Health Professions Readiness Award

(HPRA I) and (HPRA II)

According to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), NCTC must employ sound and acceptable practices for determining the amount and level of credit awarded for courses, regardless of format or mode of delivery (Comprehensive Standard 3.4.6).  NCTC must also demonstrate that each educational program for which academic credit is awarded is approved by the faculty and the administration (Comprehensive Standard 3.4.1).  Further, NCTC must identify and assess student learning outcomes (Comprehensive Standard 3.3.1.1).

The Health Professions Readiness (HPRA) track is an occupational skills award that prepares students for entry into the healthcare workforce. Program will be completed over two semesters and will consist of a Health Professions Readiness I Occupational Skills Award (HPRA I) and a Health Professions Readiness II Occupational Skills Award (HPRA II).

The Health Professions Readiness Award I (HPRA I) is an occupational skills award that prepares students for entry into the healthcare workforce and the Health Professions Readiness Award II. The HPRA I provides didactic instruction and lab experience in the essential healthcare workforce skills of wellness theory, attitude development, the impact of cultural beliefs, patient care skills, safety issues, patient monitoring, health documentation, and the management concepts necessary for effective health profession operations.

This award promotes student success in the allied health program of their choice, prepares students for application to multiple programs, results in the acquisition of demonstrable workforce skills for graduates of the program, and prepares candidates for successful completion of the ACT WorkKeys Assessment.

The Health Professions Readiness Award II (HPRA II) is an occupational skills award that prepares students for employment as a Patient Care Technician. To be admitted to the HPRA II Program, students must complete the HPRA I prior to admission or receive approval from the Program Coordinator.

The HPRA II provides didactic instruction and lab experience in the pathology and general management of diseases and injuries across the lifespan. Students will also learn the pharmacological principles of drug classifications, actions, therapeutic uses, adverse effects, and routes of administration as well as the calculation of dosages. Graduates will be able to perform head-to-toe body systems assessments, perform EKG's and identify basic arrhythmias, perform venipuncture and I.V. starts and management, handle medical records, apply basic first aid skills, utilize Universal Precautions, and develop a written patient teaching plan.

This award promotes student success in the allied health program of their choice, prepares students for application to multiple health sciences programs, results in the acquisition of Patient Care Technician workforce skills for graduates of the program, and prepares candidates for successful completion of the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant exam (CPCT/A).

Successful completion of the CPCT/A exam will result in the candidate’s eligibility to use the title Certified Patient Care Technician. The NHA is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

A Payment Plan is available for those who need assistance, please contact your local NCTC Business Office for details.

Required Courses

Required courses for Health Professions Readiness Award Program in the First Semester
Course Name
HPRS 1201 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH PROFESSIONS
HPRS 1202 WELLNESS AND HEALTH PROMOTION
HPRS 1204 BASIC HEALTH PROFESSION SKILLS
HPRS 2302 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR ALLIED HEALTH
Required courses for Health Professions Readiness Award Program in the Second Semester
Course Name
HPRS 2231 GENERAL HEALTH PROFESSIONS MANAGEMENT
HPRS 2300 PHARMACOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS
HPRS 2201 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
HPRS 2210 BASIC HEALTH PROFESSIONS SKILLS II

Admission Requirements

  • Basic Reading and Math Assessment
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Must provide proof of current Immunizations
  • Must provide current, official ID and social security card (names must match exactly)
  • Must have current CPR certification or enroll in a CPR class