Early College Experience

ECE Course Catalog

Early College Experience offers college credit courses to high school students in several academic areas. Courses are offered based on school requests. Course descriptions below: 

ACCOUNTING
Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
Presents the fundamentals of accounting theory, introduction to accounting concepts, principles and terminology. Emphasizes the double-entry accounting system for sole proprietorships and partnerships. Students should be prepared to use basic mathematics and basic algebra with accuracy and reasonable speed. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA, 21 ACT Math (65 Compass Algebra), 19 ACT English (80 COMPASS English), 19 ACT Reading (83 Compass Reading).
 
ART HISTORY
Art Appreciation (3 credits) Offered Fall semester (ECE Online)
A general introduction to the visual arts. Lectures on art theory and an introduction to art history, plus demonstrations, films, slides, and field trips.
 
ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCE
Medical Terminology (3 credits) Offered Fall and Spring semesters (ECE Online)
In depth presentation of medical language which then will serve as a solid foundation for students interested in health care, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, or related careers. Medical Terminology for both health and disease is presented in relation to human structure and function. This course of study builds a framework by introducing the key elements in the formation as well as the modification of medical terms which then is applied to the specific body systems. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS).
 
BIOLOGY
Principles of Biology (4 credits)
Principles of Biology is an introductory college-level course that surveys various levels of organization from atoms to biomes. The course introduces students to basic principles that provide a background for understanding biological issues in society and a foundation for further study. Topics of study include the scientific method; the chemistry of life; cell structure & function, metabolism, cell reproduction, genetics, DNA structure & function, evolution, basic ecological principles. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS).
 
BUSINESS
Data Analysis and Interpretation (3 credits)
This is an introductory level course covering topics involving estimation of population and sample characteristics, research design and hypothesis testing, as well as measuring and predicting relationships. The course should enable the students to develop an understanding regarding the application and interpretation of basic data analysis techniques with an emphasis on statistical applications. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA, MATH 2053 Finite Math with grade of “C” or better, and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS)
 
CHEMISTRY
College Chemistry (4 credits)
This course is designed to provide background for further study in such majors as pre-agriculture, pre-professional, pre-science, pre-engineering or mathematics. The course provides an introduction to the study of inorganic, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 21 ACT score in math (65 COMPASS Algebra), and a 19 ACT Reading (83 COMPASS)
 
COMPUTER INFORMATION
Introduction to Computer Information Systems (3 credits)
An orientation to the terminology and applications of computers and the Internet. Commercial software packages used will include Windows, word processing, spreadsheet, business presentations and database applications. This course will satisfy the hands-on computer requirements of most degree plans at NWACC. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS).
 
COMMUNICATION
Public Speaking (3 credits) Also available through ECE Online
Application of the communication techniques needed to organize and deliver oral messages in a public setting. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS).
 
CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Students are responsible for making their own arrangements for transportation to ECE courses when busing is not provided by their high school.
Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits) Fall semester, first 8 weeks
An examination of the history and philosophy of the administration of justice in America; includes the theories of crime and punishment, rehabilitation, as well as ethics, education and training of professionals in the field. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS), acceptance into the program by interview with instructor.
 
Law Enforcement I (3 credits)Fall semester, second 8 weeks
Principles of police work, including arrests, search and seizure, and other criminal procedures affected by constitutional safeguards. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS), acceptance into the program by interview with instructor. Must be taken concurrently with Introduction to Criminal Justice.
 
Law Enforcement II (3 credits)Spring semester, first 8 weeks
This advanced course covers illegal drugs, crimes against children, search warrants, arrest warrants, search and seizure laws, and the constitutional rights of persons placed under arrest. The course also places special emphasis on writing skills. Prerequisites: Intro to Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement I with C or better.
 
Criminal Law and Society (3 credits)Spring semester, second 8 weeks
Principles of criminal law as they developed from early common law to modern United States law. Includes classification of crimes, elements of and parties to a crime, and the study of criminal case law. Prerequisites: Intro to Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement I with C or better. Must be taken concurrently with Law Enforcement II.
 
DENTAL ASSISTING
Students are responsible for making their own arrangements for transportation to ECE courses when busing is not provided by their high school.
Dental Science I (3 credits)Fall Semester, first 8 weeks
This course reviews anatomy and physiology, with a comprehensive study of the head and neck. The student’s understanding of the morphological and functional interrelationships of the anatomical structures is vital to their ability to logically apply solutions to clinical problems. This course is designed to give the student information on dental morphology, oral histology, oral embryology, dental anatomical structures, as well as the functional relationship of the teeth within the dentition. Prerequisites: Acceptance into program by interview with instructor.
 
Preventive Dentistry (3 credits)Fall semester, second 8 weeks
This course stresses the philosophy of preventive dentistry, including a thorough discussion of plaque formation, oral hygiene, diet and nutrition, and systemic and topical fluorides. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the program by interview with instructor.
 
Clinical Dentistry (3 credits)Spring semester, first 8 weeks
This course provides an orientation to the dental profession with emphasis on the dental assistant, includes historical information on the dental profession, basic information concerning education and licensure of the dentist and hygienist with. Introduces the ethical principles and laws that pertain to the state and national practice of dentistry. Focuses on medical and dental emergencies, the fundamental principles, skills, preventive measures and knowledge to respond in various emergency situations that may arise in the dental office. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for the Health Care Provider training for certification is included. Prerequisites: Acceptance into program by interview with instructor.

Dental Assisting Procedures I (3 credits)Spring semester, second 8 weeks
Provides background knowledge of clinical practice and prepares students to become competent in performing assignments in general dentistry including an introduction to the dental specialty practices. An introduction to basic dental terminology, dental equipment, instruments, infection control processes, and procedures associated with the dental office. Students learn the process of four handed dentistry through demonstrations and hands on practice. The study of therapeutics includes a brief history of drugs, methods of administration, drug effects, and commonly used drugs in the treatment of oral lesions, anxiety, and pain control. Prerequisites: Acceptance into program by interview with instructor.

ENGLISH
English Composition I (3 credits)
This course emphasizes in the writing of clear, concise, developed academic prose. Students are expected to follow Standard Edited English to understand paragraph development, and to write a research assignment involving integration of sources. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA, 19 ACT Writing (65 COMPASS), and 19 ACT Reading (83 COMPASS)
 
English Composition II (3 credits)
Students in this course use the writing process introduced in English Composition I literature, and literature as an academic subject for analysis, interpretation, critical appraisal, and research. Prerequisites: Completion of English Comp I with C or better.
 
Survey of World Literature to 1650 (3 credits)
Typically this course includes generally accepted literary masterpieces of western culture. While such literature is removed from the student’s experience by time, history, and culture, its ties to contemporary life are more compelling than its differences. These issues are frequently addressed as the student learns to read, interpret, and analyze this literature.  Prerequisites: Completion of English Composition I and II with C or better, and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS)
 
Survey of World Literature from 1650 (3 credits)
This course introduces the students to the literature of the world as well as the literature from English-speaking countries. The students may read literature from Asia, Africa, and South America as well as from Europe and North America. Reactions and comparisons to the students’ lives are explored as the students read, interpret and analyze this literature. Prerequisite: Completion of English Composition I and II with C or better.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND REGULATORY SCIENCE
Occupational Safety and Health (3 credits)
ECE Online
This is an introductory course that explores concepts, theories, and practical applications of occupational safety and health issues. this courses is designed to give the students a broad overview of the knowledge important to workplace safety and health in a variety of occupations, with an introduction to federal regulations.
 
FOOD PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT AND SERVICES
Students are responsible for making their own arrangements for transportation to ECE courses when busing is not provided by their high school.

Introduction to Culinary Arts and ProStart I (3 credits)Fall semester, first 8 weeks
An in-depth study of the professional kitchen and culinary applications. Topics include basic and advanced cooking methods, including ingredient identification, kitchen management and organization. The class will also teach plating techniques for individuals and buffet presentations. ProStart is an industry-based course that prepares high school students for careers in the restaurant and food service industry. ProStart students experience classroom study, mentored work experience, local and national competitions. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the program by interview with instructor.

Food and Nutrition and ProStart I (3 credits)Fall semester , second 8 weeks
This introductory course in basic nutrition covers nutrients found in food and how the human body uses them for proper functioning and health. Students will learn how to plan nutritious menus, how to work with food allergies and restrictive diets, and how to cook better food for healthy living. Must be taken concurrently with Introduction to Culinary Arts
 
Food Production and Management Services and ProStart II (3 credits)Spring semester, 16 weeks
A review of career opportunities and competencies required in food production and management services. Development of competencies related to: employability; technology in food preparation; management and services; sanitation and safety; nutrition as related to food service; serving of food; purchasing, receiving, an storing of food supplies; production and management of food; use, care and storage of large and small commercial food service equipment; menu planning; and modified diets. Upon completion of this course, students will have gained entry-level skills needed for employment in institutional, commercial, or self-owned food establishments. They will have the ability to identify areas of special interest related to food service, and have developed skills required for obtaining and maintaining employment. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the program by interview with instructor.
 
HEALTH SCIENCE

Personal Health and Safety (3 credits) Fall and Spring semester (ECE Online)
Discussion of health and safety problems with emphasis on the promotion of individual health and safety concepts.
Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS).

HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT
Introduction to Hospitality (3 credits) Fall semester (ECE Online)
This course provides a global look at hospitality with career opportunities in food service, hotels, clubs and related businesses such as hospitals, schools, casinos and the military. The course pays special attention to what training is needed to obtain careers in the industry and how students can prepare for industry careers. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS).
 
Hospitality Marketing (3 credits) Spring semester (ECE Online)
This course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge and practical experience which will enable them to develop strategic marketing plans for hotel/motel, restaurants and private club properties. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS).

MATHEMATICS 

College Algebra (4 credits)

An overview of the fundamental concepts of algebra. Topics include linear and quadratic equations and inequalities; the Cartesian plane and graphing using graphing utility functions, graphs and models; polynomial and rational functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; systems of equations, inequalities and matrices; and sequences and series. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA and the following minimum test scores:  
 
MATH
  ACT                                 21
  COMPASS Algebra      65
  SAT Math                        500       
  PSAT Math                     50 plus successful completion of high school Algebra II with C or better    
  PLAN Math                     21 plus successful completion of high school Algebra II with C or better

  READING
  ACT                                  19
  COMPASS Reading      83
  SAT Critical Thinking    480
  PSAT Critical Thinking  48
  PLAN Reading               15
  EXPLORE Reading       14
 
Plane Trigonometry (3 credits)
A survey of basic trigonometric concepts. Topics include a review of functions and graphs, the trigonometric functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations, applications of trigonometry, complex numbers, a review of exponential and logarithmic functions, and polar coordinates and equations. Prerequisites:  ACT Math 24 or successful completion of College Algebra with C or better or
                            Compass College Algebra  46-99


Finite Mathematics (3 credits)

A survey and applications course in mathematics designed for business, life science, and social science students. Topics include a review of using a graphing utility, linear models, systems of linear equations, matrices, linear programming, the simplex method, set theory, probability, counting principles, statistics, and finance mathematics. Prerequisites: ACT Math 24 or successful completion of College Algebra with C or better or
                            Compass College Algebra  46-69

MEDICAL PROFESSIONS
Students are responsible for making their own arrangements for transportation to ECE courses when busing is not provided by their high school.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) (3 credits)
This course offers advanced medical procedures, nurse assistant skills, direct patient care, and provides clinical training in area health care facilities. After successful completion of the class, the student is eligible to take the Nurse Assistant Certification Exam. Students who complete the course successfully will receive 3 hours of college credit from NWACC.
Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS)

Patient Care Assistant (PCA+) (3 credits)
The PCA+ course expands the student's knowledge of healthcare gained in the CNA course and introduces advanced patient care skills, professional development training, and hands on lab and clinical training at area hospitals. Addressing patient care needs/techniques unique to acute care hospitals is the focus. Successful students will receive CPR Certification and a Certificate of Proficiency. Students seeking admission to the PCA+ Program must be Certified Nursing Assistants.

SOCIAL SCIENCE
American National Government (3 credits)
The organization, functions, institutions, and problems of the federal government will be studied including the United States Constitution, Congress, the Presidency and federal bureaucracy, and the judicial system. Additional study will be given to political parties, public opinion, interest groups, voting and elections, Supreme Court decisions, and other political aspects and activities of government. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS).

General Psychology (3 credits) Also available through (ECE Online) link to ECE Online
An investigation into basic principles and theories of behavior in the areas of learning, memory, perception, development, biological basis of behavior, motivation and emotion, personality, stress, abnormal behavior and social and interpersonal relationships.  Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS).

 

History of the American People to 1877 (3 credits) Also available through ECE Online
Exploration of aspects in American history beginning with European backgrounds; discovery and settlement; concluding with the Civil War and Reconstruction. This survey encompasses the constitutional, political, social and economic development of the United States prior to 1877. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS).
 
History of the American People 1877 to Present (3 credits) Also available through ECE Online
Exploration of aspects in American history from Reconstruction to the second half of the Twentieth Century. This survey encompasses the constitutional, political, social and economic development of the United States since 1877. Particular emphasis will be placed on the rise of the United States as an industrial and world power. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS).
 
History of Western Civilization to 1650 (3 credits)
A survey of Western development from the pre-historic period to 1650. Emphasis is on cultural, scientific, religious and political contributions of the ancient, medieval and early modern civilizations to 1650. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS).
 
History of Western Civilization since 1650 (3 credits)
A survey of Western development from 1650 to the present. Emphasis is on the cultural, scientific, religious and political development of modern Western civilization. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS).
 
World Civilizations to 1500 (3 credits)
This survey of World Civilizations offers students a global and comparative perspective on the emergence of civilizations to 1500. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS).
 
World Civilizations since 1500 (3 credits)
This survey of World Civilizations offers students a global and comparative perspective on the emergence of civilizations since 1500. Prerequisites: Cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 19 ACT score in Reading (83 COMPASS)