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DMSO 1101 (1 Credit Hours) New course added May 9, 2015
Offered at ECC

Techniques of Medical Sonography
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
Course Description: Scanning techniques. Includes scan protocols and procedures within the laboratory setting utilizing live scanning and/or simulated experience. (3 Lab.)


DMSO 1110 (1 Credit Hours) New course added May 9, 2015
Offered at ECC

Introduction to Sonography
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: An introduction to the profession of sonography and the role of the sonographer. Emphasis on medical terminology, ethical/legal aspects, written and verbal communication, and professional issues relating to registry, accreditation, professional organizations and history of the profession. (1 Lec., 1 Lab.)


DMSO 1271 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Small Parts Sonography
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in all previous courses.
Course Description: Detailed study of normal and pathological superficial structures as related to scanning techniques, patient history and laboratory data, transducer selection, and scanning protocols. Detailed study of normal and pathological neonatal head structures. Review of previously covered material. (2 Lec.)


DMSO 1351 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Sonographic Sectional Anatomy
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of "C" or better in all previous sonography courses.
Course Description: Sectional anatomy of the male and female body. Includes anatomical relationships or organs vascular structures and body planes and quadrants. (3 Lec.)


DMSO 1355 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Sonographic Pathophysiology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: HPRS 2201 or documented completion of coursework through Prior Learning Assessment in pathophysiology. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Completion of all previous support and DMSO program courses. Grade of 70 or better in all previous sonography courses. Grade of 80 or better is required in practicum courses.
Course Description: Pathology and pathophysiology of the abdominal structures visualized with ultrasound. Includes abdomen and pelvis. (3 Lec.)


DMSO 1366 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: HPRS 1204 or documented completion of coursework through Prior Learning Assessment in basic health profession skills. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Completion of all previous support and DMSO program courses. Grade of 70 or better in all previous sonography courses. Grade of 80 or better is required in practicum courses.
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. (24 Ext.)


DMSO 1367 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: HPRS 2210 or documented completion of coursework through Prior Learning Assessment in advanced health profession skills. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Completion of all previous support and DMSO program courses. Grade of 70 or better in all previous sonography courses. Grade of 80 or better is required in practicum courses.
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. (24 Ext.)


DMSO 1405 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Sonography of Abdominopelvic Cavity
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in all previous sonography courses.
Course Description: Normal and pathological abdominal and pelvic structures as related to scanning techniques, patient history and laboratory data, transducer selection and scanning protocols. (3 Lec., 2 Lab.)


DMSO 1441 (4 Credit Hours) New course added February 9, 2015
Offered at ECC

Abdominopelvic Sonography
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Completion of all previous support and DMSO program courses. Grade of 70 or better in all previous sonography courses. Grade of 80 or better is required in practicum courses.
Course Description: Normal anatomy and physiology of the abdominal and pelvic cavities as related to scanning techniques, transducer selection and scanning protocols. (3 Lec., 2 Lab.)


DMSO 2101 (1 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Ultrasound Instrumentation
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in all previous courses.
Course Description: This course focuses on the basic pulse-echo ultrasound system including components and function of the scanner, display system, scan converter, and hard copy units. Emphasis on Doppler production and display and safety and performance issues. (1 Lec.)


DMSO 2130 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Advanced Ultrasound and Review
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: HPRS 2231 or documented completion of coursework through Prior Learning Assessment in general health professions management. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Completion of all previous support and DMSO program courses. Grade of 70 or better in all previous sonography courses. Grade of 80 or better is required in practicum courses.
Course Description: Knowledge, skills and professional values within a legal and ethical framework addressing emerging technologies and professional development. (3 Lab.)


DMSO 2170 (1 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Ultrasound Advanced Topics
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in all previous program courses.
Course Description: This course will address technological and professional advances in the field of ultrasound. Topics will include professional development and ultrasound ergonomics. Advances in equipment and the use of contrast in ultrasound will be covered. (4 Lab.)


DMSO 2243 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Advanced Ultrasound Physics
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Cardiac Sonography Programs: Concurrent enrollment in DSAE 1270, DSAE 2303, and DSAE 1164 or DSAE 1165.
Course Description: Theory and application of ultrasound principles. Includes advances in ultrasound technology. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)


DMSO 2253 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Sonography of Superficial Structures
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Completion of all previous support and DMSO program courses. Grade of 70 or better in all previous sonography courses. Grade of 80 or better is required in practicum courses.
Course Description: Detailed study of normal and pathological superficial structures as related to scanning techniques, patient history and laboratory data, transducer selection, and scanning protocols. (2 Lec.)


DMSO 2262 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Clinical-Diagnostic Medical Sonography
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in all previous sonography courses.
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. (11 Ext.)


DMSO 2263 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Clinical-Diagnostic Medical Sonography
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in all previous sonography courses.
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. (11 Ext.)


DMSO 2341 (3 Credit Hours) New course added May 9, 2015
Offered at ECC

Sonography of Abdominopelvic Pathology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Completion of all previous support and DMSO program courses. Grade of 70 or better in all previous sonography courses. Grade of 80 or better is required in practicum courses.
Course Description: Pathologies and disease states of the abdomen and pelvis as related to scanning techniques, patient history and laboratory data, transducer selection, and scanning protocols. Emphasizes endocavitary sonographic anatomy and procedures including pregnancy. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


DMSO 2343 (3 Credit Hours) Reinstated course added May 9, 2015
Offered at ECC

Advanced Ultrasound Physics
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.
Course Description: Theory and application of ultrasound principles. Including advances in ultrasound technology. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


DMSO 2345 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Advanced Sonography Practices
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in all previous sonography courses.
Course Description: Exploration of advanced sonographic procedures and emerging ultrasound applications. (3 Lec.)


DMSO 2366 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Completion of all previous support and DMSO program courses. Grade of 70 or better in all previous sonography courses. Grade of 80 or better is required in practicum courses.
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college and student. (24 Ext.)


DMSO 2367 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Practicum (or Field Experience)-Diagnostic Medical Sonography
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in all previous sonography courses.
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. (30 Ext.)


DMSO 2370 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Advanced Ultrasound and Review
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in all previous sonography courses.
Course Description: Knowledge, skills, and professional values within a legal and ethical framework addressing emerging technologies and professional development. (3 Lec., 1 Lab)


DMSO 2405 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Sonography of Obstetrics/Gynecology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Completion of all previous support and DMSO program courses. Grade of 70 or better in all previous sonography courses. Grade of 80 or better is required in practicum courses.
Course Description: Detailed study of the pelvis and obstetrics/gynecology as related to scanning techniques, patient history and laboratory data, transducer selection, and scanning protocols. (3 Lec., 2 Lab.)


DSVT 1200 (2 Credit Hours) New course added May 9, 2015
Offered at ECC

Principles of Vascular Technology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: HPRS 2300 or documented completion of coursework through Prior Learning Assessment in pharmacology. Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Completion of all previous support and DMSO program courses. Grade of 70 or better in all previous sonography courses. Grade of 80 or better is required in practicum courses.
Course Description: Introduction to non-invasive vascular technology modalities. Includes 2-D imaging, Doppler, plethysmography, and segmental pressures. Emphasis on performing basic venous and arterial imaging and non-imaging exams. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


DSVT 2200 (2 Credit Hours) New course added May 9, 2015
Offered at ECC

Vascular Technology Applications
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Completion of all previous support and DMSO program courses. Grade of 70 or better in all previous sonography courses. Grade of 80 or better is required in practicum courses.
Course Description: Non-invasive vascular technology. Includes 2-D imaging, Doppler, plethysmography, and segmental pressures. Emphasizes protocols for performing basic venous and arterial imaging and non-imaging exams. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


DSVT 2200 (2 Credit Hours) New course added May 9, 2015
Offered at ECC

Vascular Technology Applications
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Completion of all previous support and DMSO program courses. Grade of 70 or better in all previous sonography courses. Grade of 80 or better is required in practicum courses.
Course Description: Non-invasive vascular technology. Includes 2-D imaging, Doppler, plethysmography, and segmental pressures. Emphasizes protocols for performing basic venous and arterial imaging and non-imaging exams. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


DSVT 2367 (2 Credit Hours) New course added May 9, 2015
Offered at ECC

Practicum (or Field Experience)–Diagnostic Medical Sonography
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Completion of all previous support and DMSO program courses. Grade of 70 or better in all previous sonography courses. Grade of 80 or better is required in practicum courses.
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. (24 Ext.)


HPRS 1202 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Wellness and Health Promotion
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Must be Texas Success Initiative (TSI) met in Reading and Writing.
Course Description: This course provides an overview of wellness theory and its application throughout the lifespan with a focus on attitude development, impact of cultural beliefs, and communication of wellness. (2 Lec.)


HPRS 1203 (2 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

End of Life Issues
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: The course facilitates discussion of grief, loss, and end of life issues. Prepares caregivers to function in setting where communication skills are utilized to provide psychosocial support to persons and their families. This course is also intended to help the student understand the nature of death and dying as well as enable the student to come to grips with one’s own personal feelings about death. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


HPRS 1204 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC, NLC

Basic Health Profession Skills
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Must be Texas Success Initiative (TSI) met in Reading and Writing.
Course Description: This course includes a study of the concepts that serve as the foundation for health profession courses, including client care and safety issues, basic client monitoring, and health documentation methods. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)


HPRS 1205 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Essentials of Medical Law/Ethics for Health Professionals
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Introduction to the relationship between legal aspects and ethics in health care with emphasis on responsibilities of health care professionals. (2 Lec.)


HPRS 1206 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Essentials of Medical Terminology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A study of common medical terminology, word origin, structure, and application. (2 Lec.)


HPRS 1271 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Basic Health Profession Skills II
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: HPRS 1204.
Course Description: This course builds on previously acquired knowledge and skills relevant to the professional development of the student. Lecture and simulated laboratory experience prepares the student to perform patient care utilizing critical thinking and advance clinical skills. Competency must be demonstrated on effective level of practice and knowledge. Skills achieved include EKG, phlebotomy, finger sticking, physical assessment, IV's. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)


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

Special Topics in Health Professions and Related Sciences, Other
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: HPRS 1204.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course builds on previously acquired knowledge and skills. Lecture and simulated laboratory experience prepares the student to perform patient care utilizing critical thinking and advanced clinical skills. Competency must be demonstrated on effective level of practice and knowledge. Skills achieved include EKG, finger sticking, physical assessment, IV's. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (1 Lec, 4 Lab.)


HPRS 1310 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Introduction to Pharmacology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A study of drug classifications, actions, therapeutic uses, adverse effects, and routes of administration. Does not include dosage calculations. (3 Lec.)


HPRS 2201 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Pathophysiology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: SCIT 1407 or BIOL 2401 and/or approval of the HOCC Coordinator.
Course Description: This course includes the study of pathology and general health management of diseases and injuries across the life span. Topics include etiology, symptoms, and the physical and psychological reactions to diseases and injuries. (2 Lec.)


HPRS 2210 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Basic Health Profession Skills II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: HPRS 1204 with a grade of “C” or better.
Course Description: This course builds on previously acquired knowledge and skills relevant to the professional development of the student. Lecture and simulated laboratory experiences prepare the student to perform patient care utilizing critical thinking and advanced clinical skills. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)


HPRS 2231 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

General Health Professions Management
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Must be Texas Success Initiative (TSI) met in Reading and Writing.
Course Description: This course will cover the exploration and application of management concepts necessary for effective health profession operations. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


HPRS 2300 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Pharmacology for Health Professions
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: SCIT 1407 or BIOL 2401 or MDCA 1409 and/or approval of the HOCC Coordinator.
Course Description: This course includes a study of drug classifications, actions, therapeutic uses, adverse effects, routes of administration, and calculation of dosages. (3 Lec.)


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: 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.)


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: 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.)



Academic Courses
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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.