May 29, 2024  
Dallas College Catalog 2024-2025 
Dallas College Catalog 2024-2025

Health Professions Readiness I Skills Achievement Award

Location(s): El Centro

Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit:

(Skills Achievement Award)

El Centro campus only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI)  standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: SA.HPRS.READ.I

The Health Professions Readiness Award I (HPRA I) is a skills achievement award that prepares students for entry into the healthcare workforce and the Health Professions Readiness Award II. The HPRA I provides didactic instruction and lab experience in the essential healthcare workforce skills of wellness theory, attitude development, the impact of cultural beliefs, patient care skills, safety issues, patient monitoring, health documentation, and the management concepts necessary for effective health profession operations.

This award promotes student success in the allied health program of their choice, prepares students for application to multiple programs, results in the acquisition of demonstrable workforce skills for graduates of the program, and prepares candidates for successful completion of the ACT WorkKeys Assessment.

Successful completion of the ACT WorkKeys Assessment will result in achieving one of 4 National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC) (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum). The NCRC is an industry recognized, portable, evidence-based credential that certifies essential skills needed for workplace success.

Semester Total: 6 Credit Hours

Minimum Hours Required: 6 Credit Hours


NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.