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Health Sciences Information and Admissions Office
Eastview Campus
Building 8000, Room 8356
3401 Webberville Road
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: 512.223-5700 or
toll-free 888.626-1697
E-mail:
healthsciences@austincc.edu
Frequently Asked Questions
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PRE-ENROLLMENT
What happens when a class is closed that I really need for my program/degree?


What if I register for a class because it is the only one that has openings in which I do not plan to attend? I plan on attending a class that is currently closed.

SPECIFIC CLASSES
Can I take Anatomy or Intro to Anatomy and Physiology and Pharmacology (HPRS 2300) in the same semester?


What are the prerequisites for Pharmacology (HPRS 2300)?


What are the prerequisites for Pharmacology, HPRS 1273 (formerly HPRS 2200)?


What are the prerequisites for Pathophyisology (HPRS 2301)?


Can I take a class without meeting the prerequisites for the course?


What if I have taken Cellular Biology or Microbiology? Will this count as my A&P I course prior to taking Pharmacology?


What is the difference between HPRS 1273 (formerly HPRS 2200) and HPRS 2300? They are both titled "Pharmacology."


What is the difference between HPRS 1106 and HPRS 1206? They are both titled "Medical Terminology."


Do I need to have comprehension of English in order to pass Medical Terminology?

 

EXAMINATIONS
What is the Pre-Pharmacology Assessment Examination?


Who is a candidate to take the Pre-Pharmacology Assessement Examination?


How can I find out more about the Pre-Pharmacology Assessement Examination?

GENERAL QUESTIONS
Who do I contact in order to get some information on the health science programs that ACC has to offer?


What does ONL mean as a classroom mode?


What is a hybrid course?


How will a hybrid course be conducted?


I want to take an online course through distance learning, but I do not live near or in the Austin area. Is this possible?


Are there courses that I can challenge in this department?  If so, what are the requirements in order to do so?

PRE-ENROLLMENT

What happens when a class is closed that I really need for my program/degree?
Dr. Espinosa, Department Chair, will no longer be able to add students to classes that are closed. Please read below for the policy on getting into a class that is closed.

"During registration, the established college procedure is followed. If a desired course is filled, the student should continue to check for openings during the drop/add period and register for the desired class if an opening occurs. At the end of the drop/add period, students who can provide documentation of need for a corequisite course in order to maintain program admission status will be referred to the assistant dean. Her name is Pat Recek (email: patr@austincc.edu). In rare instances, these students may be admitted to the required corequisite course on a space available basis."

What if I register for a class because it is the only one that has openings in which I do not plan to attend? I plan on attending a class that is currently closed.
You will not be allowed to attend a class in which you are not enrolled. This is college policy and will be strictly enforced. The student needs to continue to monitor the website for openings for the section in which they want to enroll.

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SPECIFIC CLASSES

Can I take Anatomy, or Intro to Anatomy and Physiology and Pharmacology (HPRS 2300) in the same semester?
No. You must take Human Anatomy Lecture and Lab, BIOL 2304/2101 or Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology, BIOL 2404 and pass with a grade of "C" or better or take the Pre-Pharmacology Assessment exam prior to enrolling in Pharmacology.

No exceptions will be allowed. You must know the anatomy and physiology of the body prior to learning the pharmacology. In other words, you must know how the body works before learning how the drugs work on the body.

What are the prerequisites for Pharmacology, HPRS 2300?
Human Anatomy(4 hours) with a grade of "C" or better or pass the Pre-Pharmacolgy Assessment Exam AND a college-level math course ABOVE MATD 0330, THEA (230 or higher) or ACC math Assessment (Compass Math 39 or higher). You must bring proof of prerequisites to orientation or your first class meeting (grade report, transcript, math scores). Exempt students need proof of a math course or assessment.

What are the prerequisites for Pharmacology, HPRS 1273 (formerly HPRS 2200)?
Completion of 4 hours of Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology , BIOL 2404 or MDCA 1409, or Human Anatomy Lecture and Lab, BIOL 2304/ 2101) with a grade of C or better. This course is designed for Dental Hygiene students. HPRS 1273 is not an acceptable course for Clinical Nursing, Surgical Technology, and Emergency Medical Service students. Bring proofs of prerequisites to the first class meeting (grade report or transcript). There will be no exceptions.

What are the prerequisites for Pathophyisology (HPRS 2301)?
Prerequisites: Completion of 4 hours of Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (MDCA 1409 or BIOL 2401) or Human Anatomy Lecture and Lab (BIOL 2304 AND BIOL 2101) AND a 1 or 2 or 3 hours Medical Terminology Course (HPRS 1106 or HPRS 1206 or HITT 1305). Bring proofs of prerequisites to first class meeting or orientation (grade report, transcript). There will be no exceptions.  

Can I take a class without meeting the prerequisites for the course?
You will not be allowed to take a course without meeting the course prerequisites. The prerequisites are in place for students to have the opportunity for student success. No exceptions.

What if I have taken Cellular Biology or Microbiology? Will this count as my A&P I course prior to taking Pharmacology?
No. You must know the anatomy and physiology of the body prior to learning the pharmacology.

What is the difference between HPRS 1273 (formerly HPRS 2200) and HPRS 2300? They are both titled "Pharmacology."
HPRS 1273 (formerly HPRS 2200) is mainly for Medical Coding and Dental Hygiene students. This is not an acceptable course for Clinical Nursing/Surgery Technician/Emergency Medical Service students. HPRS 2300 is mainly for Clinical Nursing/Surgery Technician/Emergency Medical Service students. Both courses cover drug function and application. Please refer to the course description for more information.

What is the difference between HPRS 1106 and HPRS 1206? They are both titled "Medical Terminology."
HPRS 1106 is a survey course required of the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy Assistant, Medical Lab Technicians, Pharmacy Technician, and Sonography Programs. This is a one credit hour course.

HPRS 1206 is a comprehensive 2-credit hour course designed for LVN, Surgery Technologist, and Emergency Medical Service programs. Please refer to the course description for more information. This course is offered via hybrid, ITV, and Online.

Do I need to have comprehension of English in order to pass Medical Terminology?
Yes, student must have comprehension of reading, writing, and speaking the English language for successful completion of this course. Students not proficient in English should contact Retention and Student Support Services for remediation and assistance.

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EXAMINATIONS

What is the Pre-Pharmacology Assessment Examination?
The assessment is in place as an alternative entry of meeting the Anatomy and Physiology pre-requisite for the Pharmacology Course. If a student passes the assessment, this does not count for credit of the actual pre-requisite course.

Who is a candidate to take the Pre-Pharmacology Assessement Examination?
Any student who has prior and comprehensive knowledge in Anatomy and Physiology.

How can I find out more about the Pre-Pharmacology Assessement Examination?
Please click here for guidelines for the Allied Health Science Pre-Pharmacology Assessment Examination.

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GENERAL QUESTIONS

Who do I contact in order to get some information on the health science programs that ACC has to offer?
A list of the Health Science programs is listed on the ACC Health Science Home Page ( http://www.austincc.edu/health ). You can also contact the Health Science Admission Office at:

  • In person: Eastview Campus, Building 8000, Room 8356. Walk-in basis, M-F 8am-5pm.
  • In person: Round rock Campus, Building 3000, Room 3105. Walk-in basis, M-F 8am-5pm.
  • Phone: 512-223-5700
  • E-mail: healthsciences@austincc.edu

What does ONL mean as a classroom mode?
PCM stands for Personal Computer with Modem based on-line course. The student enrolled in this course should have basic computer skills in order to successfully complete the course. Most PCM courses are conducted entirely via internet, email, or blackboard, which is an online delivery system. Students view the course content on the internet or by visiting the library to view the videotapes of the lectures. PCM courses require that you attend a mandatory orientation on campus, in which all of the course information is explained. The course has deadlines for assignments and exact dates to take exams. The student is responsible for watching all lectures, keeping up with the assignments and quizzes, and taking exams by the deadlines given. The exams are taking at the testing center of the ACC campus of your choice. The professor will help in facilitating the course and answer any questions that may arise.

What is a hybrid course?
A hybrid course is a course in which a significant portion of the learning activities have been moved online, and time traditionally spent in the classroom is reduced but not eliminated.

How will a hybrid course be conducted?
Once a week students attend class/lecture in a classroom, which represents 55% of the course time. On other select days, students complete class related activities on the internet, which represents 45% of the course time.

I want to take an online course through distance learning, but I do not live near or in the Austin area. Is this possible?
This is not possible because all the exams are computer based and the program software ACC uses for these exams are not compatible with other academic testing facilities.

Are there courses that I can challenge in this department?  If so, what are the requirements in order to do so?
Courses can be challenged by a student if the student meets the required prerequisites established for the course.  The following courses currently have challenge examinations:  HPRS 2300- Pharmacology for Health Professionals, HPRS 1106 and HPRS 1206-Medical Terminology, and HPRS 2301-Pathophysiology. If you are interested in challenging one of these courses, the student must be a current ACC student with a least 1 credit hour at ACC. In order to take these exams, you must meet the established pre-requisites for the course. The pre-requisites can be found in the college catalog. For Challenge Exam process information visit the Student Resource Page.

Interested students should contact the Health Science Admissions Office at 512.223.5700 for more information regarding the process.  For a listing of prerequisites for the courses course listed above, please visit the course information (Click Here)

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