The Dual Enrollment for Dual Credit Program (DE/DC) program at Northwest Shoals Community College allows eligible students to earn both high school and college credit. College courses count toward high school graduation credits, and the courses remain part of a student’s regular college transcript.

Are you eligible?

Eligible high school students must meet the following criteria:

  • Meet the entrance requirements of postsecondary education.
  • Be in grade 10, 11, or 12.
  • Have a minimum cumulative (unweighted) 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for initial admission in completed high school courses.
  • Obtain written approval from the appropriate principal or counselor at the high school.

Continuous Eligibility

To maintain continuous eligibility, student must earn a “C” or better in all attempted college courses. Students who fail to meet this minimum GPA or withdraw from a course will be suspended from the program for a minimum one term. The one-term suspension may not be served during the summer.

What Courses Can I Take?

NWSCC offers Academic or Career Technical Courses in a Traditional or Distance Education format. Meet with your high school counselor to select the best option for you. Students are required to meet the appropriate prerequisites prior to enrollment in specific  courses. Prerequisites include but are not limited to ACT or SAT score minimums, placement testing guidelines, and/or sequential course requirements.


  • COST SAVINGS – Tuition and fees at NWSCC are significantly less than those of four year colleges. 
  • SIMULTANEOUS CREDIT – Student can earn academic/technical credit for both high school graduation and a college degree..
  • EDUCATIONAL ADVANTAGE – Get a jump start on your college career while easing the transition from high school to college.  

To Apply

  1. Complete the online application for admission (Tutorial on how to complete the admission application).
  2. Submit your transcript, including ACT or ACCUPLACER scores using the Admissions Documentation Upload.
  3. NEW! You can now complete your Dual Enrollment Registration From from your Admission Application Portal.  Click on the ‘Advising and Registration’ tab and then click the link for either the ‘Summer or Fall Dual Enrollment Registration Form’.

Dual Enrollment Student Resources

Below are video tutorials for getting started on Blackboard and the NWSCC online tutoring service, Smartthinking.



Casey J. Eggleston
Director of Dual Enrollment

Adriana Wuotto
Instructional/Dual Enrollment Coordinator
Fax: 256-331-5225

Whitney Rutherford
Dual Enrollment Specialist

Jennifer Richardson
Distance Education and Pathways Success Coach