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Professional-Technical & Applied Baccalaureate Common Course Numbering (PTCCN)

As of fall 2016, Professional-Technical and Applied Baccalaureate Common Course Numbering (PTCCN) gives Washington state community and technical colleges a process similar to the original Common Course Numbering process, with some key differences.

Why common course numbering for professional-technical courses?

  • PTCCN focuses on prof/tech and BAS courses with common learning outcomes.
  • The PTCCN approval process builds in stakeholder collaboration and year-round responsiveness. 
  • The process allows for prompt approval from college system councils and commissions so colleges can respond to student and industry needs more quickly.
  • Common professional-technical and applied baccalaureate courses may be developed in response to employer need, grant deliverables or to meet licensure or certification requirements.

Benefits to students and employers

  • Makes it easier for students to transfer professional-technical and applied baccalaureate course credits between community and technical colleges. 
  • Enhances student transfer and encourages degree completion.
  • Demonstrates common course outcomes so employers can quickly identify skills and knowledge a student has mastered. 



Mary Kaye Bredeson
PTCCN Standing Committee Chair

Anna Baldwin
PTCCN Standing Committee Member

Jerry Anhorn
PTCCN Standing Committee  Member

Alice Madsen
PTCCN Standing Committee Member

Jaclyn Jacot
PTCCN Standing Committee Member

John Lederer
PTCCN Standing Committee Member

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The Instruction Commission asked the Workforce Education Council (WEC) to develop a process to help colleges develop and receive approval for common professional-technical courses.  

PTCCN was created in response to a demonstrated need for an agile and responsive process separate from — but similar to — the CCN process.

The earlier Common Course Numbering (CCN) initiative identified and aligned academic courses most frequently offered, while PTCCN focuses on vocational courses with common outcomes.

A professional-technical course offered by two or more community and technical colleges is considered common if the colleges jointly agree on the course title, description, credits, outcomes, proposed department/division designation and number.

Collaborating colleges may also agree to common curricular elements, texts, assessments, equipment and/or other aspects of the course, but those factors are not necessary requirements to participate in a PTCCN course adoption.

PTCCN does not apply to:

  • Precollege (remedial/developmental) education
  • Basic Skills (adult basic education, GED®, English language or high school completion).

Courses approved as PTCCN are identified in a manner similar to academic CCN courses. 

PTCCN courses are designated by the first 4 letters of the department/division, the capital letter "C" and the 3-digit course number (e.g. AUTOC 135).

PTCCN courses will be in a searchable and sortable PTCCN Matrix spreadsheet. 

At this time, PTCCN courses are not part of the CCN online database. This may change as the program evolves.

New procedures consistent with ctcLink will be adopted as system requirements change. 

Professional-Technical Common Course Numbering Course Matrix

PTCCN courses are designated by the first 4 letters of the department/division, the ampersand symbol "&" and the 3-digit course number (e.g. AUTO& 135).

  • Searchable PTCCN course matrix will be available soon

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