2015-2016 Catalog 
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2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Horticulture Technical Certificate

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Technical Certificate
Contact Information:
Program Office 615-353-3475, Office: W-70, E-mail: Paula.McCord@nscc.edu, Program Site

The Horticulture curriculum prepares students for a variety of employment opportunities in the Green Industry. The program includes technical knowledge and hands-on skills, learning to implement a variety of horticultural tasks, and instruction in high-quality service that meets the standard of the industry.

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  • Identify and appropriately use landscape materials;
  • Design and construct residential and recreational landscapes;
  • Maintain residential, commercial and recreational landscapes;
  • Identify and control plant pests and diseases, including the proper use of pesticides; and
  • Learn management techniques to operate a horticultural business.

Career Opportunities

  • Landscape Designer
  • Landscaper (installation, maintenance)
  • Arborist
  • Turfgrass Manager
  • Nurseryperson
  • Retail Sales
  • Horticultural Consultant
  • Pest Control


This certificate is designed so that a student can apply all of the required courses towards a Nashville State A.A.S. degree in General Technology with a focus in Horticulture. For a student who plans to apply the certificate towards an A.S. university parallel degree, the student should consult his/her advisor about transferability of courses.

Two tracks are available: the Landscaping Track or Landscaping Design Track

Total Core Requirements: 16 Credits

Total Track Requirements: 9 Credits

Total Track Requirements: 9 Credits

Total Certificate Requirements: 25 Credits


One internship is required for graduation. Internships may be taken during the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, COMPASS test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).


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