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Workforce Development and Continuing Education

It can be tough trying to keep up with all the advances in technology these days.  Just keeping up with social networking can be frustrating.  Add in the pressure of balancing work and family and it’s no wonder we sometimes feel overwhelmed or behind the power curve—So what can we do?

More times than not, the answer is TRAINING.  Not just training, but training that is convenient for my daily schedule and my other commitments.  That is what Continuing Education at San Antonio College is all about.

“What is Continuing Education”?

One way to answer the question is to point out the difference between “Education” and “Training”.  Education is what you get if you want to earn a college degree.  Training is more about learning the skills and earning the credentials needed for work or advancement in the workplace.  English composition, History, Math and Science are typical “Education” courses that lead toward a college degree.  Law Enforcement, Insurance Adjuster, Human Resource Generalist are “Training” courses that prepare you for a specific job.

Education and training are technically the same thing but they also are very different.  At San Antonio College you have a choice:  You can enroll as a degree-seeking college student or you can enroll as a Continuing Education student.

The information given in this eCatalog, is meant to give you a good idea of the type of training we provide and tempt you to sign up for one of our courses.  We hope to see you on campus and working with you to achieve your learning goals.

Customized Training


The Continuing Education Training Network plays an important role in helping local employers with their training needs. The division has delivered contracted instruction to local employers, professional associations, and other governmental agencies in our four-county service area since 1969. This service has been provided on and off campus in varying depth and breadth using a variety of methodologies, always geared to the particular needs of the organization requesting the service. This tradition will continue but with more emphasis on the application of new skills to the workplace and follow-up study, where applicable, to determine employee efficiency and productivity. The goal will be to demonstrate a return on investment for our clients.

The Continuing Education Training Network’s customized training service will also endeavor to:

  • Expand its business and governmental partnerships.
  • Support small business growth and entrepreneurship.
  • Work with economic development agencies to attract new businesses.
  • Provide entry-level training or retraining for new enterprises.
  • Seek special funding to upgrade workplace skills of the local labor force.

The Continuing Education Training Network reflects the college’s expanded commitment to support local employers through workforce education and training. A new delivery system now allows the division to be a more efficient, customer-oriented enterprise committed to quality instruction.

The new structure is comprised of five centers, two academies, one institute, and the only planetarium in south Texas. It includes:

Service, Trade, and Industry Center - Steven Lewis 210-486-0417

STIC Center

The STIC Center offers courses and training in floral design and management, food industry certification, environmental and housekeeping skills, safety and hazardous material management, green industries and oil and gas training.

EcoCentro - 1802 North Main - Contact Mr. Steven Lewis at 210-486-0417

This community our reach center provides residents of in neighborhoods surrounding our campus as well as residents of the greater San Antonio area and beyond with free information sessions (see list below), workshops, demonstrations, and displays related to urban sustainability.  In addition, the center will host fee-based job skills courses that position participants to get employment in “green” career fields.  The adjacent community garden will offer garden beds for community residents and serve as a demonstration center for gardening and soil enrichment.

2 hour-Workshops at EcoCentro

  • Homeowner Weatherization and Savings
  • Introduction to Composting
  • Introduction to Tree Care
  • Introduction to Care of Interior Plants
  • Introduction to Family Food Gardens
  • Introduction to Xeriscaping
  • Introduction to Water Catchment
  • Water Meter Reading and Conservation Strategies
  • Proper Operation of Irrigation Controllers
  • Introduction to Solar Energy
  • Home Utility Bill Analysis (CPS)
  • Introduction to Historic Renovation
  • Food Handling and Wastage Reduction

Continuing Education (CE): English as a Second Language (ESL)
CE ESL classes are offered by the Department of Language, Philosophy and Culture
Center for English Language at San Antonio College
Oppenheimer # 119; email:  210-486-0965
en español: 210-486-1421


The Center or English Language Learning @ San Antonio College (CELL @ SAC) provides beginning through advanced English as a Second Language classes for organizations and businesses with employees and clients from multi-cultural backgrounds living and working in and around San Antonio. CELL @ SAC prepares students for both certificate and degree programs. Beginning and intermediate level classes focus on real life situations, while upper levels provide opportunities for students to improve their English abilities.

The Center for English Language Learning @ San Antonio College
(CELL @ SAC) ofrece cuatro niveles de ESL Cada nivel incluye classes de conversacíon, gramatica y lectura. Las clases preparan a los estudiantes para programas téchnicos y/o académicos. En los dos primeros niveles los estudiantes  mejoran el Inglés para poder comunicarse en situaciones de la vida diaria y el trabajo. En los niveles tres u cuartro los estudiantes mejoran las habilidares en ingles para carreas profesionales.

Summer semester: June 8-July 30

Course Descriptions:


ESL101:  This course is for students with no skill in the English language. Students learn correct spelling and the meaning for basic words in short expressions or text.

Semester Hours: (40)


ESL 1010 (ESLA 0310 - Speaking/Listening I)

Prerequisites: Placement test or approval by instructor.

In this course students learn basic conversational skills on familiar topics for every day communications. Speaking activities help students with pronunciation, intonation, and rhythm of common words and phrases of American English (for academic study or for the workplace).

Semester Hours: (40)


ESL 1011 (ESLA 0311 - Writing I)

Prerequisites: Placement test or approval by instructor.

In this course students practice and apply basic structures of English grammar, correct spelling and accurate punctuation to produce simple writing tasks on personal topics (for academic study or for the workplace).

Semester Hours: (40)


ESL 1012 (ESLA 0312 - Grammar I)

Prerequisites: Placement test or approval by instructor.

This course integrates grammar skills with listening, speaking, writing and reading activities based on common topics (for academic study or for the workplace).

Semester Hours: (40)


ESL 1013 (ESLA 0313 - Reading I)

Prerequisites: Placement test or approval by instructor.

In this beginning reading course, students read short personal stories and texts. They also learn basic strategies and vocabulary that aid reading comprehension. Students entering this class should have basic literacy.

Semester Hours: (40)


ESL 1020 (ESLA 0320 - Speaking/Listening 2)

Prerequisites: ESL 1010 or ESLA 0310, placement test, or approval by instructor.

This course helps students learn effective conversational and listening skills to function in a variety of personal, academic and/or professional situations. They practice speaking strategies that help them communicate with increased proficiency and confidence (for academic study or for the workplace).

Semester Hours: (40)


ESL 1021 (ESLA 0321 - Writing II)

Prerequisites: ESL 1011 or ESLA 0311, placement test, or approval by instructor.

In this course, students develop and apply basic writing skills for personal, academic, and professional communications. They produce a series of simple and compound sentences, as well as short paragraphs on personal topics (for academic study or for the workplace).

Semester Hours: (40)


ESL 1022 (ESLA 0322 - Grammar II)

Prerequisites: ESL 1012 or ESLA 0312, placement test, or approval by instructor.

This course helps students to understand and use basic grammar structures. Students learn to recognize and produce simple, compound, and basic complex sentences necessary for writing tasks

(for academic study or for the workplace).

Semester Hours: (40)


ESL 1023 (ESLA 0323 - Reading II)

Prerequisites: ESL1013 or ESLA 0313, placement test, or approval by instructor.

This course helps students improve reading comprehension of various reading selections from basic academic texts and personal interest stories. Students learn specific reading strategies and increase vocabulary (for academic study or for the workplace).

Semester Hours: (40)


ESL 1030 (ESLA 0330 - Speaking/Listening III)

Prerequisites: ESL 1020 or ESLA 0320, placement test, or approval by instructor.

This course helps students improve oral communication skills in a variety of personal, professional, and/or academic situations. They also learn to talk about and describe events and situations in group discussions and presentations. Listening activities provide students opportunities to understand spoken English from authentic sources (for academic study or for the workplace).

Semester Hours: (40)


ESL 1031 (ESLA 0331 - Writing III)

Prerequisites: ESL 1021 or ESLA 0321, placement test, or approval by instructor.

In this course, students develop writing fluency and vocabulary by using more complex writing skills for personal, academic, and professional communications. They produce well-constructed paragraphs with clear topic sentences, supporting details and a conclusion. They also use editing and revising strategies (for academic study or for the workplace).

Semester Hours: (40)


ESL 1032 (ESLA 0332 - Grammar III)

Prerequisites: ESL 1022 or ESLA 0322, placement test, or approval by instructor.

This course builds upon basic grammar structures to include additional verb tenses and complex sentences that support writing skills (for academic study or for the workplace).

Semester Hours: (40)


ESL 1033 (ESLA 0333 - Reading III)

Prerequisites: ESL 1023 or ESLA 0323, placement test, or approval by instructor
This course focuses on improving the students’ reading skills, vocabulary and comprehension. Students read a selection of fiction and nonfiction texts and apply new knowledge to personal experiences and academic assignments (for academic study or for the workplace).

Semester Hours: (40)


ESL 1040 (ESLA 0340 - Speaking/Listening IV)

Prerequisites: ESL 2030 or ESLA 0330, placement test, or approval by instructor.

In this course, students improve oral communication fluency and conversational strategies necessary to communicate in a wide range of personal, professional, academic, and cultural situations. Students also listen to English speakers in a variety of authentic real-world situations to understand different points of view to function in a global community (for academic study or for the workplace).

Semester Hours: (40)


ESL 1041 (ESLA 0341 - Writing IV)

Prerequisites: ESL 2031 or ESLA 0331, placement test, or approval by instructor.

In this course, students develop greater writing fluency and vocabulary by using more complex grammar structures and vocabulary to produce and revise multi-paragraph essays necessary for academic and professional communications (for academic study or for the workplace).

Semester Hours: (40)


ESL 1042 (ESLA 0342 - Grammar IV)

Prerequisites: ESL 2032 or ESLA 0332, placement test, or approval by instructor.

This course helps students use advanced grammar structures for effective college-level writing (for academic study or for the workplace).

Semester Hours: (40)


ESL 1043 (ESLA 0343 - Reading IV)

Prerequisites: ESL 2033 or ESLA 0333, placement test, or approval by instructor.

In this course, students read a variety of authentic selections that include various ideas and perspectives as well as different political and cultural values. Students are encouraged to become independent thinkers by analyzing opposing views (for academic study or for the workplace).

Semester Hours: (40)



What is the cost of the classes?
The cost is $168 per class.

Is there financial aid for CE non-credit classes?

No, all CE-ESL English classes must be paid in full before classes begin.

How long is the semester?

Our CE English classes are only two days per week for approximately eight weeks. Total hours: 48

Do I need to have at least a GED to be able to enroll in the CE English classes?

Neither a High School Diploma nor a GED is required to enroll in our CE classes.

Do I need to present any documents?

All you need to bring with you for the Michigan Placement Test is your ID with a photo of you, and a pencil.

How much does the Michigan Placement Test cost, and how long does it take?

This test is free, and will take about two hours.

Additional Contact Information:

Joanna Grogan, Program Director, Continuing Education

John Trilling, Coordinator, Center for English Language Learning @ San Antonio College (CELL@ SAC)


Professional Studies, Licensure, and Certification Center - Joanna Grogan 210-486-0409

The Center for Professional Development offers management, leadership, supervision, and other professional certification and licensure programs in insurance and human resource development.

Human Resources Management Certificate Program

This series of integrated modular courses is designed as a certificate series for functions typically found in the contemporary HR department of small to mid-sized companies.  The goal is to provide you with practical information needed to perform the daily tasks required by today’s HR professional.  Legal issues common to all HR functions are identified, addressed and discussed in order to equip you as HR practitioners.

Course Sequence

The following course sequence is based upon our recommendation.  However, you may take the courses in any order unless specifically noted in the course descriptions.

  1. Emerging Issues in Human Resources
  2. Human Resources Training and Development
  3. Employment Practices and Processes
  4. Employee Labor Relations
  5. Total Pay
  6. Employee Compliance for HR Management

PHR / SPHR Program

This 42-hour course is the official SHRM program for National Human Resource Management Certification.  Management practices, selection and placement, training and development, compensation and benefits, employees, labor relations, and health and safety are all covered.

PHR Eligibility Requirements

  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a master’s degree or higher
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a high school diploma

SPHR Eligibility Requirements

  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a master’s degree or higher
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in an exempt-level (professional) HR position with a high school diploma

All Lines Adjuster Training

San Antonio College is an approved provider through the Texas Department of Insurance.

Course Description

This course is designed to qualify students for the All Lines Adjuster License, in accordance with the Texas State Board of Insurance (TDI) requirements.  This course covers license maintenance, duration and regulation, contracts, adjusting losses, boiler and machinery insurance, auto insurance, commercial general liability, aviation insurance, surety bonds and fidelity coverage, Texas dwelling policies, Texas business owners’ policy, workmen’s compensation and other coverage’s.  Students must complete 45 hours of classroom work and, upon successful completion, will be given the examination for the All Lines Adjuster license in class.  Students who have scored satisfactorily on the exam may then submit their certificate and application to the Texas Department of Insurance for their license.


Continuing Nursing Education Center - Jorge Lopez at

The Continuing Nursing Education Center offers professional updates for registered nurses on pharmacology, pathophysiology, skills refresher, and intravenous therapy; certification programs for dialysis and ECG monitor professionals; type I nursing contact hours; nursing re-entry preparation courses; and medical practice management training.

We also offer a CNA program for Continuing Education students.  The 140 hour program consists of 100 hours of classroom theory and 40 hours of patient contact at a skilled nursing facility.  Upon successful completion of this program, the nurse aide candidate is eligible to apply to take the examination for registration as a nurse aide in the state of Texas.  Please contact us for information on Program requirements.

Law Enforcement Training Academy - Frank Francis 210-486-1337 or Michelle Contreras 210-486-1336

The Law Enforcement Training Academy offers professional certification for basic peace officer, jailer/corrections/ probation officer, and private security officer. The academy also offers law enforcement in-service courses.


San Antonio College Law Enforcement Training Academy has entered its 39th year of operation as an Academy licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCLEOSE)   Since its beginning, the Academy has provided certified training for licensure as a peace officer in the State of Texas. The current basic peace officer course consists of 688 hours of training. Successful completion of the course allows the student to sit for the state peace officer licensing exam.  The Academy graduates over 250 Cadets each year and provides in-service training and continuing education courses for police officers in the field.  


Our Basic Peace officer Academy is eleven months long, and each phase is eleven weeks long. We offer weekend courses Saturdays and Sundays 8am to 5pm. It’s a two day course, or we also offer Monday through Thursday from 9am to 1pm or 6pm -10pm. We offer financial aid for those who qualify and it covers 50% of the tuition.  We also accept VA Benefits. Tuition for each Phase, and you pay as you go.

  • Phase I       $500.00 
  • Phase II      $500.00      
  • Phase III     $600.00  
  • Phase IV    $525.00.    To Include examination            


688- Hour Basic Peace Officer Course

Phase I

Introduction and Orientation-4hrs

2-Professional Policing-8hrs

4 U.S. & Texas Constitutions and Bill of Rights,  

Criminal Justice-12hrs

Code of Criminal Procedure-20hrs

Arrest, Search and Seizure-28hrs

Penal Code- 48hrs

Civil Process-8hrs

Health & Safety Code- Controlled Substance Act-16Hrs

Family Code- Juvenile issues-12Hrs

Spanish 16-Hrs

Total Hours =172


Phase II

Fitness & Wellness, and Stress Management -16hrs

Professionalism & Ethics-8hrs

Multi-culturalism & Human Relations-10hrs

Written Communication-20 hrs

Emergency Communications-12hrs

Communication and Problem Solving -16hrs

Victims of Crime-10 hrs

Family Violence and Related Assaultive Offenses-20 hrs

Crisis Intervention Training(CIT) & Mental Health Code-16 hrs

Criminal Investigation-44 hrs



Protection of, and Crime Scene Search

Interviewing Techniques

Booking Procedures

Courtroom Demeanor and Testimony

Case Management

Total Hours =172


Phase III

Force Options-24 Hrs

Mechanics of Arrest-40 Hrs


Professional Police Driving (Driving Track)-18Hrs

Patrol-42 Hrs

Total Hours =172


Phase IV

Traffic Law, Crash Investigation, Traffic Direction-70 Hrs

Intoxicated Driver and S.F.S.T. 28-Hrs

Alcoholic Beverage Code-4 Hrs

Emergency Medical Assistance-16 Hrs

Professional Police Driving (Leal)-14 Hrs

Hazardous Materials Awareness-8 Hrs

Racial Profiling -4Hrs

Identity Crimes-4Hrs

Asset Forfeiture-4Hrs

Tcleose Rules Overview-4Hrs

Tcleose Licensing Exam Review-4Hrs

Total Hours =172


In-Service Classes to include any of the following:

  • 2107 Use of Force
  • 3182 State & Federal Law Update
  • 2108 Arrest, Search & Seizure
  • 2109 Conversational Spanish
  • 2105 Child Abuse
  • 2601 Crime Scene Search
  • 2120  Crisis Communications 
  • 2222  Firearm Instructor
  • 3131  Basic Civil Process
  • 3182  State and Federal Law Update
  • 3232  Special Investigative Topics
  • 3255  Asset Forfeiture
  • 3256  Racial Profiling
  • 3270  Human Trafficking
  • 3271  Advanced Human Trafficking 
  • 3277  Identity Theft Crimes
  • 3286  Eyewitness Evidence
  • 3702  Field Training Officer Course
  • 3737  New Supervisor Get Resource  
  • 3804  HIV, AIDS, and Hepatitis 
  • 3841  Intermediate Crisis Intervention Training 
  • 3843  Crisis Intervention Training
  • 4001  Mental Health Officer Course
  • 3939  Cultural Diversity 
  • 4001  Mental Health Officer Course

Medical Office & Administrative Support-Skills Center - Jorge Lopez 210-486-0412 or via email at

The Medical Administration Support Institute offers a full complement of computer courses in Microsoft applications, Web Design courses, Computer Graphic courses, and accounting software for the beginning and intermediate computer user. The institute also offers several programs in Medical Front Office Assistant and Medical coding, and Pharmacy Technician trainings. Computer-aided drafting and online computer instruction in a multitude of subjects are also offered through the Institute.

Medical Front Office Program

Medical Administration is one of the nation’s fastest-growing occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical and health services managers will see an employment growth of 22% between 2010 and 2020!

San Antonio, Texas is a prime area to benefit from this growth. With hundreds of clinics, including world-renowned military medical facilities and an ever-growing medical center that serves the South Texas region, individuals who pursue Medical Administration training will have a multitude of employment opportunities from which to choose.

Begin your career with the Medical Administration Program at San Antonio College Continuing Education. You will be instructed by industry professionals and will be on the leading edge of an industry that is set for a steady climb in coming years.

Course Descriptions

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (Also available as an online course.)

HPRS 1006: This course introduces the student with medical terms used in medical offices. The student will be able to identify, pronounce, and spell medical terms using various resource tools. Word origin and structure will be examined through the prefixes, suffixes, root words, and plurals. Basic medical terminology used in hospital and pharmacy environments will also be explored.  (36 hrs)


HITT 1013: The course introduces the student to proper skills for billing purposes and insurance reimbursement. Proper completion of CMS 1500 insurance billing forms, billing procedures, collection procedures and guidelines will be covered. Patient privacy regulations as related to HIPAA compliance will be discussed.  (30 hrs)


POFT 1023: This course will cover the basic application of various filing methods used in a medical office. The class will cover alphabetic, numeric, and color coded filing systems. The student will be able to index, code, file, retrieve, and cross reference records. Basic construction of a medical chart and its components will be examined.  (18 hrs)


POFM 1002:  Students will learn proper use of Medisoft Medical Software Version 15 used in medical offices. Scheduling and billing functions of the software will be introduced and applied to medical office scenarios. The student will also be exposed to actual  medical  office  working  scenarios  using all  previous  MS  applications,  office  procedures, and medical terminology. (48 hrs)  PREREQUISITE: POFT 1023 File Management for the Medical Office and POFT 1013 Medical Insurance and Billing.


OSHT 1003: Introduction to specific training techniques involving safe medical material handling as well as general safety and security of the premises and medical records. Addresses the right to know and outlines guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as they pertain to the medical office. (7 hrs)

Course Sequence

Computer Courses may be taken in any sequence:

  • Beginning Keyboarding
  • Beginning Computers
  • Microsoft Word or Word Fast Track for 12 hours
  • Microsoft Excel or Excel Fast Track for 12 hours
  • Microsoft Outlook

Medical Courses may be taken in the following order:

1.     Medical Terminology-Medical Office

2.     Medical Insurance and Billing

3.     File Management for the Medical Office

4.     Medical Software Applications

5.     Safety in Medical Office

Medical Coding Program

Ever wondered how insurance companies know what to pay a provider for a procedure or diagnosis? Specific codes are applied to such medical procedures and diagnoses and it is the job of a well-trained Medical Coder to apply the codes appropriately. A keen knowledge of the human body and of the medical insurance industry, attention to detail and training by experienced professionals is what you need to be a great coder. You can acquire these skills in our superb program…for a fraction of the cost that you may pay at other schools. Join us today!

Course Sequence

Coding courses may be taken in any order; however, if you do not have any coding experience, it is strongly recommended that you take ICD-9 first.


1.  What if I do not have medical experience?

We strongly recommend that you consider taking the Medical Front Office Program if you are brand new to the medical field. This will greatly increase the number of employment options available to you.

Course Descriptions

PRE-REQUISITE: Medical Terminology (HPRS 1006)


HITT 2046: Students will be introduced to International Statistical Classifications of Diseases (ICD) codes which are used to identify symptoms and diagnosis of medical conditions experienced by human beings. This course will provide in-depth  coverage  of  ICD  coding rubrics,  conventions,  principles,  and  updates  as they apply to accurate coding of complex medical surgical  cases,  with  emphasis  on  case  studies. Students will learn to interpret inpatient or outpatient medical records assign appropriate principal/secondary diagnosis Practical Applications and principal/secondary procedures. (Note: Since the first ICD codes were developed in 1893, subsequent versions are numbered sequentially. Transitioning between versions (i.e.: 9 to 10) can take several years. To keep up with these changes, we will be offering ICD-10 classes beginning Fall 2013 and will stop offering ICD-9 classes in Fall 2015) (48 hrs)


HITT 1041: Students will be introduced to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes which are used to bill patients, insurance companies and Medicare/Medicaid for services performed by medical practitioners. CPT codes are five-digit codes which have been developed and maintained by the American Medical Association and are used to catalog/identify every service or task a medical practitioner performs. HCPCS codes are used by Medicare and are based on the CPT codes. Students will learn to use the application of basic coding rules, and will be able to identify different nomenclatures and classification systems and assign codes. (48 hrs)

The following three courses may be taken as stand-alone courses. They do not have to be taken in any particular order and are not part of the basic Coding Program. They each, however, require the following prerequisites: Medical Terminology, ICD-9 and CPT& HCPCS courses.


HITT 2045: This course is designed to prepare the coding student with skills and guidelines used in preparation to take the CPC Coding Exam. The student will review ICD-9, CPT and HCPCS procedures and strategies for the CPC exam. The student is recommended to have coding knowledge or previous coding experience of at least one year in order to take this course. (24 hrs)

New ICD-10 CM Course

ICD 10-Medical Coding - Coming October of 2015


ICD-10 is a NEW CODING COURSE beginning October 2013 designed to teach the medical coder the differences between ICD-9 and the new ICD-10 coding procedures and principles. 

POFM 2010: This course will identify comparisons and differences between the ICD-9 codes and the new ICD-10 additional and comprehensive codes.  This course is intended for students that already possess knowledge of medical diagnosis coding. The course is recommended for students who wish to further their knowledge of coding, students who know coding but want to transition to the new ICD-10 codes. Prerequisites: Medical Knowledge or Medical Terminology; knowledge of ICD-9 coding principles.  (33hrs)

Pharmacy Technician Program

This training is designed to prepare students to pass the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. Students may choose either full participation, which means they will attend all courses; or, the experienced Pharmacy Technician can seek specific training in one or more areas of pharmacy technology. Students may opt to take only those classes they need. The length of the training depends on the amount of class work each student registers for during the semester and the number of classes needed. The Pharmacy Technician Training at San Antonio College provides classroom instruction and hands- on application.

Eligibility to Register

  • Complete a Reading & Math test on campus. Minimum scores: Reading (78 %), Math (63%).
  • Provide proof of a TB check with negative results less than one year old.
  • Must have started Hepatitis B Immunization Series.
  • Must obtain Meningitis vaccination if under 30 years of age at least 10 days prior to class.


1.  Why must I complete such specific requirements for this program?

Pharmacy Technicians must have excellent reading and math skills in order to ensure patient medications are correctly prepared for patients, hence the Reading & Math test requirements. Additionally, Pharmacy Technicians come into contact with patients who may be suffering from contagious diseases or weakened immune systems; therefore, it is important that Pharm Techs have a clean bill of health and have protected themselves against communicable diseases.


Learn about Program Entry Requirements; Program Courses; What Pharmacy Technicians do; Employment Opportunities; Certification at one of the Department’s 1-hour Program Information Sessions which are scheduled periodically throughout the year. Check seasonal bulletins.


Pharmacy Tech ONLINE/Pharmacy Tech WEEKEND/Pharmacy Tech EVENING Coming 2015

Course Descriptions


PHRA 1001: This course introduces students to pharmacy practices and the technician’s role in pharmacy operations. The course topics include: history of pharmacy, pharmacy law, medical terminology and abbreviations, medication dosage forms, customer relations, prescription interpretation, pharmacy record keeping and third party payment. (It is recommended that this class be taken first.) (48hrs)


PHRA 1009: This course covers mathematical principles relating to patient dosages. The course provides students with the skills for solving a variety of problems encountered in the preparation and distribution of drugs. The course also provides problem solving in basic math, ration & proportion, metric system; systems of measure, reduction and enlargement, percentage preparations, and dose calculations. (32 hrs)


PHRA 1041: Drug classifications, properties, actions and effects on the human body and their role in the management of disease are covered in this course. Students will be provided with detailed information regarding drug dosages, side effects, interactions, toxicities, and incompatibilities. The student should be able to categorize the major therapeutic classifications of drugs; distinguish the generic and trade names of drugs; describe the therapeutic use of use of drugs; and recognize appropriate dosing intervals for drugs, side effects, and interactions. (96 hrs)


PHRA 1013: This course provides students with the practical application of drug preparation and pharmacy delivery distribution, and laboratory practice relating to institutional and community pharmacy operations.   Job-related skills in pharmacy data entry, outpatient dispensing, inpatient distribution, and unit dose cart filling will also be covered. The course is taught in a classroom setting. (64 hrs)

Course Sequence

Medical Courses must be taken in the following order:

1.     Introduction to Pharmacy Technology

2.     Community Pharmacy Practice

3.     Pharmacy Drug Therapy & Treatment

4.     Pharmaceutical Math I

5.     Pharmacy Technician Certification Review

Computer Technology: Operating Systems, Security, Software, Website Development, Desktop Publishing/Graphics

Whether you still think a mouse is what makes a house a home, or if you have knowledge of Code and HTML, or you’re somewhere in between…we’ve got your business/computer technology needs covered. Choose from a variety of courses to help you find a job or to help you to connect with a great exterminator.

Course Sequence

The following course sequence is based upon our recommendation. However, you may take the courses in any order unless specifically noted in the course descriptions.



Office Systems Technology Certificate



1.     Beginning Keyboarding & Typing

2.     Computers for Beginners

3.     Windows for Consumers

4.     MS Word Level I

5.     MS Excel Level I

6.     MS Outlook


1.     MS Word Level I

2.     MS Excel Level I

3.     MS Excel Level II

4.     Introduction to Accounting

5.     QuickBooks Pro



1.  What if I already know one program in the MS Office Suite or have basic computer skills? Do I have to take all the courses?

No. Speak with us and we help you determine which courses are most appropriate for your skill level. We don’t want you to take unnecessary courses any more than you do!

Course Descriptions


POFT 1010: Have a need to type a document, but do not know where to start? Looking for a new job that requires typing? Beginning Keyboarding and Typing will introduce the student to the computer keyboard and its functions. Students will be expected to master the keyboard (QWERTY) and will learn good keyboarding technique (i.e.: finger placement, touch, posture). Students will also learn basic typing formatting techniques. Students will practice diligently in order to achieve desirable levels of speed and accuracy, a must in today’s work environment! (32 hrs)


ITSC 1012:  This course familiarizes the beginning computer student with the concepts and applications of personal computing. Students will learn to use basic personal computer hardware (mouse, keyboard, CPU and monitor), personal computer peripherals (printer, modem, external card readers, etc.), and basic computer software (operating system). Students will learn how to properly turn computer systems on and how to properly shut them down. Students may also be introduced to how to connect elements of their personal computer set up (i.e.: connecting printer to system). Students may also be introduced to basic computer file management. (24 hrs)


POFI 1024: In this course, the student will be able to identify word processing terminology and concepts. Students will be introduced to the Ribbon interface of Office which is used to perform most formatting, file management and page management functions, to name a few. Students will create documents, format and edit documents, use simple tools and utilities, and print documents. They will also learn how to utilize proofing tools. Additionally, students will learn to create tables, lists (numbered and bulleted), forms and much more. (30 hrs)


ITSW 1022: This course will serve as an introduction this spreadsheet software program. Students will learn to create, modify, print & format worksheets by utilizing the Ribbon interface. Students will also learn to work with and edit basic formulas and functions. Additional features covered include, but are not limited to: using multiple worksheets, using styles and AutoFormats, working with charts, inserting/deleting columns, rows and cells. (30 hrs)


ITSW 2049: This course will introduce the intermediate Excel user to more complex features of Excel such as utilizing templates, clip art, and auto shapes. This level also works with intermediate-level financial functions, IF functions and using 3D cell references. (30 hrs)


ITSW 1030:  This course will introduce the student to the organizational/communication features of Outlook. Students will learn how to utilize the Ribbon interface to navigate Outlook, send/receive email messages (with and without attachments) and create contacts/distribution lists. Students will learn how to use Outlook’s organization features to create notes, journals and calendar events/tasks. Overall, students will learn to coordinate appointments, events, contacts, tasks, and notes with Outlook. (16 hrs)


POFI 1001: This course will provide an overview of computer office applications including current terminology and technology. It will cover the basics of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. (64 hrs)


IMED 1002: This course provides an introduction to Web site design, covering both human factors and technical design issues. Students will learn how to organize a web site by producing a design document. Special attention will be applied to information architecture, navigation and site layout. PREREQUISITE: You should be familiar with using web browsers and have spent time exploring the World Wide Web. KNOWLEDGE OF HTML IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED (32 hrs)


IMED 1040: This course expands upon the concepts introduced in Web Page Basics (IMED 1002. Students will hone their publishing and design skills, and will continue to learn proper layout techniques for Websites. Utilizes techniques in animation, tables, and forms. Also includes application of tools for creating and editing a Website. (32 hrs)


POFI 1005: This 30 hour course will teach the student the basic use of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign in designing hardcopy graphics.  The course is intended for the new user of the Adobe CS.


POFI 2031: This course will provide an in-depth coverage of desktop publishing terminology, text editing, and use of design principles. Emphasis will be placed on layout techniques, graphics, multiple page displays, and business applications. Students will learn how to define desktop publishing terminology; manipulate text and graphics to create a balanced and focused layout; and create fliers, brochures, and multiple page documents. (32 hrs

Business Office & Finance

We know starting a business or managing personal finances can be a daunting task. Let our expert instructors, with years of experience and education in their corners, help you to improve your business savvy.            

Course Sequence

The following course sequence is based upon our recommendation. However, you may take the courses in any order unless specifically noted in the course descriptions.







1.     MS Word Level I

2.     MS Excel Level I

3.     MS Excel Level II

4.     Introduction to Accounting

5.     QuickBooks Pro



1.  Do I have to take the Business courses in a particular order?

No. You may take these courses in any order (unless otherwise noted).


2.  May I take these courses for an overall certificate?

No. Each course may be taken individually for individual Continuing Ed credit.


Course Descriptions


ACNT 1002: This course focuses on fundamental accounting concepts and their application in transaction   analysis and financial statement preparation including analysis of financial statements.  (36 hrs)


ACNT 1013:  Introduction to the basic functions of   the   software.   Managing   basic   QuickBooks files, working with financial transactions, vendor transactions, and invoicing will be covered. NOTE: basic accounting knowledge recommended. (48 hrs)



Level I Certificate Programs


Peace Officer Certification

The Peace Officer Program prepares the student to take the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) Examination for basic peace officer certification. Courses cover the broad knowledge and skills required to serve as a licensed peace officer in Texas. Students will participate in weapons training and the professional police-driving lab to receive full peace officer certification upon successful completion of this program.

Required Courses Contact Hours
  CJLE 1006 Basic Peace Officer Phase I 172
  CJLE 1012 Basic Peace Officer Phase II 172
  CJLE 1018 Basic Peace Officer Phase III 172
  CJLE 1024 Basic Peace Officer Phase IV 172
  Total Hours: 688

Professional Certification & Licensure Training

The Continuing Education Training Network offers training sanctioned by appropriate state and national associations and state licensure boards. Some areas of training are:

Correctional Officer
Dietetic Food Service Supervisor
Environmental Technology
Floral Design/Management
Food Protection
Insurance Licensure
Law Enforcement Licensing
Medical Front Office/Coding
Nurse Aide
Occupational Health & Safety
Professional Nurse Education

International Programs

The Continuing Education Training Network endeavors to facilitate international initiatives on behalf of the institution. In recent years, the division provided customized conversational English courses to students from technical universities in the eastern part of Mexico. Additionally, the division provides ESL training to students participating in vocational programs sponsored by the Central Intercultural Educational Development (CIED) Program. These participants come from Haiti, Jamaica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. The division is currently affiliated with the International Consortium for Education and Economic Development representing post-secondary institutions from Canada, United States, Mexico and Brazil!