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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 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 or Barbara Carreon 210-486-1427

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.

Oil and Gas Industry

The oil and gas industries require skilled employees from a wide range of specialty areas.  The student will learn health, safety, and environmental preservation.  The HSE course offered at San Antonio College builds upon the continuing education department’s long-standing course offerings in all three areas.

We offer a 36 class hour course which is divided into 4 major topic areas which include:  management of health and safety, controlling workplace hazards, coping with specific hazards, and environmental protection.  This is done through hands on exercises and exercises linked to field scenarios.

The STIC Center is also introducing the Eco Centro Building opening in 2014

EcoCentro - 1802 North Main

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

Language & General Education - Skills Center - ESL & GED - Joanna Grogan 210-486-0409 or Yolanda Castaneda for ESL at 210-486-1421

San Antonio serves as a culturally rich and diverse community which respects the linguistic traditions of all.  The English as a Second Language (ESL) component of the Continuing Education Training Network provides the English communication skills needed by local residents and students from around the world in order to achieve their goals in life.  In addition to our popular courses open to the general public, we also offer specialized English courses.

Courses offerings in ESL include the following in appropriate student competency levels.

  • ESL Literacy
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Writing, Grammar, Reading and Writing

The Language & General Education Skills Center provides such community service programs as GED training and test preparation.

We offer GED courses in the daytime, evening and offer GED courses in Spanish.

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 - Anita Reyes 210-486-1191 or Guadalupe Herrera 210-486-1700

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.

EMS Academy - Wynn Gordy 210-486-0418 or Maria Cobbs 210-486-1406

The EMS Academy offers professional certification programs in EMT and Paramedic. The academy also offers courses in medical technology and other allied health occupations.

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic.  This course is mainly designed for those individuals that want to go out there and get a job and are not necessarily seeking a degree.  The EMS Academy offers all of the courses and skills necessary to become a top notch Paramedic.  From EMT-Basic thru to EMT-Paramedic, our staffs of experienced 911 Paramedics are here to help you succeed.  We combine a combination of skills practice and lecture material to provide you with the best foundation possible.

EMT Paramedic is designed into three phasesEach phase is 1 semester long, Phase 1 is made up of the following courses that are taken concurrently:

Course Sequence:  EMT-Paramedic

The student must have successfully certified at the National Registry level I or State of Texas certification for EMT-Basic in order to be eligible to start the Paramedic course.

The following course sequence is based upon increased learning curriculum per Phase.  All courses listed per phase are taken concurrently.

Phase 1 (one semester)

  • EMSP 1038    Introduction to Advanced Practice
  • EMSP 1055    Trauma Management
  • EMSP 1056    Patient Assessment & Airway Management
  • EMSP 2060    Clinical (86 hours)

Phase 2 (one semester)

  • EMSP 2044    Cardiology
  • EMSP 2034    Medical Emergencies
  • EMSP 2061   Clinical (96 hours)

Phase 3 (one semester)

  • EMSP 2030    Special Populations
  • EMSP 2038    EMS Operations
  • EMSP 2043    Assessment-Based Management
  • EMSP 2062    Clinical (96 hours)

Descriptions of each class for all 3 phases of EMT - Paramedic

EMSP 1038 Introduction to Advanced Practice:  Fundamental elements associated with emergency medical services to include preparatory practices, pathophysiology, medication administration, and related topics.

EMSP 1055 Trauma Management:  Knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of patients with traumatic injuries.

EMSP 1056 Patient Assessment & Airway Management:  Knowledge and skills required to perform patient assessment, airway management, and artificial ventilation.

EMSP 2060 Clinical, EMT Paramedic:  A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts.  Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

EMSP 2034 Medical Emergencies:  Knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of patients with medical emergencies, including medical overview, neurology, gastroenterology, immunology, pulmonology, urology, hematology, endocrinology, toxicology, and other related topics.

EMSP 2044 Cardiology:  Assessment and management of patients with cardiac emergencies.  Includes single and multi-lead ECG interpretation.

EMSP 2061 Clinical Paramedic 2:  A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts.  Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

EMSP 2035 Advanced Cardiac Life Support:  Theory and skills necessary for the management of a cardiovascular emergencies as specified by the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines.  This course was designed to be repeated multiple times to improve student proficiency.

EMSP 2031 Advanced Medical Life Support:  Theory and skills necessary for the management of medical emergencies.  This course was designed to be repeated multiple times to improve student proficiency.

EMSP 2030: Special Populations:  Knowledge and skills necessary to assess and manage ill or injured patients in diverse populations to include neonatology, geriatrics, and other related topics.

EMSP 2038 EMS Operations: Knowledge and skills to safely manage multi-casualty incidents and rescue situations; utilize air medical resources; identify hazardous materials and other specialized incidents.

EMSP 2043 Assessment-Based Management: A capstone experience covering comprehensive, assessment based patient care management. Includes specific care when dealing with pediatric, adult, geriatric, and special-needs patients.

EMSP 2062 Clinical Paramedic 3: As outlined in the learning plan, apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws, and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry.

EMSP 1147 Pediatric Advanced Life Support: Theory and skills necessary for the management of pediatric or neonatal emergencies. This course was designed to be repeated multiple times to improve student proficiency.

EMSP 2035 Advanced Cardiac Life Support: Theory and skills necessary for the management of a cardiovascular emergencies as specified by the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines. This course was designed to be repeated multiple times to improve student proficiency.

EMSP 2031 Advanced Medical Life Support: Theory and skills necessary for the management of medical emergencies. This course was designed to be repeated multiple times to improve student proficiency

These phases must be taken in sequence. If you are an Intermediate from another program, you must still take Phase 1.

 Clinical are scheduled by the student on their own time (not during class time)

Other Continuing Education courses offered through the EMT Academy

Course Descriptions

CPR for Healthcare Providers

EMSP 1019. (Course  8 hrs).This course is designed for the person new to the medical field. Almost all medical professions require that you be certified in CPR and this is a good place to start. It follows the American Heart Association curriculum for adult, child, and infant CPR . The course includes lecture, film, and mannequin practice.


EMSP 1001: This is the entry level course for all students that wish to become EMT’s or Paramedics. The course covers the principles and skills of pre-hospital emergency care as well as an ambulance and hospital clinical experience as part of the course. Successful completion of this course will make you eligible to take the National Registry of EMT’s EMT-Basic Exam, Text Required: Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, AAOS, 10th Edition plus workbook.

EMSP 1060: (Course  64 hrs: This is the clinical component as described above, The student will spend a certain number of hours with a trained preceptor in an Emergency Room and on board an Ambulance. The student will be exposed to many different kinds of illnesses and injuries and learn how to treat them. They will also learn how to interact with the entire EMS team from paramedic to firefighter, police, nurses and doctors

EMT Remedial

EMSP 1004: This 48 hrs. course is taught concurrently with an ongoing EMT-Basic class. It is designed for those students that need a brush up on their testing and practical skills. The student is only required to go to class when a particular content area important to them is scheduled.

NREMT Practical Exam Testing.

Those advanced students (AEMT & Paramedic) requiring to have their practical skills evaluated have several dates to pick from as this college does skills testing every other month starting in February. Call 210-486-0418 for specific dates.

  • EMT 1003 National Registry EMT- AEMT
  • EMT 1004 National Registry EMT- Paramedic
  • EMT 1006 National Registry EMT- Re-test 1-2 skills. ( any advanced level)
  • EMT 1007 National Registry EMT-Re-test 3-4 skills. (any advanced level)
  • EMSP 1038 Introduction to Advanced Practice; Fundamental elements associated with emergency medical services to include preparatory practices, pathophysiology, medication administration, and related topics.

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



  • 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 Valerie Flores 210-486-0401

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
  • Microsoft Excel
  • 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 2014.) (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 1013: This course will introduce students to the proper use of medical coding and coverage criteria for correct reimbursement of Durable Medical Equipment (DME). The course will also introduce specific DME billing software. The student will have practical applications as it pertains to billing and Medicare requirements for correct insurance reimbursement. Medical necessity and equipment qualifiers will be explained in accordance with Medicare and insurance requirements. (33 hrs)


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 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 2014

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 1047: This is an in-depth continuation of Pharmaceutical Math I. This course addresses ratio and proportions, dilutions and concentration, allegations, milliequivalent units, and intravenous flow rates.  The student will be able to demonstrate reduction and enlargement formulas as required in the pharmacy; calculate the amount of desired strength which can be made from a known amount of stock; apply ratio strength and percentage calculations to solve pharmaceutical calculations; and calculate the correct flow rate, such as Heparin and Aminophylline for IV admixtures to deliver the appropriate amount of the drug and/or fluid prescribed. (48 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)


PHRA 1002: This course provides an overview of federal and state laws governing the practice of pharmacy.  The legal and ethical constraints governing pharmacy technician and pharmacist responsibilities in practice settings will also be introduced. Students will learn how to distinguish between the responsibilities of pharmacy technicians and pharmacists in pharmacy settings, as well as how to apply federal and state regulations governing safety, storage and dispensing of medications.  (32 hrs)

Course Sequence

Medical Courses must be taken in the following order:

1.     Introduction to Pharmacy Technology

2.     Pharmaceutical Math I

3.     Pharmacy Drug Therapy & Treatment

4.     Pharmaceutical Math

5.     Community Pharmacy Practice

6.     Ethics & Texas Pharmacy Law

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 PowerPoint

7.     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)



ITSC 1047: In this course, students will learn how to utilize the Windows Operating System, specifically, Windows 7. They will learn to open, close, resize Windows and how to multitask between several Windows. Students will learn to manage files, create folders and utilize various storage media (i.e.: hard drive, external media). Students will also learn how to run programs, manage computer security and how to utilize multimedia programs (view pictures, listen to music, watch videos, etc.) and how to manage such files. (18 hrs)


BUSG 1009: Learn basic eBay features in only one day and make money using eBay!

Turn your attic treasures, duplicate gifts, and outgrown items into CASH! Learn how to sell items on eBay and set up your own Storefront. Students will learn how to find items they wish to purchase and how to make a purchase by learning the basic terminology of eBay (i.e.: Seller [and eBay Seller classifications], Buyer, Feedback, PayPal, Buy/Bid options). If a student is interested in becoming a seller, he/she will be introduced to how to create a Seller account and how to market your products. (7 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 2010 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)


ITSW 1023: Microsoft PowerPoint is a powerful component of the MS Office Suite that is perfect for business, school or personal use. It is a presentation software program that will allow users ultimate flexibility when creating and modifying presentations of anything from a business proposal to family vacation photos. This course will instruct students on how to utilize the Ribbon interface to create, modify, format, build and run PowerPoint slide shows, as well as use WordArt, ClipArt and graphic objects. Students will also learn how to create interesting themes and transitions to enhance their aesthetic value of their presentations. (30 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)


BUSG 2005: Principles of law which form the legal framework for business activity including applicable statutes, contracts, and agency. The course will also cover the basics of the Uniform Commercial Code. (48 hrs)


BUSG 1008: A study of the concepts and skills necessary for starting and operating a small business including planning, organizing, staffing, managing, financing, marketing, and accounting functions.  (30 hrs)


BUSG 1025: How to develop a business plan for a small business start-up or expansion that can be submitted to a financial institution or used for implementation. Emphasis will be placed on importance of the plan, components, format, and considerations of business. (24 hrs)

(Descriptions taken from Texas Workforce Education Course Manual, 2012-2013)

Scobee Education Center - Contact Bob Kelly at 210-486-0100 or Gina Gutierrez at 210-486-0103

 After more than 50 years of service to our college and community, the Scobee Planetarium at San Antonio College temporarily closed its doors in March of 2012.  This was done in order to begin exciting renovations to the planetarium and to create a new Challenger Center.  This incredible transformation is nearly complete!

The Francis R. (Dick) Scobee Education Center will open to the public in early 2014.  The planetarium will continue to feature “Digistar,” the most advanced, computerized projection system for displaying the wonders of the universe.  In addition, the planetarium theater will expand in both size and seating capacity, plus will feature a new projection dome, lighting system, and audio enhancements. 

Joining the planetarium will be our nation’s newest Challenger Center.  Inside this two-story building, teachers and students will embark upon simulated missions into outer space.  A prominent feature of the new facility will be the three-story high tower housing the Observatory Telescope along with an open-air deck for public star parties!  Progress updates are available at either or

Level I Certificate Programs


EMT Paramedic Program

This 10-course program covers the knowledge and skills necessary to reach competence in the assessment and management of ill or injured patients in non-traditional populations, the assessment of patients with medical emergencies, emergency scene management, and the assessment and management of patients with cardiac emergencies. The program concludes with a capstone course designed to provide instruction on teaching and evaluating comprehensive, assessment-based patient care management as well as ambulance and hospital clinical experience. Successful completion entitles students to take the state certification exam for EMT-paramedic status. Students are eligible to receive college credit toward the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services upon successful completion of this program and upon meeting the college admissions requirements.

Required Courses
Contact Hours
  EMSP 1038 Introduction to Advanced Practice 64
  EMSP 1056 Patient Assessment & Airway Management 64
  EMSP 1055 Trauma Management 64
  EMSP 2060 Clinical-Emergency Medical Technology 86
  EMSP 2044 Cardio 80
  EMSP 2034 Medical Emergencies 80
  EMSP 2030 Special Populations 48
  EMSP 2038 EMS Operations 48
  EMSP 2043 Assessment Based Management 32
  EMSP 2061 Clinical-Emergency Medical Technology/Technician - Advanced 192
  Total Hours: 758

Pharmacy Technician Program

Offerings in the Pharmacy Technician Program are designed to prepare students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Examination. The exam certifies the competency of those individuals who demonstrate the knowledge required to practice as a pharmacy technician. Courses cover the broad knowledge of pharmacy practice, skills, and techniques required to order, stock, package, and prepare medications. These are non-college credit courses.

Required Courses
Contact Hours
  PHRA 1001 Introduction to Pharmacy 48
  PHRA 1007 Ethics and Texas Pharmacy Law 32
  PHRA 1009 Pharmaceutical Mathematics I 32
  PHRA 1013 Community Pharmacy Practice 64
  PHRA 1041 Pharmacy Drug Therapy and Treatment 96
  PHRA 1047 Pharmaceutical Mathematics II 48
  Total Hours: 320

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
EMT Basic through Paramedic
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!