Jefferson State Community College
2601 Carson Rd
Birmingham, Alabama 35215-3098
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Founded in 1965, Jefferson State Community College is a two-year, public institution in Birmingham, Ala., that offers associate degrees and certificate programs. The college, which is a member of the Alabama Community College System, focuses on career preparation and preparing students to continue their education at four-year institutions. JSCC offers both credit and non-credit programs, serving about 10,000 students through credit-bearing programs and 5,000 students through non-credit programs, the college’s website notes. The college features two campuses and two educational sites, including the main campus, the Shelby-Hoover campus, and sites in Pell City and Clanton. JSCC serves working adults and nontraditional students by offering classes during the day, evening, on weekends, and even online.

Programs Offered

Jefferson State Community College prides itself in offering more than 120 university transfer programs that prepare students to transition to a four-year institution. In addition, the college offers 20 career programs and a variety of certificate programs that prepare students to enter the workforce directly. JSCC’s General Studies and Transfer Division offers programs through five departments, including biology, business/information systems, communications, liberal arts, and math/engineering/physical sciences. Notable programs that directly prepare students for the workforce include nursing, funeral science, physical therapist assisting, EMS/paramedic, veterinary technology, and more. The college also has thriving distance education programs, which are available online, in hybrid/blended format, or via videoconference. Online courses are delivered though the Blackboard online learning platform.


Jefferson State Community College has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges since 1968. The college’s programs in funeral service education, physical therapist assisting, nursing, and practical nursing also hold specialized accreditation, according to College Navigator.


Jefferson State Community College has an open admissions policy, but students are still required to submit one form of primary identification, or two forms of secondary identification, in order to enroll. First-time college students must have one of the following: a high school diploma from an accredited high school, GED, high school diploma with ACT composite score of at least 16 (for students who graduated from unaccredited high schools), or Alabama Occupational Diploma with an ACT composite score of at least 16. Students must submit a completed application and have their high school send an official copy of their transcript showing their graduation date. The application may be submitted online, where the applicant will follow the instructions for creating a login ID and PIN and submit a signature page that must be provided to Enrollment Services. Transfer students must also have official transcripts from all other colleges attended sent to the college.


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