The Health Sciences Center of Excellence is a leading health science community college in the nation and the only one of its kind residing in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. Degrees and certification programs in over 20 fastest-growing careers in medicine are offered and the school's outstanding faculty are acknowledged by their peers for leadership and vision including: nursing, patient care services and therapeutic services. The Center also supports professional licensing continuing education training requirements for incumbent health care professionals.

The Texas Medical Center is Houston's healthcare and biotechnology focal point with more than 43 member institutions, 5.2 million patient visits in 2004 with over 65,000 health care professionals. Healthcare accounts for one in every 10 jobs in the region. Due to both the increasing and aging population of the region, additional hubs of the TMC have emerged all over the region. Both factors and an increasing aging population are factors.


Dental Services

The two programs that encompass the Dental Services pathway are in-demand fields, crucial in maintaining the resilience of a smile.

Nervous about a check-up? Dental Assistants will gear you up for necessary treatments as they prepare the instruments needed for the procedure and even walk you through along the way.

Dental Hygienists help patients maintain good oral health and educate them on how to care for their teeth and protect their oral cavity from diseases.

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Diagnostic Services

When a physician needs answers to what is ailing his or her patient, they turn to the Diagnostic Services team. This group of highly advanced technicians manipulates and tests body fluids or tissues in search of what is causing a patient's illness.

They are technologists who utilize specialized machines that use radiation and sound waves to produce images that doctors can use to diagnose anything from a broken bone to cancer.

The professions that make up the Diagnostic Services pathway are crucial in the health care industry because they set the foundations for a patient's trust.

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Health Care & Administration

The programs that make up the Health Care and Administrative pathway vary widely in what they do on a day-to-day basis, but each program has one major goal in common: enhance the quality of life for those they serve.

They help patients who suffer from chemical dependency, prepare and package life-saving medications and organize data used to track patient treatments and medical billing.

If a patient needs information about their medications, assistance understanding their medical records or help overcoming an addiction, the members of the Health Care and Administrative team can help guide them to the answers they need.

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Health Care Career Academy

Finding your place in the health care industry can be a little like picking the right cereal in the supermarket: There are just too many choices. Some people know exactly what they want; others need a little guidance. If you’re looking for direction discovering your fit in health care, the HCC Health Care Career Academy is here for you. HCCA gives students the opportunity to learn about the many various fields of health care. It’s the perfect opportunity for anyone ready to start a career in an exciting, compassionate industry.

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A nurse touches everyone's life at least once. Maybe a nurse first handed you to your mother in the delivery room or helped you and your family understand a difficult medical problem.

Or perhaps a nurse even saved your life or the life of a loved one. Nurses are legendary figures in our society. No matter where they work - in the frenzy of a trauma center or a quiet patient floor - they efficiently and precisely perform every hour, every day. Consistency, compassion and critical thinking are just three elements of a nurse's multi-faceted career.

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Patient Care Services

Patient care services are a vital aspect of any health institution. These individuals are responsible for much of the hands-on care that occurs in a hospital, doctor's office or clinic.

Tasks may include, but are not limited to, greeting patients as they enter and leave the doctor's office, assist surgeons in the operating arena and provide information to the patient as well as their families. They also monitor the mental, physical and emotional needs of the patient.

The men and women who make up the Patient Care Services team are your best friends in a time of vulnerability. With them by your side, you will never walk alone.

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Therapeutic Services

The professions that make up the Therapeutic Services Pathway have dedicated themselves to helping people who have suffered debilitating injuries or who have undergone major surgery.

Walking to the refrigerator or tying shoelaces are activities that most people take for granted. But for a person recovering from major surgery or who has suffered a stroke, these activities may not be so basic anymore.

Therapeutic services professionals specialize in helping people regain a sense of normalcy to their lives. Without their expertise, having another chance at life would be impossible.

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