This page is dedicated to archive important information previously communicated to faculty and staff during the COVID-19 change in College operations period beginning in March 2020.

Communication Archives

July 3, 2020 - PHSC President Letter to Students on College Re-Entry

Dear PHSC Students: In light of the surge in Coronavirus cases throughout Florida and our district, Pasco-Hernando State College is delaying the College’s return to campus-based operations until further notice. The health and safety of our students is our most important priority and we look forward to welcoming you back on campus when it is safe to do so.

Though most administrators, faculty and staff are working remotely, we are reachable via email and phone. Students will continue to have access to a full range of online services. PHSC’s Information Center staff are available to assist or can direct you to the appropriate person to address your questions or concerns. Our Information Center is available at 1-855-669-7472 from Monday–Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Information Center can also be reached via email at information@phsc.edu. The College remains closed on Fridays through August 7.

Please be assured that we are preparing for your safe return to our campuses. Plexiglass barriers have been installed in areas where students are served, new signage will help enforce social distancing, and all facilities and classrooms are being deep cleaned and sanitized.

Please view my latest COVID-19 video update and review PHSC’s Reentry Plan and other important information related to the pandemic.

Despite the challenges we face in these uncertain times, completing the courses needed to attain your college degree or certificate is your best strategy for success. We encourage you to register for fall classes and reach out if you need assistance or information.

Stay well,

Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., President

June 2, 2020 - Update on Health and Nursing Program for Fall 2020

Pasco-Hernando State College’s Nursing and Health Programs are continuing to evaluate the capacity and ability to admit students in the Fall 2020. We are monitoring the current recommendations of the Florida Department of Education, the Governor’s office, the CDC, the Board of Nursing, and our accrediting bodies for each program, as well as directives from our clinical partners.

The following programs will not admit in the Summer Term:

  • Dental Assistant (resume May 2021)
  • Surgical Tech Program (move to Spring 2021)
  • EMT - North Campus
  • EMT - East Campus
  • EMT- West Campus

The following programs will not admit in the Fall 2020 Term:

  • West Campus Paramedic Program (move to Spring 2021)
  • Generic RN Program East Campus (move to Spring 2021)
  • Generic RN Program West Campus (resume Spring 2021)
  • Generic RN Program Porter Campus (resume Fall 2021)
  • PN Program - West Campus (move to Spring 2021)
  • PN Program - North Campus (move to Spring 2021)

The following programs are currently considered for contingent admits in the Fall 2020 term:

  • LPN-Transition RN Program - North Campus (reduce number to 20)
  • LPN-Transition RN Program - West Campus (reduce number to 20)
  • Para-Transition RN Program - Porter Campus
  • EMT Program - East Campus
  • EMT Program - West Campus
  • Medical Assisting (open access currently)
  • Dental Hygiene (reduce number to 8)

If the student has already applied to a selective admission program, the application will remain active until the next application cycle unless the student opts to withdraw the application.

June 24, 2020 - PHSC President Letter to Students on College Operations

Dear Students: The Pasco-Hernando State College 2020 fall semester may look and feel somewhat different for students with additional steps being taken to ensure a safe and productive academic environment during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The College will continue to deliver exceptional instructional offerings on campus (for certain programs and courses) and virtually (through online/hybrid/remote learning) while maintaining safety procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH).

To maximize flexibility, different instructional delivery options will be available for all students. Face-to-face instruction is being reconfigured to include social distancing provisions. These changes mean that classes may be smaller and may meet in larger spaces. Large classes or programs may be split into smaller sections, receive instruction via face-to-face/hybrid, online or consist of a combination of both. This flexibility will be crucial for students who may not otherwise be able to enroll and/or make timely progress towards their degree completion. However, should students need to conduct business in person, we would like to ask that they have an appointment. This will mediate the staff with potential exposure to COVID-19 and allow us to track who comes into our office should we need to contact them in the future should someone test positive for Covid-19.  

The goal is to offer as much flexibility for students as possible. The expectation is that face masks must be worn for face-to-face classes and that social distancing protocols will be followed across all PHSC campuses. Please visit the main Coronavirus web page to view the College Reentry Plan that outlines the three instructional modalities and programs/courses offered. If you have any questions regarding your course or program, please contact your program director, department chair, campus associate dean or respective academic dean. You can find out how to contact these members of faculty and staff on our website phsc.edu. PHSC Student Services will continue to be offered virtually and in July, some services can be scheduled by appointment.

 The safety, health and well-being of the campus community will always be PHSC’s highest priority. Strategies are in place to continuously monitor changing health issues and related campus operations. As the pandemic continues to evolve, college administration will determine if or when operational changes may be required.

This unprecedented situation for our college has created extraordinary challenges that our students, faculty, and staff have experienced over the past several months together and I have been inspired by the cooperation and collaboration of you all. I am confident that we can overcome these challenges as we face them going into the fall semester.

Be well and stay safe,

Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., PHSC President

June 21, 2020 - Precautions for In-person CPR Courses

PHSC has incorporated several precautions to promote health and safety in our CPR classroom.

CPR courses are conducted using the standards presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the American Heart Association (AHA), and additional safeguards incorporated by the College.

Students attending an in-person CPR course will have their temperature taken upon entering the classroom. Any student presenting with cold symptoms, coughing, sneezing, or a temperature will not be allowed to attend the class.

Students may register for CPR courses online. Questions or concerns regarding CPR courses may be directed to Dallas Crick, PHSC's AHA Training Center Coordinator at 727-816-3119 or crickd@phsc.edu.

May 27 - Testing Update

In repsonse to COVID-19, PHSC has waived the HESI application requirement for the current Dental Hygiene program. HESI testing will resume for the following admissions period later this year. 

PHSC now offers TEAS remote testing using the Proctorio platform! Two testing sessions will are available each day (Monday through Thursday) until June 30. Additional test sessions and days may be added as needed. 

For general testing questions, contact Testing Services at testing@phsc.edu.

May 14 - Statement to Health Sciences Program Students

During COVID-19, PHSC is and has been committed to ensuring the safety and health of our nursing and health program students and faculty, first and foremost. The newness of a highly contagious virus impacted College and Universities across the country and the world. We diligently monitored recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), local, state, and federal guidelines, the Department of Education (DOE), and accrediting agencies, recommendations of our clinical partners, and our students that reached out with concerns regarding the return to the Campuses and clinical settings. These guidelines changed frequently, to which we adjusted as needed.

To ensure continuity of education for PHSC’s students, the move to the online environment for all courses was necessary; including nursing and health programs, which were not developed to be delivered online. Faculty rose to the challenge and moved the courses online to provide the opportunity to keep students moving forward with the theory courses; however, unique challenges were associated with labs and clinicals which requires a hands-on approach to ensure that effective learning outcomes and competencies are met. Plans were established with faculty input on how to proceed for the different levels of students and the use of simulation.

Each College has to make the determination of what is best for their students and organization. The academic rigor and sound educational practices of PHSC nursing programs supports student learning and is paramount to what we do to prepare our students to be highly skilled in their field; thus, the demand for a PHSC nurse in the workforce. Repeatedly, the emphasis of discussion points has been on virtual simulation. Simulation provides a great supplement to learning; however, it is not the solution for all learning needs. The most recent communication from the board of nursing indicates that virtual simulation is to end on May 31st, unless another extension is granted, potentially, leaving students in a situation where full completion could not be met. We are proud of our students and the reputation that the nursing programs have, based on the preparedness of graduates. We have the number one PN program in the state and our RN programs excel at surpassing both the state and National NCLEX rates.

The fall 2020 plan has been modified to assist each student to meet his or her educational goals of students graduating in December 2020. The details of that plan are still in production and will be communicated to students so that they may plan their schedule accordingly.

Decisions made were and are fluid as guidelines change, sometimes daily; however, the commitment to student safety and quality education have been the driving forces of decision making.

May 7 - President's Virtual Town Hall Meeting

The PHSC President and Leadership Team hosted a virtual town hall meeting for students on May 7.  

The Town Hall meeting has ended. The Zoom meeting was recorded, however due to a system glitch, only a portion of the meeting recorded. View Recording

Highlights from the chat portion of the meeting are below:

  • PHSC will offer the TEAS testing through remote testing via Proctorio.
  • Testing questions can be directed to testing@phsc.edu.
  • Nursing program questions can be directed to Dean Billie Gabbard at 727-816-3284.
  • Trying to reach a faculty or staff member? Complete directory located in the footer of the website.
  • Planning is in progress for Fall Term with in-person classes still in question.
  • CARES Act funds available for eligible students. See below.
April 28, 2020 - PHSC President Letter to Students

Dear Student:

Thank you for your efforts to adapt to a “new normal” as PHSC enters our fourth full week of online instruction and remote operations. We have faced institutional challenges never seen before in our history. Many of you, on short notice, quickly adjusted to a virtual classroom environment and we appreciate your commitment to work toward academic goals.

While we rely on the guidance and recommendations of health and education officials, it is important to remain proactive in making decisions that could impact the well-being of PHSC students. Maintaining a safe teaching, learning and workplace environment is our top priority; therefore, while PHSC continues remote operations, campuses will remain closed to students, the public and most employees at least through June 1, 2020.

To honor our spring 2020 graduates, the college will host a virtual commencement ceremony on May 26. Additional details will be announced soon.

Along with members of my leadership team, I will host a virtual town hall meeting to address student questions and concerns related to the Coronavirus and college operations on Thursday, May 7 at 2 p.m. More information about how to participate in the virtual town hall meeting will be circulated soon.

As the spring term concludes, I offer my appreciation and best wishes to graduates. To those of you continuing your studies at PHSC, we hope that you will consider enrolling in online summer courses. Our fall schedule of classes will be released as soon as possible. A revised academic schedule and additional updates are available at phsc.edu.

In the meantime, please ensure your success by communicating clearly with professors and administrators. Address any issues that you might face promptly and remain engaged and patient as we adapt to the extraordinary challenges presented by the ever-evolving COVID-19 landscape.

Again, thank you. Please be safe, stay positive, and stay well!

Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., President

Virtual Textbook Buy Back event begins April 27. 

To keep in line with the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing, the college has replaced all on campus Buy Backs with an online or virtual Buy Back event. Learn more about the Virtual Textbook BuyBack event.

Summer Term 2020 Schedule

Summer Term III
Term III
Date Day  
May 14 Thur Purge for Unpaid Registrations
May 21 Thur Classes Begin; Drop/Add Begins
May 25 Mon Memorial Day Holiday
May 27 Wed Drop/Add Ends
July 13 Mon Last Day for Withdrawal/Audit
July 30 Thur Classes End
Aug 3 Mon Grades Due by 9 p.m.
Summer Term IIIA
Term IIIA
Date Day  
May 14 Thur Purge for Unpaid Registrations
May 21 Thur

Classes Begin; Drop/Add Begins

May 25 Mon Memorial Day Holiday
May 27 Wed Drop/Add Ends
June 18 Thur Last Day for Withdrawal/Audit
July 2 Thur Classes End
July 6 Mon Grades Due by 9 p.m.
Summer Term IIIB
Term IIIB
Date Day  
May 14 Thur Purge for Unpaid Registrations
July 6 Thur

Classes Begin; Drop/Add Begins

July 16 Thur Drop/Add Ends
July 23 Thur Last Day for Withdrawal/Audit
Aug 10 Mon Classes End
Aug 11 Tue Grades Due by 9 p.m.