International Programs

International & Study Abroad Services

International Programs

International & Study Abroad Services

International Students

International & Study Abroad Services

The Pharmacy Technician program prepares students for the role of support personnel in the hospital, clinical, home health care agencies, mail-order and retail pharmacies. Working under the direction of a licensed pharmacist, Pharmacy Technicians provide assistance to the pharmacist in a variety of tasks involving the packaging, distribution, compounding, labeling, and recording of drugs.

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2405 East College Way
Mount Vernon, Washington
98273-5899 U.S.A.

Phone: 360.416.7891
Fax: 360.416.7868

Returning Student Registration starts Feb. 6

New Student Registration starts Feb. 27

Spring Quarter 2018 Begins April 3

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English Language Requirements

NO TOEFL Policy

Skagit Valley College does not require student applications to have a TOEFL score. Effective August 2015, student applications taking advantage of our NO TOEFL policy will be issued an I-20 for Language Training until proficiency has been met.

If you do not have a TOEFL score you will be given an English placement test before registering for classes. Students whose test results show skills adequate for college work will be excused from English as a Second Language (ESL). Others will be required to take ESL classes until the language requirement have been met.

The results of the English Placement test will determine your placement in any one of three different areas of study: Intensive English, Bridge 1, Bridge 2, or Regular.

If you have a TOEFL or IELTS score, the charts below show your placement:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Internet-based Score Range Computer-based Score Range Paper-based Score Range
Intensive English 44 and Below 133 and Below 450 and Below
Bridge 1 45–52 133–150 450–473
Bridge 2 53–60 153–170 477–497
Regular (College Level) 61 and Above 173 and Above 500 and Above

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Intensive English N/A
Bridge 1 N/A
Bridge 2 N/A
Regular (College Level) 5.5 or Above in Each Sub-Test

Description of Levels

  1. Intensive English: You can be placed in one of four levels. Each level takes three months (one quarter) to complete.
  2. Bridge 1: Students in Bridge 1 are considered matriculated college students. Classes at the Bridge 1 level consist of a combination of academic and English preparatory classes. These classes are pre-selected and some count toward your graduation requirement for your degree.
  3. Bridge 2: Like Bridge 1, these classes are a combination of academic and English preparatory. In addition, you have the flexibility to select classes that meet your graduation requirements.
  4. Regular (College Level): Students will be allowed to take regular SVC courses.

Questions

Do you have questions about the different program levels? Answers to questions below are linked to the Frequently Asked Section of our website. For any other questions, please send an email to [email protected].

Can I apply to SVC if I start with the intensive English language classes?
You are considered a Skagit Valley College student although you may start your degree with your training in the Intensive English Language Program. Only one I-20 is issued for your degree at Skagit Valley College.
Can I study at AESL (Academic English as a Second Language) for only a short period of time?

Yes! You can study AESL for a minimum of 5 weeks.

Do I need a TOEFL score?

No, students will be given an English placement test upon arrival. English training will be given if needed to meet the English language proficiency to progress to the Associate degree program. If a student receives an appropriate English proficiency score, the student will be moved into the Associate degree program.

What do classes in Bridge 1 consist of?

Bridge 1 consists of two Academic ESL classes in grammar composition and reading, two Speech classes, and an Orientation to College Success class. This is a total of 18 credits. Of these 18 credits, 13 are considered college-level credits. These classes are pre-selected for you and your schedule is fixed.

What do classes in Bridge 2 consist of?

Bridge 2 consists of classes in English and Communication (fixed classes) and the flexibility to choose other classes that meet your graduation requirements. If you are a new SVC student, you will also be required to take an Orientation to College Success class. In order to determine which level of English you will enter, all students (including American students) are required to take a college placement test. The college placement test determines both English and Math levels including pre-requisite requirements for college-level classes.

What do classes in the Regular Program consist of?

The Regular Program gives you total flexibility to choose classes from all areas of your graduation requirements. Prior to taking classes, all students (including American students) are required to take a college placement test. The college placement test determines both English and Math levels including pre-requisite requirements for college-level classes. If you are a new SVC student, you will also be required to take an Orientation to College Success class.

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