This certificate is designed to prepare students for careers in Law Enforcement, the Court System, or Corrections. In addition, graduates of the certificate program may continue their education in undergraduate programs in Criminal Justice, Criminology or Homeland Security.

For those already in service the program provides professional development for career advancement purposes. Students with a certificate in Criminal Justice qualify for employment in city, county, and state criminal justice agencies, and in the rapidly-growing private industrial security field.

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Fall Semester 
ENGL101N College Composition 4 0 4
BCPT101N Computer Technology and Application 3 0 3
CRMJ101N Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 0 3
CRMJ102N Criminology 3 0 3
SOCI101N Introduction to Sociology 3 0 3
 Credits 16


Spring Semester 
ENGL109N Oral Communications 3 0 3
MATH108N Contemporary Mathematics 3 0 3
CRMJ121N Criminal Investigations 3 0 3
CRMJ122N Law Enforcement Organizations 3 0 3
PSYC101N Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3

Credits 15

Total 31 credits

Please note that dropping from a required program course may mean that the student will be out of sequence in program course offerings which may delay graduation. Students who begin the program in the spring semester or who need developmental course support should recognize that it may take longer to complete the program.

It is also important to note that many protective services careers have health and fitness requirements as well as other specific expectations. Individuals who have had difficulty with the law depending upon the nature of the problem may not be employable. Applicants who have any questions should discuss their concerns with an advisor prior to enrolling in this program.

Early Childhood Education

Certificate Outcomes

Upon the completion of the Early Childhood Education Certificate, graduates will be able to:

  1. Use their knowledge and understanding of the young child’s development to provide opportunities and environments that support the physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive, and creative development and learning of children birth through age eight.
  2. Understand, respect, and value the need for supportive relationships with the families of young children in relationship to the child’s development and learning.
  3. Understand and mindfully assist in and use informal and formal observation, documentation and assessment strategies and techniques to plan and individualize the learning environment, curriculum and teacher interactions and practices for young children.
  4. Assist in the establishment and maintenance of positive and supportive relationships with young children in an environment that has been designed to be a physically, cognitively, emotionally, and psychologically respectful and healthy learning environment for all young children.
  5. Demonstrate college level proficiency in the skills of written and verbal communication. 


This certificate will prepare the student to work directly in the early childhood care and education environment. The courses in the certificate meet NH Child Care Licensing Requirements as well as provide knowledge in the Core knowledge areas required by NHDHHS, Child Care Bureau Credential. The course curiculum follows the standards of the National Association of the Education of the Young Child Degree Standsrds for Preparing Early Childhood Professionals.

Upon completion of the ECE certificate, students may enter NH Child Care and Early Childhood Education programs as lead teachers, associate level teacher, or assistant level teacher.

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ENGL101 College Composition 4 0 4
FYE101N First Year Experience 1 0 1
ECE101 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3 0 3
ECE102 Growth and Development of the Young Child 3 0 3
ECE103 Safe and Healthy Programs in Early Childhood Education 3 0 3
ECE104 Curriculum for Early Childhood Care and Education 3 0 3
ECE190 Early Childhood Education Practicum I 1 8 3
ECE230 The ECE Profession and Professional Portfolio 1 0 1
ECE200 Dev. App. Programs for Infants and Toddlers * OR 3 0 3
ECE105 Children with Special Needs and Their Families * OR 3 0 3
ECE204 Guidance and Classroom Management * 3 0 3

Total 24 Credits

Meets requirements for State of New Hampshire credential of Associate Level 4 Teacher.
*  Students are advised to meet with their advisor and choose appropriate courses depending on their goals and work requirements.

Evening Program

This program is designed to prepare individuals for jobs providing support services to the hearing impaired. Emphasis will be on using American Sign Language (ASL). To be accepted to the program, applicants must meet the requirements for admission listed in the catalog.

SOCI101N Introduction to Sociology - OR - 3 0 3
PSYC101N Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
ENGL101N College Composition 4 0 4
ASL120N Sign Language I 3 0 3
ASL101N Sociology of Deaf Culture 3 0 3
ASL121N Sign Language II 3 0 3
ASL220N Sign Language III 3 0 3
ASL221N Sign Language IV 3 0 3
ASL201N Deaf and Hearing Cultural Interactions 3 0 3
Total Credits 25

Additional information about the Paralegal Studies Program at Nashua Community College can be obtained by contacting Program Coordinator Prof. Sueellen Seabury, Program Coordinator, Paralegal Studies.

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ENGL101N College Composition 4 0 4
PLGL101N Basic Legal Studies 3 0 3
PLGL102N Legal Research & Writing 3 0 3
PLGL210N Litigation & Trial Preparation 3 0 3
PLGL220N Real Estate Law 3 0 3
PLGL230N Contracts and Business Organizations 3 0 3
PLGL240N Probate, Estates & Trusts 3 0 3
PLGL250N Family Law 3 0 3
PLGL260N Criminal Law 3 0 3
PLGL290N *Paralegal Internship & Seminar 3 0 0
* Optional for certificate students with a bachelor degree
Total Credits 28
* Note: Paralegal Certificate courses offered and to be taken in same semesters listed under Associate Degree.

Evening Progam

The Massage Therapy Certificate Program is designed to prepare the student to enter the profession of therapeutic massage. It meets all State of New Hampshire requirements for licensure and provides a minimum 750 hour course of study. Students gain a basic understanding of anatomy and physiology, as well as various massage interventions for general health and well-being. Electives are provided to make Nashua Community College massage graduates unique and versatile.

Completion of the program will prepare graduates to take the National Certification Examination for Massage and Bodywork required for licensure as a State of New Hampshire Massage Therapist. The passing rate for NCC graduates taking the 2009 NCETMB was 100%. Students may complete the program in one year (three semesters) or longer depending on the needs of the student. Flexible scheduling allows full time workers to build their course load as needed each term.

Students must be matriculated in the Massage Therapy Certificate program at NCC to register for any MSTN course. The following exceptions will be considered based on space availability: students enrolled at another educational institution in Massage Therapy; Licensed or Certified Massage Therapists. A minimum age of 18 is required for enrollment in any palpation dependent classes. Continuing education credits are also available for LMTs.

Applicants for Massage Therapy must meet the College requirements for admission. They must also complete Standard First Aid and CPR courses at their own expense prior to their internship.

National exams and State of New Hampshire licensure require a felony-free background check over the ten years preceding license application. NCC reserves the right to require felony checks of any prospective or matriculated massage student. If required, this would be the student's expense.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S. Department of Labor) projects an increased growth rate of 20% for massage therapy through 2018.

Students in the Massage Therapy Program will be held to the highest professional and ethical standards. Inappropriate behavior and issues pertaining to the quality of touch will not be tolerated and will result in removal from the program at any time. The program is subject to constant review in an effect to meet current and future requirements of this quickly growing field of study.

* Some courses are offered during the day.

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MASS102N A & P for Massage and Bodywork 3 2 4
MASS101N Swedish Massage I* 2 3 3
MASS119N Massage Business Practices 3 0 3
MASSxxxN Elective**     2/3
MASS111N Musculo-Skeletal Study 1 2 2
MASS121N Swedish Massage II 2 3 3
MASS131N Pathology 3 0 3
MASS141N Oriental Theory and Concepts 3 0 3
MASSxxxN Elective **     2/3
MASS212N Kinesiology 2 3 3
MASS126N Massage Rule and Ethics 1 0 1
MASS233N Clinical Evaluation and Treatment 2 3 3
MASS135N Deep Tissue Massage 1 2 2
MASS290N Clinical Internship:  A Capstone Experience 0 9 3
MASSxxxN Elective **     2/3

Minimum of 37 Credits


CHWN101N Foundations of Health and Wellness 3 0 3
CHWN105N Guided Meditation and Imagery* 2 0 2
CHWN110N Introduction to Homeopathy 2 0 2
CHWN115N Introduction to Herbology 3 0 3
CHWN120N Introduction to Reiki Healing 2 0 2
CHWN125N Yoga, Breath and Movement 2 0 2
MASS105N Spa Techniques * 2 0 2
MASS124N Acupressure * 3 0 3
MASS132N Sports Massage * 2 0 2
MASS134N Self-Care and Stress Management 2 0 2
MASS136N Shiatsu * 2 0 2
MASS137N Pre-Post Natal Massage * 2 0 2
MASS139N Reflexology * 2 0 2
MASS143N Chair Massage * 2 0 2
MASS145N Aromatherapy 2 0 2
MASS147N Elder Massage * 2 0 2
MASS148N Somatic Massage * 2 0 2
MASS149N Russian Massage * 2 0 2
MASS153N Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascal Release * 2 0 2
BIOL120N Nutrition 3 0 3
*  Please check course descriptions for prerequisites and corequisites.
**  Students must take a minimum of two (2) electives.

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Information Processing Certificate

Day/Evening Progam
BCPN101 Introduction to Computers 2 2 3
BCPN119 Software Applications 2 2 3
BCPN225 Advanced Software Applications 2 2 3
Total Credits 9

Day/Evening Progam

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ENGL101N College Composition 4 0 4
FYE101N First Year Experience 1 0 1
BCPT101N Computer Technology and Applications 2 2 3
PSYC206N Learning and Behavior 3 0 3
PSYC101N Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
HSV111N Introduction to Human Services 3 0 3
HSV123N Supportive Communication Skills 3 0 3
General Education Core:  Behavioral Social Science 3 0 3
HSV190N Fieldwork I 1 8 3
Total Credits 26
*Please check course description for prerequisites for this course.

Professional Certificate in Liberal Arts

Day/Evening Progam

To graduate with a Professional Certificate in Liberal Arts, students must complete with a minimum of a "C" average (a 2.00 Grade Point Average) a minimum of 34 credits of coursework distributed in the following manner:

Professional Certificate in Liberal Arts
BCPN101 Introduction to Computers 2 2 3
ENGN101 College Composition 4 0 4
Group F or G Humanities* or World Language Elective 3 0 3
Group E Mathematics Elective 4 0 4
Group B Science Elective 3 2 4
Group B Science Elective 3 2 4
Group C Behavior Science Elective 3 0 3
Group D Non-Behavorial Science Elective 3 0 3
XXXXxx Group A - F** Elective or Open Elective 3 0 3
XXXXxx Group A - F** Elective or Open Elective 3 0 3
Total Credits 34
* English course (General Education Group A) cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.
**General Education Groups A, B, C, D, E, & F will be chosen to meet transfer requirements or to provide additional academic experiences in preparation for employment.

Day/Evening program

The Certificate programs are designed to provide the basic accounting skills required for clerical and entry-level positions, or to improve the existing accounting skills of individuals who seek promotional opportunities.

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