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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.)


SRGT 1166 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Practicum (or Field Experience) - Surgical Technology/Technologist
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Surgical Technologist program and a minimum "C" grade or better in ENGL 1301, SPCH 1311, SCIT 1407, HPRS 1204 and HPRS 2231. Concurrent enrollment in, or a minimum "C" grade or better in SCIT 1408 and HPRS 2300. Concurrent enrollment in SRGT 1405 and 1409.
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. (10 Ext.)


SRGT 1167 (1 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Practicum (or Field Experience) - Surgical Technology/Technologist
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Current CPR certification. Acceptance into the Perioperative Nursing program. Concurrent enrollment in Perioperative Nursing I (SRGT 1340). Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student.
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. (10 Ext.)


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

Medical Terminology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Study of basic structure of medical words including prefixes, suffixes, roots, combining forms, plurals, pronunciation, spelling, and the definitions of medical terms. Emphasis is on building a professional vocabulary required for employment within the allied health care field. May be taken as a continuing education course. (2 Lec.)


SRGT 1340 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Perioperative Nursing
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Current R.N. licensure by the Board of Nursing for the State of Texas, or graduate nurse pending NCLEX-RN examination. Current CPR certification. Acceptance into the Perioperative Nursing Program. Concurrent enrollment in Practicum (SRGT 1167).
Course Description: Introduction of the registered nurse or new graduate nurse to the operating room environment. The intraoperative aspect of perioperative nursing is emphasized. Included are basic principles of sterile technique, sterilization, preparation, care and use of surgical instruments, supplies and equipment; ethical/legal implications; surgical pharmacology and anesthetic agents; basic care and safety of the patient in the operating room. The scrub role is emphasized. (3 Lec.)


SRGT 1343 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Perioperative Nursing II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: A minimum "C" grade or better in Perioperative Nursing I (SRGT 1340) and Practicum (SRGT 1167). Concurrent enrollment in Practicum (SRGT 2366).
Course Description: Expansion of the principles and skills learned in Perioperative Nursing I. Included are specific patient preparations and care for given surgical procedures; wound healing; complications of surgical interventions; and pre- and post-operative visits. Selected surgical procedures will incorporate all human body systems. The circulating role is emphasized. (3 Lec.)


SRGT 1367 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Practicum (or Field Experience) - Surgical Technology/Technologist
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: A minimum "C" grade or better in all prerequisite and previous semester support and Surgical Technology course work. Concurrent enrollment in, or a minimum "C" grade or better in HPRS 1202. Concurrent enrollment in SRGT 1441 and 1442.
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. (21 Ext.)


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

Introduction to Surgical Technology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Surgical Technologist program and a minimum “C” grade or better in ENGL 1301, SPCH 1311, SCIT 1407, HPRS 1204 and HPRS 2231. Concurrent enrollment in, or a minimum “C” grade or better in SCIT 1408 and HPRS 2300. Concurrent enrollment in SRGT 1409 and 1166.
Course Description: Orientation to surgical technology theory, surgical pharmacology and anesthesia, and patient care concepts. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


SRGT 1409 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Fundamentals of Aseptic Technique
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Surgical Technologist program and a minimum “C” grade or better in ENGL 1301, SPCH 1311, SCIT 1407, HPRS 1204 and HPRS 2231. Concurrent enrollment in, or a minimum “C” grade or better in SCIT 1408 and HPRS 2300. Concurrent enrollment in SRGT 1405 and 1166.
Course Description: In-depth coverage of aseptic technique principles and practices, infectious processes, wound healing, and creation and maintenance of the sterile field. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


SRGT 1441 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Surgical Procedures I
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: A minimum "C" grade or better in SRGT 1340 and SRG 1167.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Concurrent enrollment in SRGT 1343 and SRGT 2366.
Course Description: Introduction to surgical procedures and related pathologies. With emphasis on surgical procedures related to general, obstetrics/gynecology, genitourinary, otorhinolaryngology and orthopedic surgical specialties incorporating instruments, equipment, and supplies. Scrub and circulating roles are emphasized. (4 Lec.)


SRGT 1442 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Surgical Procedures II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: A minimum "C" grade or better in all prerequisite and previous semester support and Surgical Technology course work. Concurrent enrollment in, or a minimum "C" grade or better in HPRS 1202. Concurrent enrollment in SRGT 1441 and 1367.
Course Description: Introduction to surgical pathology and its relationship to surgical procedures. Emphasis on surgical procedures related to the thoracic, peripheral vascular, plastic/reconstructive, EENT, cardiac, and neurological surgical specialties incorporating instruments, equipment, and supplies required for safe patient care. (4 Lec.)


SRGT 1471 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Perioperative Nursing I
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: Current R.N. licensure by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas, or graduate nurse pending NCLEX-RN examination. Current CPR certification. Acceptance into the Perioperative Nursing Program. Concurrent enrollment in Practicum (SRGT1167).
Course Description: Introduction of the registered nurse or new graduate nurse to the operating room environment. The intraoperative aspect of perioperative nursing is emphasized. The following are presented: basic principles of sterile technique, sterilization, preparation and care of surgical instruments, supplies and equipment; ethical/legal implications; surgical pharmacology; basic care and safety of the patient in the operating room. The scrub role is emphasized. (4 Lec.)


SRGT 1505 (5 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Introduction to Surgical Technology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Surgical Technologist program and a minimum "C" grade or better in ENGL 1301, SPCH 1311, SCIT 1407, HPRS 1204 and HPRS 2231. Concurrent enrollment in, or a minimum "C" grade or better in SCIT 1408 and HPRS 2300. Concurrent enrollment in SRGT 1509 and 1166.
Course Description: Orientation to surgical technology theory, surgical pharmacology and anesthesia, technological sciences, and patient care concepts. (4 Lec., 3 Lab.)


SRGT 1509 (5 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Fundamentals of Perioperative Concepts and Techniques
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Surgical Technologist program and a minimum "C" grade or better in ENGL 1301, SPCH 1311, SCIT 1407, HPRS 1204 and HPRS 2231. Concurrent enrollment in, or a minimum "C" grade or better in SCIT 1408 and HPRS 2300. Concurrent enrollment in SRGT 1505 and 1166.
Course Description: In-depth coverage of perioperative concepts such as aseptic principles and practices, infectious processes, wound healing, and creation and maintenance of the sterile field. (4 Lec., 3 Lab.)


SRGT 1541 (5 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Surgical Procedures I
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: A minimum "C" grade or better in all prerequisite and previous semester support and Surgical Technology course work. Concurrent enrollment in, or a minimum "C" grade or better in HPRS 1202. Concurrent enrollment in SRGT 1542 and 1367.
Course Description: Introduction to surgical pathology and its relationship to surgical procedures. Emphasis on surgical procedures related to the general, OB/GYN, genitourinary, and orthopedic surgical specialties incorporating instruments, equipment, and supplies required for safe patient care. (5 Lec.)


SRGT 1542 (5 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Surgical Procedures II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: A minimum "C" grade or better in all prerequisite and previous semester support and Surgical Technology course work. Concurrent enrollment in, or a minimum "C" grade or better in HPRS 1202. Concurrent enrollment in SRGT 1541 and 1367.
Course Description: Introduction to surgical pathology and its relationship to surgical procedures. Emphasis on surgical procedures related to the thoracic, peripheral vascular, plastic/reconstructive, EENT, cardiac, and neurological surgical specialties incorporating instruments, equipment, and supplies required for safe patient care. (5 Lec.)


SRGT 2130 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Professional Readiness
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: A minimum "C" grade or better in all prerequisite and previous semester support and Surgical Technologist course work. Concurrent enrollment in SRGT 2266.
Course Description: Exploration of issues and situations faced as surgical technologists. Topics may include job-seeking skills and written professional portfolios, pros/cons of malpractice insurance, reality shock of employment, coping with issues of death and dying, organ procurement issues, and preparation for national certification. A capstone experience may be included. (1 Lec.)


SRGT 2171 (1 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Surgical Technologist - Seminar
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: A minimum "C" grade or better in all prerequisite and previous semester support and Surgical Technology course work. Concurrent enrollment in SRGT 2266.
Course Description: This course focuses on issues and special situations a student may face as a surgical technologist. Role transition from student to employee is incorporated. A capstone exam is included. (1 Lec.)


SRGT 2266 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Practicum (or Field Experience) - Surgical Technology/Technologist
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: A minimum "C" grade or better in all prerequisite and previous semester support and Surgical Technologist course work. Concurrent enrollment in SRGT 2130.
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. An external experience capstone is included. (20 Ext.)


SRGT 2366 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Practicum (or Field Experience) - Surgical Technology/Technologist
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: A minimum "C" grade or better in Perioperative Nursing I (SRGT 1340) and Practicum (SRGT 1167). Concurrent enrollment in Perioperative Nursing II (SRGT 1343).
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. (21 Ext.)


SRGT 2571 (5 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Perioperative Nursing II
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: A minimum "C" grade or better in Perioperative Nursing- I (SRGT 1471) and Practicum (SRGT 1167). Concurrent enrollment in Practicum (SRGT 2366).
Course Description: Expansion of the principles and skills learned in Perioperative Nurse-One. Included are: specific patient preparations and care for given surgical procedures; wound healing; complications of anesthesia and surgery; and pre and post-operative visits. Selected surgical procedures will incorporate all human body systems. The circulating role is emphasized. (5 Lec.)



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.