Healthcare Professions

The Workforce & Continuing Education Department 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 Workforce and 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.

For more information about any of the courses listed below, including  specific course dates, registration/orientation dates, times and admission requirements, please view the current Workforce & Continuing Education Health Careers Schedule.  To register contact the Health Careers Office at (361) 582-2412.   

Online courses

VC also offers Workforce & Continuing Education courses online. See the schedule here.

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 health care team and assisting residents in maintaining basic comfort and safety.

Electronic Health Records

Provides skills and knowledge in the health information field related to electronic health records management. The roles of various healthcare support positions including the medical office scribe, registration, admitting and receptionist staff and nursing unit computer support positions will be included.  Lecture, hands-on computer exercises, and review of industry literature will be instructional methods utilized.  Course topics include:

  • Transitioning from paper to electronic records for office practices
  • Clinic settings and acute/long-term care facilities
  • Personal health records
  • Clinical documentation
  • Coding and standardization of computer languages
  • Medical terminology basics
  • Evaluation of filing systems and equipment
  • Maintenance of database records according to information management theory 

Insurance Coding

This course provides skills and knowledge in the health information field for ICD-9 and CPT coding of insurance forms for reimbursement of medical services. This course emphasizes accurate ICD-9 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

Long-Term Care Activity Director

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 

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.

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.

Medication Aide for Nurse 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.

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, processing and accessioning.  Course includes 9 hours of clinical experience that will be assigned in area medical labs.

Therapeutic Recreation

This course provides the knowledge and practice necessary to plan and implement therapeutic activities that involve music, drama, dance, arts, and crafts. Focus is given on the range of individuals who may benefit from these activities. Leadership skills, rather than a mastery of the performance skills, will be stressed. This course meets the Therapeutic Recreation course requirement for Certified Activity Directors.  Expected learning outcomes include:

  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the creative process, group dynamics, theories of motivation, leadership theories, styles and models
  • Write therapeutic goals for and perform activity analysis of creative arts activities
  • Plan and lead creative arts activities appropriate for a wide variety of therapeutic recreation outcomes

Professional Development Conferences

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

 

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