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Prerequisites and Co-requisites

Prerequisite and Co-requisite Clearance Process

In order to be cleared to register into a class that has a prerequisite at the assigned registration appointment time, students must submit a prerequisite equivalency form no later than 30 days prior to their registration date. 

Students may be cleared in the registration system for enforced Prerequisites and Co-Requisites in one of four ways:

  1. Successfully completing the prerequisite at Orange Coast College.
  2. Placing into the course via a California Community College placement test (Math English ESL).
  3. Successfully completing the equivalent prerequisite with a "C" or better at another regionally accredited college or university and submitting transcripts to verify successful completion.*
  4. Submit a Prerequisite Challenge Form to the respective division office in accordance with the Matriculation guidelines established by the State.

Orange Coast College enforces all prerequisites and co-requisites at the time of registration.

*Students may submit unofficial transcripts for prerequisite and co-requisite clearance only. Students must submit official transcripts if they wish to receive course credit/units towards Degrees, Certificates or General Education Certification (CSU GE Breadth or IGETC).

Students, who believe that they have completed the prerequisite at another college or university, should submit a Pre/Co-requisite Equivalency Form along with their transcripts to:

  •  The Clearances Window (1st Floor, Watson Hall)    
  •  Or the form may be emailed to 
  •  Or submit the documents by mail, addressed to:   
            Orange Coast College
            Attn: Assessment Center
            2701 Fairview Rd
            Costa Mesa CA 92626

in advance of their registration appointment time.

Students who wish to challenge a prerequisite based on previous experience or knowledge must visit the respective Division Office to obtain and complete a Prerequisite Challenge Form

Students may also clear Math and English in lieu of taking the placement test if they have received a "Ready" status for CSU English and/or CSU Math and have submitted these results to the Assessment Center. Please print the Math English Clearance Request Form.pdfMath English Clearance Request Form.pdf and submit the form to the Assessment Center on the first floor of Watson Hall.

Please be aware that Orange Coast College does not accept the "conditional" status or completion of the ERWC course.

All prerequisites and co-requisites in the following divisions will be enforced:

Consumer & Health Science Division    Math & Science           Counseling
Allied Health    Astronomy           Counseling
Cardiovascular Technology    Biology           Learning Skills
Culinary Arts    Chemistry
Dental Assisting    Ecology
Diagnostic Medical Sonography    Engineering
Early Childhood    Geology
Emergency Medical Services    Marine Science
Family & Consumer Science    Math
Fashion    Natural Science
Fashion Merchandising    Ornamental Horticulture
Food & Nutrition    Physics
Food Science
Food Service Management
Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
Human Development
Interior Design
Medical Assisting
Medical Transcription
Neurodiagnostic Technology
Nutrition Care/Dietetic Technology
Radiologic Technology
Respiratory Care
Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Literature and Language    
          Technology               Social Science    
English           Architecture                Economics                            
ESL          AMT                            Geography                            
French          APT                             Philosophy
Hebrew          Electronics                   Political Science 
German          HVAC                          Psychology
Japanese              Manufacturing 
Spanish          Welding
Speech Communication
Business and Computing        Athletics Visual and Performing Art
Accounting        Kinesiology                 Film
Computer Information Systems         Marine Activities         Music
Computer Science Photography