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Academic advising helps you begin your college experience on track to achieve your academic goals. Our advisors will help you clarify your academic pathway, provide accurate information about your degree and certificate options and assist you in the development of an academic plan.

The advising office meets with students on an appointment basis. Appointments are conducted in various formats, including Microsoft Teams, Zoom, email, phone and in-person. Please check the appointment information when scheduling for details on the format.

All degree seeking students are assigned to an advisor either within their major or through the advising office. Please contact your assigned advisor to make an appointment and discuss your next semester.

If you have difficulty contacting an advisor or making an appointment, please contact advising@pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6556 for assistance.

Pellissippi State offers two types of degree pathways:

  • Career programs let you earn an associate degree and quickly enter the workforce
  • Transfer programs let you earn an associate degree that is made to transfer to a four-year university

Pellissippi State also offers certificates that let you acquire quick training in certain skills.

If you are a degree-seeking student, then you are required to meet with an academic advisor. Your advising requirements may change depending on the type of student you are.

Students with disabilities can request aid or other services during the enrollment process through Disability Services. Disability Services also helps students with accommodations and aid in the classroom and around campus.

Virtual Advising Services

Need help with the advising process? We’re here to answer your questions and help you prepare to meet with an advisor.

Virtual advising will be available for all students on the following dates.

December 6, 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.
December 12, 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

Please click here to access the virtual queue on these dates.

Walk-In Advising all campuses:

December 14, 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

Advising Checklist

All degree seeking students are assigned an academic advisor either in their program or through the advising office. Student’s assigned advisor’s is listed in myPellissippi (on the right side, under your name), if you do not see an advisor listed, follow the instructions below to schedule an appointment with a general advisor and email advising@pstcc.edu to request one be assigned.

New students will be assigned an advisor before the fall 2022 semester begins. However, advising may not be completed before you need to register. Most students should see their advisor’s name in myPellissippi (on the right side, under your name), but if you do not see an advisor listed, follow the instructions below to schedule an appointment with a general advisor.

To make an advising appointment through the Navigate Student mobile app:

  1. Download the app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play.
  2. Search For Institution: Pellissippi State Community College
  3. Login will be the same as MyPellissippi
  4. Tap on the “Appointments” icon in the middle of the top row
  5. Select “My Team” to see if you have an assigned advisor. If you do, tap their name to find their availability. If you do not have an assigned advisor, in the blue bar at the bottom select “Schedule an Appointment.”
  6. For “Service,” scroll through all the options to see which fits your intended path or major at Pellissippi State. Select that option.
  7. Select a date in which you would like to schedule an appointment. Remember, you cannot schedule an appointment within 24 hours. The tap “Find Available Time.”
  8. Select the campus in which you would prefer to meet with an advisor.
  9. Select the time on the date which works best for you. Review the details of your appointment then tap “Schedule” in the blue bar at the bottom.

To make an advising appointment through myPellissippi:

  1. Log into your myPellissippi. Once you have logged in, you will see a box on the left side that says “Online Services.” There will then be a link in that box that says “Navigate.” Click on that link and then click on the link that says “Login with your school account” (the log in will be the same as your MyPellissippi).
  2. Once you are in Navigate, click on Appointments (third item on the left) and then click “My Team” to see if you have an assigned advisor. If you do, click their name to find their availability. If you do not have an assigned advisor, in the blue box on the right click “Schedule Appointment.”
  3. Click the arrow for “Service” and scroll through all options to match your major and/or path while at Pellissippi State, then “Pick a Date.” Remember you cannot schedule an appointment within 24 hours.
  4. Click on “Find Available Time.” On the right side you will be able to select the campus in which you would like to meet with an advisor. You can either select a time that works best for you on that campus, or you can view the advisors that have availability and select a time with a specific advisor.
  5. Once you select the time that works best for you, review the details of your appointment, enter any comments you have, the click “Schedule” at the bottom of the page.

When you meet with an academic advisor, you will discuss the type of degree you wish to earn and what you intend to do with it — like transferring to another college or joining the workforce. Your advisor can help you select the correct classes plus special options that may be available, like weekend or evening classes or degrees offered as part of a cohort. Be prepared by researching this information:

Decide if you’re a Career or a Transfer Program student.

  • Career degree programs let you earn your degree from Pellissippi State and then pursue your career
  • Transfer degree programs let you earn a degree from Pellissippi State that is designed to transfer to a four-year or other institution

Get familiar with all of our Career and Transfer pathway options.

  • Transfer Guides are special agreements with specific higher education institutions that we’ve worked out for you to make transferring credits easier. If your degree program has a Transfer Guide, you can transfer your credits seamlessly to that other institution.
  • Tennessee Transfer Pathways are a type of transfer program. Specifically, you can transfer TTP concentrations (and there are lots) to any other Tennessee Board of Regents institution, public state university or University of Tennessee institution.
  • General Transfer Degrees are flexible transfer paths that let you take the classes that will fit your intended major at another institution. This is a great deal, but there’s important fine print — you are responsible for ensuring that all the credits you choose to take will transfer and are appropriate for your major. We’re happy to help you, but the responsibility is yours.
  • Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association pathways help you seamlessly transfer credits to private or independent four-year institutions in Tennessee. TICUA pathways might be fully transferable or transferable with modifications.

Decide how you want to take your classes.

We not only have traditional class times during the day, we have lots of options to fit your schedule and your preferences: evening classes, online classes and even hybrid classes, which are offered partially online and partially on-campus.

Determine if you fall into a special student population.

Do you want to be a teacher?

If you’re an education student, you have special advising requirements. All education students — in our Associate of Science in Teaching, Early Childhood Education and General Transfer Degree programs — go to one place for advising.

Do you want to be a registered nurse?

To enter Pellissippi State’s Nursing program, you must apply to the competitive program after you’ve been accepted to Pellissippi State. Additionally, Nursing students have unique advising requirements once they’re accepted into the program. Most students must complete nursing prerequisite courses before they apply for the Nursing program. Speak to a Nursing advisor for more details.

Are you interested in a cohort pathway?

Some Transfer degree programs are offered as Guided Pathway Cohorts, which means they are block-scheduled.

If you’re a cohort student, you have special advising requirements. All cohort students go to one place for advising. Contact Brock Evans for all the details.

Find out if you qualify for Prior Learning Assessment or Academic Fresh Start.

If you have tried college before, with perhaps not-so-great results, Academic Fresh Start can help you start over by calculating your GPA and credit hours toward graduation only on courses for which you have earned a “C” or above. You have to meet certain qualifications and apply to take advantage of Academic Fresh Start.

Prior Learning Assessment, or PLA, means that you can earn college credit for your life experience, military service, previous career and even volunteer work.

If you’re interested in Academic Fresh Start or PLA, ask your advisor.

If you are a degree-seeking student, you must meet with an advisor. Your advisor will be your go-to person for questions and help creating an academic plan! 

If you are a non-degree, transient, or certificate student, you may register without seeing an advisor.

The steps to register for classes are the same for all students. After you meet with an advisor, you register for classes through myPellissippi.

Steps to register:

  • Log in to myPellissippi.
  • Go to “Student Self-Service” and select “More Options”
  • Select “Registration”
  • Go to “Class Search” and select the semester for which you want to register
  • Select the Subject you want to register for and select “Course Search”
  • Select the particular course you want to take
  • The courses offered that semester will appear. Select the checkbox to the left of each course you want to register for
  • Be sure to select “Submit Changes” at the bottom of the page to actually register for all of your selected courses
  • You’re registered for classes! You can now view your course schedule for the semester from myPellissippi

Some students may need a course override to register for a class. If you do, call the Start Strong Center at 865-694-6400.

Some students may see holds on their accounts in myPellissippi. Sometimes holds can keep you from registering for classes, so you’ll need to satisfy the requirement of the hold first. If you have questions, call the Start Strong Center at 865-694-6400.

Once you’re registered for classes, remember to confirm your schedule and pay any fees before the appropriate deadline each semester.

Everyone must confirm their attendance. Even if you receive financial aid that covers tuition and fees you must confirm your schedule, or it will be deleted.

Tennessee Promise students are required to complete community service for each semester they attend college. If you do not complete and submit community service hours to tnachieves.org by the deadline, you will lose Tennessee Promise. Deadlines are specific for each semester:

  • Fall Semester — July 1
  • Spring Semester — December 1
  • Summer Semester (eligible for TN Promise funding for full-time students only) — April 1

Tennessee Promise students must maintain a full-time enrollment (at least 12 credit hours) and a 2.0 GPA. If you withdraw from class, or simply stop attending class, and drop below 12 credit hours, you will lose Tennessee Promise. Any other financial aid you may receive could also be affected.

Always talk to Financial Aid before you withdraw from or stop attending a class.

If your enrollment drops below full-time, or if you have an official or unofficial withdrawal date due to a documented personal hardship or medical reason, you may submit an appeal to keep Tennessee Promise to the Institutional Review Panel. A dependent or independent student whose appeal is based on financial reasons must provide all supporting documentation attributable to the student. A student cannot appeal for missing the GPA requirement. To appeal, students must submit an appeal form in myPellissippi and provide professional documentation that supports their appeal. If documentation is not provided, your appeal will be denied.

Advising Checklist for Dual Enrollment

If you’re a current high school student interested in taking classes at Pellissippi State to earn college credit while also satisfying high school credit requirements, you’re a Dual Enrollment student. Students can enroll in college-level courses that are taught at their high school or attend classes at one of our campuses.

Dual Enrollment students are not required to see an academic advisor in order to register.

If you do not see “Ready to Register,” you have outstanding Admissions requirements. You can review any outstanding Admissions requirements via the “Your Enrollment Checklist” link in myPellissippi. Remember, all students must complete their steps for Admission before they can register for classes.

If you do see “Ready to Register,” proceed as directed:

  • If you’re taking a class on a Pellissippi State campus — you’ll need to register for classes yourself. To make sure you are eligible to register, log in to myPellissippi and check for the “Ready to Register” alert.
  • If you’re taking a class at your high school — we will register you for your classes within two weeks of the semester beginning. If you have questions about the college classes you plan to take at your high school campus, ask your high school counselor.

Once all of previous steps are completed — including registering for classes — the college will credit Dual Enrollment students’ accounts after registration. Dual Enrollment students must pay any remaining balance not covered by the grant by the Schedule Confirmation and Fee Deadline. Students may set up a payment arrangement with the Cashier if needed. If you do not pay fees or set up a payment arrangement by the Schedule Confirmation and Fee Deadline, your schedule will be dropped.

Advising Checklist for International Students

Non-via students: please follow the Advising checklist above. 

International students with F-1 visas have unique advising requirements.

If you are an international student, contact international@pstcc.edu for all advising information.

Advising Checklist for Visiting, Certificate & Non-Degree Students

If you are a student who wishes to take classes at Pellissippi State — but who does not wish to earn a degree from us or from another institution — you are a non-degree student. You may be auditing classes, or simply taking credit classes for personal enrichment.

Non-degree, certificate, and visiting students do not have advising requirements.

Register for classes in myPellissippi. Then remember to confirm your schedule and pay any fees before the appropriate deadline each semester.

Everyone must confirm their attendance. Even if you receive financial aid that covers tuition and fees you must confirm your schedule, or it will be deleted.

Contact Us

advising@pstcc.edu

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Goins Administration building, room 123
865-694-6556

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865-981-5300

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865-971-5200

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865-329-3100

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865-225-2300