Healthcare Professions

PLEASE NOTE:  The registration process for Allied Health Continuing Education courses have changed.  All admission requirements, including immunization records and payment, must be submitted at least 1 week prior to the start of class.  All classes are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not reached.

VC offers specialized training courses that can get you started in a new career quickly or help you advance in your current career. These are noncredit courses. They do not apply toward a credit degree, credit certificate, or academic transfer. Many of the Allied Health Continuing Education courses can lead to a nationally recognized certificate or state credential. Upon completion, students receive a Victoria College Certificate of Completion. Students are not required to apply for admission to the college or take entrance exams for these noncredit courses.

Allied Health Continuing Education Courses

For more information about any of the courses listed below, or to see our complete online course offerings, including specific course dates, and times, please view the current pdf Workforce & Continuing Education Course Schedule. Allied health continuing education course offerings will resume in the fall.

For Admissions requirements, see the links with the corresponding course below. In addition to meeting admission requirements a completed registration form is required with packet. pdf Completed registration packets may be submitted to the Health Sciences Center office 137-P or via fax to (361) 572-6441 attention: Allied Health CE. 

Questions? See our pdf Frequently Asked Questions document, call (361) 582-2412 or email HealthCareers@VictoriaCollege.edu.

pdf Certified Nurse Aide

Preparation for entry-level nursing assistance to achieve a level of knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to provide basic care to residents of long-term care facilities. Emphasis on effective interaction with members of the healthcare team and assisting residents in maintaining basic comfort and safety.

pdf Long-Term Activity Director I

The role of the Activity Director in long-term health care facilities includes the study of history, regulations, communications, advocacy, ethics, service delivery, and volunteer management. This course, when combined with “Long Term Care Activity Directing II” and “Practicum-Gerontology” meets the state requirements to be qualified as an activity director in Texas. Course work and clinical experience is designed to prepare the student for success on the Texas Activity Direction Certification Exam.  Selected assignments will be submitted by mail in lieu of class attendance. Expected learning outcomes include:

  • Ablility to discuss the history and regulatory requirements for recreation activity services in long term care settings
  • Apply principles of communication, advocacy, and ethics to recreation activity service delivery and volunteer management
  • Demonstrate knowledge of life span development 
  • Demonstrate proper assessment of client needs 

pdf Long Term Activity Director II

Activity Directing in long-term health care facilities includes assessment, care planning, documentation process, and evaluation of client needs.  This course also addresses program design and resources/funding.  Expected learning outcomes include:  to be able to create care plans based on assessment of client needs, design and document leisure and/or therapeutic activities based on client assessment and resources/funding, and evaluate the effectiveness of the entire activity service delivery.  Course work and clinical experience is designed to prepare the student for success on the Texas Activity Certification Exam. 

Long-term Care Activity Director Update

The purpose of this continuing education activity is to update knowledge and skills necessary to plan, implement, and document a client centered activity utilizing guidelines from MDS 3.0.

pdf Medical Assisting

An introductory Medical Assisting Program designed to develop basic knowledge and skills necessary to function safely and effectively in a medical office/clinic environment where certification is not required. 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. Clinical experience will be assigned in area medical clinics.

pdf Medical Coding I

This course provides skills and knowledge in the health information field for ICD-10 and CPT coding of insurance forms for reimbursement of medical services. This course emphasizes accurate ICD-10 and CPT coding of office procedures for payment/reimbursement by patient or third-party and prevention of insurance fraud. Clinical experience will be assigned in area medical offices. Learning outcomes for the course include:

  • Be able to identify different nomenclatures and classification systems 
  • Assign codes using appropriate rules, principles, guidelines, and conventions
  • Describe and explain the differences/similarities among insurance plans

pdf Medical Coding II

This course expands the knowledge learned in Medical Coding 1. A continuation of ICD-10 and CPT coding will be offered. New topics in Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Diagnostic Testing related to coding will be included. The course will also cover reimbursement methodologies, continuation of medical office procedures, and coding. Students completing the course and meeting all requirements will have the option to test for the American Association of Professional Coders certification examination.

pdf Medication Aide

Instruction in preparation and administration of designated medications by non-licensed nursing personnel employed in licensed health care agencies including the responsibilities associated with such administration.

Medication Aide Update

Intensive training in an identified area(s) to meet continuing education and/or review/update requirements associated with professional licensure or certification.

pdf Phlebotomy

Skill development will be administered in the performance of a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and universal precautions. Course topics includes:

  • Vacuum collection devices
  • Syringes
  • Capillary skin puncture
  • Butterfly needles and blood culture
  • Specimen collection on adults, children, and infants
  • Professionalism
  • Ethics 
  • Medical terminology

Emphasis will be on infection prevention, proper patient identification, labeling of specimens and quality assurance, specimen handling, and processing and accessioning.  Course includes nine hours of clinical experience that will be assigned in area medical labs.

pdf Phlebotomy Exam Prep

A continuation of Phlebotomy I, this certification exam prep course provides skill development in the performance of a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and universal precautions.  Course includes vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles and blood culture, and specimen collection on adults, children, and infants.  Emphasis will be on infection prevention, proper patient identification, labeling of specimens and quality assurance, specimen handling, processing, and accessioning.  Topics include professionalism, ethics, and medical terminology.  Course includes 9 hours of clinical experience that will be assigned in area medical labs.

Professional Development Conferences

  • Dental Conference
  • School Nurse Conference
  • Long-Term Care Conference

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