School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety

Last Updated: 

Apr 1 2016

The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum provides knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.

The Associate Degree Nursing program consists of three options: Traditional ADN, LPN to ADN and the RIBN option. Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate should possess the knowledge, fundamental skill, and attitudes to:

  1. Plan holistic nursing care for individuals across the lifespan experiencing complex alterations in health. 
  2. Provide safe, culturally competent, therapeutic nursing care to individuals. 
  3. Safely and ethically manage nursing care within the healthcare system for individuals.

Accreditation:

The Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Rd., NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000 and approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

Technical Standards:

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of nursing. These technical standards are published in the application packet for admission to health programs and the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 

Traditional Option 

To be eligible for admission to the Traditional ADN option applicants must: 

1. Complete the application process as described in the Admission Packet.

2. Demonstrate physical and emotional health status compatible with the ability to provide safe nursing care.

3. Complete an approved Nurse Aide I training course consisting of 70 hours of training, which includes 40 hours of clinical instruction and be listed as a NAI with no substantiated findings prior to first day of the Fall semester.

4. Be currently certified in Healthcare provider CPR prior to the first day of the Fall semester.

LPN to ADN Option 

Currently licensed LPNs may elect to take courses in the hybrid LPN to ADN Option. Upon successfully completing both courses in this option, students will receive credit for NUR 111, NUR 112, NUR 113, NUR 114 and NUR 211.

The following are Admissions criteria for applicants to the hybrid LPN to ADN option.

  1. Have completed all required ADN support courses with a “C” or better.
  2. Have completed the application process as described in the admission packet.
  3. Have graduated from an approved Practical Nurse Education program.
  4. Hold an unrestricted North Carolina or compact state license as an LPN.
  5. Have 12 months full-time experience or part-time equivalent to 12 months as an LPN.
  6. Have achieved an acceptable score on a nursing entrance test. -- NACE Test Information
  7. Have physical and emotional health status compatible with the ability to provide safe nursing care.
  8. Have signed and submitted Statement for Provision of Clinical Site and Preceptor.
  9. Be currently certified in Healthcare Provider CPR prior to the first day of the Fall semester.

RIBN Option

RIBN is four years in nursing studies. Students graduate with two degrees in those four years: both an associate degree and bachelor's degree in nursing.

Davidson County Community College (DCCC) is the home school for three years of the program.

Students will be enrolled in both NC A&T State University and DCCC for the first three years of the program, taking the majority of coursework at DCCC.

NCP RIBN

Probation and Suspension

A nursing student is placed on suspension status from the program for the following reasons:

  1. demonstrates behavior which conflicts with safety essential to nursing practice as judged by the nursing faculty; 
  2. presents physical or emotional problems which conflict with safety essential to nursing practice and does not respond to appropriate treatment and/or counseling within a reasonable period of time; and/or 
  3. receives a final grade of "D" or "F" in any required course in the ADN curriculum or receives a final clinical evaluation of "Unsatisfactory" in any nursing course.

Nursing students are subject to the same probation and suspension policies as all other students enrolled in the College. Additional criteria apply to nursing students. 

Since requirements for progression in the nursing program are in addition to the general requirements of the College, a student suspended from the program is not necessarily suspended from the College. Students who are eligible to do so may continue in their supporting courses and apply for readmission to the nursing program at a later time or may elect to change their major.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check and drug screen testing are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component.

If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

Applicants for initial nursing licensure in North Carolina must must complete a criminal background check as well. 

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) is designed to give students essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county, or municipal governments, or with private enterprise.

This program utilizes State-commission-mandated topics and methods of instruction. General subjects include, but are not limited to, criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic, and alcoholic beverage laws; investigative, patrol, custody, and court procedures; emergency responses; and ethics and community relations.

Students must successfully complete and pass all units of study mandated by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs' Education and Training Standards Comission to receive a certificate.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of criminal, juvenile, civil, traffic, and alcoholic beverage control laws.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in defensive tactics, first responder, law enforcement driving, physical fitness, and firearms techniques.
  3. Demonstrate proper criminal investigation and traffic accident investigation procedures.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of effective officer interaction with victims, citizens, and special populations.
  5. Demonstrate proper law enforcement patrol techniques.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of accepted custody procedures.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of proper court procedures.

Technical Standards:

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are technical standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability, and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of Basic Law Enforcement. These technical standards are available from the academic advisor or the director for BLET.

Admission Requirements: 

The following are admissions criteria for applicants to the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program. Applicants for admission to the BLET Program must:

  1. Have completed and submitted to the Admissions Office a college application for admission.
  2. Have completed the College’s assessment process and achieved acceptable scores.
  3. Have graduated from high school or have an Adult High School Diploma or have passed the GED with an equivalency certificate, which meets the minimum requirements set by the State of North Carolina. Official high school transcript or copy of AHS Diploma/GED Certificate must be on file in the Admissions Office.
  4. Meet the minimum standards for employment as established by the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and/or the N.C. Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission which include:
    a. be a citizen of the United States;
    b. be at least 20 years of age (must be 20 years of age as of the first day of class or have prior written authorization from the Director of the Criminal Justice Standards Division if less than 20 years old);
    c. be of good moral character; and
    d. be examined and certified by a licensed physician or surgeon to meet the physical requirements necessary to perform the functions of a law enforcement officer.
  5. Have not ever committed or been convicted of any of the following:
    a. a felony;
    b. a crime for which the punishment could have been imprisonment for more than two years;
    c. a crime or unlawful act for which the punishment could have been imprisonment for more than six months but less than two years and the crime or unlawful act occurred within the last five years;
    d. four or more crimes or unlawful acts described in “c” above regardless of the date of occurrence; or
    e. four or more crimes or unlawful acts for which the punishment could have been imprisonment for less than six months.
  6. Be sponsored for Basic Law Enforcement Training by a Law Enforcement Agency. NOTE: Sponsorship must be retained throughout the BLET program for the student to remain enrolled.
  7. Be interviewed by the Director of the BLET Program or the Associate Dean, Health, Wellness & Public Safety, or their designee.
  8. Have signed and submitted the Statement of Understanding Concerning Acceptance for Basic Law Enforcement Training.
  9. Possess a valid North Carolina driver’s license.

The Cancer Information Management curriculum is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain a cancer data collection system that is consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and accreditation requirements.

Students will analyze health records according to standards set by various agencies, compile, maintain, monitor, and report cancer data for research, quality management, facility planning and marketing, abstract and code clinical data, and obtain survival data through yearly follow-up.

Graduates may be eligible to take the national certifying examination given by the National Cancer Registrars Association to become a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR). Employment opportunities include health care facilities, data organizations, and government agencies.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Display professionalism by projecting a positive attitude, working as a team member, showing initiative and responsibility, and displaying sensitivity to cultural diversity.
  2. Compile, maintain, monitor, and report cancer data for research, quality management, facility planning, and marketing.
  3. Integrate legal and ethical principles into job responsibilities.
  4. Demonstrate the academic knowledge and technical skills for the entry-level cancer registrar.
  5. Perform statistical analysis related to descriptive and analytic epidemiology and cancer surveillance. Use current technologies to access and process information.
  6. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills with consumers and coworkers.

Accreditation:

The Cancer Information Management education program in Cancer Registry Management at Davidson County Community College is accredited by the National Cancer Registrars Association, 1340 Braddock Place, Suite 203, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Technical Standards:

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of cancer information management. These technical standards are published in the application for admission to health programs and the student handbook.

Admission Requirements:

Students must be admitted to the Cancer Information Management program before enrolling in courses with a CIM prefix. Qualified applicants are admitted to the program based on the date of completion of admission requirements until the program is filled.

Applicants for admission to the Cancer Information Management program must complete the requirements for admission as described in the Cancer Information Management Packet.

Progression Requirements

A student must earn a grade of C or better in all HIT, CIM, BIO & ENG prefix courses in order to progress in the program.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check and drug screen testing are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component.

If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

The Central Sterile Processing curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for the field of Sterile Processing and Central Service Supply.

Students will develop skills necessary to properly disinfect, prepare, process, store, and issue both sterile and nonsterile supplies, instrumentation, and equipment for patient care. Additionally, students will learn to operate sterilizing units and monitor effectiveness of the sterilization process.

Graduates will be eligible to take the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. "Sterile Processing and Distribution (SPD) Technician Exam", earning the title of Central Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (CSPDT). Employment opportunities include surgery centers, central sterile processing departments in hospitals, and traveling consultation services.

Competencies:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills with coworkers in the role of a sterile processing technician.
  2. Use critical thinking to recognize, analyze, and solve problems related to sterile processing.
  3. Demonstrate competency in the knowledge and skills required for entry-level  sterile processing technician.
  4. Display professionalism by projecting a positive attitude, working as a team member, showing initiative and responsibility, and displaying sensitivity to cultural diversity. 

Technical Standards:

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of a sterile processing technician. These technical standards are published in the application for admission to health programs and the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 

Applicants for admission to the Central Sterile Processing program must:

  1. Complete a DCCC Application for Admission for those not currently enrolled at DCCC.
  2. Complete and submit a Central Sterile Processing Enrollment Packet.
  3. Submit a High school transcript OR GED score report (High school seniors should submit a current transcript by the deadline).
  4. Submit an OFFICIAL college transcripts from colleges attended. All transcripts are not required, only those in which you plan to transfer credit must be submitted. College transcripts must arrive in original sealed envelopes. Faxed, copied, and on -line transcripts are not acceptable
  5. Placement scores meeting Central Sterile Processing placement requirements (or approved equivalent) in the areas of computer skills, sentence skills, reading comprehension, arithmetic and algebra
  6. Central Sterile Processing Intent Form submitted to admissions.
  7. Eligibility Review – After completing the requirements above, you are responsible for scheduling an Eligibility Review appointment with your Enrollment Advisor.

NOTE: Meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee placement into an allied health program. 

Transfer Credit for Central Sterile Processing Courses

The decision regarding transfer credit for Central Sterile Processing courses is made by the Director of the program in consultation with members of the faculty and the Associate Dean. Syllabi for courses for which credit is requested will be required. 

Progression Requirements

A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite CSP course requirements with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program. 

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check and drug screen testing are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component.

If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences in the clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

The Cosmetology curriculum is designed to provide competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the cosmetology industry. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment, which enables students to develop manipulative skills.

Course work includes instruction in all phases of professional imaging, hair design, chemical processes, skin care, nail care, multi-cultural practices, business/computer principles, product knowledge, and other selected topics.

Graduates should qualify to sit for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination. Upon successfully passing the State Board exam, graduates will be issued a license. Employment is available in beauty salons and as skin/nail specialists, platform artists, and related businesses.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in skill sets in cosmetology.
  2. Utilize math concepts when identifying and applying color.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in hair color techniques.
  4. Apply critical thinking skills and basic cosmetology principles to recognize, analyze and solve problems. 
  5. Demonstrate dependability and responsibility while managing self effectively.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability, and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of Cosmetic Arts. These technical standards are published in the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 

The following are admissions criteria for applicants to the Cosmetology program, including Esthetics Technology.

Applicants for admission to the Cosmetology program must have completed the College’s assessment process and achieved acceptable scores.

In accordance with the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts, please submit an original social security card, tax ID card, or student visa information In addition, please submit a government issued ID and proof of date of birth to Cosmetic Arts Faculty or Staff at the mandatory program orientation. You will not be able to start Cosmetology class until you complete this requirement.

Projected Costs for Cosmetology

  • Student costs include tuition, fees, and textbooks, plus an implement kit and required uniform.
  • These costs may be covered for students who qualify for financial assistance, and college financial aid staff will assist the student in applying for financial aid.  Financial aid may pay for summer semester tuition.  *Financial aid for cosmetology is unique based on the credit hour classification.  The semester a student begins and the specific courses taken will determine when students are eligible for financial aid refunds.
  • It is important to apply for admission to the College and financial aid as early as possible.
  • All projected costs are estimates, may vary from term to term, and are subject to change without prior notice.

Examples of Costs

In-State Tuition (per semester): $1,152 - $2,000 plus fees
Textbooks: $325 (1st semester)
Implement Kit: $700 (1st semester)
Advanced textbooks/kits: $255 (not needed during first term)
Required uniform: $35 - $45
Required nametag: 1st free ($10 to replace)
Reminder: All costs are estimates and subject to change without prior notice

Application/Licensure/Individuals Who Have Been Convicted of Felony

Any applicant convicted of a felony or charged with a felony that is still pending may apply for Board approval upon enrollment in a cosmetic art school. All documentation submitted shall have no effect on an individual’s ability to attend a cosmetic art school, take an examination administered by the Board, or apply for a license; is not binding on the Board with respect to any future application from the individual reviewed; and is not a final agency decision.

The Esthetics Technology curriculum provides competency-based knowledge, scientific/artistic principles, and hands-on fundamentals associated with the art of skin care. The curriculum provides a simulated salon environment, which enables students to develop manipulative skills.

The daytime Esthetics program accepts new students every Fall. The evening Esthetics program accepts new students in odd calendar years in the Fall, as needed.

Course work includes instruction in all phases of professional Esthetics Technology, business/human relations, product knowledge, and other related topics.

An essential element in the success of the College’s Esthetics program is the opportunity for students to complete their clinical practice in a simulated salon that serves as a learning laboratory. Through supervised hands-on interactions with clients, students practice and demonstrate mastery of competencies needed for successful employment in the field. Former students have rated this real-life experience as critical in the mastery of professional skills and clinical procedures as well as awareness about the  role of the Esthetician in the work environment. 

Graduates should be prepared to take the North Carolina Cosmetology State Board Licensing Exam and upon passing be licensed and qualify for employment in beauty and cosmetic/skin care salons, as a platform artist, and in related businesses.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in Esthetic treatment skill sets. 
  2. Access and use a variety of resources to remain current in the field of Esthetics. 
  3. Integrate objective and subjective data to create individual treatment plans for clients in a spa setting.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability, and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of Esthetics Technology. These technical standards are published in the Student Handbook, and/or are available from program faculty.

Admission Requirements: 

In accordance with the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Arts, please submit an original social security card, tax ID card, or student visa information; in addition, please submit a government issued ID and proof of date of birth to Cosmetic Arts faculty and staff at the mandatory program orientation. You will not be able to start Esthetics class until you complete this requirement.

Projected  Costs

Tuition & fees, approximate $650/per semester
Book bundle $300 1st semester
Implement kit $425 1st semester
Required uniform: $35 - $45 1st semester
Required nametag: 1st free ($10 to replace)
Reminder: All costs are estimates and subject to change without prior notice

The Criminal Justice Technology curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. The criminal justice system's role within society will be explored. Emphasis is on criminal justice systems, criminology, juvenile justice, criminal and constituational law, investigative principles, ethics, and community relations. Additional study may include issues and concepts of government,, communications, computer, and technology. Employment opportunities exist in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields. Examples include Police officer, Deputy Sheriff, County Dentention Officer, State Trooper, Intensive Probation/Parole Surveillance Officer, Loss Prevention Specialist, Wildlife Officer, and Alcohol Enforcement Officer.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

1. Use critical thinking to identify the fundamental building blocks and rles of investigation. Identify the elements of crimes, apply constitutional principles, and avoid civil liability.
2. Communicate effectively through listening, speaking, and writing in courtroom testimony, documentation, and interaction with team members and the public.
3. Identify terms, positions, roles, equipment, and techniques to work effectively and efficiently in teams.

The Emergency Medical Science curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce as paramedics. Additionally, the program can provide an Associate degree for individuals desiring an opportunity for career enhancement.

The course of study provides the student an opportunity to acquire basic and advanced life support knowledge and skills by utilizing classroom instruction, practical laboratory sessions, hospital clinical experience, and field internships with emergency medical service agencies.

Students progressing through the program may be eligible to apply for both state and national certification exams. Employment opportunities include ambulance services, fire and rescue agencies, air medical services, specialty areas of hospitals, industry, educational institutions, and government agencies.

The Emergency Medical Science student should:

  1. Perform rapid systematic patient assessment to patients of any age and diverse cultural backgrounds to determine and implement safe, ethical, legal, and appropriate care, utilizing basic and sophisticated medical devices, and the therapeutic pharmacology at entry-level competence.
  2. During lab simulations, clinical and field internship experiences safely utilize situational appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with current infection control policies at entry-level competence.
  3. Demonstrate professional and effective use of verbal, non-verbal and written communications techniques at entry-level competence.
  4. Through lab simulations and actual driving evolutions build a foundation for the safe operation of emergency vehicles in routine and emergency situations.
  5. Perform as a competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability, and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of Emergency Medical Science. These technical standards are published in the Student Handbook.

Accreditation:

The Davidson County Community College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445
FAX 214-703-8992
www.coaemsp.org

Admission Requirements: 

Policies Regarding EMS Admission with Advanced Standing

The general admission requirements of the College and of the EMS program apply to persons seeking admission into the EMS program with advanced standing. Those applying for advanced standing must have previously completed an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, or EMT-Paramedic educational program and hold National Registry registration, or a credential from the North Carolina Medical Care Commission. Credit may be granted for the following courses, dependent on the level and combination of credentials:

EMS 110, EMS 121, EMS 122, EMS 130, EMS 131, EMS 160, EMS 220, EMS 221, EMS 231, EMS 240, EMS 241, EMS 250, EMS 260, EMS 270, EMS 285.

Students will be awarded a grade of “T” and credit hours for the courses are awarded. No quality points are awarded and the grade is not included in the grade point average.

Transfer Credit for EMS Courses

The decision regarding transfer credit for EMS courses is made by the Program Director and Associate Dean, Health, Wellness, and Public Safety, in consultation with members of the Emergency Medical Science faculty. 

Paramedics satisfying the requirements for Advanced Standing will be admitted to the EMS Bridging program. Students admitted to the the EMS Bridging program must complete at least 18 hours of the required courses in the EMS program at Davidson County Community College.

Challenge Examinations for EMS Courses 

State credentialed EMTs, EMT-Intermediates, or Paramedics who do not hold National Registry registration or a North Carolina credential may challenge EMS courses appropriate for their certification level. Specific information regarding challenge examinations for these courses will be provided to applicants upon request. (Refer to general requirements for more information about requesting Credit by Examination.)

Progression Requirements

A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite EMS course requirements with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program.

Probation and Suspension

EMS students are subject to the same probation and suspension policies as all other students enrolled in the College.  Additional criteria for EMS apply.

Since requirements for progression in the EMS program are in addition to the general requirements of the College, a student suspended from the program is not necessarily suspended from the College. 

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check and drug screen testing are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component.

If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

The Fire Protection Technology curriculum is designed to provide individuals with technical and professional knowledge to make decisions regarding fire protection for both public and private sectors. It also provides a sound foundation for continuous higher learning in fire protection, administration, and management.

Course work includes classroom and laboratory exercises to introduce the student to various aspects of fire protection. Students will learn technical and administrative skills such as hydraulics, hazardous materials, arson investigation, fire protection safety, fire suppression management, law, and codes. 

Graduates should qualify for employment or advancement in government agencies, industrial firms, insurance rating organizations, educational organizations, and municipal fire departments. Employed persons should have opportunities for skilled and supervisory-level positions within their current organizations.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective and professional communication skills in a variety of emergency situations.
  2. Apply critical thinking to risk assessments and leadership methodologies.
  3. Apply local government finance and laws to emergency services management.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of fire protection. These technical standards are published in the Student Handbook and/or are available from program faculty.

The Health Information Technology curriculum prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to process, analyze, abstract, compile, maintain, manage, and report health information. 

Students will supervise departmental functions; classify, code and index diagnoses and procedures; coordinate information for cost control, quality management, statistics, marketing, and planning; monitor governmental and non-governmental standards; facilitate research; and design system controls to monitor patient information security.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to write the national certification examination to become a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, health insurance organizations, outpatient clinics, physicians’ offices, hospice, and mental health facilities.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective, professional written and oral communication skills with consumers and co-workers.
  2. Use and apply critical thinking skills and basic health information management principles to recognize, analyze, and solve problems.
  3. Perform and interpret math calculations related to descriptive healthcare statistics. 
  4. Use current technology to access and process health information. 
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level health information competencies.
  6. Practice in a legal, ethical, and professional manner by demonstrating responsibility, initiative, positive attitudes toward those of diverse backgrounds, integrity, time management skills, and the ability to work in teams in a healthcare setting.

Accreditation:

The Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Technical Standards:

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of health information technology. These technical standards are published in the application for admission to health programs and the Student Handbook and/or are available from program faculty.

Admission Requirements:

Qualified applicants are admitted to the program based on selective ranking criteria.

Applicants for admission to the Health Information Technology program must complete the requirements for admission as described in the Allied Health Packet.

Transfer Credit for Health Information Technology Courses

The decision regarding transfer credit for health information courses is made by the Director of the program in consultation with members of the faculty and the Associate Dean. Syllabi for courses for which credit is requested will be required.

Progression Requirements

A grade of “C” or better is required in all HIT, MED, BIO, and ENG prefix courses.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check and drug testing are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component.

If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

The Human Services Technology program provides quality-learning opportunities to prepare individuals for entry-level positions in institutions and agencies, which provide social, community, and educational services. Along with core courses, students take courses, which prepare them for specialization in specific human services areas.

Students will take courses from a variety of disciplines. Emphasis in core courses is placed on development of relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes in human services. Fieldwork experience will provide opportunities for application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.

Graduates should qualify for positions in mental health, childcare, family services, social services, rehabilitation, correction, and educational agencies. Graduates choosing to continue their education may select from a variety of public and private institutions.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of human nature and development from a biological, psychological, and sociological perspective as related to Human Services profession.
  2. Demonstrate a broad-based understanding of human behavior and social relationships.
  3. Apply knowledge of culture and society to social institutions and problem solving, while paying attention to cross-cultural differences.
  4. Demonstrate critical reasoning and problem solving, communication skills, and ethical decision making as tools for working and living.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of human services. These technical standards are published in the Student Handbook and/or are available from program faculty.

Admission Requirements: 

Students must be admitted to the Human Services program prior to taking Human Service core courses.

Applicants for admission to the Human Services program will need to complete the requirements for admission as described in the Human Services Packet.

Transfer Credit for Human Services Courses

The decision regarding transfer credit for human services courses is made by the Director of the program in consultation with members of the faculty and the Associate Dean. Syllabi for courses for which credit is requested will be required.

Students wishing to transfer 15 credit hours or more in Human Services (HSE or SAB) to DCCC must obtain a recommendation letter from the parent institution. See your academic advisor for the appropriate form. 

Progression Requirements

A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite HSE, PSY, ENG, CIS, and SAB course requirements with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program.

The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares multi-skilled health care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in scheduling appointments, coding and processing insurance accounts, billing, collections, computer operations; assisting with examinations/treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, supervised medication administration; and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.

Graduates of CAAHEP accredited medical assisting programs may be eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants Certification Examination to become Certified Medical Assistants. Employment opportunities include physicians’ offices, health maintenance organizations and health departments.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills with consumers and coworkers in the role of medical assistant.
  2. Solve problems related to administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.
  3. Utilize policies and manuals related to administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.
  4. Perform mathematic calculations related to generating laboratory results and preparing and administering medications.
  5. Use current technologies in the implementation of administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.
  6. Demonstrate the academic knowledge and technical skills necessary for entry-level medical assisting practice.
  7. Display professionalism by projecting a positive attitude, working as a team member, showing initiative and responsibility, and displaying sensitivity to cultural diversity.
  8. Practice in a legal and ethical manner.

Accreditation: 

The Davidson County Community College Diploma Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org), upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The address for the commission is: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; telephone: 727.210.2350. (www.caahep.org

Certification Pass Rate: 94% pass rate for AAMA first time attempts in 2014.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of a medical assistant. These technical standards are published in the application for admission to health programs and the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 

Applicants for admission to the Medical Assisting program must complete the requirements for admission as described in the Allied Health Packet.

Transfer Credit for Medical Assisting Courses

The decision regarding transfer credit for medical assisting courses is made by the Director of the program in consultation with members of the faculty and the Associate Dean. Syllabi for courses for which credit is requested will be required.

Progression Requirements

A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite MED and all supporting course requirements with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check and drug screen testing are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component. If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences in the clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

The Medical Laboratory Technology curriculum prepares individuals to perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and immunohematology that may be used in the maintenance of health and diagnosis/treatment of disease. It is the mission of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program to provide quality learning opportunities to prepare individuals for successful employment as Medical Laboratory Technician.

Course work emphasizes mathematical and scientific concepts related to specimen collection, laboratory testing and procedures, quality assurance, and reporting/recording and interpreting findings involving tissues, blood, and body fluids.

Graduates will be eligible to take a national examination given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification. Employment opportunities include laboratories in hospitals, medical offices, industry, and research facilities.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills with consumers and coworkers.
  2. Apply critical thinking to solve problems related to clinical lab procedures.
  3. Utilize current technologies to access and process information.
  4. Demonstrate the academic knowledge and technical skills necessary for entry-level medical laboratory practice.
  5. Display professionalism and interdependence by projecting a positive attitude, working as a team member, showing initiative and responsibility, and displaying sensitivity to diversity.

Program Outcome Goals:

  1. Graduation Rate: At least 70% of those entering the second half of the program (first clinical rotation) will graduate from the program.
  2. Passing Rate for Certification Exams: At least 75% of those graduating in a given year will pass the Board of Certification examination within the first year of graduation.
  3. Employment of Graduates: At least 70% of graduates who seek employment will be successful in obtaining employment in MLT or continue their education within one year of graduation.
  4. Graduate Satisfaction: At least 90% of graduates will evaluate the quality of instruction, their ability to perform as an entry-level MLT, and the impact of the program on the quality of life in positive terms.

See MLT Student Handbook for Program Outcome results 

Accreditation: 

The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, 773.714.8880.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of medical laboratory technology. These technical standards are published in the application for admission to health programs and the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 

Applicants for admission to the Medical Laboratory Technology program must complete the requirements for admission as described in the Allied Health Packet.

Advanced Placement/Transfer Credit for Medical Laboratory Technology Courses

The decision regarding transfer credit for medical laboratory technology courses is made by the Director of the program in consultation with members of the faculty and the Associate Dean. Syllabi for courses for which credit is requested will be required.

Progression Requirements

A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite MLT course requirements with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check and drug screen testing are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component.

If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

The Nurse Aide curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of licensed health care professionals in performing nursing care and services for persons of all ages.

Course work emphasizes growth and development throughout the life span, personal care, vital signs, communication, nutrition, medical asepsis, therapeutic activities, accident and fire safety, household environment and equipment management; family resources and services; and employment skills.

Graduates of this curriculum may be eligible to be listed on the registry as a Nursing Assistant I and Geriatric Aide. They may be employed in home health agencies, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, extended care facilities, and doctors’ offices.

Upon successful completion of the Nurse Aide program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Function within the role and scope of practice of a Nurse Aide as a member of the healthcare team. 
  2. Identify psychological and social needs of clients in a variety of healthcare settings.
  3. Demonstrate skills necessary to qualify as Nurse Aide I with the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry.
  4. Demonstrate skills necessary to qualify as a Geriatric Aide with the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of a nurse aide. These technical standards are published in the application packet for admission to health programs and the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 

Students must be admitted to the Nurse Aide program prior to taking NAS 101.

Applicants for admission to the Nurse Aide program must:

  1. Complete the College’s assessment process and achieved acceptable scores or been exempted from placement.
  2. Demonstrate physical and emotional health status compatible with the ability to provide safe care to clients and to obtain acceptance for clinical training.\
  3. Attend a required NAS Orientation.

Progression Requirements

A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite NAS course requirements with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check and drug screen testing are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component.
If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

The Paralegal Technology curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of attorneys by performing routine legal tasks and assisting with substantive legal work. A paralegal/legal assistant may not practice law, give legal advice, or represent clients in a court of law.

Course work includes substantive and procedural legal knowledge in the areas of civil litigation, legal research and writing, real estate, family law, wills, estates, trusts, and commercial law. Required courses also include subjects such as English, mathematics, and computer utilization.

Graduates are trained to assist attorneys in probate work, investigations, public records search, drafting and filing legal documents, research, and office management. Employment opportunities are available in private law firms, governmental agencies, banks, insurance agencies, and other business organizations.

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively by listening, speaking, and writing.
    a. Write a research memorandum for an attorney’s review.
    b. Draft documents for review and use by an attorney during the pleading, discovery, and trial phases of civil litigation.
    c. Draft domestic law documents for the review of the attorney.
  2. Identify, analyze, research, and evaluate legal issues.
    a. Use critical thinking to define legal questions, research them, interpret statutory and case law, and properly cite legal authorities.
    b. Distinguish between proper paralegal functions and the unauthorized practice of law, and identify the legal and ethical restrictions inherent in the practice of law.
    c. Research and summarize basic North Carolina civil, criminal, domestic, property, business, and estate law concepts.
    d. Assist an attorney in performing title searches and preparing residential loan closing documents.
    e. Complete the necessary forms for Chapter 7 bankruptcy under the supervision of an attorney.
  3. Work ethically and effectively with diverse populations.
    a. Perform appropriately in a legal team, which includes attorneys, paralegals, and support personnel.b. Demonstrate integrity, persistence and time management in a beginning paralegal position with a private law firm, business, or governmental entity..

The Pharmacy Technology program prepares individuals to assist the pharmacist in duties that a technician can legally perform and to function within the boundaries prescribed by the pharmacist and the employment agency.

Students will prepare prescription medications, mix intravenous solutions and other specialized medications, update patient profiles, maintain inventories, package medications in unit-dose or medi-card form, and gather data used by pharmacists to monitor drug therapy.

Employment opportunities include retail, hospitals, nursing homes, research laboratories, wholesale drug companies, and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. Graduates from the program may be eligible to take the National Certification Examination to become a certified pharmacy technician.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to perform the following functions under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. These competencies are designed to meet the requirements of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) Standards of Pharmacy Technician Training Programs.

  1. Demonstrate the written and oral communication skills required for safe and legal practice in the role of pharmacy technician.
  2. Demonstrate the critical thinking skills necessary for safe preparation and distribution of medication. 
  3. Read and understand policies and other print materials related to safe preparation and distribution of medication.
  4. Perform mathematical calculations needed to safely prepare medications and solutions. 
  5. Use current technologies to prepare, store, inventory, and distribute medications.
  6. Demonstrate the academic knowledge and technical skills necessary for safe preparation, storage, and distribution of medications.
  7. Deal effectively with others by displaying a positive attitude, working as a team member, showing initiative and responsibility, and displaying sensitivity to cultural diversity.
  8. Practice in a legal and ethical manner.

Accreditation: 

The Davidson County Community College Pharmacy Technology program is accredited by ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) and by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814, 866.279.0681

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of pharmacy technology. Technical standards are published in the application for admission to health programs and the General Catalog/Student Handbook and/or available from program faculty.

Admission Requirements: 

Students must be admitted to the Pharmacy Technology program prior to taking Pharmacy (PHM) courses with a laboratory component (PHM 111, PHM 118). Qualified applicants are admitted to the program based on selective ranking criteria.

  • Applicants for admission to the Pharmacy Technology Diploma program will need to complete the requirements for admission as described in the Allied Health Packet. 

Readmission Policy

Re-entry into the Pharmacy Technology program is contingent upon space being available in the laboratory component of the program. Qualified applicants re-enter with appropriate placement as determined by the applicant’s prior academic record and/or Pharmacy Technology curriculum changes. Readmission to the program is limited to one time.

Policies Regarding PHM Admission with Advanced Standing

The general admission requirements of the College and of the PHM program apply to persons seeking admission into the PHM program with advanced standing. Those applying for advanced standing must have current or recent work in a pharmacy setting as well as hold a current national pharmarcy technician credential as a CPhT. Credit may be granted for the following courses, dependent on the work history and/or combination of credentials:

PHM 132, PHM 134, PHM 140, PHM 165.

Students will be awarded a grade of “T” and credit hours for the courses are awarded. No quality points are awarded and the grade is not included in the grade point average.

Transfer Credit for PHM Courses

The decision regarding transfer credit for PHM courses is made by the Program Director and Associate Dean, Health, Wellness, and Public Safety, in consultation with members of the Pharmacy Technology faculty. Syllabi for courses for which credit is requested will be required.

PHM students satisfying the requirements for Advanced Standing will be admitted to the Pharmacy diploma program. Students admitted to the challenge option must complete at least 9 credit hours of the required courses in the PHM diploma program at Davidson County Community College.

Challenge Examinations for PHM Courses 

Students with current or recent work in a pharmacy setting and holding a current national pharmacy technician credential as a CPhT, may receive course credit for specific PHM courses. Students with work experience may be eligible to take a challenge exam for PHM courses and should contact their advisor.

Progression Requirements

A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite PHM course requirements with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program.

Probation and Suspension

Pharmacy Technology students are subject to the same probation and suspension policies as all other students enrolled in the College. In addition, a student is suspended from the program if the student receives a final grade of “D” or “F” in any required course in the Pharmacy Technology curriculum or receives a final clinical evaluation of “unsatisfactory” in any PHM course. 

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check and drug screen testing are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component.

If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

Registration and National Certification

The NC State Board of Pharmacy requires registration in order to work as a pharmacy technician in North Carolina: www.ncbop.org

National certification of pharmacy technicians is offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and is currently voluntary in North Carolina: www.ptcb.org   To be eligible for certification and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam, the applicant will have received a high school diploma, a High School Equivalency or the foreign equivalent by the application deadline and have never been convicted of a felony.

The Phlebotomy curriculum prepares individuals to obtain blood and other specimens for the purpose of laboratory analysis.

Course work includes proper specimen collection and handling, communication skills, and maintaining patient data.

Graduates may qualify for employment in hospitals, clinics, physicians' offices, and other health care settings and may be eligible for national certification as phlebotomy technicians.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills with consumers and coworkers.
  2. Recognize, analyze, and solve problems related to phlebotomy procedures.
  3. Read and understand medical laboratory manuals and technical materials related to phlebotomy.
  4. Perform mathematical calculations relating to blood collection procedures.
  5. Use current technologies to access and process information.
  6. Demonstrate the academic knowledge and technical skills necessary for entry-level phlebotomy practice.
  7. Display professionalism by projecting a positive attitude, working as a team member, showing initiative and responsibility, and displaying sensitivity to cultural diversity.
  8. Practice in a legal and ethical manner.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of Phlebotomy. These technical standards are published in the application packet for admission to health programs and the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 

Students must be admitted to the Phlebotomy program prior to taking PBT 100 or PBT 101.

Applicants for admission to the Phlebotomy program must complete the requirements for admission as described in the Phlebotomy Packet.

Progression Requirements

A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite PBT course requirements with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program.

Criminal Background Check

Applicants for initial licensure in North Carolina must have a criminal background check.

The clinical site requires a criminal background check and drug screen testing prior to participation in the clinical component. If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in the clinical experiences in that clinical agency as a result of those findings, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

Phlebotomy
: Certificate Program

NOTE: Special legal requirements exist which may limit the ability of an individual to obtain clinical experience, employment, or certification in Phlebotomy. Prospective students should obtain additional information from a College counselor or program faculty member prior to seeking admission. If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

Phlebotomy Technology

Credit Hours: 

6.00
Phlebotomy Practicum

Credit Hours: 

3.00

Choose one course from below

Interpersonal Psychology

Credit Hours: 

3.00
General Psychology (CAA)

Credit Hours: 

3.00

The Practical Nurse Education curriculum prepares individuals with knowledge and skills to provide nursing care to children and adults. Individuals are also prepared to continue their education to become registered nurses.

Students will participate in assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care.

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN), which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation and long-term care/home health facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices.

Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate may be eligible to apply to take the licensure examination required to become a licensed practical nurse and should possess the knowledge, fundamental skills, and attitudes to:

  1. Provide evidence-based clinically competent nursing care in a culturally sensitive manner.
  2. Use communication and information technology effectively and appropriately.
  3. Work in interdisciplinary teams.
  4. Contribute to continuous improvement of the health care system.
  5. Demonstrate ethical and legal behavior in all professional activities.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of nursing. These technical standards are published in the application packet for admission to the Practical Nurse Education program and the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 

The following are admissions criteria for applicants to the Practical Nurse Education (PNE) program.

To be eligible for admission to the PNE program applicants must have: 

  1. Completed and submitted an Application for Admission.
  2. Graduated from high school or have an Adult High School Diploma or have passed the GED with an equivalency certification which meets minimum requirements set by the State of North Carolina. Official high school transcript and copy of AHS diploma/GED certificate and official college transcripts, where applicable, must be on file in the Admissions Office.
  3. Completed the College’s assessment process and achieved acceptable scores or be exempted from placement, or satisfactorily completed all needed preparatory courses by the end of fall semester prior to acceptance.
  4. Completed the application process as described in the PNE admission packet.
  5. Physical and emotional health status compatible with the ability to provide safe nursing care.
  6. Completed a state-approved Nursing Assistant I training course consisting of 70 hours of training, which includes 40 hours of clinical instruction and be listed as a NAI with no substantiated findings by the time of entry to the program.
  7. Be currently certified in Healthcare Provider CPR at the time of entry into the program.

Probation and Suspension

A nursing student is placed on suspension status from the program for the following reasons:

  1. demonstrates behavior which conflicts with safety essential to nursing practice as judged by the nursing faculty; 
  2. presents physical or emotional problems which conflict with safety essential to nursing practice and does not respond to appropriate treatment and/or counseling within a reasonable period of time; and/or 
  3. receives a final grade of "D" or "F" in any required course in the ADN or PNE curriculum or receives a final clinical evaluation of "Unsatisfactory" in any nursing course.

Nursing students are subject to the same probation and suspension policies as all other students enrolled at the College. Additional criteria for nursing apply.

Since requirements for progression in the nursing program are in addition to the general requirements of the College, a student suspended from the program is not necessarily suspended from the College. Students who are eligible to do so may continue in their supporting courses and apply for readmission to the nursing program at a later time or may elect to change their major.

Criminal Background Check

Applicants for initial licensure in North Carolina must have a criminal background check.

The clinical site requires a criminal background check and drug screen testing prior to participation in the clinical component. If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in the clinical experiences in that clinical agency as a result of those findings, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

The Recreation and Leisure Studies curriculum prepares individuals to plan, direct, and implement recreation activities in diverse environments for all age groups. The program is designed to meet the needs of students interested in the private, public, commercial, or therapeutic environment.

Course work includes introductory courses concerning history, terminology, programming, and general information concerning the recreation profession. Students learn recreation programs and activities in the following areas: cultural arts, team sports, outdoor education, wellness, individual activities, and adapted activities.

Graduates should qualify for a variety of assistant-level positions at recreation centers, schools, hospitals, nursing facilities, parks, and commercial recreation establishments. They will be an asset in designing and implementing recreation programs and activities.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills with coworkers in the role of a recreation professional.

    2. Use critical thinking to recognize, analyze, and solve problems related to field of recreation and leisure studies.

    3. Display professionalism by projecting a positive attitude, working as a team member, showing initiative and responsibility, and displaying sensitivity to cultural diversity.

Technical Standards:
In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice in the recreation and leisure studies field. These technical standards are published in the Student Handbook and/or are available from program faculty.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants for admission to the Recreation and Leisure Studies program must:
1. Complete the College's assessment process and achieved acceptable scores or been exempted from placement.

2. Be currently certified in CPR and First Aid.

Progression Requirements:
A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite REC course requirements with a grade of "C" or better in order to progress in the program.

The Surgical Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist in the care of the surgical patient in the operating room and to function as a member of the surgical team.

Students will apply theoretical knowledge to the care of patients undergoing surgery and develop skills necessary to prepare supplies, equipment, and instruments; maintain aseptic conditions; prepare patients for surgery; and assist surgeons during operations.

Employment opportunities include labor/delivery/emergency departments, inpatient/outpatient surgery centers, dialysis units/facilities, physicians’ offices, and central supply processing units.  

Competencies:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills with consumers and coworkers in the role of surgical technologist.
  2. Use critical thinking to recognize, analyze, and solve problems related to surgical procedures.
  3. Understand and use policies and manuals related to surgical procedures.
  4. Use current technologies in the implementation of administrative, clinical, and laboratory procedures.
  5. Demonstrate competency in the knowledge and skills required for entry-level surgical technologist.
  6. Display professionalism by projecting a positive attitude, working as a team member, showing initiative and responsibility, and displaying sensitivity to cultural diversity.
  7. Practice in a legal and ethical manner.

Technical Standards

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of a surgical technology. These technical standards are published in the application for admission to health programs and the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants for admission to the Surgical Technology program must:

  1. Complete a DCCC Application for Admission for those not currently enrolled at DCCC.
  2. Complete and submit a Surgical Technology Enrollment Packet.
  3. Submit a High school transcript OR GED score report (High school seniors should submit a current transcript by the deadline).
  4. Submit an OFFICIAL college transcripts from colleges attended. All transcripts are not required, only those in which you plan to transfer credit must be submitted. College transcripts must arrive in original sealed envelopes. Faxed, copied, and on -line transcripts are not acceptable
  5. Placement scores meeting Allied Health placement requirements (or approved equivalent) in the areas of computer skills, sentence skills, reading comprehension, arithmetic and algebra
  6. Allied Health Intent Form submitted to admissions.
  7. Eligibility Review – After completing the requirements above, you are responsible for scheduling an Eligibility Review appointment with your Enrollment Advisor.  

NOTE: Meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee placement into the Surgical Technology program.

Transfer Credit for Surgical Technology Courses

The decision regarding transfer credit for Surgical Technology courses is made by the Director of the program in consultation with members of the faculty and the Associate Dean. Syllabi for courses for which credit is requested will be required.

Progression Requirements

A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite SUR course requirements with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check and drug screen testing are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component.

If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences in the clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

Courses will include content in normal human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic massage, ethical/legal issues, business practices, nutrition, and psychology.

Employment opportunities include hospitals/rehabilitation centers, health departments, home health, medical offices, nursing homes, spas/health/sports clubs, and private practice. Graduates may be eligible to take the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Describe the physiological and emotional benefits of massage therapy. 
  2. Execute an effective treatment plan based on knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and common pathologies as well as assessment of client information.
  3. Perform massage therapy for therapeutic benefit through application of techniques such as effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, and vibration while utilizing the hands, fingers, thumbs, elbows, and forearms and/or feet as appropriate.
  4. Develop successful and ethical client-therapist relationships.
  5. Demonstrate appreciation for the legal, ethical, and professional parameters essential to the profession of massage therapy.
  6. Model oral and written communication skills appropriate for establishing and maintaining therapeutic relationships with clients and interacting with other professionals.
  7. Develop employment strategies and/or a business plan that reflect(s) understanding of business practices, legal issues, and federal, state, and local regulations related to the practice of massage therapy. 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of therapeutic massage. These technical standards are published in the application packet for admission to health programs and the Student Handbook and/or are available from program faculty.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of therapeutic massage. These technical standards are published in the application packet for admission to health programs and the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 

Applicants for admission to the Therapeutic Massage program must have:

  1. Completed and submitted an Application for Admission.
  2. Graduated from high school or have an Adult High School Diploma or have passed the High School Equivalency with an equivalency certification which meets minimum requirements set by the State of North Carolina. Official high school transcript and copy of AHS Diploma/High School EquivalencyCertificate and official college transcripts, where applicable, must be on file in the Admissions Office.
  3. Completed the College’s assessment process and achieved acceptable scores, or have been exempted from placement or satisfactorily completed all needed preparatory courses by the end of spring semester prior to acceptance.

Transfer Credit for Therapeutic Massage Courses

The decision regarding transfer credit for therapeutic massage courses is made by the Director of the program in consultation with members of the faculty and the Associate Dean. Syllabi for courses for which credit is requested will be required.

Progression Requirements

A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite MTH course requirements with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program.

Criminal Background Check

The North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy may deny a license to practice massage and bodywork therapy if an applicant has a criminal record or there is other evidence that indicates the applicant lacks good moral character.