Apr 23, 2019  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog V 71 
    
2018-2019 Academic Catalog V 71 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Program Information (A to Z)


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Schools

At Odessa College, we expect prospective students to select one of 100+ majors on our admissions application without really understanding how those majors or programs of study lead to gainful employment or transfer. While college admissions application and selection of majors was traditionally designed to facilitate self-exploration and choice, we know that when students are offered too many choices, they oftentimes shut down. As a result, OC introduced MetaMajors in the Fall of 2014 to facilitate the admissions process and selection of an educational pathway that supports the new Texas high school endorsements and existing career clusters. In August of 2018, OC transitioned to schools based on the catagories below. We anticipate the schools will inform recruitment conversations and programming; provide the framework for meaningful first semester experiences and career exploration; reduce the number of students lost in general studies or hoping for selective program entry; and will allow for general education contextualization within school. The five OC schools are:

  • School of Health Sciences;
  • School of Business & Industry;
  • School of Arts & Humanities;
  • School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM); and
  • School of Public Services & Education

We are confident that the schools concept and program will provide support for students from application to graduation by establishing industry specific and career focused relationships between student services, faculty, and individual students through mentorship and purposeful advisement.

Agriculture Science

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/STEM/Agriculture/index.html

Courses offered in the agriculture department are directed toward providing the student majoring in an agriculture science or a related field with a broad and sound foundation for advanced study at an upper-level institution or pre-professional preparation in veterinary medicine or wildlife management.

Art

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/ArtsandHumanities/Art/index.html

The Odessa College art department exists to provide visual art instruction, and strives to be the best college Art program in the nation. A professionally active art faculty maintains labs for design, drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and photography. Art students learn to create and evaluate art products, along with gaining knowledge of the world’s art heritage with studies in art appreciation and art history. The art program welcomes beginning, advanced and special interest art students and sponsors significant art scholarships for students considering art as a major. The following course of study is designed as a guide for students desiring to prepare for a bachelor’s degree in art education, studio art, commercial art, or as lifelong learning enrichment.

Automotive Technology

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/BusinessandIndustry/Automotive-and-Diesel-Technology/index.html

Maintaining and servicing automobiles and equipment is a thriving business and a very important activity in the American economy. The automotive service field is so widespread and fast growing that many excellent career opportunities are open to the person with proper qualifications. Completion of this program will offer students the opportunity to apply for an entry-level technician position in any one of several service specialist options. The Automotive program teaches current National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (N.A.T.E.F.) compliant curriculum and will prepare a student to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams for each related course of study.

Biology

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/STEM/Biology/index.html

Courses offered in the Biology Department at Odessa College are directed toward three objectives. The first objective provides non-science majors with scientific information and concepts about the living world to help them become well-rounded citizens. Second, our courses provide students majoring in biological sciences with a broad and sound foundation for advanced study at an upper-level institution or a professional school. The third objective is directed to students looking to gain skills and course credits necessary for entry into various allied health programs such as nursing, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology, occupational therapy and physician assistant. This objective also focuses on acceptance into medical, dental, veterinary and pharmaceutical schools.

Odessa College, in cooperation with Texas A&M University, provides a unique opportunity for students seeking medical degrees. This agreement guarantees acceptance into the Biomedical Science program at Texas A&M to every Odessa College student who complete two years of specified course work. Students graduating from the Biomedical Science program have a high rate of acceptance into medical, dental, veterinary and pharmacy schools.

Business Administration

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/BusinessandIndustry/Business-Administration-and-Leadership/index.html

Business administration is a broad field of study and contains many possible majors. Courses offered include those required by senior colleges at the freshman and sophomore levels to obtain the degree of Bachelor of Science in business administration or a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in a specific undergraduate study, such as accounting. A business major should be aware of the opportunities, requirements and obligations in various majors of specialization so that a proper choice for study can be made. Students should reserve the decision of choosing an area of emphasis depending on their own abilities and interests. Suggested fields of study include accounting, advertising, banking, finance, business, teaching, various phases of management, insurance, retailing, marketing and statistical analysis.

The department also offers courses that may be directly applicable to those already employed but wish to upgrade their job skills or meet certification requirements for their particular vocation

Business Leadership

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/BusinessandIndustry/Business-Administration-and-Leadership/index.html

The business leadership department philosophy states that everyone should manage all resources, knowledge and efforts toward intentionally navigating gains. This is how to achieve more!

AAS Small Business Degree: Interested in a small business? The small business management associate in applied science degree can help you realize your dream. The program is designed to not only teach you how to start and run your own business but also how to improve your problem solving and decision-making skills, manage the ever-changing marketplace, and handle the negotiations and conflicts that are part of the life of the entrepreneur. This program utilizes an activity-based, skill-developing, interactive training approach where students work collaboratively to gain knowledge and abilities to be successful in both their personal and professional lives.

AAS Business Leadership Degree: The old adage of “bosses think, managers manage, and workers work” is no longer relevant in today’s fast-paced world. Everyone must think, manage, and work in order to succeed. The business leadership associate in applied science degree prepares current and future employees to take an active role in planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating business functions required in any enterprise – the medical facility, the professional office, the governmental agency, the non-profit organization, the manufacturing plant, the retail store, etc.

Certificates of Technology: Students, regardless of past educational accomplishments, may opt to enhance their skills by completing one of three certificates of technology–leadership, small business, and, for our corporate clients, management skills. Each certificate is the foundation for either the business leadership or small business management associate in applied science degree. Certificates are TSIA -waived.

Chemistry

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/STEM/Chemistry/index.html

The objectives of the chemistry department are to prepare pre-professional chemists, chemical engineers, and chemical education majors, and to give an effective background in chemistry for work in biology, physics, home economics, agriculture, pre-medicine, and elementary education. A co-objective is to prepare students for careers in chemical technology where emphasis is placed on applied chemistry for modern laboratory instrumentation.

The chemistry curriculum is intended to be general enough to fulfill these objectives for the major or the nonmajor’s requirements for the first two years of college chemistry. Students are responsible for checking the catalog of the senior college to which they plan to transfer to determine which courses are compatible with the senior college degree program.

Child Development

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/PublicServiceandEducation/Child-Development/index.html

The field of child development is a rapidly growing area with a wide range of employment possibilities. An increasing number of job opportunities are available in the community for those who work with children. Public and private schools, federal agencies, child care centers, industry and community agencies need professionally-trained people who understand children and who can give them love, guidance and leadership.

The Associate Degree Program in Child Development will provide an opportunity for an in-depth study of the whole child. In the certificate program, the specialization is in child development or child care management. In all programs, the child development lab courses will include actual experience with young children. Students enrolled in child development lab classes must meet Texas Department of Family and Protective Services staff requirements for child care centers.

Student liability insurance is required for all child development lab classes.

Communication

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/ArtsandHumanities/Speech-and-Communications/index.html

Employers readily identify communication skills among the most sought after needs for new and existing employees. The Communication Department at Odessa College exists to support students in learning these skills and in preparing them to apply them to the marketplace and/or in their pursuit of advanced degrees. All of our courses have a heavy emphasis on media literacy, rhetorical analysis and public communication skills. We specialize in preparing students for further studies at transfer institutions in a variety of disciplines. However we also emphasize skills and training to prepare students to function as adept communicators on work teams, as public speakers and adept media specialists. We offer two degree programs.

The AA in Mass Communication prepares students to be advanced communicators in the digital age. The program emphasizes the convergence of mass media, digital communication and communication technology. Students in this program will study both the effect of media on culture and how to construct visual, oral and written messages that are appropriate in the rapidly changing landscape of mass media today. Half of the time in the program is spent studying communication theory and media literacy. The other half of the program focuses on constructing messages that are appropriate in various communication contexts including: social media, blogging, film, radio and television. Students apply these skills by creating professional portfolios in their chosen area of emphasis which includes writing, screenwriting, photography and digital/electronic writing. Students who have an interest in corporate training, business, photography, fine arts, film, marketing, publishing, journalism and media are well served by the progression of courses offered in the AA in Mass Communication. Program ICOS: Communication, Critical Thinking, Teamwork, Social Responsibility

The AA in Speech and Rhetorical Studies prepares students for further studies in Communication and/or careers that require a focus on communication proficiency. The program is evenly balanced to include studies in classic rhetorical theory and contemporary culture. Every course in the department includes training in rhetorical criticism, communication theory, public presentation skills and media literacy. Our rhetorical studies focus emphasizes critical thinking and communication with an intention of specifically preparing students to complete four year degrees at transfer institutions. Our majors also learn professional communication skills that are highly adaptable in the marketplace. Our speech majors complete portfolios that include components in corporate training, motivational and persuasive speaking. We also include a heavy emphasis in small group communication and teamwork. Students who pursue degrees in speech are well prepared for careers in business, leadership, marketing, law, education and politics because the skills they learn are quite diverse. Program ICOs: Communication, Critical Thinking, Teamwork, Personal Responsibility

Communication majors are very commonly listed among the top 5 majors that employers seek when hiring new candidates. We highly recommend that our students pursue double majors when possible so that their skills can be applied in diverse settings. Our department works very well with other departments and will make efforts to contextualize our program of study within other chosen academic disciplines.

All communication courses have unique, diverse functions with shared overall outcomes. Communication courses need not be taken in any particular sequence. More than one course may be taken during a given semester. A number of communication courses are available as part of the 2014 CORE Curriculum. We recommend you work closely with an advisor to determine which course is best for you. Although many choices are available your degree program or anticipated plan of study after transfer may require a specific course from our offerings.

We also recommend you meet with our department chair or one of our faculty members if you feel you have a fear of public speaking or high levels of communication apprehension. We offer courses and programs that will specifically help you work through these issues but the modality you chose (online versus seated classes) may have an impact in your overall success.

Computer and Information Science

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/STEM/Computer-Science/index.html

The computer information systems curriculum provides students with practical, job-related computer experience. The courses offered provide background terminology and concepts needed to understand and communicate; provide experience with programming languages, operating systems and software products; develop good programming and system design techniques; and encourage students to develop the ability to continue to grow and mature as knowledgeable computer professionals in a rapidly changing field. A student studying Computer Information Systems should contact the Department Chair his/her first semester to get a degree plan.

Computer Science

(Field of Study)

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/STEM/Computer-Science/index.html

The computer science curriculum provides students with course work comparable to the first two years for a bachelor’s degree in computer science. The ACM curricula recommendations for computer science (2001) serve as the basis for this area of study.

Course work introduces students to the concept of a program and techniques of good program design, to internal data representations and common data structures, to elementary mathematics associated with computer systems and to a working knowledge of a high level programming language, and assembly programming language.

The following curriculum in computer science has been designed as a guide for those students wishing to prepare for a bachelor’s degree in computer science. A student studying computer science should contact the department chair for the first semester to get a degree plan.

Cosmetology

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/BusinessandIndustry/Cosmetology/index.html

Cosmetology courses at Odessa College seek to provide students with the skill and knowledge required to pass the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation examination for licensing in Texas and for successful entry into the cosmetology profession. All aspects for the beauty profession are presented, and training also is available for the cosmetologist seeking an instructor’s license.

Requirements for admission to the cosmetology program, in addition to the Odessa College admission requirements, please call our receptionist, Rebecca Hernandez at 432- 335-6452, to be placed on the waiting list. Students are also required to purchase a cosmetology kit. For admission, applicants should apply to Odessa College and to the chair of the cosmetology department. Because of limited enrollment, students are urged to apply as early as possible before the date of proposed admission.

Note: Student liability insurance is required for all students enrolled in cosmetology.

An advanced standing procedure is available for those individuals who hold a valid Texas cosmetology license, which did not result from completion of a program at Odessa College. People in this category who wish to pursue an associate degree may satisfy cosmetology requirements outlined in the associate degree course of study in the following manner: (1) by providing proof of licensure to the college registrar and/or to the director of the cosmetology program; (2) by successfully completing CSME 1401 , CSME 1451 , and CSME 2441  for a total of 12 semester hours credit; (3) by successfully completing a comprehensive examination for 29 of the 41 required hours of cosmetology listed in course of study, the examination to be administered and evaluated by the department of cosmetology; and (4) by satisfying all other requirements in the course of study for an associate in applied science degree in cosmetology.

Any deviation from these stipulations must be petitioned for in writing and approval must be received in advance from the cosmetology department chair and the division dean.

Criminal Justice

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/PublicServiceandEducation/Criminal-Justice/index.html

The field of criminal justice presents a challenging field of study for people interested in public service. The ever-increasing problem of crime, as well as continued population growth, provides many opportunities to those who have prepared themselves through education and training. This program provides an avenue to obtain an associate in applied science degree in criminal justice. The associate degree program consists of both criminal justice and academic courses. It serves as the first two years of study for the baccalaureate degree in criminal justice or law enforcement in many senior colleges and universities.

For further information, contact the department chair at 335-6500 or 335-6505.

Culinary Arts & Food Service Management

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/BusinessandIndustry/Culinary-Arts-and-Food-Service-Management/index.html

Odessa College offers the student two associate in applied science degree options in culinary arts. Option one, Culinary Arts, focuses on basic and advanced food preparation and baking skills; option two, Food Service Management, focuses on basic food preparation and food service management skills. Both options prepare individuals for entry-level employment positions and provides those individuals with sufficient thinking, reasoning and application skills to pursue and obtain advancement in their chosen profession.

Diesel Technology

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/BusinessandIndustry/Automotive-and-Diesel-Technology/index.html

The diesel technology program has been redeveloped to fit industry-specific needs. This fast growing field offers excellent career opportunities for qualified technicians and specialists. The diesel industry is so wide spread and fast growing that many excellent career opportunities are open to the person with proper qualifications. Completion of this program will offer students the opportunity to apply for an entry level technician position in any one of several service specialist options. The Diesel Technology program is industry aligned using National Automotive Technician Education (N.A.T.E.F) guidelines and will prepare a student to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams for each related course of study.

Energy Technology

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/STEM/Energy-Technology/index.html

Skilled energy technology workers are in high demand in residential, commercial, and technical settings. Students who go through the Energy Technology program can gain employment, especially in the oil and gas industry. Students will be prepared to enter these high demand workforce areas with broad-based training in electrical, instrumentation, programmable logic controls, automation, and motor control.

Students in the Energy Technology program have the option of following a plan for an Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.), a Level I and\or Level II certificate of Energy Technology. Certificates are designed to train students to be proficient in both electrical and instrumentation fields. It is possible for full-time students to complete a Level I certificate and a Level II certificate in one year.

Individuals already employed in the fields of instrumentation and electrical will increase or update their technical knowledge and skills by enrolling in specialized energy technology courses (NOTE: some courses have prerequisites).

Entrepreneurship

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/BusinessandIndustry/BAASEntrepreneurship/index.html

Entrepreneurial ventures focus on new and innovative offerings.  Students who enter the BAAS Leadership and Management Entrepreneurial program will develop the entrepreneurial knowledge, leadership skills, and decision-making frameworks required to recognize and evaluate business opportunities. Students learn to create, apply, and guide entrepreneurial initiatives through the application of critical thinking, experiential innovation-based projects, leadership/communication, and problem solving skills. The program rests on the student’s solid understanding of business operations, ethics, accounting, finance, cultural competence, and business planning.  Completion of this program will allow students to advance into leadership roles within their chosen career field.

Emergency Medical Services Professional

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/PublicServiceandEducation/Emergency-Medical-Services-Professional/index.html

The Emergency Medical Services Professional program prepares students for careers in paramedicine, a fast-paced and challenging health care field. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics provide immediate, life-saving care to the sick and injured. Entry-level First Responders (EMT-Basic) are trained to provide basic emergency medical care because they tend to be the first persons to arrive at the scene of an incident. Many firefighters, police officers, and other emergency workers have this level of training. An EMT-Basic is trained to care for patients at the scene of an accident and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital under medical direction. The EMT-Paramedic has more advanced training and assessment skills that allows the administration of intravenous fluids, interpreting electrocardiograms and giving lifesaving shocks to a stopped heart, as well as performing advanced airway techniques and using equipment to assist patients experiencing respiratory emergencies.

Odessa College offers two levels of EMT training: Basic and Paramedic. The Odessa College Emergency Medical Services Professional Program grants two levels of awards: a level one certificate in Emergency Medical Services Professional – Paramedic and an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services Professional. All courses in the level one certificate apply to the associate’s degree. Depending upon individual circumstances, students may be required to repeat courses prior to acceptance into the program after completing an award or are transferring from another institution.

The program combines classroom and/or online instruction with supervised laboratory, clinical/practicum, and ambulance experiences to prepare the graduate for certification. EMT classes are exciting and challenging courses. Students are expected to spend a large amount of time outside of class studying and applying the material that is presented in class.

With department approval, students can take EMT-Basic classes even if unsure of future plans to continue with paramedic level training. Although students do not earn  an Odessa College certificate at this level, successful completers can become certified through the credentialing agency. Skills include: CPR, bandaging and splinting, traction splints, mechanical aids to breathing (oxygen, bag-mask, suctioning, oral and nasal airways, and pocket masks), patient assessment, vital signs, spinal immobilization, automated external defibrillation, pneumatic anti-shock garment, epinephrine auto-injector, and nebulizer bronchodilators. Certification requirements: Minimum age 18; high school diploma or GED; EMT-Basic skills proficiency verification by training program; state-administered National Registry certification exam; and submission of EMS Personnel Certification Application and fee.

With department approval and certification as a DSHS EMT-Basic provider, students can continue with paramedic level training. Odessa College includes intermediate and advanced skills in the paramedic curriculum. Skills include: EMT-Intermediate skills, medication administration, EKG interpretation, cardioversion, and cardiac arrest simulation (megacode). Certification requirements: Minimum age 18; high school diploma or GED; DSHS EMTBasic, Intermediate and Paramedic skills proficiency verification by training program medical director; and written and practical exam administered by National Registry. A licensed paramedic has an associate’s degree (or higher) and tests on the same skills for EMTParamedic.

Once a student successfully completes requirements for the National Registry, he or she may become certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services EMS Division. Both levels of certification require periodic and specific recertification hours and activities to continue to practice as an emergency medical technician.

Students considering registering for emergency medical services professional (EMSP) courses must have approval from the EMS department before enrolling. Enrollment in paramedic level EMSP courses is limited, and students are urged to contact the department early to ensure acceptance to the program. Applicants, or those seeking additional information, should contact the EMS department or a Student Success Coach in the Help Center. The student must purchase required equipment and supplies in order to participate in laboratory and clinical/practicum training. To obtain a list of the necessary equipment, the student should contact the department director or one of the faculty members before enrolling in the class.

Students enrolled in any EMSP practicum or clinical course are required to have liability insurance as well as health and accident insurance each semester. Liability insurance is included in course fees. If the student does not have a health and accident policy, student health insurance can be purchased. Students must have a health check-up and pass a background check and a drug screen to participate in the EMS program. All immunizations must be on file in the EMS department, in compliance with state regulations, before the student can participate in clinical or practicum courses.

The admissions process for the EMT-Basic Program is competitive and applicants must meet all minimum criteria in order to be eligible for ranking. Ranking points are obtained from the most recent Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V (AH-Category G) or Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) is an option and an interview using Job Fit. Official TEAS V test scores are valid for five (5) years and only the most recent test score will be used. Official TSI assessment scores are valid for five (5) years and only the most recent test score will be used.

EMT-Basic Program applicants are required to complete and pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V (AH-Category G) or Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) during the application/ranking process. Students who have not completed this requirement during the initial application deadline will be placed on a waiting list pending proof of completion and students are responsible for updating information with the program. Incomplete applications will not be ranked until all general requirements are met.

Deadlines for Completing Specialized Admissions Requirements

Initial application period is October 1st until October 30th for the following Spring semester and May 1st until May 30th for the following Fall semester. A second application period will be conducted in January prior to the start of the Spring semester for incomplete applications submitted after October 30th. A second application period will be conducted in July prior to the start of the Fall semester for incomplete applications submitted after May 30th.

The admissions process for the EMSP-Paramedic Program is competitive and applicants must meet all minimum criteria in order to be eligible for ranking. Ranking points are obtained from the most recent Prerequisite/General Education Courses, Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) or Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V (AHCategory L) is an option, GPA (4.0 scale) and an interview using Job Fit. Official TSI assessment scores are valid for five (5) years and only the most recent test score will be used. Official TEAS V test scores are valid for five (5) years and only the most recent test score will be used.

EMSP-Paramedic Program applicants are required to have successfully completed the following prerequisite courses listed on an official transcript from an approved higher education institution or other military institution prior to starting the application/ranking process. Students who have not completed these requirements during the initial application deadline will be placed on a waiting list pending proof of completion and students are responsible for updating information with the program. Incomplete applications will not be ranked until all Prerequisites Requirements are met. The department director must approve course substitutions.

The EMT and Paramedic program’s grading scale for the EMSP courses at Odessa College for a grade of “C” is awarded for numeric grades set forth by the program. To be eligible for graduation and Course Completion Verification, the EMT and paramedic student must have completed each of the prescribed course in the curriculum with a minimum grade of “C.” Each of the non-EMSP courses required for the degree must also be passed with a minimum grade of “C.” The candidate for graduation must score satisfactorily on the EMT and Paramedic Program exit exam, complete the National Registry Prep Course, satisfy all college financial obligations, complete a degree confirmation in the Record’s Office (if applying for an Associate in Applied Science Degree or Certificate of Completion) by the specified deadline, and return any borrowed school property.

The Odessa College Emergency Medical Services Professional (EMSP) program does not offer advanced placement or credits for experiential learning, however students can transfer credit to Odessa College though the process listed in the current Odessa College academic catalog.

Deadlines for Completing Specialized Admissions Requirements

Initial application period is October 1st until October 30th for the following Spring semester. A second application period will be conducted in January prior to the start of the Spring semester for incomplete applications submitted after October 30th.

Completed Program Specific materials should be brought in person during the Application acceptance time period to:

Odessa College Fire/EMS Department
201 West University Blvd.
Health Sciences Building, Room 100
432-335-6841

Engineering

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/STEM/Engineering/index.html

The curriculum in engineering has been designed for those students who wish to prepare for professional engineering degrees. Students should be aware of specific requirements of the college or university to which they may ultimately transfer. The program below is a suggested one and may be modified to conform to requirements of the students’ chosen transfer institution.

Languages and World Cultures

http://www.odessa.edu/programs/Arts-and-Sciences/English-and-Foreign-Languages/index.html

English

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/ArtsandHumanities/LanguageandWorldCultures/index.html

Language makes us human, not only raising us above a mere animal-like existence but also allowing us to create societies and culture by shaping and controlling our thought. Language is fundamental not only to our survival and progress but also to the form of our literary creations; it reflects the heritage and dignity of the human condition. The English department, therefore, is committed to providing comprehensive instruction in composition and literature and creating the finest educational opportunities possible for students who have the desire and ability to learn.

Specifically, it provides the first two years of English and pre-professional courses for transfer students, occupational/technical writing courses for students in specialized vocational fields, developmental and general education to prepare students for the TSIA and other state-approved alternate tests and higher level writing and critical thinking skills, courses to meet various community needs, and opportunities for personal enrichment. In sum, the English department offers excellence in its courses, services and practices. It affirms equal access for all individuals within the diverse student population and approaches all endeavors with the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.

Tutoring Labs

Tutoring is available free of charge to OC students. Students can receive tutoring on the first floor of the Wilkerson Hall, in Room 106. Students can receive tutoring on a walk-in basis, or they can call 432-335-6562 to arrange an appointment.

All labs provide supplemental, individual instruction in grammar, spelling, composition, and techniques of research to any student who needs improvement in writing ability or skill in literary analysis.

Departmental Placement and Success Requirements – English/Writing

Any student whose test scores on the state-mandated Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) do not demonstrate college readiness in English/Writing will be advised by a college counselor or assigned advisor as to the appropriate developmental course sequence the student will need to complete. Please note that unlike in years past, one sequence may involve INRW, a state-mandated combined reading and writing course which is offered by the Reading Department. So depending on TSIA test scores in writing and reading, the student may be advised into various developmental options. Please see the following table. For detailed descriptions of INRW and other courses offered by the Reading Department, please see that department’s section in this catalog.

TEST SCORE COURSE
TSIA TSIA essay score below 4: INRW 373 . A grade of “C” or better in this course will prepare a student for INRW 375 . INRW 373  
  TSIA essay score of 4 AND multiple choice score of 0 to 362: NCBW (Non-Course-Based Writing) which is done in conjunction with ENGL 1301   NCBW
  TSIA essay score of 5 OR essay score of 4 and multiple choice score of 363 or better: ENGL 1301 . ENGL 1301  
  INRW 373  passed with a “C” or better and a TSIA essay score of 3: INRW. INRW
  TSIA reading score between 342-346 and INRW 375  passed with a “C” or better: INRW. INRW
  TSIA reading score between 342-346 and TSIA essay score of 3: INRW. INRW
  TSIA reading score between 342-346 and a TSIA essay score of 4 but TSIA writing multiple choice score of less than 363: INRW. INRW
  INRW 373  passed with a “C” or better and IRNW 0375 passed with a “C” or better: INRW. INRW

English for Speakers of Other Languages

https://www.odessa.edu/community/adult-education-and-literacy/index.html

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a program designed to help non-native speakers strengthen their English language skills before they embark in their college courses.

ESOL students

  • ARE NOT tested and placed into ESOL
  • Self-Select to take ESOL courses
  • May be advised to take ESOL courses
  • May test into developmental level courses because they need to develop their English vocabulary
  • Should take all of the ESOL courses before they take developmental level courses

Fire Technology

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/PublicServiceandEducation/Fire-Technology/index.html

The fire technology program at Odessa College offers students the opportunity to be trained for careers in the fire service profession. The program is designed to meet the needs of students desiring to become entry-level certified firefighters through the Certificate of Completion – Fire Academy curriculum. Firefighters who are currently certified can advance in the profession by pursuing an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Fire Administration.

The Certificate of Completion – Fire Academy curriculum is offered as an innovative online Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) certified Basic Firefighter Academy. Odessa College’s Fire Academy (OCFA) offers on campus and online firefighter training which combines traditional and contemporary methodologies and is designed to allow the student to be gainfully employed upon completion of 24 college credit hours. While taking the 17 week course of study Monday through Friday online, the student will be required to attend 16 Saturdays of mandatory all day on campus skill practice. The online interactive study will provide the student with basic fire suppression and hazardous materials knowledge and procedures needed to take and pass the TCFP written state test for certification. The Saturday practicum will be used to develop skill proficiency, enabling the student to pass the TCFP state skill test and give the student opportunity to develop additional practical skills needed in the career of firefighting.

It is preferred that all students enrolled in the Certificate of Completion – Fire Academy program receive an EMTBasic certification from the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) in the semester immediately after successfully completing the Fire Academy. This will allow the student to earn an additional 6 college credit hours and enhance employment opportunities with fire departments throughout the state of Texas. The 24 college credit hours obtained from the successful completion of the Certificate of Completion – Fire Academy, as well as the 6 college credit hours earned for EMT-Basic, can then be applied toward an AAS Degree in Fire Administration if the student desires to further their education.

The goal of the OCFA is to provide a well-rounded educational experience and give the student the necessary training to become certified through the TCFP and TDSHS and obtain a career in the profession of firefighting.

The High School Fire Academy (HSFA) is an innovative on campus Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) certified Basic Firefighter Academy. The academy offers on campus firefighter training that begins at the start of the student’s junior year of high school and is completed in the fall semester of the senior year. The firefighter training will provide the student the basic knowledge to pass the TCFP state test. In the spring semester of the senior year, students will take the EMT-Basic courses. The EMT training will provide the student the basic knowledge to pass the EMT-Basic certification through the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) upon graduation from high school. The student is able to attend the HSFA during high school hours with some Saturday scheduling in their second year. The student can earn dual credit while enrolled in the HSFA and graduate the academy with 30 college credit hours and 4 high school credits upon completion. After successfully completing all training at the end of the senior year, the student will be state certified in both Basic Firefighter and EMT-Basic upon successfully passing both certification examinations.

The goal of the HSFA is to provide the youth of our community the opportunity to pursue a career in the fire service and to be certified through the TCFP and TDSHS and to become employable in fire service immediately following graduation from high school.

The AAS Degree in Fire Administration offers students the opportunity to apply credits earned in the Certificate of Completion – Fire Academy program to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Administration. This allows students opportunities to further their education and advance into supervisory and upper management positions within the profession. The AAS degree offers both on campus and online education opportunities. Students may transfer to a university for further education and earn a bachelor degree to become a leader in the fire service profession.

Enrollment in FIRS practicum and EMSP clinical courses requires student liability insurance payable in college course fees and personal health and accident insurance. If the student does not have a health and accident policy, student health insurance must be purchased prior to the first day of class.

All students must have consent from the department director and/or academy coordinator to register for any fire academy class prior to registering.

The admissions process for the Basic Fire Academy is competitive and applicants must meet all minimum criteria in order to be eligible for ranking. Ranking points are obtained from the most recent Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V (AH-Category G) or Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) is an option and an interview using Job Fit. Official TEAS V test scores are valid for five (5) years and only the most recent test score will be used.

Official TSI assessment scores are valid for five (5) years and only the most recent test score will be used. Basic Fire Academy applicants are required to complete and pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V (AH-Category G) or Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) during the application/ranking process. Students who have not completed this requirement during the initial application deadline will be placed on a waiting list pending proof of completion and students are responsible for updating information with the program. Incomplete applications will not be ranked until all general requirements are met.

The Fire Academy program’s grading scale for the FIRS courses at Odessa College for a grad of “C” is awarded for numeric grades set forth by the program. To be eligible for graduation and Course completion Verification, the Fire Academy student must have completed each of the prescribed courses in the curriculum with a minimum grade of “C.” Each of the non-FIRS courses required for the degree must also be passed with a minimum grade of “C.” The candidate for graduation must score satisfactorily on the Fire Academy exit exam, satisfactorily pass all TCFP required skills, satisfy all college financial obligations, complete a degree confirmation in the Record’s Office (if applying for an Associate in Applied Science Degree or Certificate of Completion) by the specified deadline, and return any borrowed school property.

Deadlines for Completing Specialized Admissions Requirements

Initial application period is October 1st until October 30th for the following Spring semester and May 1st until May 30th for the following Fall semester. A second application period will be conducted in January prior to the start of the Spring semester for incomplete applications submitted after October 30th. A second application period will be conducted in July prior to the start of the Fall semester for incomplete applications submitted after May 30th.

Completed Program Specific materials should be brought in person during the Application acceptance time period to:

Odessa College Fire/EMS Department
2460 Kermit Hwy
Odessa, TX 79764
Fire Technology Training Center, Room 102
432-335-6841

Geology

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/STEM/Geology/index.html

Geology is a study of the Earth, its history, materials, changing life, and the processes that have resulted in its present form. For students who do not wish more than a year of geology, the principal value will be primarily on an increased interest in and understanding of their environment. However, for those majoring in geology, petroleum or civil engineering, and ecological or environmental studies, the first year of geology courses provides necessary background for further study. GEOL 1403   and GEOL 1404  will serve as a required physical and/or natural science for non-science majors at most universities.

Kinesiology and Exercise Science

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/HealthSciences/Kinesiology-and-Exercise-Science/index.html

Physical education is the sum of all those changes that take place in individuals as the result of movement experience.

The principal objectives of this department are as follows: (1) to develop the students’ neuromuscular skill and organic system through movement experiences, (2) to increase the students’ knowledge, insight, understanding and interest in movement experiences and (3) to improve the students’ recreational and leisure-time skills as well as their standards of behavior in these selected movement areas.

Since movement is the medium through which this department achieves its objectives, students have several opportunities to select those movement experiences that will best contribute to their well-being, their leisure-time skills and to their total educational development. The physical education department offers three options for the associate degree.

The sports medicine program is designed to meet the lower level requirements of the National Trainers Association and the state of Texas Licensure Act for Athletic Trainers. The program is a practical education-work experience approach to gaining the knowledge and skills needed to fulfill requirements for national certification as determined by the NATA and Texas state licensure as determined by the Texas Department of Health.

The Odessa College physical education degree option in sports medicine is designed to meet the first two-year needs of students interested in pursuing a career in athletic training and meeting the specific educational and practicum requirements outlined by these two organizations.

Mathematics

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/STEM/Mathematics/index.html

The mathematics department is guided by the following objectives: (1) pre-professional training for mathematicians and teachers of mathematics; (2) preparation of students for further study of science, engineering, industry and business; (3) adequate mathematical training for students in occupational-technical programs; (4) mathematical offerings suitable for the student seeking a well-balanced, liberal education; and (5) provision for students seeking to remove deficiencies or desiring to refresh their knowledge from previous training. Students are responsible for checking the catalog of the senior college or university to which they plan to transfer to determine which of these courses are compatible with that institution’s degree plan.

Music

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/ArtsandHumanities/Music/index.html

The Odessa College music department, an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, offers a two-year associate in arts degree in music. Major areas include voice, piano, organ, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and guitar. The high quality academic program and performing organizations prepare a student to transfer to any large university. Courses are also offered to fulfill general education requirements and to provide enrichment and enjoyment for area residents. The department presents performances of faculty, students, and ensembles, and hosts area music clinics and competitions. The music department is also a member of the Texas Association of Music Schools and the Texas Music Educators Association.

Nursing – Associate Degree

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/HealthSciences/NursingADN/index.html

 

Nursing – Vocational

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/HealthSciences/NursingLVN/index.html

Director of Vocational Nursing: Nicole Hays, RN

Andrews Extension:
201 NW Ave. D, Andrews, Texas 79714
Phone: 432-524-4022


Monahans Center:
806 South Dwight , Monahans, Texas 79756;
Phone: 432-335-6390;
 

Main Campus (Dual Credit):
201 West University, HS Building, Odessa Texas, 79764
Phone: 432-335-6464

The Odessa College vocational nursing program is a one-year certificate program to prepare the graduate to become a licensed vocational nurse (LVN). The LVN functions as an important member of a health care team under a licensed physician and/or a registered nurse’s supervision. Vocational nurses provide care in a variety of structured health care settings for individual clients who are experiencing common health problems.

The Odessa College vocational nursing programs are approved by the Texas Board of Nursing. The BON is located at 333 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas, 78701; phone 512-305-7400. The nursing curriculum plan is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

Licensing as a Vocational Nurse (LVN)

Texas utilizes the title of LVN. Many other states use LPN (licensed practical nurse) for this level of nursing practice. The Odessa College vocational nursing graduate must meet state requirements to take the licensing examination National Council for Licensure Examination – Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN®).

Requirements to take the licensing examination to become an LVN include the application and approval process with the BON, payment of fees to the BON, graduation from the nursing program, and graduate certification by the director of the vocational nursing program. Be advised that the BON requires fingerprint identification to screen all applicants for licensure. The fingerprints are analyzed by the state of Texas and the FBI, and there must be clearance on the background check by the BON prior to being allowed to attend any VNSG clinical course. Contact the nursing department or the BON directly regarding any questions.

Pre-Admission Requirements

The vocational nursing program has selective admission criteria. Not all students who apply are accepted. Applications are accepted May 1st- June 1st of every academic year. Students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Enrolled at Odessa College as a credit student.
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required from most recent college or high school work.
  3. Maintain current AHA CPR card. (Online CPR is not accepted.)
  4. Meet immunization requirements.
  5. Provide proof of health insurance.
  6. A satisfactory score on the TEAS Test must be achieved.

Post-Admission Requirements

  1. Authorize a Board of Nursing required criminal background check.
  2. Obtain a physical examination.
  3. Obtain and pass a drug screen.
  4. Attend a mandatory orientation prior to beginning the LVN program to be held at Odessa College.

Completion Requirements

All courses in the curriculum are required. Students must complete outcome competencies for each level with a minimum grade of “C” in all nursing courses. A grade of “C” is 75-79. Students must achieve a minimum requirement on multiple thresholds throughout the LVN program. Graduates have the opportunity to participate in a completion ceremony at the end of the educational experience. Students must satisfy all college financial obligations and return any borrowed school property.

Student Responsibility

Students must comply with all school and vocational nursing program policies. Program policies are delineated in the VNSG Student Handbook.

Occupational Safety & Health Technology

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/BusinessandIndustry/Occupational-Safety-and-Environmental-Technology/index.html

The occupational safety and health degree is designed for people entering the safety department within their company or for those who seek employment in this demanding field. The two-year program is designed to equip the safety professional with the tools needed to keep his/her company in compliance with current regulatory agencies and to create a safe and healthy work environment for all employees. All courses are now offered online. Visit the occupational safety and health department at www.odessa.edu/dept/occupational/

Office Systems Technology

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/BusinessandIndustry/Office-Systems-Technology/index.html

The office systems technology program is designed to provide students with an intensive training in up-to-date technological skills for immediate employment in the business, medical or legal office. The program also offers students the opportunity to upgrade their skills in the most recent software in order to obtain better employment.

The office system technology associate in applied science degree is offered with an emphasis in office systems technology, medical. This degree provides students with a broad knowledge of office procedures, computer applications, and other automated equipment.

Paralegal Studies

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/BusinessandIndustry/Paralegal-Studies/index.html

The paralegal studies curriculum was developed to qualify men and women for positions as assistants or aides to the legal profession and to upgrade the qualifications of legal support personnel. Upon completion of this curriculum, the paralegal graduate will qualify to work under the supervision of a lawyer and may perform such duties as case screening, investigation and evaluation, detail work pertaining to probate matters, income tax returns, searching public records and court files, office management, accounting, library service, preparation of legal memoranda, servicing and filing of legal documents and preparing legal forms.

There is no unique curriculum for students planning to pursue a career in law. Generally, a liberal arts education is preferred. To insure that the pre-law student enrolls in the proper courses, the student must consult with the prelaw advisor at the accepting four-year college prior to registration each semester. The associate of applied science degree requirements listed under Degree Requirements (refer to index) will serve as a basic  curriculum guide. The student is encouraged to take elective course work from the paralegal studies program as part of a pre-law degree. Again, seek assurance from the accepting four-year pre-law advisor at the senior college that course work from the paralegal studies program will transfer.

Photography

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/ArtsandHumanities/Photography/index.html

Odessa College’s photography program provides quality photo education for all members of the community. Photo students explore professional and artistic aspects of this visual medium by training in the basics of photography as a subject, a profession and a technology. A variety of courses are offered, including development of black and white, commercial technique, professional portraiture, color, the history of photography and areas of independent study. Opportunities are provided for students to exercise their creative talents. Upon completion of the photo curriculum, students will be prepared for continued studies at a university or entry-level positions in the photographic industry. While limited equipment and some scholarships are available for those considering photography as a major, the department welcomes all students.

Physical Therapist Assistant

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/HealthSciences/Physical-Therapist-Assistant/index.html

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program leads to an associate in applied science degree and encompasses a two-year course of study. The Program is designed to prepare technically educated health care providers who assist physical therapists in the provision of physical therapy. The physical therapist assistant performs treatment procedures involving the therapeutic use of heat, cold, electromagnetic radiations, traction, compression, water, massage, ultrasound and therapeutic exercise, and assists the physical therapist with evaluative procedures.

The curriculum balances general educational and specialty courses and includes supervised clinicals at acute care facilities and out-patient clinics. These combined experiences provide students with an opportunity for educational development as well as occupational competence. Licensure of physical therapist assistants is required in the State of Texas and graduates are eligible to take the licensure examination after meeting the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners’ requirements. Because clinical space is limited, students are admitted selectively. In order to be considered for admission to the PTA Program, students must:

  • Be a high school graduate or have earned a GED
  • Complete the requirements for the college’s Success Initiative Plan, which usually include passing scores on the TSI exam, unless an exemption has been earned
  • Submit official transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended
  • Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
  • Have a minimum of three good character references
  • Complete a minimum of forty (40) hours of observation/volunteer/work hours in a physical therapy facility

Acceptance into the program is determined by a point system based on:

  • Admission exam score (TEAS)
  • Academic record (number of general education classes completed and Anatomy and Physiology grades)
  • References
  • Interview (selection for interview is based on preliminary point totals)
  • Writing (sample completed at the time of the interview)

BIOL 2401 - Anatomy & Physiology I  and BIOL 2402 - Anatomy & Physiology II  are prerequisites to beginning the physical therapist assistant courses but do not have to be completed before applying to the program; these courses must be completed within the last five years (any exceptions must be approved by the department chair). Applicants must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in both BIOL 2401  and BIOL 2402  and after being accepted, students must achieve a grade of “C” in all physical therapist assistant courses. An average of “C” or better must be maintained in all other courses. Students failing to meet these scholastic requirements will be dropped from the program. The physical therapist assistant program at Odessa College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The Commission may be contacted at: The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, Department of Accreditation, American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-706- 3245, www.apta.org/CAPTE

Students accepted into the program must comply with all school and physical therapist assistant program policies. Program policies are delineated in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Student Handbook. Liability insurance is required and is part of the college fee schedule. Students must pass a physical examination and urine drug screen in order to participate in the physical therapist assistant program. Health and accident insurance must be maintained throughout the program. Current CPR certification (Healthcare Provider) must be maintained throughout all clinicals, and proof of required immunizations must be on file before students will be allowed to participate in clinicals. After admission to the program, new students will authorize the physical therapist assistant department to conduct a criminal background check. This procedure is required for students to go to the various hospitals and agencies for clinical education. If the background check is positive for certain offenses, clinical agencies may not permit the student to participate in clinical experiences at their facilities. These circumstances would require dismissal of the student from the physical therapist assistant program due to inability to meet clinical objectives.

Applicants or other interested persons seeking additional information should contact the OC Help Center or the physical therapist assistant program; additional information can be obtained from the physical therapist assistant program’s Web site at https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Career-Technical-and-Workforce-Education/Physical-Therapist-Assistant/index.html Testing deadline for TEAS and application is March 31.

Physics

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/STEM/Physics/index.html

The principal objective of the physics department is to train physicists at the college level. In addition, it seeks to provide for certain other majors the foundation in the fundamental physical principles necessary for effective work in engineering, medicine, dentistry, chemistry and technology.

Precision Manufacturing Technology

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/BusinessandIndustry/Precision%20Manfacturing-Technology/index.html

The associate in applied science degree in machine technology is designed to provide students a broad background of basic knowledge in the field of mechanical design and production. Skills are developed in the operation of machine tools, mathematics, communications, layout and blueprint reading so as to provide students with sufficient knowledge for entry level employment in the trade.

While a certificate of technology with an emphasis in machine technology will prepare the student to be an effective employee, the associate in applied science degree provides the necessary educational background for advancing to positions of even greater responsibility in the industry.

Psychology & Sociology

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/PublicServiceandEducation/Psychology-and-Sociology/index.html

The psychology/sociology department offers freshman- and sophomore-level courses in psychology and sociology with a wide selection for both disciplines. The science of psychology studies human development and behavior throughout the lifespan, learning, thinking and mood states, gender differences, and relationships. Students are introduced to methodology, critical thinking, and application of psychological principles to everyday life. Career paths offer students a wide selection of occupations including neuropsychology, clinical practice, research, teaching, industrial/ organizational and communications. Psychology majors may choose between an associate of arts or an associate of science degree.

Sociology is the study of groups, behavior and society. Sociological issues include culture, critical analyses of major social institutions, race and ethnicity, gender and age, human sexuality, deviance and crime, groups and interaction, population and the environment, theories and the scientific method. Career paths offer students many opportunities in government, business, academia, law enforcement, communications, research, and medical and gerontological occupations.

Psychology/sociology majors are encouraged to organize their degree plans with the assistance and advice of the department chair and Student Success Coach. It is the responsibility of the student to forecast the transferability of his/her degree plan to university curricula.

Radiologic Technology

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/HealthSciences/Radiologic-Technology/index.html

Odessa College, in cooperation with local medical facilities, offers a radiologic technology program designed to provide understanding, proficiency and skill. The program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, Phone: (312) 704-5300, Fax: (312) 704-5304, e-mail: mail@jrcert.org. Upon successful completion of the program, students are granted an associate in applied science degree, are eligible to apply for the certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in diagnostic radiologic (x-ray) technology, and are eligible for temporary state certification as a Medical Radiologic Technologist (MRT).

The curriculum balances general education and radiologic technology courses with supervised practicums at local JRCERT recognized clinical facilities. These combined experiences provide students with an opportunity for educational development as well as occupational competence during the 24-month program.

Available practicum space limits enrollment; therefore, students are admitted on a selective basis. To be considered for admission to the program, a prospective student must:

  1. Be a high school graduate or equivalent.
  2. Achieve a satisfactory score on the department specified pre-admission test.
  3. Have character references. (Please obtain a program packet for the necessary forms)
  4. Complete the requirements for the college’s Success Initiative Plan, which usually includes passing scores on the TSI exam unless an exemption has been earned.
  5. Immunizations are required. A complete immunization record must be on file in the program directors’ office prior to the application deadline. Hepatitis B vaccines can take a minimum of 4 to 6 months to complete.
  6. Earn a grade of “C” or better in all course work applied toward the degree.
  7. Be approved by the program selection committee.

Acceptance into the program is determined by a point system based on:

  • Overall college GPA (2.5 or higher recommended)
  • Admission exam score
  • Academic record (number of general education classes completed and anatomy and physiology grades and math grades)
  • 3 reference forms (on website)
  • Interview (selection for interview is based on preliminary point totals)

BIOL 2401 - Anatomy & Physiology I  and BIOL 2402 - Anatomy & Physiology II  are prerequisites to beginning the radiologic technology program courses. These courses must be completed within the last five years (any exceptions must be approved by the department chair).

Prior to entering the practicum portion of the program, students are required to complete a physical examination to include a urine drug screen. Criminal background checks are required for the various hospitals, the ARRT, and the MRT. A positive background check or urine drug screen may preclude the student from participating in the practicum experience; therefore, the student would be unable to complete the program. Please visit the program website for additional information. Applicants or other interested persons seeking additional information should contact the radiologic technology program faculty, visit the program website or the Odessa College Wrangler Express. Prospective students should submit their completed application packets for possible admission by April 30, for review by the program faculty and the selection committee.

Note: After admission to the program, all students are required to maintain a policy of health and accident insurance. Liability insurance is also required and is included in regular college fees for each clinical or practicum.

Social Sciences

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/ArtsandHumanities/Social-Sciences/index.html

The social sciences deal with the three basic relationships that mankind has dealt with since time began. These relationships involve man with his fellow man (economics, government, and history), man with God (religion) and man with himself (philosophy). No one can challenge the effect that philosophers, historical events, political and social theories, economic ideas and religious concepts have had on mankind.

The four-semester curricula outlined below lead to an associate in arts degree in the social sciences. Courses are offered in religion, but they should be taken as electives only. Students desiring to major in religion should consult with the senior college or upper-level institution to which they will transfer regarding transferability of courses.

The social sciences provide students with analytical tools needed for effective participation in a democratic society; they also open doors to various career opportunities. A background in the social sciences is particularly suitable to government employment, international relations, teaching, and the law.

Substance Abuse Counseling

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/PublicServiceandEducation/Substance-Abuse-Counseling/index.html

Odessa College offers a program in Substance Abuse Counseling for those students who wish to be licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) – Substance Abuse Services as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in order to accept employment relating to victims of alcohol and drug abuse. The core curriculum in substance abuse leads to an Associate in Arts in Substance Abuse Counseling. The program provides the student with an Associate in Arts degree, the required 270 clock hours of chemical dependency coursework, and the supervised 300-hour practicum requirements for licensure as an LCDC in the state of Texas. The Associate in Arts degree is transferable to most senior colleges and is articulated with UTPB leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, sociology, social work and criminal justice.

(*) Student is eligible for DAAC 2364 , Clinical Supervision/Practicum, upon successful completion of 15 hours of DAAC courses, either PSYC 2301  OR SOCI 1301 , and Department Chair approval. The OC Core does not have to be complete prior to completing DAAC 2364 . See http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/lcdc Students who wish to pursue the LCDC with the Texas Department of State Health Services should be very familiar with the information at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/lcdc Additional information on the LCDC exam may be found at http://www.tcbap.org/?page=A10

Surgical Technology

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/HealthSciences/Surgical-Technology/index.html

The Surgical Technology program at Odessa College offers students the opportunity to earn a Level II certificate or to continue on to an Associate Degree in Applied Science. The curriculum includes selected science courses which provide the basis for in-depth exploration of both theory and clinical application of principles utilized in Surgical Technology.

Basic courses in the theoretical aspects of Surgical Technology encompass lecture, clinical, and laboratory instruction. Throughout the program, students are provided with hands-on experience in cooperation with regional hospitals and surgical site and under the direction of the program director, program faculty and clinical preceptors.

The Surgical Technologist strives to deliver the highest quality care and demonstrates integrity by providing safe and ethical service to a diverse population of patients. Surgical Technology combines concepts from the biological, behavioral, and social sciences to provide compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, and needs. Qualities of an effective Surgical Technologist include an orientation towards service and a capacity for calm and reasoned judgment when meeting emergencies.

Teacher Education

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/PublicServiceandEducation/Teacher-Education/index.html

Odessa College offers four degree options for the Associate of Arts in Teaching which require at least 60 semester credit (SCH) hours of coursework. The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) is a specialized academic associate degree program designed to transfer in its entirety to a baccalaureate program that leads to initial Texas teacher certification. The curriculum provided in this associate degree is approved by the Texas Coordinating Board.

Students considering education as a major can explore the realities, challenges, and rewards of teaching through various courses and field observations in PK-12. Through the curricular activities, the students will be able: 1) to acquire an overview of the teaching profession in PK-12 level, and 2) to gain an awareness of teaching diverse learners.

Students considering education as a major must be free of a felony or misdemeanor convictions for any crime directly related to the duties and responsibilities of the teaching profession. A student with a conviction must consult the Chair of the Education Department.

Theatre

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/ArtsandHumanities/Theatre/index.html

This Associate of Art in Theatre Performance degree program provides a foundation in theater arts and is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama/Theater with an acting/performance emphasis from a four-year university. It provides a basic foundation in acting, stage and vocal techniques, theatre history and literature, “hands on experience” in several theatre arts disciplines and the cultural and historical background necessary for understanding Theatre Arts. This degree may be of interest to those seeking a foundation in related disciplines, such as television, film, communications or educational theatre.

Welding – Industrial Welding Technology

https://www.odessa.edu/programs/Schools/BusinessandIndustry/Welding/index.html

The associate in applied science degree in industrial welding technology provides the student with sufficient skills in electric arc and gas welding procedures for entry employment in these occupations. Students completing the associate degree program will have sufficient background in mathematics, communications, blueprint reading, and layout to interpret engineers’ plans and instructions and to work as a supporting technician with minimum orientation.

While a certificate of technology with an emphasis in welding technology will prepare the student to be an effective employee, the associate in applied science degree provides the necessary educational background for advancing in positions of even greater responsibility in the industry.