Pellissippi State Technical Community College

Pellissippi State Technical Community College Admissions and School Info

Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pellissippi State Technical Community College is a public, 2-year institution that awards associate's degrees in the fields of business, English, education, mathematics and engineering, among others.

General Information

Pellissippi State began as a state technical school in 1974. With an inaugural class of 45 students, the school first only offered engineering programs. As the school grew through the 1970s, it slowly began adding business technology programs. In 1988, the Tennesse Board of Regents voted to allow the college to expand to include transfer students, and the college quickly grew to include other programs.

The main offering of the college is career- and technical-based associate's degrees, although other options include institutional certificates and continuing education opportunities. The school also has a long-standing partnership with the Knoxville community.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

Average annual enrollment now stands at about 8,000 students. Applicants should visit the school's website to apply online. Application requirements and an application fee must be submitted before acceptance. Once accepted, students should apply for financial aid (if needed), submit placement test scores, schedule and advising appointment, register for classes and attend orientation.

Academic Departments at Pellissippi State Technical Community College

Business and Computer Technology

Pellissippi State offers business administration degree programs in computer accounting, hospitality, management and marketing. Computer science degrees include database design, high performance computing, networking and programming. All programs in this department lead to an associate of applied science degree and are designed for students interested in entry-level employment or career development.


This department revolves around preparing education students for transfer to 4-year institutions by offering core classes common to most education programs. These courses include introduction to teaching and standards-based math and science classes. The program emphasizes strong student-to-faculty ratios and supplements academic work with advisory services, including guidance through the transfer process.


A central program of the English department is the journalism program, where students can major in broadcasting, public relations, journalism or advertising. The majors are designed to satisfy the first two years of bachelor's coursework from most 4-year institutions. In fact, Pellissippi State has transfer agreements with the University of Tennesse at Knoxville for all of the above programs.

Engineering and Media Technology

Available engineering programs include civil engineering, computer drafting and design, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and security engineering. Students interested in media technology can study photography, communication graphics technology, web technology and video production. There are also a variety of certificate options available, and the department has an extensive transfer program in place, including agreements with several larger universities.

Liberal Arts

The common thread connecting all courses in this school is the study of human activity and human environments. Most programs in this department lead to an associate of arts or associate of science degree and focus on preparing students to pursue bachelor's degrees. There are sixteen areas of study in the Liberal Arts school, including art, history, foreign languages and philosophy.


The Mathematics department trains students in math through the associate degree level, preparing them for further bachelor-level education. Students are also trained in useful technologies. The department features several programs to foster further learning in mathematics. The PSTCC Math Bowl and the Student Math League are two of these programs.

Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Anthropology, biology, botany, nutrition and physics are among the majors students can pursue in this department. Programs typically revolve around interesting classes. Anthropology students, for example, take classes like physical anthropology, prehistoric archeology, cultural anthropology and biological anthropology.

Transitional Studies

Pellissippi State recognizes that for students to be successful in college-level courses, certain core abilities have to be cultivated. The department offers refresher courses in these core areas--math, reading, English and study skills--to help students get acclimated to higher-level study. Students find appropriate classes through placement tests taken upon enrollment.

Contact Information

  • Address: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37933
  • Phone Number: (865) 694-6400