El Centro College - Course Descriptions for Medical Laboratory Technology
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BITC 1301 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Biotechnology Laboratory Instrumentation
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and/or approval of instructor.
Course Description: The student will demonstrate proper handling of laboratory chemicals; operate common analytical instruments; describe the theory and applications of various analytical instruments including types of electrophoresis, spectrophotometry, chromatography, and centrifugation; and practice laboratory safety. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


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

Biotechnology Laboratory Methods and Techniques
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and/or approval of the instructor.
Course Description: A study of laboratory operations, management, equipment, instrumentation, quality control techniques, and safety procedures. Laboratory practice in using pH meters, mixing buffers, performing measurements, preparing solutions, and performing separatory techniques to specifications; and practice laboratory safety. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


BITC 1311 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Introduction to Biotechnology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: An introduction to biotechnology including career exploration, history and applications of DNA/RNA technology, molecular biology, bioethics, and laboratory safety practices. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


BITC 1350 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Special Studies and Bioethical Issues of Biotechnology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and or approval of instructor.
Course Description: Addresses current events, skills, attitudes, and behaviors pertinent to biotechnology and relevant to the professional development of the student. Will also explore ethical and legal behaviors in the context of the biotechnology industry. (3 Lec.)


BITC 1391 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Special Topics in Biological Technology/Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and/or approval of instructor.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledges, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (3 Lec.)


BITC 1491 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Special Topics in Biological Technology/Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 2286, BITC 2401, BITC 2431 and or approval of instructor.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledges, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course will include special research studies and projects undertaken by the student in order to graduate from the curriculum. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (4 Lec.)


BITC 2286 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Internship - Biology Technician/ Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and BITC 1302 and/or approval of instructor.
Course Description: A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer. (6 Ext.)


BITC 2311 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Biotechnology Laboratory Instrumentation
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and or approval of instructor.
Course Description: Presentation of theory, applications, and operation of various analytical instruments. Practice of separation and identification techniques including electrophoresis, spectrophotometry, chromatography, and centrifugation. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


BITC 2401 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Molecular Biology Techniques
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and/or approval of instructor.
Course Description: An introduction to the theory and laboratory techniques in molecular biology with an emphasis on proteins, gene expression and regulation, recombinant DNA, and nucleic acids. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


BITC 2431 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Cell Culture Techniques
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and/or approval of instructor.
Course Description: A study of cell culture techniques. Laboratory emphasis on the principles and practices of initiation, cultivation, maintenance, preservation of cell lines and applications. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


BITC 2441 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Molecular Biology Techniques
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and or approval of instructor.
Course Description: In depth coverage of the theory and laboratory techniques in molecular biology with an emphasis on gene expression and regulation, recombinant DNA, and nucleic acids. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


BITC 2486 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Internship- Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and/or approval of instructor.
Course Description: A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer. (12 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.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on June 9, 2014. (Original) | (Changes)


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.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on June 9, 2014. (Original) | (Changes)


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.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on June 9, 2014. (Original) | (Changes)


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.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on June 9, 2014. (Original) | (Changes)


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.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on June 9, 2014. (Original) | (Changes)


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.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on June 9, 2014. (Original) | (Changes)


MLAB 1101 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MLAB or BITC student or approval of instructor.
Course Description: An introduction to medical laboratory science, structure, equipment, and philosophy. (3 Lab.)


NOTE: HPRS 1204, 1271, 1202, 2300, 2231, 2201 are all health occupations core curriculum courses. These courses are listed and described in a separate section of the college catalog: Health Occupations Core Curriculum.


MLAB 1167 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Practicum ( or Field Experience)- Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MLAB 1335 with a minimum grade of "C."
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. (8 Ext.)


MLAB 1335 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Immunology/Serology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Medical Laboratory Technology Program or Biotechnology program.
Course Description: An introduction to the theory and application of basic immunology, including the immune response, principles of antigen-antibody reactions, and the principles of serological procedures as well as quality control, quality assurance, and safety. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on June 9, 2014. (Original) | (Changes)


MLAB 1415 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Hematology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Laboratory Technology Program with completion of BIOL 2401 or BIOL 1470 and ENGL 1301.
Course Description: The study of blood cells in normal and abnormal conditions. Instruction in the theory and practical application of hematology procedures, including quality control, quality assurance, safety, manual and/or automated methods as well as blood cell maturation sequences, and normal and abnormal morphology with associated diseases. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


MLAB 2221 (2 Credit Hours) New course added after June 9, 2014
Offered at ECC

Molecular Diagnostics for Clinical Laboratory
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Laboratory Technology Program with completion of BIOL 2401 or BIOL 1470 and English 1301.
Course Description: A comprehensive overview of the fundamental principles of clinical molecular diagnostics and explores the use of molecular techniques in the diagnosis of disease. (1 Lec. 4 Lab.)


MLAB 2266 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Practicum (or Field Experience)- Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MLAB 1415 and MLAB 2501 with a minimum grade of "C."
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. (17 Ext.)


MLAB 2267 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Practicum (or Field Experience)- Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Completion of MLAB 2331 and MLAB 2434 with a minimum grade of "C".
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. (20 Ext.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on June 9, 2014. (Original) | (Changes)


MLAB 2331 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Immunohematology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Laboratory Technology Program.
Course Description: A study of blood antigens and antibodies. Presents quality control, basic laboratory technique and safety. Includes the principles, procedures and clinical significance of test results in genetics, blood group systems, pre-transfusion testing, adverse effects of transfusions, donor selection and components, and hemolytic disease of the newborn. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


MLAB 2401 (4 Credit Hours) New course added after June 9, 2014
Offered at ECC

Clinical Chemistry
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Laboratory Technology Program.
Course Description: An introduction to the principles, procedures, physiological basis, and significance of testing performed in Clinical Chemistry. Includes quality control, reference values, and safety. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


MLAB 2434 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Microbiology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Laboratory Technology Program.
Course Description: Instruction in the theory, practical application, and pathogenesis of clinical microbiology, including collection, quality control, quality assurance, safety, setup, identification, susceptibility testing, and reporting results. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


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, and reproductive. Emphasis is on homeostasis. This course is intended for students seeking to complete an Applied Science Degree. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)



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.