Health Professions Readiness at El Centro

The Health Professions Readiness program at El Centro will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities. Our faculty draw on their knowledge and experience to ensure student success.

Health Professions Readiness (HPR) courses prepare you for a rewarding health care career with the basic skills you'll need for other allied health care programs, plus the skills necessary to become a patient care technician along with successful completion of the national exam. 

Preparation for Other Allied Health Programs

If you are applying to an allied health or Nursing program at El Centro, admissions points are awarded for HPR courses. That gives you more points for application plus a head start on the basic skills needed for your chosen program.

Completing the two HPR awards also counts as one of three eligibility categories to apply to these El Centro College allied health programs: 

  • Cardiac Sonography
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Cardiovascular Technology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Radiologic Sciences
  • Respiratory Care Program
  • Surgical Technologist  

The other two eligibility categories to apply to these specified allied health programs are: 

  • Documentation of a minimum of two years employment within the last five years as a health care worker in specified health care professions with direct patient care experience. 
  • Documentation of a current credential in specified health care professions. 

Note: this is a general summary only. See complete eligibility guidelines for specified allied health care programs at El Centro College.  

Health Professions Readiness courses are listed under HPRS in the online catalog. For more information on Health Professions Readiness awards, download the HPR information packet.  

See information packets for all El Centro College allied health programs, which include specific information on qualifications, application process and deadlines.  

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. 

Successful completion of El Centro’s Patient Care Technician courses qualifies you to sit for the National Healthcareer Association CPCT Assistant exam. The NHA is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.