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Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) Program



 

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My name is Debra Borders and I did not take the tradtional route of pursuing a college degree upon completion of high school. I chose a job instead of a career. I worked for eighteen years straight at a local hospital and after a medical leave of absence I decided that I wanted to enjoy a career in my next phase of life. I started taking classes at several of the local colleges and universities. Aside from taking college courses; I was busy raising my children, working, and devoting time to helping care for my mother who was battling cancer. I had real world situations happening that I felt strongly about and it took a while for me to finally head out to the completion gate.

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The Regents Bachelor of Arts Program is tailored to help returning students finish their college degrees. Regents students are eligible to receive college credit for work experience, professional certifications, and military training.

You are eligible for the Regents program if you graduated high school at least four years ago, do not hold a baccalaureate degree, and meet Concord’s general admission requirements. You may not be simultaneously enrolled in the Regents Degree program and another degree program.

What sets the RBA Program apart?

Flexibility: There are no specific classes that students have to pass. Through your completed coursework, you may have already fulfilled the Regents general education requirements.

Credit for professional experience: Credit may be awarded for certifications in a variety of professions including nursing, medical technology, insurance, criminal justice, computer information, accounting, and secretarial work.

RBA opportunities for veterans and military personnel:  A core feature of the RBA program is recognizing military training with college credit. Concord follows the American Council on Education's credit recommendations for veterans. Concord has gone an important step forward by partnering with Mountwest Community and Technical College to provide veterans a seamless transition from Mountwest's Associate Degree programs to the Concord RBA to masters programs in a variety of career fields.  For more detail on this innovative opportunity, please click here.

Scholarships: Special Regents scholarships are available.
Regents Areas of Emphasis: Regents students may earn an Area of Emphasis in their chosen field. Click the Regents Area of Emphasis button on this page for more information.

Forgiveness: While Regents students must have a 2.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) to graduate, failing grades received more than four years ago are not counted in calculating Regents students’ GPAs.

Residency exemption: Regents students need to complete only 24 credit hours in West Virginia’s public higher education system. The residency requirement that 36 credit hours be completed at Concord does not apply to Regents students.

A Regents degree is excellent preparation for graduate school

Concord Regents students have gone on to graduate study in a wide variety of fields including:

  • Business administration
  • Education
  • Counseling
  • English
  • Divinity
  • Music

Opportunities for Regents graduates are unlimited

Regents graduates from Concord hold professional positions in a wide variety of career fields including education, business, recreation, health care, and law enforcement. Here are a few of the jobs that Concord Regents grads are doing:

  • Computer Network Manager
  • State Park Superintendent
  • Teacher
  • U.S. Army Ranger
  • Paramedic Program Director
  • Football Coach
  • Social Worker
  • Corrections Officer

Program Requirements

Total credit hours 120
Upper division credit hours (in courses numbered 300 or above) 39
General education credit hours* 36
Hours earned from state supported colleges, universities, or community colleges in West Virginia – 12 of these hours must be completed at Concord University 24

*The 36 general education hours must include the following:

  • Communication: 6 hours
  • Humanities: 6
  • Natural Sciences: 6
  • Social Sciences: 6
  • Math / Computer applications: 3

Contacts

Cheryl Barnes
RBA Coordinator
cbarnes@concord.edu
(304) 384-5220
Marsh Hall 240
Teresa Frey
Academic Advisor for Adult Learners
and Veteran Students

teresafrey@concord.edu
rba@concord.edu
(304) 384-5226
Marsh Hall 240
Last updated on Nov 20, 2013. Originally created on Feb 15, 2010. Report incorrect information.