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Counseling

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Counseling Department
Contact & Hours

Student Services Annex (SSA)
(818) 947-2600 ext. 4200
Monday-Thursday:
8am-7pm

Friday:
8am-2pm

Who is my counselor?                                        

Students are not assigned a specific counselor. You may meet with any available counselor you like.

How do I make a counseling appointment?

30-minute counseling appointments are available for scheduling starting each Tuesday morning at 8am for the following week by visiting the LAVC Counseling Dept. web page and clicking on the “Make a Counseling Appointment” button.

60-minute counseling appointments for extensive transcript evaluations and/or career counseling are scheduled by phone (818) 947-2600 x4200.

10-minute same-day counseling appointments are available each day on a first-come, first-serve basis, but can be scheduled for later the same day by calling (818) 947-2600 x4200. Same-day appointments are available starting at 9am until 15 minutes before closing.

Where can I get a copy of my transcripts?

You can print out an unofficial copy of your records through the Student Information System. Copies of official transcripts are requested through the Office of Admissions and Records.

What are the counseling department office hours?

The counseling department is open from 8a.m. to 7p.m. M-Th, and 8a.m. to 2p.m. on Fridays.

What makes a student full-time?

Students who are enrolled in 12 or more units are considered full-time students. Students taking less than 12 units are part-time.

What is the maximum number of units I can take? How can I take more?

Generally, students are able to enroll for up to 18 units during online registration. Once classes begin a student may request permission for “excess units” beyond 18 from a counselor. The counselor will sign the student’s add card before it can be processed through the Office of Admissions and Records.

How do I know what courses to take to complete my educational goal?

Students who are approaching completion of 15 units or their first semester in college are required to develop a Comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP) with a counselor. You may complete your Comprehensive SEP by attending a group counseling session, taking a Counseling 1 or Counseling 20 course, or meeting with a counselor in an individual appointment.

What if I have completed coursework from another college/university?

If the student has attended college(s) outside the LA Community College District they will need to have their official transcripts sent to:
5800 Fulton Ave.,
Valley Glen, CA 91401,
Attn: Admissions & Records. 

Please allow 10 business days for mail and processing (even if you request rush delivery). Students may confirm that transcripts have been processed by calling either the Counseling Department or Admissions & Records and providing their student ID number. Once transcripts have been scanned by Admissions & Records, students may schedule a 60-minute appointment for an Official Transcript Evaluation and Comprehensive SEP.

How do I get CSU or IGETC Certified?

CSU and/or IGETC certifications are done through the Office of Admissions and Records. Students should meet with a counselor to have their transcripts evaluated for certification purposes prior to petitioning for certification in Admissions.

How can I replace or remove a bad grade(s)?

There are two policies which can help students with substandard grades of “D” or “F” on their records. After repeating the same course, students may petition for Grade Forgiveness of substandard coursework, and the first grade will not be calculated in student’s GPA. Original grades will be put in parentheses and noted as “course subsequently repeated for better grade.” Students who do not repeat the same course(s) may petition for Academic Renewal of substandard grades for up to 18 units after more than 2 years have passed, and after completing subsequent coursework with a minimum GPA requirement (2.5 in last 15 or more units or 2.0 in last 30 or more units). 

Note: Withdrawls or “W”s remain perminantly on a students records, and cannot be removed by either policy.

How do I clear prerequisites?

Students who have completed prerequisite courses within the LACCD can go directly to Admissions and Records prerequisite window for clearance. Students who have completed equivalent prerequisite courses outside the LACCD must see a counselor in a 10-minute same-day appointment for a “Prerequisite Waiver” which--once signed by a counselor--they may take to Admissions & Records for clearance. Students whose course equivalency is unclear to the counselor or if they want to challenge the published prerequisite(s) must see the Dept. Chair for a “Prerequisite Challenge” which they take to Admissions & Records for clearance.

What are the R.N. Program requirements?

LAVC Registered Nursing (R.N.) Program accepts applications twice a year (Sept. for Spring, April for Fall). Prior to applying for the R.N. program, students must have the program prerequisites completed and evaluated by a counselor in an appointment. Official transcripts from college(s) outside the LACCD must be sent in by mail (not hand delivered) and processed by Admissions & Records before an evaluation appointment can be made. All courses must be completed with grade C or higher.

R.N. Program Prerequisites

  • Biology 3 or college Biology w/lab
  • Anatomy 1 (min 4sem/6qtr units)
  • Chemistry 51 or college Chemestry w/lab
  • Physiology 1 (min 4sem/6qtr units)
  • Microbiology 20 (min 4sem/6qtr units)
  • English 101 (min 3sem/4.5qtr units)
  • Psychology 1 (min 3sem/4.5qtr units)
  • Psychology 41 (min 3sem/4.5qtr units)
  • Math 115 (Algebra I) or higher

R.N. Program General Education Reqs

Students are encouraged to complete the following Plan B General Education requirements prior to entering the R.N. program.

  • Speech 101 (min 3sem/4.5qtr units)
  • Sociology 1 or Anthropology 102 (min 3sem/4.5qtr units)
  • Humanities (3sem units from Plan B Area C)
  • Social and Behavioral Science (3 semester units from Plan B Area B)
  • Physical Education (1 semester unit from Area E2)
  • Math 125 (Algebra II)