2015 - 2016 Combined Catalogs of the Colleges

Course Descriptions for Patient Care Technician


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ECRD 1211 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Electrocardiography
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Fundamentals of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology. Includes basic electrocardiography procedures, interpretation of basic dysrhythmias, and appropriate treatment modalities. (2 Lec., 1 Lab.)


MDCA 1154 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Medical Assisting Credentialing Exam Review
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Medical Assisting Credentialing Exam Review. (1 Lec.)


MDCA 1201 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Human Disease/Pathophysiology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313.
Course Description: A study of anatomy and physiology with emphasis on human pathophysiology, including etiology, prognosis, medical treatment, signs and symptoms of common diseases of all body systems. (2 Lec.)


MDCA 1202 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Human Disease/Pathophysiology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1201.
Course Description: A study of anatomy and physiology with emphasis on human pathophysiology, including etiology, prognosis, medical treatment, signs and symptoms of common diseases of all body systems. This course is cross-listed as MDCA 1302. The student may register for either MDCA 1202 or MDCA 1302 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (2 Lec.)


MDCA 1205 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC

Medical Law and Ethics
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: GED or High School Diploma and admission to program.
Course Description: Instruction in principles, procedures, and regulations involving legal and ethical relationships among physicians, patients, and medical assistants in ambulatory care settings. Includes current ethical issues and risk management as they relate to the practice of medicine and fiduciary responsibilities. Special emphasis is place on culture, diversity, trends and career explorations. (2 Lec.)


MDCA 1213 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC

Medical Terminology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A study and practical application of a medical vocabulary system. Includes structure, recognition, analysis, definition, spelling, pronunciation, and combination of medical terms from prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms. This course is cross-listed as MDCA 1313. The student may register for either MDCA 1213 or MDCA 1313 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (2 Lec.)


MDCA 1216 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Procedures in a Clinical Setting
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313, MDCA 1205 and MDCA 1201.
Course Description: Emphasis on patient-centered assessment, examination, intervention, and treatment as directed by physician. Includes vital signs, collection and documentation of patient information, asepsis, minor surgical procedures, and other treatments as appropriate for the medical office. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


MDCA 1217 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Procedures in a Clinical Setting
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1216, MDCA 1313 and MDCA 1201.
Course Description: Emphasis on patient-centered assessment, examination, intervention, and treatment as directed by physician. Includes vital signs, collection and documentation of patient information, asepsis, minor surgical procedures, and other treatments as appropriate for the medical office. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


MDCA 1247 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Pharmacology and Administration of Medications
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313 and MDCA 1201.
Course Description: Instruction in concepts and application of pharmacological principles. Focuses on drug classifications, principles and procedures of medication administration, mathematical systems and conversions, calculation of drug problems, and medico-legal responsibilities of the medical assistant. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


MDCA 1251 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313 and MDCA 1201.
Course Description: Emphasis on common laboratory procedures performed in the physician's office or clinical setting. Includes blood collection, specimen handling, basic urinalysis, identification of normal ranges, and electrocardiography. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


MDCA 1302 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Human Disease/Pathophysiology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: SCIT 1407 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, SCIT 1408 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, HITT 1205 Medical Terminology and HITT 2231 Medical Terminology - Advanced.
Course Description: A study of anatomy and physiology with emphasis on human pathophysiology, including etiology, prognosis, medical treatment, signs, and symptoms of common diseases of all body systems. This course is cross-listed as MDCA 1202. The student may register for either MDCA 1302 or MDCA 1202 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


MDCA 1313 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC

Medical Terminology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: GED or High School Diploma and admission to program.
Course Description: A study and practical application of a medical vocabulary system. Includes structure, recognition, analysis, definition, spelling, pronunciation, and combination of medical terms from prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms. This course is cross-listed as MDCA 1213. The student may register for either MDCA 1313 or MDCA 1213 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec.)


MDCA 1352 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313, MDCA 1409 and admission to the Medical Assisting Program at El Centro College.
Course Description: Procedures depicted in the Current Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA). Includes blood collection, specimen handling, basic urinalysis, identification of normal ranges, quality assurance, and quality control. May include electrocardiography. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


MDCA 1409 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC

Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Emphasis on normal human anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and systems with overview of common pathophysiology. (4 Lec.)


MDCA 1417 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Procedures in a Clinical Setting
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313, MDCA 1409 and admission to the Medical Assisting Program at El Centro College.
Course Description: Emphasis on patient assessment, examination, and treatment as directed by physician. Includes vital signs, collection and documentation of patient information, asepsis, office clinical procedures, and other treatments as appropriate for the medical office. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)


MDCA 1421 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC, MVC

Administrative Procedures
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313, MDCA 1201.
Course Description: A course in medical office procedures which may include appointment scheduling, medical records creation and maintenance, phone communications, transcriptions, coding, billing, collecting, third party reimbursement, credit arrangements, and use of computer in the medical office. (4 Lec.)


MDCA 1443 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC, MVC

Medical Insurance
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313 and MDCA 1201.
Course Description: Emphasizes accurate ICD-9 and CPT coding of office procedures for payment/ reimbursement by patient or third party and prevention of insurance fraud. Additional topics may include managed care or medical economics. (4 Lec.)


MDCA 2361 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Clinical - Medical/Clinical Assistant
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Admission into the El Centro College Medical Assisting Program, MDCA 1313, MDCA 1201, MDCA 1205, MDCA 1443, MDCA 1421, MDCA 1247, MRMT 1211, MRMT 1192, MDCA 1216, MDCA 1217, MDCA 1251, ENGL 1301, SPCH 1311.
Course Description: A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (10 Ext.)


NUPC 1320 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Patient Care Technician/Assistant
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A course designed to provide the student with the necessary training, skills, and knowledge needed to gain employment as a Patient Care Technician in a hospital setting. A national certification test is offered upon successful completion of the course. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


NURA 1160 (1 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Clinical - Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (3 Ext.)


NURA 1161 (1 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Clinical - Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (3 Ext.)


NURA 1260 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Clinical-Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (6 Ext.)


NURA 1291 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Special Topics in Nursing Assistant/Aide
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Instruction in first aid for the injured or ill persons. Includes lifesaving skills for respiratory and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children, and infants in a medical setting. During this course students will be awarded the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Course Completion card. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (2 Lec.)


NURA 1301 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Nurse Aide for Health Care
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Preparation for entry level nursing assistants to achieve a level of knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to provide basic care to residents of long-term care facilities. Topics include resident's rights, communication, safety, observation, reporting and assisting residents in maintaining basic comfort and safety. Emphasis on effective interaction with members of the health care team. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


NURA 1307 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Body Systems
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A basic study of the structures and functions of the human body. (3 Lec.)


PLAB 1223 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Phlebotomy
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Skill development in the performance of a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and standard precautions. Includes vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles and blood culture, and specimen collection on adults, children, and infants. Emphasis on infection prevention, patient identification, specimen labeling, quality assurance, specimen handling, processing, accessioning, professionalism, ethics, and medical terminology. (2 Lec., 1 Lab.)


PLAB 1260 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Clinical - Phlebotomy/Phlebotomist
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (6 Ext.)


SCIT 1307 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: In-depth coverage of the structure and function of the human body. Topics include cell structure and function; tissues; body organization; and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. Emphasis on homeostasis. This course is cross-listed as SCIT 1407. The student may register for either SCIT 1307 or SCIT 1407 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


SCIT 1308 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: SCIT 1307.
Course Description: A continuation of Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I designed for students considering a career in the health field. The following body systems are included: digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune, renal/excretory, and reproductive. Emphasis is on homeostasis. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


SCIT 1407 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC

Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite Required: One of the following must be met: (1) DREA 0093 AND DWRI 0093; (2) English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 AND 0054; or (3) Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading and Writing standards AND the college Writing score prerequisite requirement.
Course Description: An applied systematic study of the structure and function of the human body designed for students considering a career in the health field. Includes anatomical terminology, cells, tissues, and the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine. Emphasis on homeostasis. This course is cross-listed as SCIT 1307. The student may register for either SCIT 1407 or SCIT 1307 but may receive credit for only one of the two. This course is intended for students seeking to complete an Applied Science Degree. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on June 11, 2015. (Original) | (Changes)


SCIT 1408 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC

Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite Required: SCIT 1407.
Course Description: A continuation of Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I designed for students considering a career in the health field. The following body systems are included: digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune, renal/excretory, reproductive, and an expansion of endorine function. Emphasis is on homeostasis. This course is intended for students seeking to complete an Applied Science Degree. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on June 11, 2015. (Original) | (Changes)



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.


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