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Central Sterile Processing Technician

Central Sterile Processing Technician

Program Length:
650 hours (approximately 6 months – full time)

Course Content:

This program is designed to train and prepare students to work as sterile processing or central supply technicians in a hospital or surgical out-patient setting.  Students will be taught a variety of skills and competencies to effectively decontaminate, prepare, disinfect and sterilize instrument trays for surgical procedures.  Students will also learn the various methods of inventory control and how to manage the storage and distribution of sterile supplies and patient care equipment.

Dental Assisting Technology & Management (ATD)

Dental Assisting Technology & Management (ATD)

Program Length:
1230 hours (approximately 12 months – full time)

Course Content:

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 techniques. Students will be trained in infection control procedures, disease prevention, dental procedures and instruments and business office procedures.

Upon successful completion of the program and in accordance with state guidelines, students are issued an Applied Technology Diploma (ATD) in Dental Assisting Technology and Management with Expanded Duties and Dental Radiography.

Electrocardiograph Technology

Electrocardiograph Technology

Program Length:
465 hours (approximately 4 months – full time)

Course Content:

This program teaches students to become EKG/Cardiovascular technicians who can work in a variety of healthcare facilities including hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and physicians’ offices.  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 anantomy 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.  A clinical experience is offered along with classroom simulation of various technical procedures.

Hemodialysis Technician

Hemodialysis Technician

Program Length:
600 hours (approximately 6 months – full time)

Course Content:

Students are taught the skills necessary for employment as hemodialysis technicians or dialysis technicians. Hemodialysis technicians have been members of the dialysis team since the beginning of the dialysis program. They 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.

Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting

Program Length:
1300 hours (approximately 12 months – full time)

Course Content:

Students are taught the skills and techniques necessary to become a Medical Assistant and obtain employment in a variety of healthcare facilities. This multi-skilled health professional is trained in clerical and medical office procedures, phlebotomy, EKG, X-Ray, basic patient care techniques and laboratory procedures. Medical assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices and clinics of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and optometrists running smoothly. They are involved in direct patient care and assist the physician or other health professional during examinations.

Medical Coder/Biller

Medical Coder/Biller

Program Length:
1110 hours (approximately 10 months – full time)

Course Content:

Students are taught the skills and knowledge necessary for employment as entry-level coder/billers. The main role of a medical coder/biller is to review patient medical records and assign codes to diagnoses and procedures performed by healthcare providers so that the treating medical facility can bill insurance companies for reimbursement.  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.

Mental Health Technician

Mental Health Technician

Program Length:
480 hours (approximately 5 months full-time)

Course Content:

The purpose of the program is to prepare students for employment as Mental Health Technicians, Psychiatric Aids or Technicians, and Nursing Assistants.  Mental Health Technicians work in a variety of healthcare facilities under the supervision of a psychiatrist, registered nurse, counselor or social worker and participate in the development and implementation of basic nursing care and therapeutic treatment plans for patients with mental health issues.  Students will receive training in physical assessment, psychiatric and substance abuse disorders, developmental disabilities, health/wellness education, emergency and crisis intervention, and basic nursing assistant skills.  Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the opportunity to take the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) examination given by the Florida Board of Nursing.

Orthopedic Technology

Orthopedic Technology

Program Length:
800 hours (approximately 8 months – full time)

Course Content:

Students will be taught the skills and techniques necessary to be employed working with orthopedic physicians to treat patients in a variety of health care settings. The program provides 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. Graduates may be employed in hospitals, clinics, and private practice offices.

patient care technician

Patient Care Technician

Program Length:
600 hours (approximately 6 months – full time)

Course Content:
The Patient Care Technician is a multi-skilled healthcare worker who, under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse, carries out the essential basic bedside nursing functions.  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 restorative skills.

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician (ATD)

Program Length:
1050 hours (approximately 10 months – full time)

Course Content:

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. Currently, pharmacy technicians are responsible for routine tasks previously performed by pharmacists and for mastering new pharmacy technology as it becomes available. Opportunities for advancement may vary with the pharmacy technician’s employer. Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn an Applied Technology Diploma (ATD).

Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing (PN)

The Daytime Program is offered at the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Campus

1701 NW 23rd Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, 33311

Course Content:

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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