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Medical Assisting

Diploma Program All Campuses 8 Months – 720 Clock Hours – 47 Credit Units

In recent years the medical assisting profession has become indispensable to the health care field. Not only have physicians become more reliant on medical assistants, but their services are also being requested by hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, as well as medical supply businesses, home health agencies, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies. Medical assistants have become an important part of the health care team, and their responsibilities continue to expand as the need for their services grows.

The objective of the Medical Assisting program is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to qualify for entry-level positions as medical assistants. Since medical assistants are trained in both administrative and clinical procedures, they are capable of filling a variety of entry-level positions, including clinical or administrative assistant, medical receptionist, and medical insurance billing and coding specialists.

This training program is divided into seven learning units called modules. Each module, which consists of a theory section, a clinical/laboratory section, and a computer/keyboarding section, stands alone as a unit of study and is not dependent upon previous training.

Students may enter the program at the beginning of any module and continue through the sequence until all modules have been completed. Upon successful completion of the seven classroom modules and the comprehensive written and laboratory skills exam, students participate in a 160- clock-hour externship.

In each module the students study subject-related medical terminology and develop keyboarding skills on a computer. Completion of the Medical Assisting program, including the classroom training and externship, is acknowledged by the awarding of a diploma.

Module A Patient Care and Communication 80 6.0 Module B Clinical Assisting and Pharmacology 80 6.0 Module C Medical Insurance, Bookkeeping and Health Sciences 80 6.0 Module D Cardiopulmonary and Electrocardiography 80 6.0 Module E Laboratory Procedures 80 6.0 Module F Endocrinology and Reproduction 80 6.0 Module G Medical Law, Ethics, and Psychology 80 6.0 Module X Externship 160 5.0 PROGRAM TOTAL 720 47.0

Module A - Patient Care and Communication 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours Module A emphasizes patient care, including examinations and procedures related to the eyes and ears, the nervous system, and the integumentary system.

Students will have an opportunity to work with and review patient charts and perform front office skills related to records management, appointment scheduling, and bookkeeping. Students gain an understanding of the importance of communication (verbal and nonverbal) when working with patients both on the phone and in person. Students participate in positioning and draping of patients for various examinations. Students develop an understanding of basic anatomy and physiology of the special senses (eyes and ears), nervous and integumentary systems, common diseases and disorders, and medical terminology related to these systems. Students study essential medical terminology, build on keyboarding and word processing skills, and become familiar with the self-directed job search process by learning how to cultivate the right on-the-job attitude, assembling a working wardrobe and identifying the strategies it takes to become the best in your new job so that you can advance in your career. Prerequisite: None. Lec. Hrs. 040 Lab Hrs 040 Other Hrs. 000

Module B - Clinical Assisting and Pharmacology 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours Module B stresses the importance of asepsis and sterile technique in today’s health care environment. Students learn about basic bacteriology and its relationship to infection and disease control. Students identify the purpose and expectations of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) regarding disease transmission in the medical facility. Students become familiar with the principles and various methods of administering medication. Basic pharmacology, therapeutic drugs, their uses, inventory, and classification and effects on the body are included. Students participate in positioning and draping of patients for various examinations and prepare for and assist with minor office surgical procedures. Students gain an understanding of basic anatomy and physiology of the muscular system, common diseases and disorders, and medical terminology related to this system. Students study essential medical terminology, build on their keyboarding and word processing skills, and become familiar with the self-directed job search process by identifying their personal career objective, create a neat, accurate, well-organized cover letter, resume, and job application. Prerequisite: None. Lec. Hrs. 040 Lab Hrs. 040 Other Hrs. 000

Module C - Medical Insurance, Bookkeeping, and Health Sciences 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours Module C introduces students to the health care environment and office emergencies and first aid, with an emphasis on bandaging techniques for wounds and injuries. Students study medical insurance, billing and coding, bookkeeping procedures, accounts payable and receivable, financial management, banking, and check writing procedures that are essential to the successful operation of the medical office. Students develop an understanding of good health nutrition and weight control and strategies in promoting good health in patients. Students gain an understanding of basic anatomy and physiology of the digestive system, common diseases and disorders, and medical terminology related to this system. Students study essential medical terminology, build on their keyboarding and word processing skills, and become familiar with the self-directed job search process by developing career networking techniques that will assist you in being successful in the medical field. Prerequisite: None. Lec. Hrs. 040 Lab Hrs. 040 Other Hrs. 000 Module D - Cardiopulmonary and Electrocardiography 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours Module D examines the circulatory and respiratory systems, including the structure and function of the heart and lungs and diseases, disorders, and diagnostic tests associated with these systems. Students learn about the electrical pathways of the heart muscle in preparation for applying electrocardiography (ECG or EKG) leads and recording a 12-lead electrocardiogram. A cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course is taught which enables students to respond to cardiac emergencies. Students check vital signs and differentiate between normal values for pediatric and adult patients.

They obtain blood samples, and prepare syringes and medications for administration. Students study essential medical terminology, build on their keyboarding and word processing skills. Students become familiar with the self-directed job search process by identifying and demonstrating what a successful job interview contains and how to answer common interview questions accurately. Prerequisite: None. Lec. Hrs. 040 Lab Hrs. 040 Other Hrs. 000 Module E - Laboratory Procedures 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours Module E introduces Microbiology and laboratory procedures commonly performed in a physician’s office or medical clinic. Students learn specimen identification, collection, handling and transportation procedures, and practice venipuncture and routine diagnostic hematology. Maintenance and care of laboratory equipment and supplies are discussed. Students gain knowledge in radiology and nuclear medicine and become familiar with various radiological examinations and the patient preparation for these exams. Anatomy and physiology of the Urinary system, Blood and Lymphatic system, and the body's immunity including the structure and functions, as well as, common diagnostic exams and disorders related to these systems and HIV/AIDS. Students perform common laboratory tests, check vital signs, and perform selected invasive procedures. Students study essential medical terminology, build on their keyboarding and word processing skills, and become familiar with the self-directed job search by learning how to set their own career goals. Prerequisite: None. Lec Hrs. 040 Lab Hrs. 040 Other Hrs. 000 Module F - Endocrinology and Reproduction 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours Module F covers general anatomy and physiology, including an overview of the study of biology and the various body structures and systems. This module also identifies and examines the basic structural components and functions of the skeletal, endocrine and reproductive systems. Students learn about child growth and development, and how heredity, cultural and the environmental aspects affect behavior. Students gain an understanding about assisting in a pediatrician's office and learn the important differences that are specific to the pediatric field. Some of the skills students learn in this area are height, weight, measurements and restraining techniques used for infants and children. They check vital signs, assist with diagnostic examinations and laboratory tests, instruct patients regarding health promotion practices, and perform certain invasive procedures. Students study essential medical terminology, build on their keyboarding and word processing skills, and become familiar with the self-directed job search process by learning all about how to become and learn from mentoring. Prerequisite: None. Lec. Hrs. 040 Lab Hrs. 040 Other Hrs. 000 Module G - Medical Law, Ethics, and Psychology 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours Module G covers the history and science of the medical field, as well as, the medical assisting profession and how it fits into the big picture. Students gain an understanding of concepts related to patient reception and the medical office and preparing for the day. Students become familiar with what it takes to become an office manager and the responsibilities an office manager has to the office, the staff, and the physician. Students are introduced to medical office safety, security, and emergency provisions, and how they can best be dealt with. Students learn how to maintain equipment and inventory.

Computers in the medical office are discussed and how ergonomics plays an important role in the health of the staff and patients. Students learn how to provide mobility assistance and support to patients with special physical and emotional needs. Basic principles of psychology are discussed, as well as, psychological disorders and diseases and treatments available. Medical law and ethics and various physical therapy modalities are discussed. Students check vital signs, obtain blood samples, and prepare and administer intramuscular injections. Students study essential medical terminology, build on keyboarding and word processing skills, and become familiar with the self-directed job search process by learning how to dress for success. Prerequisite: None. Lec.

Hrs. 040 Lab Hrs. 040 Other Hrs. 000 Module X – Externship 5.0 Quarter Credit Hours Upon successful completion of Modules A through G, Medical Assisting students participate in a 160-hour externship at an approved facility. The externship provides the student an opportunity to apply principles and practices learned in the program and utilize entry level Medical Assisting skills in working with patients. Medical assisting externs work under the direct supervision of qualified personnel at the participating externship sites, and under general supervision of the school staff. Externs are evaluated by supervisory personnel at the site at 80- and 160-hour intervals. Completed evaluation forms are placed in the students’ permanent records. Students must successfully complete their externship experience in order to fulfill requirements for graduation. Prerequisite: None. Lec. Hrs. 000 Lab Hrs. 000 Other Hrs. 160

MEDICAL INSURANCE BILLING AND CODING Diploma Program All Campuses 8 Months – 720 Clock Hours – 47 Credit Units V2-0 Medical Insurance Billing and Coding professionals perform a variety of administrative health information functions, including those associated with organizing, analyzing, and technically evaluating health insurance claim forms and coding diseases, surgeries, medical procedures, and other therapies for billing and collection.

The objective of the Medical Billing and Coding Program is to provide the student with the appropriate didactic theory and hands-on skills necessary to prepare them for entry-level positions as medical insurance billers and coders in today’s health care offices, clinics, and facilities.

Students will study diagnostic and procedural terminology as it relates to the accurate completion of medical insurance claims. Utilizing a format of medical specialties, relevant terms will also be introduced and studied.

The Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Program is a 720 clock hour/47.0 credit unit course of study, consisting of seven individual learning units, called modules. Students are required to complete all modules, starting with Module MEDINTRO and continuing in any sequence until all seven modules have been completed. After the MEDINTRO Introductory Module is completed, the remaining six modules stand alone as units of study. If students do not complete any portion of one of these modules, the entire module must be repeated. Upon successful completion all modules, students participate in an externship. This consists of 160 clock hours of hands-on experience working either in a tutorial classroom setting called a practicum or in an outside facility in the field of medical insurance billing and coding.

Module MEDINTRO - Introduction to Medical Terminology, Keyboarding, Word Processing, 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours Basic Math, Insurance Coding, and Administrative Duties of Medical Personnel This module presents basic prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms, special endings, plural forms, abbreviations, and symbols. Also covered is medical jurisprudence and medical ethics. Legal aspects of office procedure are covered, including a discussion of various medical/ethical issues in today’s medical environment. Students will learn basic computer skills and acquire knowledge of basic medical insurance billing and coding. Students are provided exposure to computer software applications used in the health care environment including basic keyboarding, Word and Excel. In addition, basic guidelines and coding conventions in ICD-9 and CPT are covered with focus on the professional (outpatient) guidelines, as well as an introduction to the use of the coding reference books. Basic math is introduced. Career skills and development of proper study and homework habits are introduced as well as professionalism needed in the healthcare environment. Prerequisite: None. Lec Hrs: 040 Lab Hrs: 040 Other Hrs: 000 Module MIBCL – Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Diagnostic and Procedural 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours Coding of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems This module presents a study of basic medical terminology focused on the cardiovascular system and the lymphatic system. A word-building systems approach is used to learn word parts for constructing or analyzing new terms. Emphasis is placed on spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation.

Abbreviations are introduced as related terms are presented within the module. A study of the human body’s diseases and disorders, including signs, symptoms, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment, is accomplished following the modular subject areas. Students are provided exposure to computer software applications used in the health care environment, including medical billing software, Word and Excel. The major medical insurances and claims form processing is presented in an ongoing approach to build this skill set. It will include information on national and other common insurance plans as well as claim form completion and ICD and CPT coding. Problem solving and managed care systems will also be discussed. Daily financial practices to include patient fee determining, credit arrangements and

Bookkeeping and bank-keeping procedures will be discussed. Computer use in the ambulatory environment will also be taught. Basic and advanced guidelines and coding conventions in CPT will be taught with focus on the professional (outpatient) guidelines. The evaluation and management documentation guidelines will be discussed, as well as the proper use of modifiers. Basic guidelines and coding conventions in ICD-9-CM diagnosis coding and medical necessity with CPT pairing will be stressed, as well as the use of a natural language encoder program. Various aspects of pharmacology will be discussed including a study of the medications prescribed for the treatment of illnesses and diseases within the modular subject area. Included in this are drug actions and medication uses in relation to body systems and medical terminology. To prepare the student to comprehend the complexity of the health care system and the life cycle of a medical practice, areas that will be discussed include personnel management, compliance, technology, and the many roles of office management. Prerequisite: MEDINTRO Lec Hrs: 040 Lab Hrs: 040 Other Hrs: 000 Module MIBGU – Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Diagnostic and Procedural 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours Coding of the Genitorurinary System This module presents a study of basic medical terminology focused on the genitourinary system. A word-building systems approach is used to learn word parts for constructing or analyzing new terms. Emphasis is placed on spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation. Abbreviations are introduced as related terms are presented within the module. A study of the human body’s diseases and disorders, including signs, symptoms, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment, is accomplished following the modular subject areas. Students are provided exposure to computer software applications used in the health care environment, including medical billing software, Word and Excel. The major medical insurances and claims form processing is presented in an ongoing approach to build this skill set. It will include information on national and other common insurance plans as well as claim form completion and ICD and CPT coding. Problem solving and managed care systems will also be discussed. Daily financial practices to include patient fee determining, credit arrangements and bookkeeping and bank-keeping procedures will be discussed. Computer use in the ambulatory environment will also be taught. Basic and advanced guidelines and coding conventions in CPT will be taught with focus on the professional (outpatient) guidelines. The evaluation and management documentation guidelines will be discussed, as well as the proper use of modifiers. Basic guidelines and coding conventions in ICD-9-CM diagnosis coding and medical necessity with CPT pairing will be stressed, as well as the use of a natural language encoder program. Various aspects of pharmacology will be discussed including a study of the medications prescribed for the treatment of illnesses and diseases within the modular subject area. Included in this are drug actions and medication uses in relation to body systems and medical terminology. To prepare the student to comprehend the complexity of the health care system and the life cycle of a medical practice, areas that will be discussed include personnel management, compliance, technology, and the many roles of office management. Prerequisite: MEDINTRO Lec Hrs: 040 Lab Hrs: 040 Other Hrs: 000 Module MIBIE – Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Diagnostic and Procedural 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours Coding of the Integumentary and Endocrine Systems, and Pathology This module presents a study of basic medical terminology focused on the integumentary system, the endocrine system, and pathology. A wordbuilding systems approach is used to learn word parts for constructing or analyzing new terms. Emphasis is placed on spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation. Abbreviations are introduced as related terms are presented within the module. A study of the human body’s diseases and disorders, including signs, symptoms, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment, is accomplished following the modular subject areas. Students are provided exposure to computer software applications used in the health care environment, including medical billing software, Word and Excel. The major medical insurances and claims form processing is presented in an ongoing approach to build this skill set. It will include information on national and other common insurance plans as well as claim form completion and ICD and CPT coding. Problem solving and managed care systems will also be discussed. Daily financial practices to include patient fee determining, credit arrangements and bookkeeping and bank-keeping procedures will be discussed. Computer use in the ambulatory environment will also be taught. Basic and advanced guidelines and coding conventions in CPT will be taught with focus on the professional (outpatient) guidelines. The evaluation and management documentation guidelines will be discussed, as well as the proper use of modifiers. Basic guidelines and coding conventions in ICD-9-CM diagnosis coding and medical necessity with CPT pairing will be stressed, as well as the use of a natural language encoder program. Various aspects of pharmacology will be discussed including a study of the medications prescribed for the treatment of illnesses and diseases within the modular subject area. Included in this are drug actions and medication uses in relation to body systems and medical terminology. To prepare the student to comprehend the complexity of the health care system and the life cycle of a medical practice, areas that will be discussed include personnel management, compliance, technology, and the many roles of office management. Prerequisite: MEDINTRO Lec Hrs: 040 Lab Hrs: 040 Other Hrs: 000 Module MIBMS – Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Diagnostic and Procedural 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours Coding of the Musculoskeletal System This module presents a study of basic medical terminology focused on the musculoskeletal system. A word-building systems approach is used to learn word parts for constructing or analyzing new terms. Emphasis is placed on spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation. Abbreviations are introduced as related terms are presented within the module. A study of the human body’s diseases and disorders, including signs, symptoms, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment, is accomplished following the modular subject areas. Students are provided exposure to computer software applications used in the health care environment, including medical billing software, Word and Excel. The major medical insurances and claims form processing is presented in an ongoing approach to build this skill set. It will include information on national and other common insurance plans as well as claim form completion and ICD and CPT coding. Problem solving and managed care systems will also be discussed. Daily financial practices to include patient fee determining, credit arrangements and bookkeeping and bank-keeping procedures will be discussed. Computer use in the ambulatory environment will also be taught. Basic and advanced guidelines and coding conventions in CPT will be taught with focus on the professional (outpatient) guidelines. The evaluation and management

Documentation guidelines will be discussed, as well as the proper use of modifiers. Basic guidelines and coding conventions in ICD-9-CM diagnosis coding and medical necessity with CPT pairing will be stressed, as well as the use of a natural language encoder program. Various aspects of pharmacology will be discussed including a study of the medications prescribed for the treatment of illnesses and diseases within the modular subject area. Included in this are drug actions and medication uses in relation to body systems and medical terminology. To prepare the student to comprehend the complexity of the health care system and the life cycle of a medical practice, areas that will be discussed include personnel management, compliance, technology, and the many roles of office management. Prerequisite: MEDINTRO Lec Hrs: 040 Lab Hrs: 040 Other Hrs: 000 Module MIBRG – Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Diagnostic and Procedural 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours Coding of the Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Systems This module presents a study of basic medical terminology focused on the respiratory system and the gastrointestinal system. A word-building systems approach is used to learn word parts for constructing or analyzing new terms. Emphasis is placed on spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation. Abbreviations are introduced as related terms are presented within the module. A study of the human body’s diseases and disorders, including signs, symptoms, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment, is accomplished following the modular subject areas. Students are provided exposure to computer software applications used in the health care environment, including medical billing software, Word and Excel. The major medical insurances and claims form processing is presented in an ongoing approach to build this skill set. It will include information on national and other common insurance plans as well as claim form completion and ICD and CPT coding. Problem solving and managed care systems will also be discussed. Daily financial practices to include patient fee determining, credit arrangements and bookkeeping and bank-keeping procedures will be discussed. Computer use in the ambulatory environment will also be taught. Basic and advanced guidelines and coding conventions in CPT will be taught with focus on the professional (outpatient) guidelines. The evaluation and management documentation guidelines will be discussed, as well as the proper use of modifiers. Basic guidelines and coding conventions in ICD-9-CM diagnosis coding and medical necessity with CPT pairing will be stressed, as well as the use of a natural language encoder program. Various aspects of pharmacology will be discussed including a study of the medications prescribed for the treatment of illnesses and diseases within the modular subject area. Included in this are drug actions and medication uses in relation to body systems and medical terminology. To prepare the student to comprehend the complexity of the health care system and the life cycle of a medical practice, areas that will be discussed include personnel management, compliance, technology, and the many roles of office management. Prerequisite: MEDINTRO Lec Hrs: 040 Lab Hrs: 040 Other Hrs: 000 Module MIBSN – Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Diagnostic and Procedural 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours Coding of the Sensory and Nervous Systems, and Psychology This module presents a study of basic medical terminology focused on the sensory system, the nervous system, and psychology. A word-building systems approach is used to learn word parts for constructing or analyzing new terms. Emphasis is placed on spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation. Abbreviations are introduced as related terms are presented within the module. A study of the human body’s diseases and disorders, including signs, symptoms, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment, is accomplished following the modular subject areas. Students are provided exposure to computer software applications used in the health care environment, including medical billing software, Word and Excel. The major medical insurances and claims form processing is presented in an ongoing approach to build this skill set. It will include information on national and other common insurance plans as well as claim form completion and ICD and CPT coding. Problem solving and managed care systems will also be discussed. Daily financial practices to include patient fee determining, credit arrangements and bookkeeping and bank-keeping procedures will be discussed. Computer use in the ambulatory environment will also be taught. Basic and advanced guidelines and coding conventions in CPT will be taught with focus on the professional (outpatient) guidelines. The evaluation and management documentation guidelines will be discussed, as well as the proper use of modifiers. Basic guidelines and coding conventions in ICD-9-CM diagnosis coding and medical necessity with CPT pairing will be stressed, as well as the use of a natural language encoder program. Various aspects of pharmacology will be discussed including a study of the medications prescribed for the treatment of illnesses and diseases within the modular subject area. Included in this are drug actions and medication uses in relation to body systems and medical terminology. To prepare the student to comprehend the complexity of the health care system and the life cycle of a medical practice, areas that will be discussed include personnel management, compliance, technology, and the many roles of office management. Prerequisite: MEDINTRO Lec Hrs: 040 Lab Hrs: 040 Other Hrs: 000 Once a student has completed all modules, he or she will be placed in his or her final module of training, as chosen by the school administration, in an on-campus practicum experience or out in the field in an approved externship facility.

Module MIBE – Externship 5.0 Quarter Credit Hours Upon successful completion of Modules MIBINTRO. MIBCL, MIBGU, MIBIE, MIBMS, MIBRG, and MIBSN, medical insurance billing/coding students participate in a 160-hour externship. Students are expected to work a full-time (40 hours per week) schedule if possible. Serving in an externship at an approved facility gives externs an opportunity to work with the principles and practices learned in the classroom. Externs work under the direct supervision of qualified personnel in participating institutions and under general supervision of the school staff. Supervisory personnel will evaluate externs at 80 and 160-hour intervals. Completed evaluation forms are placed in the students’ permanent records. Students must successfully complete their externship training in order to fulfill requirements for graduation. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Modules MEBINTRO, MIBCL, MIBGU, MIBIE, MIBMS, MIBRG, and MIBSN. Lec Hrs: 000 Lab Hrs: 000 Other Hrs: 160

Patient Care Technician Diploma Program Fort Lauderdale, Miami Campuses 8 Months – 720 Clock Hours – 51 Credit Units V2-0 The Patient Care Technician Program is designed to train students to function safely and effectively as integral members of the health care delivery team. The program combines basic knowledge with applied skills mastered in both the classroom and the laboratory. In this multioccupational program, students are cross-trained to perform any number of clinical skills from performing basic patient care skills, to performing electrocardiograms, as an EKG Technician, to collecting laboratory specimens as a Phlebotomist, or to assisting a patient to walk for the first time, as a physical therapy aide.

The Patient Care Technician can expect to find employment opportunities in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, specialty and urgent care centers, long-term and skilled nursing facilities, and staffing agencies. In addition to being qualified to work as a Patient Care Technician and Home Health Aide, graduates of this program are also qualified to work as Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Aides, and EKG Technician.

The program is comprised of seven modular units of learning which are made up of 80 hours of combined theory and laboratory time and one module which is referred to “clinical rotation," for a total 160 hours. During this rotation, which is completed after all theory modules, students are given the opportunity to observe and become part of the health care team as they gain hands-on experience working side-by-side with other health care practitioners.

The Patient Care Technician program provides the student with the theory and hands-on applications required to perform the following tasks:

• Demonstrate the basic principles and practices of basic patient care and safety, home health care, physical therapy and occupational therapy, phlebotomy, electrocardiography, healthcare law and ethics, communications and interpersonal skills, clerical skills, and safety.

• Recognize, spell, define, and use appropriate medical terminology, words, and abbreviations as part of the study of anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and infection control.

• Use appropriate medical and surgical asepsis and patient care skills, including those required in infection control, including universal precautions, pre- and post-operative care, scrubbing, gowning, and gloving, body mechanics, personal care, bed-making, positioning, observational and charting skills, and basic laboratory, cardiology, physical therapy, and occupational therapy skills.

• Demonstrate skills to obtain CPR certification.

Module A – Basic Healthcare Concepts and Clerical Skills I 7.0 Quarter Credit Hours Module A provides the student with an overall understanding to the field of healthcare, particularly as it relates to the “multi-skilled” Patient Care Technician. At the end of the module, students will be able to discuss the various fields of healthcare, infection control, legal and ethical responsibilities, communication and interpersonal skills. Students will be able to identify and explain safety procedures, and skills involved in observations, recording and reporting. In this module, students will be given the opportunity to learn some of the basic clerical and administrative procedures required of the patient care technician in the hospital and health care environment. Prerequisite: None. Lec Hrs: 060 Lab Hrs: 020 Other Hrs: 000 Module B – Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology 8.0 Quarter Credit Hours Module B focuses on the study of anatomy and physiology and its associated terminology. At the end of the module, students will be able to identify the various body systems and through discussions, use the terminology associated with these systems. Students will be able to identify and discuss common disorders and diseases affecting each system. HIV/AIDS is also covered. Prerequisite: None. Lec Hrs: 080 Lab Hrs: 000 Other Hrs 000 Module C – Patient Care Skills I 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours Module C provides the student with the theory and hands-on application involved in providing basic patient care as is required as a patient care technician.

In some states, the training in this program readies the student for duties of a nursing assistant. Students will take and record vital signs, demonstrate skills for appropriate personal patient care, simulate procedures for admitting, transferring and discharging patients, and discuss restorative care and meeting the patients’ physical and psycho-social needs. Prerequisite: None. Lec Hrs: 040 Lab Hrs: 040 Other Hrs: 000 Module D – Patient Care Skills II 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours Module D provides the student with the theory and hands-on skills involved in providing advanced patient and home health care (Home Health Aide).

Students will acquire the skills to determine and discuss therapeutic diets, examine various methods to control infections, identify the components and functions of body mechanics, and simulate caring for the client/patient in the home care setting. Prerequisite: None. Lec Hrs: 040 Lab Hrs: 040 Other Hrs: 000

Module E – Electrocardiography and CPR 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours This module will provide the student with the theory and hands-on skills involved in electrocardiography and explore the profession. Students will perform the procedures and record electrocardiographs and demonstrate how to interpret basic EKG’s for possible abnormalities. CPR CERTIFICATION IS PART OF THIS MODULE. Prerequisite: None. Lec Hrs: 040 Lab Hrs: 040 Other Hrs: 000 Module F – Phlebotomy and Electrocardiography 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours Module F will provide the student with the theory and hands-on skills involved in phlebotomy and basic lab procedures. Students will explore the profession and perform basic laboratory skills. Students will draw blood samples, collect specimen samples and perform simple laboratory procedures.

Prerequisite: None. Lec Hrs: 040 Lab Hrs: 040 Other Hrs: 000 Module G – Physical and Occupational Therapy and Clerical Skills II 7.0 Quarter Credit Hours Module G will provide the student with the basic theory and hands-on applications involved in the field of physical therapy and occupational therapy as performed by the patient care technician, the physical therapy aide, and the occupational therapy aide. Students will identify various therapeutic modalities used in both physical therapy and occupational therapy. Students will use various types of communication devices, prepare medical bills, transcribe physician orders and perform computer-based advanced clerical skills. Prerequisite: None. Lec Hrs: 060 Lab Hrs: 020 Other Hrs 000 Module X – Externship 5.0 Quarter Credit Hours After the completion of Modules A-G, students will complete their clinical rotation. The student will apply what has been learned in the classroom and laboratory to “real-life” clinical facility tasks. Students may rotate through various departments within the clinical facility to perform tasks and observe, as appropriate. These experiences will include patient care units, physical therapy, cardiology, laboratory, central service, admitting and the business office areas. Students will work under the direct supervision of qualified personnel in participating institutions and under the general supervision of the PCT program staff. All students will be evaluated at the half-way point and the conclusion of the clinical experience. Patient care technician students must complete the clinical rotation in order to fulfill their requirements for graduation. Prerequisite: Modules A – G. Lec Hrs: 000 Lab Hrs: 000 Other Hrs: 160

Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program All Campuses 8 Months – 720 Clock Hours – 47 Credit Units V1-0 The Pharmacy Technician diploma program provides both technical and practical training which will enable the technician, upon certification, licensure or registration, to function as a competent entry-level pharmacy technician to the licensed pharmacist. The program provides the student with the basic knowledge of and practice in pharmacy calculations, drug distribution systems, and preparation of sterile dosage forms. Computer skills necessary in pharmacy practice will be utilized, and both pharmaceutical and medical terminology and anatomy and physiology are also covered. The program emphasizes theory, as well as hands-on practice, followed by an externship which prepares the student for the actual work setting. Upon completion of this program, the graduate will be fully prepared to take the national pharmacy technician certification exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Pharmacy services have expanded and grown at an accelerated rate, paving a new way for Pharmacy Technicians. It cannot be over emphasized how significant pharmacy technicians have become, upon pharmacy operations and the substantial part they play in the healthcare work force. As pharmacy services continue to grow, with new services being offered, new drugs entering the market, and comprehensive drug information becomes a necessity, the need for highly trained pharmacy technicians increases.

Many of the traditional pharmacy functions, once performed by pharmacists, are now being performed by pharmacy technicians. Today’s pharmacy technician has assumed a position which supports and enhances the progressive direction taken by pharmacy. The technician has also become the key person in assuring the smooth uninterrupted functioning of traditional pharmacy services.

Pharmacy is a dynamic field requiring an ongoing learning process. Graduates from this training program will become active participants in this growing field by exhibiting competence through knowledge and skills learned through the school.

Module A - Administration of Medications and Pharmacology of the Endocrine and Lymphatic Systems 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours This module is designed to provide the student with an overall understanding of medication administration, safety and quality assurance. Included in this course is an overview and historical development of pharmacy. Body systems are covered in this module which includes the endocrine and lymphatic systems, and medications used to treat conditions of the endocrine system. Repackaging and compounding will be discussed and performed. Included in this course is use of policy and procedure manuals, materials management of pharmaceuticals, the pharmacy formulary system, computer applications in drug-use control, receiving and processing medication orders. Preparation and utilization of patient profiles, handling medications, storage and delivery of drug products, records management and inventory control, and compensation and methods of payment for pharmacy services are discussed. Conversions and calculations used by pharmacy technicians will be discussed along with drug dosages in units and working with compounds, admixtures, and parenteral and IV medications. Hands-on skills in the laboratory practice setting are performed. Prerequisites: None. Lec. Hrs. 040 Lab Hrs. 040 Other Hrs. 000 Module B - Aspects of Retail Pharmacy and Pharmacology of the Nervous System 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours This module is designed to provide the student with responsibilities of a technician filling prescriptions, including the information required to fill prescriptions and typing the prescription label. This module also covers how to read a drug label. Medications for the nervous system are covered including a study of medications for neurological conditions, mental disorders and a discussion on muscle relaxants. This module will include C.P.R. certification. Hands-on skills in the laboratory practice setting are performed. Prerequisites: None. Lec. Hrs. 040 Lab Hrs. 040 Other Hrs. 000

Module C - History and Ethics of Pharmacy and Pharmacology of the Respiratory System & Nuclear and Oncology Pharmacy Practice 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours This module is designed to introduce the student to the professional aspects of working in pharmacy technology. Subjects covered include a history of and changing roles of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. This module covers the law and ethics of pharmacy which includes the Food and Drug Act, The 1970 Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, and other modern-day drug legislation. The respiratory system is discussed along with medications for respiratory tract disorders. Oncology agents are covered in this module along with HIV/AIDS. Calculations and dimensional analysis of drug dosages are covered. Hands-on skills in the laboratory practice setting are performed. Prerequisites: None. Lec. Hrs. 040 Lab Hrs. 040 Other Hrs. 000 Module D - Infection Control, Medication Errors and Alternative Medicine and Pharmacology of the Integumentary System and Senses 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours This module covers pharmacy technician registration and certification, including professionalism and communication in the pharmacy setting. Over-thecounter medications, vitamins and skin care products are discussed in this module. Medications for the integumentary system are covered along with a discussion on medication calculations for the elderly. Also covered in this module are medications used for disorders of the eyes and ears. Students learn the most common medication errors, alternative medication and food & drug interactions. Hands-on skills in the laboratory practice setting are performed. Prerequisites: None. Lec. Hrs. 040 Lab Hrs. 040 Other Hrs. 000 Module E - Administrative Aspects of the Pharmacy Technician & Pharmacology of the G.I. and Muscular System 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours In this module, emphasis is placed on the role and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician regarding parenteral dosages, including using proportion in calculating drug dosages for pediatrics. This module is designed to provide the student with an overall understanding of the administrative aspects and hands-on applications involved in working in a pharmacy. Medications for the G.I. and musculoskeletal system are covered along with medications for disorders of the musculoskeletal system, as well as a study of general operations of pharmacies at different settings. Subjects covered include safety in the workplace, using computers in the pharmacy, communications and interpersonal relations within the pharmacy. Students will learn about migraine headaches, analgesics and drugs for NSAID. Use of computers in the pharmacy practice setting are covered. Hands-on skills in the laboratory practice setting are performed. Prerequisites: None. Lec. Hrs. 040 Lab Hrs. 040 Other Hrs. 000 Module F - Aspects of Hospital Pharmacy and Pharmacology of the Urinary and Reproductive System 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours This module is designed to provide the student with an overall understanding of anatomy and physiology as it relates to the urinary and reproductive systems. Students will learn common tasks performed by pharmacy technicians in the hospital practice setting, including policies and procedures, responsibilities of the inpatient pharmacy technician, and specific state requirements regulating the use of pharmacy technicians in various states. Students will familiarize themselves with intravenous flow rates of large volume and small volume IV, infusion of IV Piggybacks, and the use of a Heparin lock.

Critical Care flow rates and automated medication dispensing systems are discussed and calculated. Hands-on skills in the laboratory practice setting are performed. Prerequisites: None. Lecture Hours: 40.0 Lab Hours: 40.0 Other Hours: 0.0. Module G - Home Health Care, Pharmacy Operations and Pharmacology of the Cardiovascular, Circulatory and Skeletal System 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours This module is designed to familiarize the student with all aspects of home health care, mail order pharmacy/E-Pharmacy, and long term care pharmacy.

Also covered in this module is drug distribution systems utilized in the pharmacy to include pharmacy stocking and billing, inventory and purchasing. This module will provide students with the understanding of the cardiovascular, circulatory and skeletal system and discuss medications for circulatory disorders and medications for the skeletal system. Hands-on skills in the laboratory practice setting are performed. Prerequisites: None. Lec. Hrs. 040 Lab Hrs. 040 Other Hrs. 000 Module X - Clinical Externship 5.0 Quarter Credit Hours This 160-hour module is designed to provide the student with supervised, practical hands-on and observational experiences in the working pharmacy.

Students will be expected to gain experiences in either a hospital pharmacy or a community (retail) pharmacy. Students will gain exposure to “on-the-job” experiences and training in the pharmacy setting and practice of skills, gaining experiences in all aspects of drug preparation, and distribution utilized by participating sites. Prerequisite: Completion of Modules A-G. Lec. Hrs. 000 Lab Hrs. 000 Other Hrs. 160

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST Diploma Program Hialeah and Kendall Campuses 13 Months – 122 Clock Hours – 76.5 Credit Units V1-0 The surgical technologist possesses the appropriate expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. In order to gain an understanding of the theory and the hands on skills required of the surgical technologist, this 1220-hour program is based upon those skills required of today’s Certified Surgical Technologist and ARC-ST.

Students must document a total of eighty (80) procedures in the first scrub solo role or with assist and fifty-five (55) of theses procedures must be in the five core areas of General, Orthopedics, ENT, Gynecology and Genitourinary. The twenty five (25) remaining procedures will be in the specialty areas. The clinical case requirements must meet the Core Curriculum for Surgical Technology, 5th Ed. Upon successful completion of the entire course of study, students are awarded a Diploma in Surgical Technology, and are eligible to take the national certification exam, sponsored by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). The NBSTSA awards certificates to those who demonstrate their theoretical and practical knowledge by passing the national surgical technologist examination. Graduates who pass this exam earn the distinction of being able to work as a CST, or Certified Surgical Technologist.

The objective of the Surgical Technologist Program is to provide the student with the appropriate didactic theory and hands-on skills in required and necessary, to prepare them for entry level positions as certified surgical technologists in today's health care centers clinics, and facilities. The goal and objective of this 1220-hour program is preparation of the student to be a competent entry level Surgical Technologist by achievement and demonstration of learning within the following three domains; cognitive (knowledge), affective (behavior), and psychomotor (skills).

The Surgical Technologist program provides the student with the theory and hands-on applications, upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will be required to perform the following tasks:

• Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and practices of surgical technology, including how it relates to the operating room environment, medical law and ethics, communications and interpersonal skills, and safety.

• Recognize, spell, define, and use appropriate medical terminology as part of the study of anatomy and physiology, physics, electricity, robotics, computers, microbiology and infection control.

• Use appropriate medical and surgical asepsis and patient care skills, including those required in universal precautions, pre- and postoperative care, scrubbing, gowning, and gloving, surgical positioning, and draping and prepping a patient for surgery.

• Demonstrate an understanding of surgical pharmacology, including anesthesia, drugs and solutions, use, care, and precautions in drugs, drugs used before, during, and after surgery, and how to deal with surgical emergencies requiring emergency drugs.

• Identify the names, use, and handling of surgical supplies, instruments, and operating room furniture and equipment.

• Accurately create and maintain an instrument count.

Demonstrate the surgical technologist's role as it relates to "scrubbing in" for the following cases: those involving diagnostic procedures, general surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, obstetrics and gynecological surgery, genitourinary surgery, ear, nose, and throat surgery, ophthalmic surgery, plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, thoracic surgery, and cardiovascular and peripheral vascular surgery.

Module A – Principles and Practices of Surgical Technology 8.0 Quarter Credit Hours This course is designed to provide the student with an overall understanding and orientation to the field of surgical technology. Included in this course are professional responsibilities and relations, interpersonal relationships and communication skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, the operating room environment, and safety. Prerequisite: None. Lec. Hrs. 080 Lab Hrs.000 Other Hrs. 000 Module B -- Anatomy and Physiology I 8.0 Quarter Credit Hours This course is designed to provide the student with an overall study of the human body and its parts including the structures and functions of the integumentary, cells and tissues, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, digestive, urinary system, fluids and electrolytes and acid-base balance. Prerequisite: None. Lec. Hrs. 080 Lab Hrs. 000 Other Hrs. 000 Module C -- Anatomy II and Microbiology 8.0 Quarter Credit Hours This course is designed to provide the student with an overall study of the human body and its parts including the structures and functions of the reproductive, pregnancy, growth and development, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune system, and HIV/AIDS. Prerequisite: None. Lec.

Hrs. 080 Lab Hrs. 000 Other Hrs. 000 Module D -- Surgical Technology Clinical I-A: Asepsis and Patient Care Skills 5.0 Quarter Credit Hours This course is designed to provide the student with an overall understanding and orientation to the field of surgical technology. Included in this course are professional responsibilities and relations, interpersonal relationships and communication skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, the operating room environment, and safety. Prerequisite: None. Lec. Hrs. 020 Lab Hrs. 060 Other Hrs. 000 Module E -- Surgical Pharmacology 8.0 Quarter Credit Hours This course is designed to provide the student with an overall understanding and orientation to the field of surgical technology. Included in this course are professional responsibilities and relations, interpersonal relationships and communication skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, the operating room environment, and safety. Prerequisite: None. Lec. Hrs. 080 Lab Hrs. 000 Other Hrs. 000 Module F -- Surgical Technology Clinical I-B: Instrumentation and Equipment 5.0 Quarter Credit Hours This course is designed to provide the student with an overall understanding of the theory and the hands-on applications involved in the use and maintenance of surgical instruments and equipment. Prerequisite: None. Lec. Hrs. 060 Lab Hrs. 020 Other Hrs. 000 Module G -- Clinical Rotation I – Central Supply 2.5 Quarter Credit Hours This 80-hour module is designed to provide the student with supervised, practical hands-on and observational experiences in the clinical area. As part of the experience, students may rotate throughout various departments within the clinical area. (Student must complete modules A through F prior to taking this module). Prerequisite: Completion of Modules A through F. Lec. Hrs. 0000 Lab Hrs. 000 Other Hrs. 080 Module H -- Surgical Procedures I: Mock Surgery Practicum I 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours This course is a study of the Introduction to surgical procedures, and general surgery (gastrointestinal surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, breast, thyroid and hernia surgery). This course also introduces robotics and principles of physics and electricity. Prerequisite: None. Lec. Hrs. 040 Lab Hrs. 040 Other Hrs. 000 Module I -- Surgical Procedures II: Mock Surgery Practicum II 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours This course is a study of obstetrics and gynecology, Genitourinary surgery, otorhinolarygologic surgery, ophthalmic surgery. Prerequisite: None. Lec. Hrs. 040 Lab Hrs. 040 Other Hrs. 000 Module J -- Surgical Procedures III: Mock Surgery Practicum III 6.0 Quarter Credit Hours This course is a study of plastic surgery, and burns, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, and orthopedic surgery. Prerequisite: None. Lecture Hours: 040 Lab Hours: 040 Other Hours: 000 Module X -- Clinical Rotation II 14.0 Quarter Credit Hours This 420-hour module is designed to provide the student with supervised, practical hands-on and observational experiences in the clinical area of the operating room. Students may also rotate throughout various departments within the clinical area. (Student must complete modules A through I prior to taking this module). Prerequisite: Completion of Modules A through I. Lec. Hrs. 000 Lab Hrs. 000 Other Hrs. 420
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