Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between an on-campus class and an online class?
The only difference between the courses offered on campus vs. online is the place in which you take your course. The material presented for the course of study is the same. Many of our professors teach both the on campus and the online courses. Regardless of place, you will interface with your classmates and professors on a weekly basis--the only difference is where.
How long does it take to get my certificate?
The certificate program is designed so that a person could complete the certificate within two years. The length of time it takes to complete the program is determined by the student and the number of courses they take each semester. We do recommend that students who work full time limited their course load to only two classes per semester.
In what order do I have to take the courses?
There are no prerequisites to take any class. However, we do recommend that students begin with History and Theory of Historic Preservation and/or History of American Architecture, as these required courses help to set the foundation for the other classes. The only prerequisite exception is the Internship. The Internship cannot be taken until the required courses are completed and two of the three electives. Most of our graduates take their internship as their last class of the program.
What are the Admission requirements and how much does it cost?
Bucks County College has a free online admission process. You fill out your application on the Bucks website. It is that easy. To get started you simply go to our website and fill out the free online application. Once your paperwork has been processed you will be issued a student id number and you are ready to register for classes. All students, both part-time and full-time, must have advisor approval to register. The Historic Preservation Program Coordinator is the adviser for all the Historic Preservation students and is available to work by phone and email. The directions can be found on the Academic Advising page.
Do I have to take placement testing to enroll in the program?
Applicants who have completed college courses or have been awarded degrees can have their testing requirements waived (noted on the application) by having your official transcripts forwarded on to the college for review. You may also take classes for personal enrichment without going through placement testing.
Can I transfer my classes to another institution of higher learning?
Bucks Preservation offers an undergraduate certificate in Historic Preservation. Should you wish to continue your education at a four-year institution, many schools allow incoming students to transfer credits. Which classes and how many credits vary by school. Courses taken through Bucks Preservation are for college credit; BCCC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
Are jobs available for preservation graduates?
Yes. Bucks graduates are prepared to enter the preservation field, or go on to pursue advanced academic study. Since 1993, our certificate graduates, and hundreds of others have benefited from taking courses in the Historic Preservation Program. Graduates have found opportunities at the county, state, and federal levels in such diverse areas as historic house museums, construction, HARB (Historic Architectural Review Board) committees, conservation, and planning. Many practicing professionals pursue this Certificate as a supplementary credential. In our courses, we frequently teach architects, lawyers, engineers, artisans, conservationists, educators, activists and ordinary citizens. These people represent a new interest in the economic revitalization of towns and neighborhoods, heritage tourism, growth management and historic landscape restoration. The online Certificate Program enables individuals from across the U.S. to study and practice preservation in any local community.
Are scholarships available?
Students may apply for several competitive scholarships in the spring semester of each year.
Any further questions
Please contact Patricia.Fisher-Olsen@bucks.edu or call (215) 968-8286.