Degrees and Certificates

​Length of time is based on catalog degree plans. Prerequisites may be required, which are not included in this estimate. For most programs, full-time student status is assumed, a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.


Cost is based on tuition rates for program hours for Dallas County residents. Beginning in Fall 2020, the price of most required learning materials (books, software, supplies, etc.) will be included​ with the price of tuition. Find out about financial aid.

Patient Care Technician Certification

The skills taught in the HPR program are recognized as entry-level patient care skills by many hospitals and clinics. Completing the two HPR awards and passing the national credentialing exam qualifies you to become a patient care technician — an entry-level health care position requiring basic patient care skills that's also an excellent base for future medical fields. Each award can be completed in one semester and consists of three courses. 

Earning the HPR II award prepares you for successful completion of the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant exam (CPCT/A). The NHA is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.  

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