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San Antonio TX, 78212
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    San Antonio College
  Aug 21, 2018
San Antonio College Schedule/Catalog 2017-2018 
San Antonio College Schedule/Catalog 2017-2018 [Archived Catalog]

Public Policy and Service

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Tiffany Cox Hernandez, Ph.D., J.D., Chairperson
CAC 223, 210-486-0835

Criminal Justice

Oscar Ruiz, Program Coordinator
CAC 303C, 210-486-0196

Criminal Justice consists of these programs:  Associates in Applied Science with an emphasis in correctional science or law enforcement, an associate in arts degree, and one Dual Credit certificate program.  Courses assist students with an interest in employment in law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, and criminal law.

The Criminal Justice Program reflects the assessed needs of the community for students for initial career preparation, career development, and for foundations leading to university transfer credits.

Successful completion of the TCOLE examination for basic peace officer certification may result in credit being awarded for specific courses.  To receive these course credits, the student must be currently enrolled as a criminal justice student at San Antonio College and have completed a minimum of two courses with the grade of “C” or better.

  • CJLE 1506 Basic Peace Officer I, 5 semester hours.
  • CJLE 1512 Basic Peace Officer II, 5 semester hours.
  • CJLE 1518 Basic Peace Officer III, 5 semester hours.
  • CJLE 1524 Basic Peace Officer IV, 5 semester hours.

Certificate Programs

Dual Credit students can earn an Occupational Skills Award by completing the following four (4) Criminal Justice courses:

  • CJSA 1322
  • CJSA 1313
  • CJSA 1308
  • CJSA 1342

Court Reporting

Patricia Woodard, Program Coordinator
NTC 313 or 324C, 210-486-0544 or 210-486-0531

The Court Reporting Program offers the following certificates and degrees:

  • Level 1 Certificate-Court Reporting Transcriptionist/Scopist (23 hours)
  • Level 2 Certificate-Court Reporting Computer Aided Transcription Technology (43 hours)
  • AAS Degree-Court Reporting Computer-Aided Transcription (60 hours)
  • Enhanced Skills Certificate-CART/Captioning (12 hours)

The Court Reporting Program offers a “conflict-free,” computer-compatible theory. This program provides students with the opportunity to attain the proficiencies needed to pass the certification examination administered by the Court Reporter Certification Board (CRCB) of Texas and the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) examination administered by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).

A court reporter makes a verbatim record of legal proceedings in a courtroom or deposition setting and provides a certified transcript for use by the legal profession. Conferences also may be reported and transcribed.

Texas state certification is required for court reporters. Some states do not require certification. Texas state law requires that shorthand reporters be certified in order to work in the courts or as freelance reporters. Persons not certified may work in business, civil service, or medical transcription using their machine shorthand skills. Those with excellent machine shorthand skills may caption for television or write realtime for the hearing impaired and in the classroom setting.


Theory classes: All CRTR students are limited to two semesters of CRTR 1304 (Machine Shorthand I) and CRTR 1207 (Machine Shorthand Speed-building). If a student does not achieve at least a C average when taking CRTR 1304 and CRTR 1207 for the second time, he/she will be redirected to another program.

Speed classes: A student who does not pass the next speed in Literary, Jury Charge,  or Testimony within two semesters must drop back to the previous speed (20 wpm slower)–only on the area not passed–for testing on Performance Challenges (PC’s) and Mocks. If the student is not able to pass PC’s and Mocks at that speed, he/she must drop back again until his/her true speed is determined.

o   Example: A student is at 100 wpm Literary for two semesters and does not advance. The student will drop back to 80 wpm on Literary Performance Challenges. If the same student passes 100 wpm in Jury Charge and Testimony, he/she will continue to advance in those areas.

Online Program:

Court Reporting students are encouraged to attend day classes on campus their first semester in which they learn machine shorthand theory.

However, students who cannot attend day classes may attend online machine shorthand theory classes through audio and video instruction by special arrangement with the instructor. Online students MUST have:

  • computer-compatible shorthand machine
  • the translation software (provided for free to all SAC students) loaded onto their PC PRIOR to the first day of classes. Students may make an appointment with an ACT technician to obtain help installing the required software. The ACT technicians’ phone number is 486-1090.

Once machine shorthand theory is mastered, students may choose online or hybrid speed classes.

CRTR 1291 and CRTR 1391, Special Topics in Court Reporting may be used with Coordinator approval to substitute for speed courses on the degree plan.

Human Services

Program Coordinator
NTC 323, 210-486-1255

The Human Services Program under the Public Policy and Service Department offers Certificates of Completion and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services with specializations in Addiction Counseling, and Substance Abuse Prevention.  The Human Services Addiction Counseling is nationally accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission.  

Formal and informal transfer agreements have been established with several local universities.

Students must meet with the Human Services Program Coordinator or designee before enrolling in any Human Services course. Students enrolling in any of the Human Services Program degree/certificate specializations must meet all current program basic skill prerequisites.

Addiction Counseling

The Human Services Addiction Counseling is nationally accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission.  All potential students must meet with the program coordinator or designee before enrolling in any addiction counseling courses.  The The Human Services Program, offers an Associate of Applied Science degree with a specialization in Addiction Counseling and certificates of completion in drug & alcohol abuse counseling (DAAC) and addiction studies, designed for individuals who wish to pursue training in the substance related and addictive disorders and seek licensure as a chemical dependency counselor in Texas. Students may work toward an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree or certificates of completion.  Note that licensure as a chemical dependency counselor requires a minimum of an associate’s degree along with other state mandated requirements.

Substance Abuse Prevention 

The Human Services Program, offers an Associate of Applied Science degree and a certificate of completion with a  specialization in Substance Abuse Prevention designed for individuals who wish to pursue training in the substance abuse prevention field and seek designation or certification as a Prevention Specialist (CPS) through the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and/or the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (TCBAP); a member board of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium.  All potential students must meet with the program coordinator or designee before enrolling in any substance abuse prevention courses.

Credit Given for the LCDC/ADC/CPS

Advanced placement credit toward an AAS Degree in the Addiction Counseling or Substance Abuse Prevention Specialization, may be awarded to individuals who are licensured as a chemical dependency counselor through the Texas Department of State Health Services’ (DSHS) or have been awarded certification as an alcohol/drug counselor (ADC) or have been awarded certification as a prevention specialist (CPS), which meet the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) requirements.  To be considered for advanced placement credit the respective license or certification must be current and in good standing.

Individuals who meet the requirements may be eligible to receive up to 27 semester hours of advanced placement credit.  For more information, contact the Human Services Program Coordinator.  *Note:  to be awarded a degree or certification of completion from San Antonio College, you must complete a minimum of 25 percent of the course work through San Antonio College.

In order to receive advanced placement credit, the applicant must:

  • Be enrolled in the Human Services’, AAS Degree specialization in Addiction Counseling or Substance Abuse Prevention.
  • Successfully complete at least six college-level semester hours with a minimum grade of “C.”
  • Provide a copy of their current license, license renewal award letter, or appropriate certification documentation, which indicates they are current and in good standing to the Human Services Program Coordinator.
  • A check of DSHS, the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (TCBAP), and other certifying agencies’ sanction status may also be reviewed to determine applicant’s standing.

Political Science

C. Woodward Kaupert, Program Coordinator
CAC 217C, 210-486-1008

The Political Science Department offers courses that comply with the legislative requirement regarding Federal and Texas government including the study of the U.S. Constitutions.  Both GOVT 2305: Federal Government and GOVT 2306: Texas Government are offered via in-person and the Internet, GOVT 2304 Introduction to Political Science (Fulfils the additional 3 hour social science requirement), GOVT 2311 Mexican American Politics (Part of the MAS program), and  GOVT 2389 Internship.  The sequence to complete the Core Requirements at San Antonio College is GOVT 2305: Federal Government and GOVT 2306: Texas Government. 

Public Administration

Sylvia DeLeon, Program Coordinator
CAC 217A, 210-486-0192

The Public Administration Program is designed to provide the student with the knowledge, skills, and techniques required to be effective within public-sector fields of employment. Emphasis is directed toward the interrelated concepts of public management, civil service systems, labor relations, human resources, budgeting techniques, and organizational development.


    Public Service Institute


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