Health Science

12 Programs Available

Nurture a new career in healthcare!

If caring for others is a passion of yours, look no further than Atlantic Technical College’s Health Science programs. We offer a variety of programs in the healthcare field. Whether you’re looking to train to be a practical nurse, dental or medical assistant, a pharmacy technician or mental health technician, we offer a wide variety of Health Science programs to help nurture your new career path. Learn more or sign-up here at our career college in Fort Lauderdale for our Health Science program today!

Central Sterile Processing Technician

Program Length: 650 hours/approx. 6 months – full time

Students will be taught the skills necessary for employment in hospitals or surgical out-patient centers. Skills covered include how to decontaminate, prepare and sterilize instrument trays for surgical procedures, disinfect patient care equipment and the various methods of inventory control, storage and distribution of sterile supplies and equipment.

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Dental Assisting Technology & Management – ATD

ATD  Applied Technology Diploma

Program Length: 1230 hours/approx.12 months- full time

Students will be taught the basic knowledge and skills to offer direct chairside assistance to the dentist, expose dental radiographs, and educate and instruct patients in preventive dental care.

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Electrocardiograph Technology

Program Length: 465 hours/approx. 4 months (full-time)

Students will be taught how to perform a 12-lead EKG, properly maintain diagnostic equipment, recognize normal and abnormal sinus rhythms and monitor patients for cardiovascular disorders. An overview of anatomy and physiology, with emphasis on cardiac and vascular systems is taught along with medical terminology, basic patient care techniques, medical instrumentation, cardiac monitoring and testing and cardiac wellness and rehabilitation.

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Hemodialysis Technician

Program Length: 600 hours/approx. 6 months- full time

Hemodialysis Technicians usually serve in two capacities; one involves the assembly and maintenance of the dialysis equipment, and the second focuses on patient care. Often the hemodialysis technician duties will combine both the patient care and equipment care responsibilities. The technician works with all members of the dialysis team but is most closely aligned with a nurse who delegates and supervises the patient care.

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Medical Assisting

Program Length: 1300 hours/approx. 12 months- full time

This multi-skilled health professional is trained in clerical and medical office procedures, phlebotomy, EKG, X-Ray, basic patient care techniques and laboratory procedures. They are involved in direct patient care and assist the physician or other health professional during examinations.

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Medical Coder Biller – ATD

Program Length: 1110 hours/approx. 11 months- full time

The medical coder/biller is responsible for the accurate flow of medical information and patient data between physicians, patients and third-party payers. Most medical coder/billers work on-site in hospitals, clinics, physician offices and for insurance companies. With the introduction of the electronic health record (EHR), experienced medical coders may have opportunities to work from home.

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Mental Health Technician

Program Length:
480 Hours – Approximately 5 months

Students will be trained for employment as Mental Health Technicians, Psychiatric Aides or Technicians and Nursing Assistants. Students will receive training in physical assessment, psychiatric intervention and basic nursing assistant skills.  Upon completion of the program, students will have the opportunity to take the Certified Nursing Assistant examination given by the Florida Board of Nursing.

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Orthopedic Technology

Program Length: 800 hours/approx. 8 months- full time

You will be taught the skills and knowledge needed to become a competent orthopedic technologist performing the following services: routine office and departmental procedures; applying, adjusting and removing casts, splints, and braces; setting up, adjusting, and maintaining traction configurations; assisting with the care of acutely injured patients; and assisting the physician in the reduction and/or manipulation of orthopedic injuries.

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Patient Care Technician

Program Length: 600 hours/approx. 6 months full time

The Patient Care Technician comes in direct contact with the patient in the performance of his/her assigned duties. Students also receive supplementary training in 12-lead EKG, basic phlebotomy techniques and perform restorative skills. Upon successful completion of Nursing Assistant Skills component, the student will be eligible to take the State Certified Nursing Assistant Certification Examination. This is an excellent course for students who have no previous medical experience and who wish to enter the healthcare field.

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Patient Care Assistant

Program Length: 290 hours (approximately 10 weeks – full time).

The Patient Care Assistant (PCA) program prepares students for employment as cross-trained nursing assistants and provides foundational knowledge and skills.  Students receive training in communication and interpersonal skills, infection control, safety/emergency procedures, promoting residents’ independence and respecting patient rights.  The PCA works in the hospital setting as a member of the healthcare team under the direction of the nurse.  Duties include taking vital signs and assisting patients with basic tasks.

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Pharmacy Technician – ATD

Program Length: 1050 hours/approx. 10 months- full time

Pharmacy Technicians generally work under the supervision of a registered Pharmacist and perform tasks related to receiving, dispensing, distribution, control, maintenance, compounding, manufacturing, packaging and labeling of pharmaceutical products.

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Practical Nursing

Program Length: 1350 hours/approx. 12 months (full-time)

The Practical Nursing program prepares a person to participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care in hospitals and extended care facilities. Students are introduced to the clinical area early in the program. Theory and clinical procedures are integrated to reinforce learning. A certificate is issued at the successful completion of the program in accordance with State guidelines. Graduates are entitled to take the NCLEX-PN licensure examination. The Florida State Board of Nursing will issue a license to those who pass the examination.

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Industry Certification & State Credential Exams

Industry certifications make you more employable. You will be prepared to take an approved state and/or nationally recognized industry certification or licensure exam in your field of study.

College Credit Transfer Opportunity and/or Advanced Credit

Upon completion of the program and meeting eligibility requirements, including the attainment of an aligned industry credential, students may be awarded credits toward an Associate Degree by Broward College or the Florida College System. Students must enroll in Broward Collegewithin 2 years of completing their program at either Atlantic, McFatter or Sheridan Technical College. Additional college credit may be awarded with the attainment of additional industry credentials.