develop an educational plan related to your career goals, current commitments and basic skill level;
      • determine what courses to take to meet your educational goals;
      • plan your course schedule;
      • learn how to complete the registration process; and
      • know where to go if you need help.
    5. Complete registration and receive a Registration Summary printout.
    6. Pay tuition by required date.

      SPECIAL NOTES TO STUDENTS:

      You must pay by the required date or your enrollment in courses may be purged from the registration records.
      NOTE: First-time-in-college students cannot register online via eConnect.

  7. Is a high school diploma or GED required to attend Brookhaven College?

    Brookhaven College has an “open door” admissions policy. If you are 18 years of age or older, a GED or high school diploma is not required. A GED or high school diploma, however, will be necessary if you are seeking an Associate Degree in Nursing. If you intend to seek financial aid, a GED, high school diploma or minimum scores in all three areas of a state-approved assessment test will be required. Please contact our Scholarships/Financial Aid Office for additional information at 972-860-4110.

  8. If I am already a college student but new to the Dallas County Community College District system, what am I required to do to gain admittance to Brookhaven College?

    A general application for admission must be completed and submitted to the Admissions Office. If you have previous college hours, but are new to the Dallas County Community College District system, you will be required to provide certain information. If you have taken any of the following tests – TAAS/TAKS, TASP/THEA, ACT, SAT, Compass, Maps, Asset or TSI Assessment – please bring a copy of your scores. Visit the transfer student registration page for more information.

  9. Assessment

  10. What is the Texas Success Initiative, TSI?

    The Texas Success Initiative, TSI, is an assessment testing program. Texas state law requires that all entering students be tested in reading, writing and mathematics before enrolling in college-level courses in any Texas public college or university. TSI replaces the former TASP program.

    Assessment testing is used to determine whether or not students will need extra help (such as tutoring or developmental math, reading or writing courses) before they enroll in higher level courses.

  11. Which assessment tests are required for TSI?

    The following assessment tests are currently acceptable: TSI Assessment, TAAS/TAKS, TASP/THEA, ACT, SAT, Compass or Asset. In order to be considered valid TAAS/TAKS scores must be within three years of the testing date and ACT and SAT scores must be within five years of the testing date.

  12. Do I have to take an assessment test to attend credit courses at Brookhaven College?

    If you are pursuing an associate degree or higher, you are required by Texas state law to have appropriate assessment test scores. Scores generated by TAAS/TAKS, TASP/THEA, ACT, SAT, Compass, Maps, Asset or TSI Assessment are acceptable. These tests evaluate a student’s reading, writing and math abilities. Scores must be on file before registration can be completed. Brookhaven College uses TSI Assessment, a computerized assessment test, to assist in the advisor’s evaluation of the student’s skills.

  13. How long is the assessment process?

    Brookhaven College’s complete TSI Assessment assessment is comprised of a one-hour timed writing sample and three additional untimed components in math, reading and sentence structure. On average this test is taken in four to five hours and must be completed in one sitting. If THEA is taken, a maximum of five hours is allowed to complete the test.

    You must have TSI assessment scores on file before you can enroll in college-level courses. Under certain conditions, you may be exempt from the TSI requirements.

  14. What is “Quick” THEA? What is the difference between THEA and “Quick” THEA?

    Quick THEA allows for a “quick,” hassle-free registration. Quick THEA is the official THEA test given on days and times convenient for both individual schools and their students. Only current Brookhaven College students are allowed to register for the Quick THEA in the Advising Center. A $29 fee is paid the day of the test. Test results are normally available within two weeks.

    The regular THEA is given six times a year on the dates listed in the THEA Registration Bulletin. The bulletin can be found at the Advising and Counseling Center, Admissions Office, Testing Center and the Multicultural Center. A registration form included in this bulletin, along with the $29 registration fee, must be sent to Austin by the postmark dates listed. Test results are available within three to four weeks. The regular THEA is available to all individuals.

  15. Is there a study guide for the THEA test?

    Yes, various THEA study guides are available at most bookstores. A practice test is also available through the THEA Web site, www.thea.nesinc.com.

  16. I passed THEA. Why do I need to take a developmental math class?

    Our goal for students is academic success. At Brookhaven College THEA scores are used as an assessment and/or placement tool. The minimum passing THEA score in math is 230 which equates to completion of our DMAT 0097 course. The college-level standard score, as defined by the state, is 270. For this reason, you will be required to take developmental math courses if you have passed THEA with a score below 270.

  17. Do I need to re-test after I finish taking developmental reading, writing or math?

    You are not required to re-test after successfully completing the highest level of the developmental reading, writing or math courses.

  18. Planning

  19. What is pre-advisement?

    Pre-advisement gives the student the opportunity to avoid long lines during heavy registration, by taking time to speak with an advisor about courses, degree plans and transferring. Be ready to fill out your registration form, with course information, so that your registration day goes smoothly. No appointment is necessary; drop-in students are always welcomed.

  20. What is eConnect’s Plan My Schedule?

    Plan My Schedule, which requires a log-in, allows credit students to plan a course schedule on eConnect for one or more terms prior to registration, whether that registration is online or with an advisor. Plan My Schedule is updated regularly.

    Students may:

    • Start planning as soon as class listings are available through eConnect’s Search for Credit Classes
    • Search for credit classes by term
    • Select classes to add to their schedule plan
    • View schedule conflicts, pre-requisite or co-requisite requirements
    • E-mail their plan to themselves, friends or family
    • Print their plan to take to an advisor for assisted registration
    • If eligible, register online based on their plan
  21. What is the difference between an associate degree and a certificate?

    An associate degree requires 60 or more college credit hours and generally takes two or more years to complete. Certificates require 15 to 50 college credit hours and could be classified as short-term training to obtain a specific marketable job skill.

  22. What can I do with the various certificates and associate degrees offered at Brookhaven College?

    Our degrees are designed to enable graduates to enter an occupation with a marketable skill. Please access our Instructional Division Web site or the Brookhaven College Catalog online for more specific information concerning particular degrees. If you are planning to transfer to a university, contact an academic advisor to discuss transferability of these courses.

  23. How do I plan my schedule for a semester?

    Time management is essential when building your schedule. Plan at least three to four hours of study time per week for each hour of course work. If you register for a three-hour credit class, plan nine to 12 hours of study per week. Also, different course combinations may require a greater amount of study time. English, accounting, economics, lab science, and math courses are considered “homework intensive.” Study time for these types of courses could double. If you need help in planning your schedule, speak to an academic advisor.

  24. What happens if I repeat a course?

    You may choose to repeat a course to improve your grade point average, GPA. The class can be repeated at any of the colleges of the Dallas County Community College District. Your Brookhaven College transcript will reflect grades for all courses taken, including those repeated. Your GPA while attending any of the colleges within the Dallas County Community College District will reflect only the last grade earned, not the best grade. If you plan to transfer to a university, you will need to review the school's policy regarding repeated courses and calculation of GPA.

    Effective for the fall semester 2005, the Dallas County Community College District charges a higher tuition rate to students registering the third or subsequent time for a course. Courses taken in the fall 2002 semester or later at any of the DCCCD colleges are counted toward the third attempt. Developmental studies courses and some others are not included in this policy. Visit http://www.dcccd.edu/thirdcourseattempt/ for more information.

  25. Is there anything I can do about a low GPA from several years ago?

    Yes, you may take advantage of the Academic Forgiveness Policy that was passed in 1993 by the state legislature. This policy allows you to elect not to use college credits that are 10 years or older. You may not be selective in this process – it’s “all or nothing.” If a passing grade was generated in a course taken before fall of 1989 you will, however, retain your TASP exemption status. Also, if you are transferring to a Texas university or college it is your responsibility to check the school’s interpretation of this policy. Please contact the Scholarships/Financial Aid Office before exercising this option.

  26. Transfer

  27. How do I receive credit for courses completed at other colleges?

    If you wish to apply credit from previous college-level course work toward an associate degree, you must complete a “Transcript Evaluation Request” form from the Admissions Office. Official transcripts from each institution you have attended must be on file in Admissions for your request to be processed. A degree plan will be mailed to you after the evaluation is completed. This process will take four to five weeks.

  28. What are the steps to transfer to a university, and when do I need to start them?

    Start planning as soon as possible. Gather information from all the schools to which you may transfer. Your research should include degree plans, course requirements, application deadlines, scholarships and any other materials required to complete the transfer process. Contact the university and request a catalog and an application. Make an appointment to speak with an advisor at each school under consideration.

    To ensure that you are enrolling in courses that will apply toward a bachelor’s degree, please meet with an advisor to discuss unique transfer situations.

  29. How can I find out what courses at Brookhaven College transfer to a Texas four-year college or university?

    If the college or university is in Texas, determine if it uses TCCNS, Texas Common Course Numbering System, which is used by Brookhaven College and many Texas universities and colleges. This system has been designed to help students in the transfer of credits throughout Texas. Most universities and colleges will have a cross-reference page in their catalog that utilizes TCCNS. This listing will indicate their course number and Brookhaven’s equivalent course number. In addition, you can obtain “transfer guides” through the Dallas County Community Colleges Web site and the Brookhaven College Advising Center. These sources list the transferable courses for many majors offered at various universities and colleges in Texas. If your university or college is out of state, you will need to contact the school directly to ensure transferability of credit hours.

  30. Are you planning to transfer to a state four year college or university?

    Students should be aware that there are limits on the number of lower-division freshman and sophomore courses that Texas public and universities will accept in transfer. In many cases, the maximum number of college-level courses accepted in transfer toward a bachelor's degree is 66, although some universities may accept slightly more in special cases.

    Consider taking the CORE Curriculum. To ensure that you are enrolling in courses that will apply toward a bachelor's degree, please meet with an advisor to discuss unique transfer situations.

  31. What is the CORE Curriculum?

    Every Texas public college and university is required by Texas law to have a CORE Curriculum that, if completed at one institution, should transfer and take the place of the core at the receiving institution. Therefore, if your plans include transferring to a Texas public university, it is to your distinct advantage to complete the core at this college since the core should transfer as a block of credit to the receiving university.

  32. If I don’t know what university to transfer to and I don’t know what I want to major in, what courses should I take?

    Many students have not chosen a major upon entering college. It is advisable to begin by taking Core Curriculum courses (ie., English, history, math, etc.) plus developmental courses if needed. The completed CORE Curriculum is transferable to all Texas public universities and colleges. Enrollment in these courses also affords the student opportunities to discover areas of possible interest.