According to the May 2015 Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for El Paso, Texas, the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed many medical careers with salaries starting at $17,000.
Also, The Texas Medical Association predicts a rise in population here in Texas which will lead to an even bigger demand for medical professionals.
At EPCC, there is an array of different programs and degree plans for most all medical professions.
The college has certifications for Pharmacy Technology, Medical Coding, and even Dental Assistants. The Nursing program at EPCC is fully accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing.
EPCC also offers a Border Health Issues Enhanced Skills Certificate for individuals that have taken certain required courses.
After completing an associate’s degree, which is a minimum of 12 credit hours, the student would become eligible for the certification.
Some of the required courses include, Introduction to Health Professions, Wellness and Health Promotion, Medical Law/Ethics, Pharmacology for Health Professions, and along with anyone of the following three courses: Health Care Communications, Pathophysiology or Nutrition, and Diet Therapy.
Helga Carrion, the program coordinator, said that this program would help EPCC students get a competitive edge; “it demonstrates to potential employers that the graduate is interested in serving our border community, as well as, their initiative to go above and beyond the required program curriculum.”
Carrion also said that the students only need to complete the 12 hrs. for the certificate, there are no other requirements and these classes can be taken concurrently with their degree plan classes.
Students have to speak with an academic advisor to get more information, “students should speak with an advisor to declare their intention to complete this enhanced skill certificate so that they can help them evaluate their current transcript for eligibility, they can then help them plan to take any classes they are lacking,” said Carrion.
Carrion then went on to say, “There are no deadlines. Once the student has met the requirements it needs to be reviewed by a counselor.”
For more information on the Certification Program contact an advisor at El Paso Community College or program director Helga Carrion at (915) 831-4341 to set up an appointment at the Rio Grande Campus.