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WE ARE THE HEALERS

We serve our community through the principles and best practices of the Health Sciences. We are the nurses, dental hygienists, surgical technologists, nutritionists, pharmacists, sonographers, health information technicians, patient care assistants, radiographers, respiratory therapists, massage therapists, medical assistants and ophthalmic medical technologists.


2019 Information Sessions


  • January 15, 2020—Wednesday—3:00 p.m.
  • February 5, 2020—Wednesday—3:00 p.m.
  • February 26, 2020—Wednesday—3:00 p.m.
  • March 18, 2020—Wednesday—4:30 p.m.

     

    Submit the Medical Assisting Limited Access Application. This must be received by Admissions Office no later than the application deadline date. Applications will also be distributed at the Information Sessions.

    Location: ETA257, Education & Training Center on Lake Worth Campus. 
    Corner of Lake Worth Road and Congress.

    Contact: B. Kalfin, Program Director at 561-868-3562, or e-mail kalfinb@palmbeachstate.edu

    Info Sessions Flyer

The Patient Care Assistant Information Session for the Spring 2020 application cycle is open. Please click the "electronic info session" video and student guide link and complete the electronic session by the program application deadline. 

The application deadline for the spring session is November 15, 2019.

 

 

 

Please review the information session content thoroughly, and complete the "electronic information session quiz" by selecting the link at the end of the presentation. You must submit a complete quiz with 100% in order to receive credit for attending the session. You can take the quiz multiple times. Students' PCA applications will NOT be accepted for the application cycle unless they submit an information session quiz score report with an 100%.

Students must attend one electronic information session per application period. Quizzes will not transfer over to the following application term.

 

The application deadline for the LPN program entry in Spring 2020 is: November 15, 2019

The Spring 2020 RN Electronic Information session is now opened.

Please click on the video below to view the information session. Students may also click on the green box below to download the presentation and follow along with the video.

 

Students will be required to view the Information Session in its entirety, and complete the Information Session Quiz by clicking on the link at the end of the presentation.

You must submit a complete quiz with 100% along with your PN application in order to receive credit for attending the session.

Students must attend one electronic Information Session per application period. Quizzes will not transfer over to the following application term.

While waiting for the next Practical Nursing application period, students are urged to begin completing their application requirements, including testing.

Requirements for the Practical Nursing program are listed below

Application  checklist

All students applying to the Practical Nursing program are required to attend one Information Session.

Your application will not be complete unless you:

  • Submit the online College application if you are a first-time Palm Beach State student.
  • Arrange for the submission of official transcripts from your high school, GED or validated foreign equivalent, as well as college transcript(s), if applicable.
  • Arrange to take the Test of Adult Basic Education. (TABE is not required for admission, but must be taken before classes begin, unless exception criteria are met.)
  • Arrange to take the HESI A2 Exam with the Testing Center at Palm Beach State.
  • Submit the one-page Practical Nursing Limited Access Application. (Must be received by Admissions Office no later than the application deadline date.)


After submitting your application

To monitor your Limited Access Program Application Status:

  1. Go to www.palmbeachstate.edu/Pantherweb.
  2. Log on using your Palm Beach State student ID number and pin.
  3. This takes you to your student Panther Web page.
  4. Click on "Limited Access Application status."

Acceptance/Registration

Applicants who are selected will be notified approximately two weeks after the deadline date. If an applicant is selected and does not complete the registration process, the applicant must reapply and is not guaranteed acceptance in any subsequent selection process.

The provisional acceptance notice will include:

  • Registration information
  • Medical exam form
  • Criminal Background Check (includes Social Security number verification)
  • Drug screen form
  • Level 2 FDLE Fingerprinting Form
  • Date of Mandatory Orientation

After admission, the above documentation must be on file with the Practical Nursing Program Office. All students are conditionally accepted and will be required to obtain Criminal Background Checks Drug Screenings, and Fingerprinting (at their own expense) prior to the start of class. Further information will be provided when admitted into the Practical Nursing Program. Failure to provide such documentation will result in termination of application.

To apply, please download and read the Practical Nursing Limited Access Application, or attend a MANDATORY Practical Nursing Information Session. The practical nursing information session covers:

  • Full details on entry requirements and steps for meeting requirements
  • Instructions on completing necessary applications for both the College and program
  • Review of applicant point system for selection
  • Information regarding program requirements and student expectations

Please note: All students meeting minimum program application requirements are encouraged to apply. However, meeting criteria for selection does not guarantee admission and not all applicants will be accepted. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool.

The Fall 2020 RN Electronic Information session is now opened.

Please click on the video below to view the information session. Students may also click on the green box below to download the presentation and follow along with the video.

Application Deadline is May 15, 2020

 

Students will be required to view the Information Session in its entirety, and complete the Information Session Quiz by clicking on the link at the end of the presentation.

You must submit a complete quiz with 100% along with your RN application in order to receive credit for attending the session.

Students must attend one electronic Information Session per application period. Quizzes will not transfer over to the following application term.

 The entry deadlines for the Transition RN program are: 

  • Fall term Entrance: June 1st
  • Summer term Entrance: March 30th
  • Spring term Entrance: October 1st

Note: Application information is part of the electronic Information Session

The Transition RN Electronic Information session is now opened.

Please click on the video below to view the information session. Students may also click on the green box below to download the presentation and follow along with the video.

Nursing Students practicing skills during skills lab class

 

 

You must submit a completed quiz with 100% along with your Transition RN documentation in order to receive credit for attending the session.

Students must attend one electronic Information Session per application period. Quizzes will not transfer over to the following application term.

 

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Please continue to check back. We will update our schedule for the fall semester.


Request Information

Need information regarding a program? Please visit the "Your Leadership Team" section and email the Department Chair of the program.

For other information, contact our Enrollment Center.


Request a Tour

Prospective students are encouraged to tour the PBSC campus(es) that interest them. Recruiters and student leaders will guide you and answer your questions. Families and groups are welcome.

Academic Advisors

Students are urged to maintain contact with their advisors to be certain they are on track to complete their program of study. Students assume ultimate responsibility for course selection.

Meet the Leadership Team

Know your Leaders

Edward Willey
Dean of Academic Affairs
Interim Dean of Health Sciences

Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Edward Willey

Julia Steff
Department Chai
Health Information Technology & Associate Professor
Campus: Loxahatchee Groves
Email:Julia Steff

Colleen Bradshaw
Department Chair, Dental Assisting & Associate Professor
Campus: Lake Worth
Email:Colleen Bradshaw

Judith A. McCauley
Department Chair, Dental Hygiene & Associate Professor
Campus: Lake Worth
Email:Judith A. McCauley

Marie Hogan
Clinical Coordinator, Dental
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Marie Hogan

Barbara Kalfin
Program Director, Medical Assisting
Campus: Lake Worth
Email:Barbara Kalfin

Jane Fisher
Program Director, Surgical Technology
Campus: Lake Worth
Email:Jane Fisher

Deborah Copeland
Director of Nursing
Campus: Lake Worth
Email:Deborah Copeland

Carol Morejon
Associate Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Campus: Lake Worth
Email:Carol Morejon

Michele Villanucci
Administrative Assistant II to the Associate Dean
Campus: Lake Worth
Email:Michelle Villanucci

Rebecca Allen
Administrative Assistant II, Dental
Campus: Lake Worth
Email:Rebecca Allen

Maribel Lozano
Administrative Assistant II,
Medical Assisting & Surgical Technology

Campus: Lake Worth
Email:Maribel Lozano


Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN)

A BSN degree prepares licensed Registered Nurses (RN) for advancement into administrative and supervisory positions in the nursing and health care fields.


2019-2020 RN-BSN Program Start Dates


Session Start dates

Application Deadline

All Supporting Documents Due

New Students Orientation

Semester Length

Spring 2020 Session

January 6, 2020

November 8, 2019

December 5, 2019

January 3, 2020

16 weeks

Summer (C) 2020 Session

May 18, 2020

April 8, 2020

May 4, 2020

May 14, 2020

12 weeks

Fall 2020 Session

August 20, 2020

July 15, 2020

August 8, 2020

August 19, 220

16 weeks

 

AT A GLANCE

The Palm Beach State College Registered Nursing (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program seeks to prepare the registered nurse intellectually, professionally and culturally for the health care field and further education. The program is designed to provide the registered nurse (RN) with the necessary education that allows progression in their careers, such as gaining entry into management positions or admission to graduate nursing programs. The RN-BSN program prepares students with the necessary research skills to engage in evidence -based nursing care.

 

Steps on how to Apply to the RN to BSN Program

You may enroll in a BSN program throughout the school year, at the start of each session. There are 16-week sessions during the fall and spring terms and a 12-week session during the summer term.

Note: The RN to BSN program is a Limited Access Program

Limited access status is justified where student demand exceeds available resources (student/faculty ratios, instructional facilities, equipment, or specific accrediting requirements). Limited Access programs have separate admissions processes and selection criteria. Any student meeting minimum program application requirements is encouraged to apply; not all applicants will be accepted


Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the (RN-BSN) Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, the student must have earned, at a minimum:

  • An earned A.S./A.A.S. degree in Nursing from an institution regionally/ nationally accredited institution by a U.S. Department of Education agency.
  • Please note: non-nursing courses must also be from a regionally/nationally accredited institution
  • 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or higher
  • Current, unencumbered Registered Nursing License from the State of Florida or Multistate Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC)
  • Nurses who are graduates of diploma programs are also eligible

Please Note:

  1. Students will also have to meet the common prerequisite courses as defined by the State of Florida for the RN-BSN degree.
  2. If you obtained your Associate degree of Science in Nursing (ASN, previous nursing credits) from a non-NLNAC/ACEN/CNEA accredited school, we do not guarantee that these nursing credits are transferrable to a University. We can only guarantee the 36 BSN credits. 

Steps on How to Apply

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (BSN)

You may enroll in a BSN program throughout the school year, at the start of each session. There are 16-week sessions during the fall and spring terms and a 12-week session during the summer term.

Follow these steps to apply to our BSN program:

The BSN program is a Limited Access program, in which both program admission and registration in program classes are restricted to a certain number of students meeting predetermined criteria. Limited access status is justified where student demand exceeds available resources (student/faculty ratios, instructional facilities, equipment, or specific accrediting requirements). Limited Access programs have separate admissions processes and selection criteria. Any student meeting minimum program application requirements is encouraged to apply; not all applicants will be accepted.

Step 1 – Applying

  • Current Palm Beach State College students (applied/enrolled within the last year) may complete a Program Objective change through their PantherWeb account (through the Advising - change program of study tab). Please allow 48 business hours for processing.
  • New and returning students (never attended or have not applied/enrolled within the last year) may complete a  college credit application online.

Apply for financial aid (optional) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov


Step 2 – Activate Your Palm Beach State Email

  • Activate your student email account located on the home page of PantherWeb
  • All communications, including admissions status, will be sent to your Palm Beach State email


Step 3 – Transcripts

All Limited Access programs require all college transcripts be officially received by Palm Beach State College as part of the stated acceptance criteria. You are encouraged to send in your transcripts early due to the 6-8 week waiting period for transcript evaluation.

  • Submit high school and all college transcripts. Florida public high school, college, and/or university transcripts should be sent electronically via the Florida Automated System for Transferring Electronic Records (FASTER). Secure PDF Transcripts should be sent to transcriptevaluation@palmbeachstate.edu. Please note: The high school transcript may be waived for admissions purposes if a student has earned an Associate, Bachelor, or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution. However, to verify that Foreign Language was taken in high school, an official high school transcript is required.
  • You are responsible for verifying that your transcript(s) have been received by Palm Beach State College: Log onto PantherWeb, click on the Records tab at the top of the page and select Transcripts Received to verify.
  • Students with college credit from colleges outside the U.S. must have a course-by-course commercial evaluation from an accredited company at www.NACES.org/members.htm or www.aacrao.org.
  • Visit the Transcript Request page for additional transcript request information.


Step 4 – Advising

Meet with a Bachelor's Academic Advisor to discuss degree requirements.


BSN Academic Advisor Contact Info

Hilary Ashmen, Bachelor's Academic Advisor
Phone: 561-868-4105

Please note: You are encouraged to meet with a Bachelor's Academic Advisor regarding program requirements. Examples of requirements include, but are not limited to, foreign language and program course requirements.


Have an Admissions Question?

Contact:

Hilary Ashmen,  Interim Admissions Advisor
Phone: 561-868-4105

PROGRAM INFO

Program Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Tel: 404-975-5000


Student Achievement Outcome Data

Employment Post Graduation-August 2019: 100%

Completion Rate-July 1, 2018-August 2019: 98%

Retention Rate-August 2019: 96.54%

Licensure Pass Rate: NA

Program Length
Students may complete this program in three to six semesters. For a complete course sheet and course sequencing,

Courses from AA/AS/AAS Degree & General Education
Courses Credits Total Credits
RN Core Courses 15 15
Concentration Courses 30 30
Lower Level Division Elective 3 3
General Education Courses (transferable) 36 36

There is also a Foreign Language Graduation Requirement

 

Upper Division Common Core Courses and Pre/Co-Requisite Courses
Course Number Course Title Pre/Co-Requisite Course(s) Credits Total
NUR3069 Advanced Health Assessment Prerequisite: Acceptance into the BSN program
Co-requisite: NUR3825
3 3
NUR3119 Heritage of Nursing Concepts/Theories Prerequisite: Acceptance into the RN-BSN program
Co-requisite: NUR3069 and NUR3825
3 3
NUR3125 Advanced Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice Prerequisite: Acceptance into the RN-BSN program
Co-requisite: NUR3119
3 3
NUR3825 Transitional Nursing Role Perspectives Prerequisite: Acceptance into the RN-BSN program
Co-requisite: NUR3069
3 3
NUR3164 Nursing Research and Informatics Prerequisite: NUR 3069 and NUR 3119 and NUR 3125 and NUR3825
Co-requisite: NUR3678 and NUR 4636C and NUR4827C
3 3
NUR3678 Nursing Care for the Geriatric Patient and other Vulnerable Populations Prerequisite: NUR 3069 and NUR3119 and NUR3825
Co-requisite: NUR3125 and NUR4827C
3 3
NUR4636C Community Health Nursing Prerequisite: NUR3069 and NUR3119 and NUR3125 and NUR3825
Co-requisite: NUR3164 and NUR3678 and NUR4827C
3 3
NUR4827C Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing Prerequisite: NUR3069 and NUR3119 and NUR3825
Co-requisite: NUR3125 and NUR3678
3 3
NUR4107 Nursing Perspectives/Global Trends Prerequisite: NUR3069 and NUR3119 and NUR3125 and NUR3164 and NUR3678 and NUR3825 and NUR4636C and NUR4827C
Co-requisite: NUR 4655 and NUR4847 and NUR4945
3 3
NUR4655 Nursing in a Multicultural Society Prerequisite: NUR3069 and NUR3119 and NUR3125 and NUR3164 and NUR3678 and NUR4636C and NUR4827C
Co-requisite: NUR4847
3 3
NUR4847 Clinical Decision Making/Critical Thinking Prerequisite: NUR3069 and NUR3119 and NUR3125 and NUR3678 and NUR3825 and NUR4827C
Co-requisite: NUR3164 and NUR4636C
3 3
NUR4945 Capstone Experience: Nursing Prerequisite: Department approval required 3 3

 


Total Upper Division Common Core Credits: 36

Total All Credits: 120

4 Courses per Semester - Finish in 3 Semesters

First Semester

  • NUR3825 (Transitional Nursing Role Perspectives)
  • NUR3069 (Advanced Health Assessment)
  • NUR3119 (Heritage of Nursing Concepts/Theories)
  • NUR3125 (Advanced Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice)

Second Semester

  • NUR3678 (Nursing Care for the Geriatric Patient and other Vulnerable Populations)
  • NUR4827C (Leadership & Management in Professional Nursing)
  • NUR3164 (Nursing Research & Informatics)
  • NUR4636C (Community Health Nursing)

 

Third Semester

  • NUR4847 (Clinical Decision Making/Critical Thinking)
  • NUR4655 (Nursing in a Multicultural Society)
  • NUR4107 (Nursing Perspectives/Global Trends)
  • NUR4945 (Capstone Experience: Nursing)

 

 

3 Courses per Semester - Finish in 4 Semesters

First Semester

  • NUR3825(Transitional Nursing Role Perspectives)
  • NUR3069(Advanced Health Assessment)
  • NUR3119(Heritage of Nursing Concepts/Theories)

Second Semester

  • NUR3125(Advanced Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice)
  • NUR3678(Nursing Care for the Geriatric Patient and other Vulnerable Populations)
  • NUR4827C(Leadership & Management in Professional Nursing)

Third Semester

  • NUR3164(Nursing Research & Informatics)
  • NUR4636C(Community Health Nursing)
  • NUR4847(Clinical Decision Making/Critical Thinking)

Fourth Semester

  • NUR4655(Nursing in a Multicultural Society)
  • NUR4107(Nursing Perspectives/Global Trends)
  • NUR4945(Capstone Experience: Nursing)

 

2 Courses per Semester - Finish in 6 Semesters

First Semester

  • NUR3825(Transitional Nursing Role Perspectives)
  • NUR3069(Advanced Health Assessment)

Second Semester

  • NUR3119(Heritage of Nursing Concepts/Theories)
  • NUR3125(Advanced Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice)

Third Semester

  • NUR3678(Nursing Care for the Geriatric Patient and other Vulnerable Populations)
  • NUR4827C(Leadership & Management in Professional Nursing)

First Semester

  • NUR3825(Transitional Nursing Role Perspectives)
  • NUR3069(Advanced Health Assessment)

Second Semester

  • NUR3119(Heritage of Nursing Concepts/Theories)
  • NUR3125(Advanced Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice)

Third Semester

  • NUR3678(Nursing Care for the Geriatric Patient and other Vulnerable Populations)
  • NUR4827C(Leadership & Management in Professional Nursing)

 

 


Program Costs

Costs are approximate and subject to change. Please refer to the current College catalog for tuition rates per clock hour. Scrubs, name badge, FDLE Screening (Criminal Background and Drug Screening), Physical Examination, Immunizations, NBSTSA Certification Examination are at the student’s own expense (all mandatory). The estimated program costs are as follows:

RN to BSN program cost
Category Cost
Tuition (in‐state resident) $4,422.60
Textbooks (approximate) $2,000.00
Miscellaneous $492.00
Total Cost $6,914.60

Financial Aid is available for this program, and it is recommended that you apply early. You can apply online at www.palmbeachstate.edu/FinancialAid.


Location
The program is offered online except for the preceptorship hours to be completed for NUR 4636C and NUR 4827C. The program is listed under the Loxahatchee Campus


JOB OUTLOOK FOR BSN

What is the Employment Outlook for an RN?
Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

This is due to an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population.

Nurses held about3 million jobs in 2016. About 61 percent of RNs worked in hospitals, 18 percent in ambulatory healthcare services,7 percent in nursing residential care facilities, and 5 percent in government, and 3 percent in educational services.

Nurses in the hospital setting usually work in shifts, covering all 24 hours. They may work nights, weekends, and holidays.

Nurses who work in offices, schools, and other places that do not provide 24-hour care are more likely to work regular business hours. In 2016, about 1 out of 6 registered nurses worked part time.


What is the Average Salary of an RN?
The median annual wage for registered nurses was $71,730 in May 2018. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $50,800, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $106,530.

 

For more information regarding salary and job outlook for RNs, please visit theDepartment of Labor and Statisticswebsite.


 

Links

For More Information
Hilary Ashmen, ashmenh@palmbeachstate.edu, (561) 868-4105

Dr. Louise Aurelien,  aureliel@palmbeachstate.edu, (561) 868-4115

 


Associate in Arts (AA) Degrees

The Associate in Arts transfer degree equals the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. By earning your A.A. degree at PBSC, you are guaranteed admission to one of Florida's public universities to complete your bachelor’s degree. You also may transfer to certain private institutions or PBSC bachelor's programs. Our A.A. degree tracks will help guide you in selecting general education and elective courses that fit your desired major and the requirements of your chosen transfer school. Always work with your PBSC academic advisor in making your final choices.


AT A GLANCE

Exercise Science and Health Promotion is generally the study of human movement in an effort to improve physical fitness and mental wellness.

Students entering this field will aim to help people maintain and/or improve their health and quality of life. Examples could include:

  • Evaluating individuals' abilities, needs, and physical conditions, and developing suitable training programs to meet any special requirements.
  • Care for athletic injuries, using physical therapy equipment, techniques, or medication.
  • Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and nutrition monitoring.
PROGRAM COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the AA track.

Option 1:

15 to FINISH: 4 semesters with 15 credits per semester

Semester Courses maps below

Option 2:

FLEX to FINISH: 6+ semesters with 6-11 credits per semester.

Semester Courses maps below


ONCE YOU COMPLETE THE PROGRAM

Palm Beach State College's Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree track is designed for the student who plans to transfer to a Florida public university or state college as a junior to complete a bachelor's degree.

At PBSC, you'll find a wide selection of health science programs - all leading to exciting, fast-growing careers in the health care field.

Exercise Science and Health Promotion graduates can go on to pursue jobs such as physical therapy, nutritionist, personal training, health education specialist, sports therapist and health and wellness coordinator.

AT A GLANCE

Students looking into Health Sciences usually have an interest in pursuing a career in health care. Learn from Palm Beach State's experienced professionals in state-of-the-art facilities.

PROGRAM COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the AA track.

Option 1:

15 to FINISH: 4 semesters with 15 credits per semester

Semester Courses maps below

Option 2:

FLEX to FINISH: 6+ semesters with 6-11 credits per semester.

Semester Courses maps below


ONCE YOU COMPLETE THE PROGRAM

Palm Beach State College's Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree track is designed for the student who plans to transfer to a Florida public university or state college as a junior to complete a bachelor's degree.

At PBSC, you'll find a wide selection of health science programs - all leading to exciting, fast-growing careers in the health care field.

Health Science graduates can go on to pursue jobs such as pharmacy technician, occupational therapist, physician assistant and health care communications.

 
AT A GLANCE

The nursing program at Palm Beach State College focuses on nursing as a caring and humanistic discipline. Nursing encompasses evidenced-based practice, the use of critical thinking and commitment to life-long learning.

The goals are to improve the overall health and wellness, to enhance the quality of life, and to meet the needs of our diverse community.

PROGRAM COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the AA track.

Option 1:

15 to FINISH: 4 semesters with 15 credits per semester

Semester Courses maps below

Option 2:

FLEX to FINISH: 6+ semesters with 6-11 credits per semester.

Semester Courses maps below

 


ONCE YOU COMPLETE THE PROGRAM

Palm Beach State College's Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree track is designed for the student who plans to transfer to a Florida public university or state college as a junior to complete a bachelor's degree.

At PBSC, you'll find a wide selection of health science programs - all leading to exciting, fast-growing careers in the health care field.

Nursing graduates can go on to pursue jobs such as licensed practical nurses (LPN), clinical lab technician, personal care aid, medical sonographers and nursing researcher.

 
AT A GLANCE
Nutritional Science generally includes studying food choices, exercise science and nutrition education. Students entering this field of study will learn about various medical conditions and learn how to install changes to improve overall health.

 

PROGRAM COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the AA track.

Option 1:

15 to FINISH: 4 semesters with 15 credits per semester

Semester Courses maps below

Option 2:

FLEX to FINISH: 6+ semesters with 6-11 credits per semester.

Semester Courses maps below

 


ONCE YOU COMPLETE THE PROGRAM

Palm Beach State College's Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree track is designed for the student who plans to transfer to a Florida public university or state college as a junior to complete a bachelor's degree.

At PBSC, you'll find a wide selection of health science programs - all leading to exciting, fast-growing careers in the health care field.

Nutritional Science graduates can go on to pursue jobs such as health promotion specialist, nutritionist, food technologist, dietitian and herbalist.

 
AT A GLANCE

Pharmaceutical Science covers a broad range of topics including drug discovery and how it's delivered to patients, clinical sciences, pharmacology, drug regulation and analysis.

Pharmaceutical Scientists improve the quality of life for people by discovering and developing new drugs. Employment by pharmaceutical companies, laboratories and research facilities are common.

PROGRAM COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the AA track.

Option 1:

15 to FINISH: 4 semesters with 15 credits per semester

Semester Courses maps below

Option 2:

FLEX to FINISH: 6+ semesters with 6-11 credits per semester.

Semester Courses maps below


ONCE YOU COMPLETE THE PROGRAM

Palm Beach State College's Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree track is designed for the student who plans to transfer to a Florida public university or state college as a junior to complete a bachelor's degree.

At PBSC, you'll find a wide selection of health science programs - all leading to exciting, fast-growing careers in the health care field.

Pharmaceutical Science graduates can go on to pursue jobs such as clinical scientist, hospital pharmacist, drug analyst and pharmaceutical scientist.

 

Associates in Science (AS) Degrees

Career-oriented A.S. degree programs prepare you for immediate entry into the workforce or transfer into Palm Beach State College's bachelor's degree programs. Transfer to certain bachelor's degree programs at other colleges and universities is possible as well.


AT A GLANCE

Please read Application Checklist below, and don't forget to attend one of our Information Sessions!

Application Deadline: June 1, 2020
Fall classes start August 2020
This is a Limited Access Program


The program leads to an A.S. degree and is approximately 21 months in length, not including the time necessary to complete the General Education and Natural Science program required courses.

The Dental Hygiene Program begins with the fall term of each year, and is structured as a daytime program only.

 

 

 

What is a Dental Hygienist?

Dental Hygienists are licensed oral health care professionals who focus on preventing oral diseases and protecting teeth and gums by treating patients directly. They perform varied responsibilities, ranging from dental cleanings to x-rays administration to patient education. Dental hygienists enjoy being in high demand, creating their own schedules, and earning a good income.

Dental Hygiene as a Career

  • Dental Hygienists are licensed, preventive oral health care professionals who provide educational, clinical, research, administrative and therapeutic services that support total health by promoting optimal oral health.
  • Dental Hygienists work in a variety of settings such as private dental offices, hospitals, managed care organizations, federal and state municipal health facilities, long-term care facilities, nursing homes and schools.
  • Licensed Dental Hygienists work as clinical practitioners, educators, researchers, administrators/managers, consultants and business owner/operators.
  • Changes to our overall health system make this one of the fastest growing, high demand health professions, and employment opportunities are excellent.

Job Prospects

  • A rewarding career for caring people, dental hygiene is also one of the nation's most in-demand occupations.
  • Employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow 38 percent through 2020. This projected growth ranks dental hygienists among the fastest growing occupations, in response to increasing demand for dental care and the greater use of hygienists.
  • The median annual wage of dental hygienists was $68,250 in May 2010.

What does a dental hygienist do?

A dental hygienist is a health care professional who deals with the oral health of people. Each state has its own regulations regarding licensing and the range of services performed by dental hygienists. Some of the common duties of a dental hygienist are:

  • perform oral health care assessments, including oral cancer screening
  • keep patients' dental and health history
  • take dental radiographs (x-rays)
  • remove plaque and calculus ("tartar") from gumline using dental instruments
  • apply cavity-preventive agents such as fluorides to the teeth
  • administer local anesthetic
  • educate patients on proper oral care techniques to maintain healthy teeth and gums

However, there are other jobs performed by dental hygienists, including working as researchers, educators, consultants and administrators.

Preparation and Requirements

Training begins by enrolling in an accredited dental hygiene education program at a college or university. Palm Beach State's Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA CODA)www.ada.organd approved by the Florida State Board of Dentistry (FBOD)floridasdentistry.gov.

After graduation, you are required to take a writtennational board examinationand astate or regional clinical examinationbefore you are licensed to practice. The "RDH" or Registered Dental Hygienist credential identifies a dental hygienist as a licensed oral health professional.

  • Palm Beach State's Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA CODA) www.ada.org and approved by the Florida State Board of Dentistry (FBOD) floridasdentistry.gov.
  • This limited access, two-year program begins yearly in late August (fall term). The program itself is approximately 21 months in length, not including the time necessary to complete the required General Education and non-technical program core courses. It is structured as a daytime program only and offered on the Lake Worth campus.
  • Students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene program provide preventive dental treatment to community patients in our state-of-the-art dental clinic on the Lake Worth campus as part of the core curriculum.
  • Successful completion of the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination qualifies graduates to take a state or regional licensing exam, which is required for licensure
  • Graduates are awarded an Associate in Science degree in Dental Hygiene.
  • This program transfers into Palm Beach State College's Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management. For more information, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/programs/Bachelor.
  • In addition, transfer agreements with other colleges and universities allow students to transfer course or program credit into a four-year program. For information on transfer agreements, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/transfer.

When you also consider our experienced and credentialed instructors, small class sizes and up-to-date dental facilities, you will see why Palm Beach State is the smart place to start your Dental Hygiene career.

Program Start Date:

The Dental Hygiene program has fall entry only:

Application Deadline:

Fall classes start in mid-August

Program Length:21 months in length, not including the time necessary to complete the required Natural Sciences and General Education courses.

Program Credit Hours:

The program consists of:

  • Program Required Natural Sciences courses= 18 credits
  • Required General Education courses= 18 credits
  • Required program courses = 52 credits
  • Total = 88 credits

Program Location:Lake Worth campus (4200 Congress Ave.)

Program Schedule:Monday - Friday; full-time days. Program cannot be taken part-time. Classes and labs are held during the day, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., with some variation according to semester.

Number of Seats:Approximately 24 students are accepted into the program once a year. Classes begin each Fall term.

Point System for Selection:

Once all general admission criteria have been satisfied, a point system is utilized for selection of students to the program. In the event of a tie, the Natural Science GPA will be used.

Point System
Classes required to enter the program Points awarded
Average of Natural Science Program Required Courses(No rounding of scores.) 2.0-4.0 points
Completion of Required General Education Courses (With a grade of "C" or higher.)  
Mathematics Requirement (see Area III General Education Courses) 1 point
Humanities Requirement (see Area II General Education Courses) 1 point
ENC1101 College Composition I 1 point
PSY2012 General Psychology 1 point
SPC1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 point
SYG2000 Introduction to Sociology 1 point

 

Extra points available to applicant
Status Points awarded
College Degree (Associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution) 1 point
U.S. Veteran (applicant must submit copy of DD214 indicating honorable discharge) 1 point
Palm Beach County Resident ( Applicant must attach copy of current government identification or Florida State identification/Drivers License with Palm Beach County address to earn points) 2 points
Maximum Points Possible 14 POINTS

 


Please Note: all general education courses must be completed with a "C" or better by the application deadline in order to be awarded a point in that area.

Instructors and Facilities:Students receive instruction by credentialed dental professionals. Laboratory and clinical classes are held in a state of the art dental clinic located on the Lake Worth campus.

Program Costs:As a public institution, Palm Beach State's tuition is affordable--see Student Costs. Tuition and other costs also are reviewed at our Information Sessions.

Financial Aid:Financial aid is available for this program and it is recommended that you apply early at www.palmbeachstate.edu/FinancialAid. In addition, there are a limited number of scholarships available through the Palm Beach State College Foundation (www.palmbeachstate.edu/Foundation).

Graduation Diploma:Graduates will receive an Associate in Science degree in Dental Hygiene.

Professional Licensure:Successful completion of the National Board Dental Hygiene Written Examination qualifies graduates to take a state or regional licensing clinical exam which is required for licensure.

Accreditation:The programs in dental assisting and dental hygiene are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission's web address is: www.ada.org/en/coda

The program is also approved by the Florida State Board of Dentistry for the purpose of providing continuing/advanced education and expanded duties training for Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants. www.floridasdentistry.gov

Program Curriculum:Please see Program Information Sheet for more details on Dental Hygiene courses, including links to course descriptions.

Required Course Sequence
Note: All Natural Science and General Education Program Required Courses must be completed with a "C" or higher by the application deadline date.

Associate in Science degree in Dental Hygiene (AS 2151)
Costs are approximate & subject to change.

The program consists of:

  • Required Natural Sciences = 18 credits
  • General Education = 18 credits
  • Required program courses = 52 credits
  • Total = 88 credits

Tuition Rates(Per Credit and Clock/Contact Hour)

 

Dental Hygiene Program Costs:
Expense First Year Second Year
Dental Hygiene First Year Second Year
Tuition (see above) 31 credits 21 credits
Textbooks $1000.00 $1000.00
Uniforms $300.00 $100.00
Instruments $2500.00 $2000.00
Miscellaneous $1000.00 $2000.00
Total (estimate) $15,000.00    

What is a Limited Access Program?

A Limited Access program is one where both program admission and registration in program classes arerestricted to a certain number of students meeting pre-determined criteria.

Any student meeting minimum program application requirements is encouraged to apply to the Dental Hygiene program. The Dental Hygiene program accepts approximately 24 students each fall term; not all applicants will be accepted. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool.

Application Checklist

Your application will not be complete unless you:

  • Submit the Dental Hygiene Limited Access Application. Must be received by Admissions Office no later than the application deadline date of June 3, 2019. (Download, print and read this document.)
  • Submit the onlineCollege applicationif you are a first-time Palm Beach State student.
  • Arrange for the submission of official transcripts from your high school, GED or validated foreign equivalent, as well as college transcript(s), if applicable.
  • All applicants must submit placement test scores that meet minimum requirements for entrance into college level English and mathematics courses; otherwise required remedial work (including any and all necessary college preparatory courses) must be successfully completed. Successful completion (C or higher) of a minimum of three college credits each in mathematics and English courses may be used in lieu of placement scores.
  • All students accepted into the program must have completed all required natural science courses with a grade of C or higher by the application deadline of June 3, 2019.

BSC2085 - Anatomy/Physiology I (Lecture)

BSC2085L - Anatomy/Physiology I (Lab)

BSC2086 - Anatomy/Physiology II(Lecture)

BSC2086L - Anatomy/Physiology II (Lab)

MCB2010 - Microbiology (Lecture)

MCB2010L - Microbiology (Lab)

HUN1201 - Elements of Nutrition

CHM - Any level transferable Chemistry

  • General Education courses must be completed with a "C" or higher by the application deadline in order to be awarded selection point in that area.

Mathematics Requirement

Humanities Requirement

ENC1101 - College Composition I

PSY2012 - General Psychology

SPC1017 - Fundamentals of Speech Comm.

SYG2000 - Introduction to Sociology

After submitting your application
To monitor your Limited Access Program Application Status:

  1. Go towww.palmbeachstate.edu/Pantherweb.
  2. Log on using your Palm Beach State student ID number and pin.
  3. This takes you to your student Panther Web page.
  4. Click on "Limited Access Application status."

Acceptance/Registration
Applicants who are selected will be notified approximately two weeks after the deadline date. If an applicant is selected and does not complete the registration process, the applicant must reapply and is not guaranteed acceptance in any subsequent selection process.

The provisional acceptance notice will include:

  1. Registration information
  2. Medical exam form
  3. Criminal Background form - includes Social Security number verification
  4. Controlled Substances and Alcohol screening forms
  5. Date of Mandatory Orientation

After admission, the above documentation must be on file with the Dental Health Services Coordinator's Office.

Students are required to obtain a criminal background check and controlled substance and alcohol screenings (at their own expense) prior to the start of class. Failure to provide such documentation will result in termination of application.

* Please Note: The Dental Hygiene Limited Access Application contains:

  • Full details on entry requirements and steps for meeting requirements
  • Instructions on completing necessary applications for both the College and program
  • Review of selection process
  • The Dental Hygiene program application; online College application must also be completed for first-time students.

All students meeting minimum program application requirements are encouraged to apply. However, meeting criteria for selection does not guarantee admission and not all applicants will be accepted. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool.

Health Science Contact Information
Name Title Office Phone Number
TBA Associate Dean ETA 150 561-868-3744
Michele Villanucci Administrative Assistant ETA 149 561-868-3745

 

Office Mail Station: MS #60

Fax Number: 561-868-3296

Dental Health Services Contact Information
Name Title Office Phone Number
Rebecca Allen, NRDA Administrative Assistant DH 109 561-868-3746
Marie Hogan, CDA, BA Clinical Coordinator DH 107 561-868-3752

Kathleen Rooney

CDA, Dental Assisting Department

Clinician DH 210 561-868-3754

Patricia Gilbert

Dental Hygiene Department

Clinician DH 120.5 561-868-3756

Colleen Bradshaw

CDA, MHS

Chair Dental Assisting Program & Associate Professor DH 101 561-868-3196

Judith A. McCauley

RDH, MA

Chair Dental Hygiene Program & Associate Professor DH 102 561-868-3758

Lydia Duffey

CDA, RDH, MSHS

Associate Professor DH 127.2 561-868-3751

Corey B. Lietzke

CDA, BA

Assistant Professor DH 106.2 561-868-3611

Marilee McGaughey

RDH, MSDH

Associate Professor DH 106.1 561-868-3759

Jennifer Medina, RDH, DMD

Professor I DH 127.1 561-868-3750

 

 

Office Mail Station: MS #32

Fax Number: 561-868-3753
PROGRAM INFO

What is required to enroll?

You must hold a standard high school diploma or GED.

Accreditation

Accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA CODA)www.ada.organd approved by the Florida State Board of Dentistry (FBOD)floridasdentistry.gov.

 

Program Length

2-year program begins yearly in late August (fall term). The program itself is approximately 21 months

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

 

Information Sessions

Attend an information session

 

Contact Us

Dental Health Services Coordinator, (561) 868-3752

 

Directions

The Dental Health building is on the northwest corner of the main campus.

  • Enter at main Congress Ave. entrance (at traffic light between Sixth Ave. South and Lake Worth Rd.).
  • Once on the campus, take the first left. At the stop sign, turn right.
  • The Dental Health (DH) building is the one-story building on the right.
  • Park in the Copper parking lot directly across from the building.

 


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Medicine and Dentistry— Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Customer and Personal Service— Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language— Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology— Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Biology— Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
AT A GLANCE

The Sonography program at Palm Beach State College offers students two options: 1) an Associate in Science degree and 2) a College Credit Certificate. Both options prepare students to enter the profession as competent, entry-level diagnostic medical sonographers.

Through classroom, lab and clinical experience, the Sonography program develops technical proficiency through extensive hands-on practice and exposure to real-world medical settings. Students graduate ready to start rewarding careers as vital members of the medical imaging team.

 

Program Options

Associate in Science degree

(77 credit hours): The A.S. degree is designed for individuals who do not have a degree or have not met the General Education requirements.

College Credit Certificate
(47 credit hours): The CCC program is the technical core of
the A.S. degree and is designed for individuals who already have a degree or have otherwise met the General Education requirements as outlined for the A.S. degree.


The diagnostic medical sonographer works with other health care practitioners in the management, control and care of patients referred for ultrasound studies.

Sonographers use high frequency sound waves to demonstrate body parts and assist physicians in the diagnosis of medical abnormalities. The sonographer must have an exceptional understanding of human anatomy and an artistic, creative, self-directed approach for locating and demonstrating anatomy and pathology.

 
The Sonography Program is fully accredited by theCommission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida 33763: Telephone number 727-210-2350, upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). This peer review organization is nationally accepted for setting standards for education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
 

Completion Rate - 2017

This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. The program's completion rate for 2017 was 93%.


Credentialing Examination Pass Rate - 2017

This is the number of students that pass the (ARDMS) American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography certification examination.

OB/GYN pass rate was 67% for 2017.

ABD pass rate was 91% for 2017.


Job Placement Rate

The program's job placement rate was 85% for 2017.


Professional Certification

 

Graduates from this accredited program are eligible to take national board exams administered by theAmerican Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography(ARDMS). This organization is accepted as a credentialing agency for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the United States.

Only graduates of CAAHEP-accredited programs are eligible to take the national board exams administered by ARDMS. Most employers require this professional certification.

Program Location

Classes and labs are held in the Lewis Center on the Palm Beach Gardens campus, 3160 PGA Blvd. Clinical rotation assignments take place at various local hospitals and physician practices.


Program Costs

Tuition costs for the Sonography program options are based on credit hours. The A.S. degree is 77 credit hours and the CCC is 47 credit hours. SeeTuition & Feesfor current credit hour rate.

Other costs include books, laboratory fees, uniforms, liability insurance and professional association membership dues, which total approximately $950. Transportation costs for driving to clinical training sites typically range from $750-$1,250 (gas, oil, maintenance).

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available and it is recommended that you apply early atwww.palmbeachstate.edu/FinancialAid.
In addition, there are a limited number of scholarships available through the Palm Beach State College Foundation:www.palmbeachstate.edu/Foundation.

Sonography students scan their classmates under the supervision of Professor Patty Braga.

 

Student sonographer places the transducer on her classmate’s abdomen, which send sound waves into the body that bounce off tissue, creating “echoes.” Ultrasound technology converts these echoes into the images seen on the screen, which are then evaluated by a physician, typically a radiologist.

 

Simulation Technology

In order to build skills in recognizing medical conditions, students also perform scans using a life-size female mannequin and simulation technology. The technology lets them discover abnormalities and compare the 2-D ultrasound images against 3-D anatomical images on a split screen. This helps students think critically about anatomy, physiology and disease processes and hones their ability to look at 2-D images, yet think 3-D.

The ability to look at the 2-D image on the screen, but think 3-D, is a crucial skill in capturing the correct images. Sonographers use a transducer to send sound waves into the body, which bounce off tissue, creating “echoes.”

The ultrasound technology converts these echoes into images that the sonographer sees on the screen. The images indicate the various tissue densities at different levels within the body as the sound travels down. In order to get good images, the sonographer must angle the transducer perpendicular to the area of interest so that the sound waves bounce straight off. That’s where independent and intuition comes into play. Thinking in 3-D, sonographers must be resourceful in order to position the patient in such a way that creates the optimal images.

Using the Vimedix™ OB/GYN Simulator, students scan a life-size female mannequin with a transducer and are able to see a 20-week fetus with realistic fetal and maternal anatomy and a range of abnormalities. Instructors have the option to hide the name of the pathology from the students to test their understanding.

 

On the Vimedix computer screen, students view high-resolution, real-time ultrasound images (right) simultaneously with 3-D anatomical images in a split screen mode.

 

Real-World Clinical Experiences

In addition to hands-on practice in the lab, all students are assigned to four clinical sites during their time in the program. Sites include hospitals, clinics and private practices in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Hendry and Okeechobee counties.

Through the use of a life-size mannequin and simulation technology, students practice finding abnormalities they otherwise would not have the opportunity to see in a lab setting.

 

This close-up of the computer screen shows the 3-D anatomical image (left) next to 2-D ultrasound image of same body part.

 

Professor Patty Braga, PBSC Sonography department chair, explains methods used to prepare students.

Read the article inContact magazineabout Professor Patty Braga, department chair. Discover how this pioneer in the field started her career and developed the Sonography program.

Note: The Sonography Program is a limited access program. Meeting admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program

  • Attend a mandatory Sonography open house information session;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  • Proof of completion of two-year allied health education program from an accredited institution that is patient care related. Examples include but are not limited to: radiography, respiratory therapy, nursing, dental hygienist and paramedic with the "required classes for selection consideration"(see below);
    OR
  • Proof of completion of an allied health education program from an accredited institution that is patient care related but less than two years, including but not limited to: CNA and EMT with the "required classes for selection consideration" (see below);
    OR

  • Completion of a basic Nursing Assistant or Patient Care Assistant course from an accredited institution and the "required classes for selection consideration" (see below); (Program MUST have a documented clinical component)

*REQUIRED CLASSES for selection consideration:

ENC1101 English Composition I or
SPC1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication,
College Algebra (or higher course from Mathematics - Area III)
Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab completed within the last 10 academic years.

**& Applied Physics (students who have completed an accredited radiology program may use radiographic physics to fulfill the applied physics)

Palm Beach State College
Edward M. Eissey Campus
Admissions Office
3160 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410-2893.

PROGRAM INFO
Program Accreditation
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756,
Tel: (727) 210-2350.

Duration and Location

Total program credits: 47.

This is a four-semester curriculum that begins in Fall term each year. The courses are sequential and involve practical experience in local hospitals and clinics. Full-time commitment begins in the fall term.

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.


SKILLS & ABILITIES
  • Ability to effectively operate sonographic equipment.
  • Ability to evaluate sonograms in order to acquire appropriate diagnostic information.
  • Ability to integrate diagnostic sonograms, laboratory results, patient history and medical records, and adapt sonographic examination as necessary.
  • Ability to use independent judgment to acquire the optimum diagnostic sonographic information in each examination performed.
  • Ability to evaluate, synthesize, and communicate diagnostic information to the attending physician.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the patient and the health care team, recognizing the special nature of sonographic examinations and patient's needs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and health care team.
  • Ability to follow established departmental procedures.
  • Ability to work efficiently and cope with emergency situations.
Physical Requirements
  • Emotional and physical health sufficient to meet the demands of the position.
  • Strength sufficient to: lift some patients, move heavy equipment on wheels (up to approximately 500 lbs), and to move patients in wheelchairs and stretchers.
  • Ability to maintain prolonged arm positions necessary for scanning.

Employment in a Clinical Setting
  • Students may be employed in a clinical setting outside regular educational hours, provided the work does not interfere with regular academic responsibilities.
  • The work must be non-compulsory, paid, and subject to standard employee policies. Outside work CANNOT be used as clinical time.
  • Any agreement for service work is between the employer and student, and the College has no responsibility for the student's actions while not acting as a student.

 

LINKS

 

 
AT A GLANCE

This is the only A.S. degree program in Palm Beach County accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (www.cahiim.org). CAHIIM is the credentialing body of the American Health Information Management Association (www.ahima.org).

Your Pathway to the RHIT Credential
Only graduates of CAHIIM-accredited programs may sit for the national exam to become a Registered Health Information Technician — the leading professional credential. We recommend that you sit for theRHITnational credentialing exam as soon as possible after you graduate.


Every time you receive health care, a record of your treatment is generated. This information includes your medical history, physician notes and diagnoses, lab test results and much more. Medical records serve as the vital link between health care providers, patients and insurance companies—and impact the quality of care patients receive.

Health Information professionals maintain medical records, both paper and electronic, ensuring records are complete, accurate, accessible and secure. They are experts in managing health information, overseeing health care computer systems, and translating medical records into alphanumeric codes for billing and reimbursement purposes.

Driving the growth of health information careers is the worldwide transition from paper to electronic health records (EHR). In the U.S., the federal government has mandated that health care facilities and medical practices make this transition. As a result, health information professionals enjoy competitive salaries and are in demand by all types of health care organizations, including hospitals, insurers, public health agencies, research institutions, medical practices and clinics.

Want to learn more about Palm Beach State's Health Information programs?

Attend an Online Information Session:

Health InformationTechnology A.S.

Medical Information Coder/Biller C.C.C.

Health Informatics Specialist C.C.C.

Healthcare Documentation / Transcription

 

See how you can start a new career by becoming credentialed as a:

  • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) in the Health Information Technology A.S. degree program
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) in the Medical Information Coder/Biller program
  • Certified Healthcare Technical Specialist (CHTS) (formerly HIT Pro) in the Health Informatics Specialist program
  • Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT) / Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) in the Healthcare Documentation / Transcription program

Admission Process
Admission to all Health Information programs requires a standard high school diploma or GED.


How to Apply
Applying to the Health Information programs is done in steps.

Step 1 - Apply to the College.

Step 2 – Enroll and complete courses with a “C” or better.

Step 3 –Submit the Health Information Program Agreement to be allowed to enroll in restricted courses (HIM1282C, HIM1210C, HIM1012C, HIM251C, and HIM2652C). See the link listed below.

After Acceptance - You receive notification of approval for enrollment if you meet the requirements. You will then be able to enroll as you would for any other course.


Step 1: Apply to the College (application and complete instructions)
Note: Current Palm Beach State students should not reapply. Instead, complete the Program Objective form and submit to the Admissions Office.

Additional Instructions:

You must complete an online information session and ELO1000 Blackboard Orientation to be accepted into the controlled access program.

Application Tips:

Check the Academic Calendar for term and session start dates and give yourself enough time to apply.

Once you apply, activate your Palm Beach State Email
All communications, including admissions status, will be sent to your Palm Beach State email.

For more detailed instructions and questions complete an online information session which provides specific details about each program.


Step 2: Enroll in General Education/Foundation courses
The 2018/2019 academic year requires the completion of the following:

  • Program online Information Session (links are above in the drop down menu)
  • ELO1000 Blackboard Orientation
  • Program Online Orientation - includes completion of Health Information Student guide forms:
    • Ethical Agreement
    • Confidentiality Agreement
    • Disciplinary Procedure
    • Acknowledgement of Receipt of the Program Guide for Health Information Programs
    • HIT only - Acknowledgement of Student Responsibilities for Professional Practice Experience

It is highly recommended that you complete all the General Education for your selected program before entering the core courses of your program. If you do not complete the General Education this can limit your options for core courses because many of the General Education courses are prerequisites to the core courses. Please contact the program department chair for educational planning of core courses.


Step 3: Submit Program Agreement
(You will complete the paperwork in your HIM1000C Introduction to Health Information Management course)

In order to enroll in core curriculum classes (HIM1282C, HIM1210C, HIM1012C, HIM2510C, and HIM2652C), you must first complete the program agreement for the program department chair. This process allows the program to validate student progression and track students in these courses and more advanced courses for program accreditation requirements.

Please email the program Department Chair for more information or a copy of the current Program Agreement.

Any student meeting minimum program application requirements is encouraged to apply. However, all students must meet all the minimum requirements. Additionally it is prudent to complete all general education requirements before beginning HI programs to ensure your success on certification examination.

It is highly recommended that part-time students seeking the Health Information Technology A.S. degree complete the Medical Information Coder/Biller CCC program first, before applying to the A.S. degree program.


Program Agreement Requirements
Upon agreement the student accounts will be updated with the required data to allow them to enroll in the restricted courses and will be added to the Health Information Student Association accessible through Blackboard.

Additionally, please note that the student must have one of the program objectives as a declared program in order to enroll.

Health Information Technology A.S. degree program ONLY: You will be required to complete the following at your own expense before you are able to register for the internship course HIM 1800C Health Information Professional Practice:

  • Complete physical exam and other medical forms /documents
  • Complete drug screening
  • Complete background check

Take the next step!

  • Attend the online Information Session
  • Talk to an Advisor

With 125 job titles and 40 different work settings, the health information industry offers varied and flexible career paths. Due to the industry's universal standards for technology and best practices, your expertise will be valuable to a wide range of organizations nationwide. In addition, there are many avenues for advancement. You may start as a coder/biller, but by continuing your education and acquiring stacked and latticed credentials, you'll be equipped to move into such positions as:

  • Analyst or Auditor
  • Department Supervisor or Coordinator
  • Department Director or Manager
  • Educator or College Health Information Program Director
  • Privacy Officer
  • And many others

Demand is growing
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. In fact, in the next five years, an estimated 50,000 new health information technology positions will need to be filled to implement the U.S. health system's transition to electronic health records. The 2012 survey by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives showed that 67 percent of chief information officers were experiencing IT staff shortages compared to 59 percent in 2010. The greatest need, according to 74 percent of respondents, is for specialists capable of implementing and supporting clinical applications, such as EHR and computerized provider order entry.

Do you already have a certificate or associate degree in an allied health profession? Enhance your marketability and career options with a health information college credit certificate.


Career Path Overview

With an A.S. degree in Health Information Technology...
you'll be prepared for many types of positions, including documentation specialist, clinical data collection and reporting specialist, cancer (other disease) registrar, data integrity specialist, document imaging coordinator, information access/disclosure specialist, quality improvement specialist, reimbursement specialist/financial services liaison and compliance auditor.

With a Medical Information Coder/Biller College Credit Certificate...
you'll work with health information systems, medical records and coding information for reimbursement and research. Common job titles are medical records coder, patient accounts representative, physician office biller, hospital coding specialist and coding technician.

With a Health Informatics Specialist College Credit Certificate...
and depending on your prior background, you may pursue a variety of health IT career paths, including technical support staff, database administrator, implementation manager, researcher, systems analyst, systems designer, consultant and trainer.

With a Healthcare Documentation / Transcription Applied Technology Diploma (College Credit)...
you'll be ready to work as a medical transcriptionist, health care documentation specialist or medical documentation editor. After some experience, individuals may pursue positions as a supervisor, editor, quality assurance specialist or instructor in a medical transcription program.


AHIMA Careers Website

The American Health Information Management Association is the leading industry association and offers the most comprehensive website on Health Information Careers. Visit ahima.org/careers.


Are you a good candidate for the Health Information field?
This field is ideal for people who want to work in a dynamic industry that involves health care, information technology and business. A constantly growing field, it demands a curious mind and dedication to ensuring the integrity, accuracy and security of information—as health information affects not only the business of health care, but most importantly, patients' lives.

Those who enjoy the health information field share these qualities:

  • Interest in computers, management, law and health care. Health information is great for people who want to be in the health care field, but do not want to work directly with patients.

  • Highly detail-oriented with the ability to recognize and understand small differences and changes in text and numbers, as well as uncover and correct inconsistencies and errors.

  • Adept at using and learning computer programs and applying this knowledge as an integral part of their job and in circumstances that require problem-solving.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing. Enjoy working with health care professionals, ranging from doctors and nurses to administrators, executives and attorneys.

  • Proactive and capable of keeping up with changes in health care regulations and implementing new technologies and procedures.
PROGRAM INFO

Accreditation

Accredited by the

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (www.cahiim.org). CAHIIM is the credentialing body of the American Health Information Management Association (www.ahima.org).

Program Results
Our RHIT students scored higher on average than the national average in all domains of the exam in 2016/2017.

In the 2017/2018 academic year our program had a 92% retention rate.

100% of our 2017/2018 HIT AS program graduates are working in the field of healthcare.

100% of the 2017/2018 RHIT graduates passed their RHIT exams.

How You Will Study

This program is offered in a hybrid format in which students use technology continuously and engage with faculty and each other, both in the classroom and online, in each course throughout the program.

Are you new to online learning?
Thesequick self-assessmentswill help you understand the technical skills, time commitment and other factors that will impact your success as a student.

Students will participate in course activities, including class attendance, reading, homework, lab activities and other course requirements approximately 8 to 12 hours a week per course.

Course content is “threaded” knowledge. This means each course contains the knowledge and skills needed for the courses that follow. The recommended course sequence maximizes student success.

Knowledge and skills are reinforced through hands-on learning in virtual lab environments that simulate current industry tasks.

Service learning is a vital aspect of our program. Service learning provides opportunities for students to interact with health information professionals in our local business community.

Internships
During the final semester, students do internships at locations throughout Palm Beach County. This required professional practice experience gives students the chance to put their knowledge and skills to work. Internships are only available during the day.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

This program was developed to deliver the learning objectives of both the Florida Department of Education and AHIMA.

According to AHIMA: The individual holding an associate degree in health information technology is the technical expert in health data collection, analysis, monitoring, maintenance and reporting activities in accordance with established data quality principles, legal and regulatory standards, and professional best practice guidelines. These functions encompass, among other areas, processing and using health data for billing, compliance and surveillance purposes. In an e-health environment this individual performs these functions through the use of various electronic systems.

Advising

Please send an email to schedule an appointment. In your message, please include your full name, phone number and any questions or details that will help us help you. Also indicate if you are currently a Palm Beach State student.

Email:lombardc@palmbeachstate.edu

If you are a prospective student, please “attend” our online Information Sessions. Each program’s session is designed with your needs in mind and contains answers to frequently asked questions.

Faculty Info

Professor Julia Steff, MHSc, RHIA, CPHQ, CPHI, CCS, CCS-P

561-790-9044 |Faculty Webpage & Course Syllabi

  • Associate Professor, Department Chair
  • Health Information Technology A.S. Degree
  • Medical Information Coder/Biller CCC
  • Health Informatics Specialist CCC

Faculty Info

Professor Colette Chiacchiero, RHIA, CCS-P

561-790-4049 |Faculty Webpage & Course Syllabi

  • Assistant Professor
  • Health Information Technology, A.S. Degree
  • Medical Information Coder/Biller C.C.C.
AT A GLANCE

The nursing program at Palm Beach State College focuses on nursing as a caring and humanistic discipline. Nursing encompasses evidenced based practice, the use of critical thinking and commitment to life-long learning. The goals are to improve the overall health and wellness, to enhance the quality of life, and to meet the needs of our diverse community. Core values of the art and science of nursing encompass caring, compassion, diversity, ethics, excellence, holism, integrity, and patient-centeredness. The nursing faculty at Palm Beach State College believe in a culture of excellence that provides individualized, safe care for patients, families and communities. The instructional process is designed to guide the student to achieve mastery of the course learning outcomes through active engagement utilizing a variety of methods. The program time is divided among learning activities that include clinical, didactic, skills, and simulation.

Upon graduation, the student is awarded an associate in science degree (A.S.) and is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse (RN).

A licensed nurse (RN) is a former student who has successfully completed a nursing program, and has passed the NCLEX-RN, the state licensing exam. Registered nurses are currently the largest healthcare occupation. They work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in schools, outpatient clinics, or serve in the military.

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Registered nurses typically do the following:

  • Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute to existing plans
  • Observe patients and record the observations
  • Consult and collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment

Most registered nurses work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists. Some registered nurses oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, and home health aides.

Registered nurses’ duties and titles often depend on where they work and the patients they work with. For example, an oncology nurse may work with cancer patients or a geriatric nurse may work with elderly patients. Some registered nurses combine one or more areas of practice. For example, a pediatric oncology nurse works with children and teens who have cancer.

Many possibilities for working with specific patient groups exist. The following list includes just a few examples:

  • Addiction nurses care for patients who need help to overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs, and other substances.
  • Cardiovascular nurses care for patients with heart disease and people who have had heart surgery.
  • Critical care nurses work in intensive-care units in hospitals, providing care to patients with serious, complex, and acute illnesses and injuries that need very close monitoring and treatment.
  • Genetics nurses provide screening, counseling, and treatment for patients with genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis.
  • Neonatology nurses take care of newborn babies.
  • Nephrology nurses care for patients who have kidney-related health issues stemming from diabetes, high blood pressure, substance abuse, or other causes.
  • Rehabilitation nurses care for patients with temporary or permanent disabilities.

Registered nurses may work to promote public health, by educating people on warning signs and symptoms of disease or managing chronic health conditions. They may also run health screenings, immunization clinics, blood drives, or other community outreach programs. Other nurses staff the health clinics in schools.

Some nurses do not work directly with patients, but they must still have an active registered nurse license. For example, they may work as nurse educators, healthcare consultants, public policy advisors, researchers, hospital administrators, salespeople for pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, or as medical writers and editors.

Work Environment
Registered nurses held about 2.8 million jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most registered nurses were as follows:

  • Hospitals; state, local, and private
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Offices of physicians
  • Home healthcare services
  • Government

Registered nurses are the largest healthcare occupation. They work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in schools or outpatient clinics, or serve in the military. Home health and public health nurses travel to patients’ homes, schools, community centers, and other sites.

Some nurses move frequently, traveling in the United States and throughout the world to help care for patients in places where there are not enough healthcare workers.

Reference:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Registered Nurses.

All students applying to the Registered Nursing program are required to view the Electronic Information Session within 12 months of their desired application deadline date.

Spring 2020 Nursing Application
The application deadline is September 13, 2019.

Your application will not be complete unless you:

  • Submit the online College application if you are a first-time Palm Beach State student.
  • Arrange for the submission of official transcripts from your high school, GED or validated foreign equivalent, as well as college transcript(s), if applicable.
  • Attend an nursing information session within 12 months of application deadline.
  • Complete the necessary general education pre-requisites as outlined in the RN information session.
  • Arrange to take the HESI A2 Exam with the Testing Center at Palm Beach State.
  • Submit the Registered Nursing Limited Access Application. (Must be received by Admissions Office no later than the application deadline date.)

After submitting your application: To monitor your Limited Access Program Application Status:

  1. Go to www.palmbeachstate.edu/Pantherweb.
  2. Log on using your Palm Beach State student ID number and pin.
  3. This takes you to your student Panther Web page.
  4. Click on "Limited Access Application status."

Acceptance/Registration Applicants who are selected will be notified approximately three weeks after the deadline date. If an applicant is selected and does not complete the registration process, the applicant must reapply and is not guaranteed acceptance in any subsequent selection process.

The provisional acceptance notice will include:

  • Registration information
  • Medical exam form
  • American Heart Association CPR Card (BLSHealthcare Provider)
  • Criminal Background Check (includes Social Security number verification)
  • Drug screen form
  • Level 2 FDLE Fingerprinting Form
  • Date of Mandatory Orientation

After admission, the above documentation must be on file with the Registered Nursing Program Office. All students are conditionally accepted and will be required to obtain Criminal Background Checks Drug Screenings, and Fingerprinting(at their own expense) prior to the start of class. Further information will be provided when admitted into the Registered Nursing Program. Failure to provide such documentation will result in termination of application.

To apply, please download and read the Registered Nursing Limited Access Application, or view the required RN Electronic Information Session. The RN information session covers:

  • Full details on entry requirements and steps for meeting requirements
  • Instructions on completing necessary applications for both the college and program
  • Review of applicant point system for selection
  • Information regarding program requirements and student expectations

Please note: All students meeting minimum program application requirements are encouraged to apply. However, meeting criteria for selection does not guarantee admission and not all applicants will be accepted. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool.

Visit theTesting Center websitefor testing hours, locations, and registration information for the HESI A2 exam.

A minimum score of80 is required on this examination for direct inclusion into the applicant pool. A score of 80 is required for the math section of the HESI to be considered as well. A score of less than80 on this examination and/or a score of less than 80 on the math section will prohibit entrance for this period.

The HESI A² exam may be taken 3 times during a calendar year with scores at least 61 days apart. The test is valid for 2 years. The test may be taken at any of the Palm Beach State College testing centers, as well as any outside testing centers that carry the nine (9) section HESI A² exam, in order to be considered for admission to the Registered Nursing Program. There is a $60 fee for this exam. Payment must be made in person at a Palm Beach State College Cashier’s Office. Receipt must be presented to the test center on the day of testing along with a valid photo ID.No exceptions.

Students can study for the HESI A2 exam by purchasing theHESI Admission Assessment Exam Review (4th edition)study guide. It is located a most major book retailers. Students can also obtain freeHESI practice questionsto prepare for the exam.

 

**Please be advised that the HESI exam is now being offered on awalk-in basisat theLake Worth Testing Center ONLY! All other campuses require appointments to take the HESI exam.**


Required (9) sections:

1. Reading Comprehension
2. Grammar
3. Vocabulary and General Knowledge
4. Biology
5. Chemistry
6. Anatomy & Physiology
7. Math
8. Learning Style Inventory
9. Personality Traits Profile

Curriculum Framework

The Nursing Program at Palm Beach State College has adopted the National League for Nursing (NLN, 2010)Education Competencies Modelas its conceptual curriculum framework. At the foundation are the seven core-values that are central to nursing education: caring, diversity, ethics, excellence, holism, integrity and patient-centeredness. The throughputs are the integrated concepts as identified by the NLN: Context and environment; knowledge and science; personal/professional development; quality and safety; relationship-centered care; and spirit of inquiry. These integrating concepts are woven through the curriculum and increase in complexity as the student accrues knowledge. The outputs of the NLN model are the four outcomes essential for ADN graduates: human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity, and spirit of inquiry, which represent the “skills, knowledge, and attitudes that graduates should have achieved upon successful completion of a program of nursing” (NLN, 2010, p. 5).

 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Implement one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context.
  • Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.
  • Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a family and community context.
  • Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity and ongoing growth as human beings.

 

Course Descriptions & Course Outcomes

 
 

 

 

End of Nursing Program: Student Learning Outcomes

  • Human Flourishing: Advocates for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.
    • Mean Score on the Exit HESI Exam – NLN Educational Competency Human Flourishing
      • Estimated Level of Achievement (ELA) 850 Score: 850
    • Students Performance on NUR 2712C Human Flourishing Clinical Objectives were met.
      • Estimated Level of Achievement (ELA) 95% Result: 100%
  • Nursing Judgment: Makes judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a family and community context.
    • Mean Score on the Exit HESI Exam- NLN Educational Competency Nursing Judgment
      • Estimated Level of Achievement (ELA) 850 – Score: 847
    • Students Performance on NUR 2712C Nursing Judgment Clinical Objectives were met.
      • Estimated Level of Achievement (ELA) 95% Result 100%.
  • Professional Identity: Implements one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context.
    • Mean Score on the Exit HESI Exam- NLN Educational Competency Professional Identity
      • Estimated Level of Achievement (ELA) 850 - Score 850 Professional Identity
    • Students Performance on NUR 2712C Professional Identity Clinical Objectives were met.
      • Estimated Level of Achievement 95% Result: 100%
  • Spirit of Inquiry: Examines the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities.
    • Mean Score on the Exit HESI Exam –NLN Educational Competency Spirit of Inquiry and Nursing Practice
      • Estimated Level of Achievement (ELA) 850 - Score: 850
    • Students Performance on NUR 2712C Spirit of Inquiry Clinical Objectives were met.
      • Estimated Level of Achievement (ELA) 95% - Result: 100%

Image of the Belle Glade Campus

The Belle Glade cohort of the Registered Nursing Program is supported by community leaders of Belle Glade, Clewiston and Pahokee. It is funded in part by Health Care District, the Stewart Foundation and the Palm Health Care Foundation. Students accepted into the nursing program at the Belle-Glade campus will be attending clinicals in this area with the emphasis on care in this community.

All Nursing offices and classrooms are housed on the second floor of the CRB building at the Belle Glade location. The nursing classrooms are equipped with a teacher station and a multi-media presentation system with Internet access, video conferencing technology, and a data projector. Our state-of-the-art Skills lab has beds, stretchers, and manikins for student use as well as specialty simulation areas with three adult simulators for simulated experiences. A Computer Testing Lab is located on the first floor with 26 computerized testing stations.

With smaller classes, education and career pathways in the healthcare field, and experienced faculty and staff, our Registered Nursing Program offers students a quality Nursing education at an affordable cost.

 

Program Facts and Deadlines

Program Entry:The RN program at the Belle Glade campus has an admissions entry once a year during the Spring term.

Program Length:The program length is 2 years.

Program Credit Hours:The program consists of 72 credit hours.

Program Location:Belle Glade campus (Students will attend Clinicals at medical facilities throughout Palm Beach County)

Program Schedule:Classroom and clinical schedule will be Monday through Thursday. Classroom/Clinical times will very as students progress through the program.

Faculty and Facilities:Students receive instruction by nursing professionals in classroom, lab, and clinical settings. Lab classes are held in a modern hospital-type learning environment, utilizing current equipment and technology, including up-to-date medical records software.

Program Costs:As a public institution, Palm Beach State's tuition is affordable. Currently, the approximate cost of the Registered Nursing program for Florida residents is about $8,000, which includes tuition, textbooks, criminal background and drug screening), physical examination, immunizations, and uniforms and name badge. Out-of-state residents pay a higher tuition and all costs are subject to change. Tuition and other costs are reviewed at our Information Sessions.

Financial Aid:Financial aid is available for this program and it is recommended that you apply early atwww.palmbeachstate.edu/FinancialAid. In addition, there are a limited number of scholarships available through the Palm Beach State College Foundation (www.palmbeachstate.edu/Foundation).

Graduation Degree:Graduates of the Registered Nursing program will receive an associates in science (A.S.) degree in Nursing.

Professional Licensure:Students who graduate from the Registered Nursing program will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam. After successfully completing an RN program and NECLEX-RN exam, a student will be eligible to obtain RN licensure through the Florida Board of Nursing.

Accreditation:This program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Program Curriculum:Please seeProgram Overviewfor more details on Registered Nursing courses, including links to course descriptions.


Course Sequencing for Full-time Belle Glade Course of Study

 

Semester 1 (spring)

NUR 1023 - Intro to Concepts for Nursing Practice I

NUR 1023L - Intro to Concepts for Nursing Practice I Clinical

NUR 1022L - Intro to Concepts for Nursing Practice I Skills

NUR 1141- Intro to Pharmacotherapeutics

MCB 2010 & MCB 2010L- Microbiology

NSO 0170 -Intro to Professional Nursing
(Transition Students only)

Semester 2 (fall)

NUR 1213 - Concepts for Nursing Practice II

NUR 1213L - Concepts for Nursing Practice II Clinical

NUR 1214L - Concepts for Nursing Practice II Skills

ENC 1101 - College Composition I

STA 2023 - Statistics

 
 

Semester 3 (spring)

NUR 2261 - Concepts for Nursing Practice III

NUR 2261L - Concepts for Nursing Practice III Clinical

PSY 2012 - General Psychology

Semester 4 (fall)

NUR 2712C - Concepts for Nursing Practice IV

NUR 2943L - Preceptorship Experience

Humanities - Art/Literature

 

Campus Address:1977 College Drive, Belle Glade, FL, 33430

Located on the first floor are the offices of the Program Director, Program Specialist, and the administrative assistants. The first floor also features a lecture hall which includes a multi-media presentation system with Internet access, video conferencing technology, and a data projector. The nursing skills lab is also located on the first floor of the AH building and includes beds with adult mannequins and various equipment for practice. The Nursing Skills Lab is open Monday through Saturday, which provides ample time for student practice and competency demonstration.

The second floor holds the Nursing Computer Testing Lab. The Testing Lab includes 64 computer stations for students computerized testing and one private testing location. The third floor holds a skills lab classroom/practice area which is also utilized for medication simulation.

image of allied health building

The Lake Worth Registered Nursing program is located in the Allied Health (AH) Building. Our state-of-the-art facility offers a variety of unique simulation, skills labs, and classroom experiences.

 

The VL Building and the ETA Building are used for clinical simulation and are equipped with maternity, newborn and adult high fidelity simulators, a medication dispensing unit, and student computers for simulated electronic documentation. The VL building is also equipped with a high fidelity pediatric simulator.

With smaller classes, education and career pathways in the healthcare field, and experienced faculty and staff, our Registered Nursing Program offers students a quality Nursing education at an affordable cost.

 

Program Facts & Deadlines

Program Entry:The Registered Nursing program at the Lake Worth has an admissions entry twice a year during the spring and fall terms.

Program Length:The program length is 2 years.

Program Credit Hours:The program consists of 72 credit hours.

Program Location:Lake Worth campus (Students will attend Clinicals at medical facilities throughout Palm Beach County)

Program Schedule:Classroom and clinical hours run on a 2, 3, 4 or 5 day schedule depending on student’s registration. Classroom and clinical times will vary with the progression of each semester.

Faculty and Facilities:Students receive instruction by nursing professionals in classroom, lab, and clinical settings. Lab classes are held in a modern hospital-type learning environment, utilizing current equipment and technology, including up-to-date medical records software.

Program Costs:As a public institution, Palm Beach State's tuition is affordable. Currently, the approximate cost of the Registered Nursing program for Florida residents is about $8,000, which includes tuition, textbooks, criminal background and drug screening), physical examination, immunizations, and uniforms and name badge. Out-of-state residents pay a higher tuition and all costs are subject to change. Tuition and other costs are reviewed at our Information Sessions.

Financial Aid:Financial aid is available for this program and it is recommended that you apply early atwww.palmbeachstate.edu/FinancialAid. In addition, there are a limited number of scholarships available through the Palm Beach State College Foundation (www.palmbeachstate.edu/Foundation).

Graduation Degree:Graduates of the Registered Nursing program will receive an associates in science (A.S.) degree in Nursing.

Professional Licensure:Students who graduate from the Registered Nursing program will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam. After successfully completing an RN program and NECLEX-RN exam, a student will be eligible to obtain RN licensure through the Florida Board of Nursing.

Accreditation:This program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Program Curriculum:Please seeProgram Overviewfor more details on Registered Nursing courses, including links to course descriptions.


Course Sequencing for Full-time Course of Study

 

Semester 1 (fall/spring)

NUR 1023 - Intro to Concepts for Nursing Practice I

NUR 1023L - Intro to Concepts for Nursing Practice I Clinical

NUR 1022L - Intro to Concepts for Nursing Practice I Skills

NUR 1141 - Intro to Pharmacotherapeutics

MCB 2010 & MCB 2010L - Microbiology

NSO 0170 -Intro to Professional Nursing
(Transition Students only)

Semester 2 (fall/spring)

NUR 1213 - Concepts for Nursing Practice II

NUR 1213L - Concepts for Nursing Practice II Clinical

NUR 1214L - Concepts for Nursing Practice II Skills

ENC 1101 - College Composition I

STA 2023 - Statistics

 
 

Semester 3 (fall/spring)

NUR 2261- Concepts for Nursing Practice III

NUR 2261L- Concepts for Nursing Practice III Clinical

PSY 2012- General Psychology

Semester 4 (fall/spring)

NUR 2712C- Concepts for Nursing Practice IV

NUR 2943L– Preceptorship Experience

Humanities- Art/Literature

 

Campus Address:4200 South Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, FL, 33461

The Evening/Weekend Nursing program is located on the Lake Worth campus, in the Allied Health (AH) Building. Our state-of-the-art facility offers a variety of unique simulation, skills labs, and classroom experiences.

Admissions are accepted every year during the spring semester. The application deadline is usually set for September 15thfor January admissions. Classes are scheduled during evening hours with clinical experiences provided on weekends. This scheduling allows flexibility to working members of the healthcare team seeking advancement to Registered Nurse status. This development of this program was initially supported, in part, by funds from the Palm Health Care Foundation.

 

With smaller classes, education and career pathways in the healthcare field, and experienced faculty and staff, our Registered Nursing Program offers students a quality Nursing education at an affordable cost.


Program Facts & Deadlines

Program Entry:The Evening/Weekend RN program has an admissions entry once a year during the spring term.

Program Length:The program length is 2 years and 8 months.

Program Credit Hours:The program consists of 72 credit hours.

Program Location:Lake Worth campus (Students will attend Clinicals at medical facilities throughout Palm Beach County)

Program Schedule:Lectures are usually held Thursday evenings with online supplemental instruction on Blackboard. Clinical experiences are usually held on Saturdays.

Faculty and Facilities:Students receive instruction by nursing professionals in classroom, lab, and clinical settings. Lab classes are held in a modern hospital-type learning environment, utilizing current equipment and technology, including up-to-date medical records software.

Program Costs:As a public institution, Palm Beach State's tuition is affordable. Currently, the approximate cost of the Registered Nursing program for Florida residents is about $8,000, which includes tuition, textbooks, criminal background and drug screening), physical examination, immunizations, and uniforms and name badge. Out-of-state residents pay a higher tuition and all costs are subject to change. Tuition and other costs are reviewed at our Information Sessions.

Financial Aid:Financial aid is available for this program and it is recommended that you apply early atwww.palmbeachstate.edu/FinancialAid. In addition, there are a limited number of scholarships available through the Palm Beach State College Foundation (www.palmbeachstate.edu/Foundation).

Graduation Degree:Graduates of the Registered Nursing program will receive an associates in science (A.S.) degree in Nursing.

Professional Licensure:Students who graduate from the Registered Nursing program will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam. After successfully completing an RN program and NECLEX-RN exam, a student will be eligible to obtain RN licensure through the Florida Board of Nursing.

Accreditation:This program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Program Curriculum:Please seeProgram Overviewfor more details on Registered Nursing courses, including links to course descriptions.


Course Sequencing for Evening/Weekend Course of Study

 

Semester 1 (spring)

NUR 1023 - Intro to Concepts for Nursing Practice I

NUR 1022L-Intro to Concepts for Nursing Practice I Skills

NUR 1141-Intro to Pharmacotherapeutics

BSC 2086 & BSC 2086L - Anatomy and Physiology II

MCB 2010 and MCB 2010L- Microbiology

Semester 1 (summer)

NUR 1023L-Intro to Concepts for Nursing Practice I Clinical

 
 

Semester 2 (fall)

NUR 1213- Concepts for Nursing Practice II

NUR 1214L- Concepts for Nursing Practice II Skills

ENC 1101- College Composition I

STA 2023- Statistics

Semester 2 (spring)

NUR 1213L- Concepts for Nursing Practice II Clinical

 
 

Semester 3 (summer)

NUR 2261 - Concepts for Nursing Practice III

PSY 2012 - General Psychology

Semester 3 (fall)

NUR 2261L - Concepts for Nursing Practice III Clinical

 
 

Semester 4 (spring)

NUR 2712C - Concepts for Nursing Practice IV

Semester 4 (summer)

NUR 2943L - Preceptorship Experience

Humanities - Art/Literature

What is the Employment Outlook for an RN?
Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. This is due to an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population. Nurses held about3 million jobs in 2016. About 61 percent of RNs worked in hospitals, 18 percent in ambulatory healthcare services,7 percent in nursing care facilities, and 7 percent in offices of physicians. Nurses in the hospital setting usually work in shifts, covering all 24 hours. They may work nights, weekends, and holidays. Nurses who work in offices, schools, and other places that do not provide 24-hour care are more likely to work regular business hours. In 2016, about 1 out of 6 registered nurses worked part time.


What is the Average Salary of an RN?
The median annual wage for registered nurses was $70,000 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $48,690, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $104,100.

For more information regarding salary and job outlook for RNs, please visit theDepartment of Labor and Statisticswebsite.

 
PROGRAM INFO

Accreditation

Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Program data is annually updated with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga 30326, phone: 404-975-5000 fax: 404-975-5020.

Success Indicators

The NCLEX-RN exam pass rate at Palm Beach State College for the 2017-2018 academic year at the Lake Worth campus is 87.33% (3-year mean: 83%), and at the Belle Glade campus, it is 100% (3-year mean: 75%). The nursing program completion rate for the 2017-2018 academic year is 90.3% (3-year mean: 90.8%). The nursing program's overall estimated job placement rate for 2016-2017 for all nursing graduates is 97% (3-year mean: 96%)

Office & Contact Info

Hours:Mon.-Fri. 8:00am to 4:30pm | Closed Fri. (Summer ONLY), Sat. & Sun.

Location:Lake Worth campus - Allied Health (AH) building on the first floor, room AH 110

Contact:Please feel free to call the Nursing Department during business hours at 561-868-3412 with any questions you may have.


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About Us

Mission of the OMT Program

To provide competent, ethical, and confident OMT graduates with practice-ready medical and surgical skills required by an ophthalmic practice, and who have a proven commitment to their patient’s eye care and their own professional development.

Interested?

Come visit the program. Ophthalmic Medical Technology students benefit from a newly constructed, totally dedicated, ophthalmic educational center, complete with high technology and fully digital imaging and viewing classroom, instrument and training laboratory, fully functional state-of-the-art ophthalmic examination room, and a special procedures and testing facility equipped with the latest in ophthalmic diagnostic and testing instrumentation. We hold monthly information sessions in the Ophthalmic Medical Technology Learning Center on the Gardens campus in Palm Beach Gardens. (Attend an information session) You can even spend part of your day in an ophthalmology practice to see first hand what it is like to be an Ophthalmic Technician. Then decide for yourself.


Office & Contact Info

Location
BioScience Technology Complex
Palm Beach Gardens campus
3160 PGA Blvd. Suite SC152
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410-2893

Inquiries
Phone: (561) 207-5010 or email: OMT@PalmBeachState.edu

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Dr. Kershner

Robert M. Kershner, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S.


Ophthalmology derives its name from the Greek "ophthalmos," meaning, "the science of eyes." It is the field of medicine that specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of eye disease. The Ophthalmic Medical Technologist assists the M. D. Ophthalmologist, eye physician and surgeon, in the evaluation of vision and treatment of patients with disorders of the eyes.

Palm Beach State College is one of a limited number of institutions that offers an Associate of Science degree in Ophthalmic Medical Technology. The program's 24 month, college-level, competency-based curriculum, consists of classroom experience combined with hands-on specialized training. Students develop technical proficiency through extensive clinical internships under the supervision of a Board-Certified and licensed M. D. Ophthalmologist, including training in our own state-of-the-art medical clinic, combined with practical experience in local ophthalmic practices, clinics, and hospitals.

Duties of an OMT

Certified Ophthalmic Technologists (COAs, COTs, and COMTs) work closely with an M.D. Ophthalmologist in a medical practice. They apply their knowledge of the evaluation of the ophthalmic patient with medical and surgical eye disorders by using their medical skills and high technology, specialized, diagnostic visual testing instrumentation.

The duties of a COA include taking a patient's history, measuring visual acuity, assessing optical correction, testing pupils, ocular motility, inspection and assessment of the associated ocular tissues, external ocular examination, and recording intraocular pressure.

The information obtained by the COT is used and relied upon by the M.D. Ophthalmologist to detect, evaluate, diagnose, and treat disease or injury.  In addition, the COT is a versatile and valuable member of the medical team by assisting other medical personnel in patient scheduling, performing administrative duties, and instructing and educating patients and their families. The further training of the COT allows for measurement of refractive error, recording the eyeglass prescription, the fitting and evaluation of contact lenses, and assisting in minor office-based ocular procedures, which also includes the supervision and training of other ophthalmic technicians.

COMTs are further trained to assist the surgeon in the ambulatory or hospital-based operating room, and perform medical and surgical diagnostic and therapeutic procedures under the direction of the surgeon. This is a profession that requires a highly ethical, dedicated, and dependable personality, with a mature and caring nature. The applicant should work well with others, be comfortable with other health care providers and office personnel, be impeccably honest, be flexible, possess excellent communication skills, and be a superior listener.

Thinking of becoming a nurse?

  • Registered nurses (RNs) constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with more than 2.6 million jobs.
  • About 60 percent of RN jobs are in hospitals.
  • Nursing schools are overwhelmed with applications.
  • In most nursing schools, less than 1 out of 10 applicants are accepted

What if you decide on a career in nursing and don't get accepted or you get accepted into a nursing program only to discover that in-patient nursing is not for you? Consider applying to the OMT program and then apply to become a nurse. Your course credits and degree are transferable to other colleges and universities. If you graduate as a COT with an A.S. degree, you are already well on your way to becoming an Ophthalmic Operating Room Nurse (ORN), Ophthalmic Nurse Anesthetist, or Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant. Your specialty training in Ophthalmology is in great demand in outpatient surgery centers, hospitals, and private practices nationwide (Visit the website of the American Society of Ophthalmic Operating Room Nurses ASORN).

A career in Ophthalmic Medical Technology puts you in the forefront of patient care and education. As a respected member of the healthcare team, you work closely with doctors to provide high quality healthcare. After completing the OMT program you can also consider continuing on with your education at Palm Beach State College and obtain a Bachelor in Applied Science in Supervision and Management. This degree builds upon the knowledge, skills and experience that apply to managerial-level positions in health administration.

As a profession, OMT's career development program can also lead to additional certification by JCAHPO as a surgical and keratorefractive technician, ophthalmic photographer, ophthalmic ultrasonographer, registered perioperative and surgical nurse, or certified orthoptist. Additional opportunities for OMTs are always on the rise as demand for highly trained healthcare specialists continues to grow.

Visit the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology ATPO site.

Visit the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology site.

Visit the Technician Continuing Education site.

Of course, no guarantee of employment or a salary level can be assumed just by receiving an education in any area, but within the medical field of ophthalmology, job opportunities are excellent! Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties have the highest concentration of healthcare employers in the state (U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, 2009).

According to the Florida Society of Ophthalmology there are 1,400 ophthalmologists in Florida. According to the U.S. Department of Labor employment of physicians and surgeons is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026. Along with that growth, coupled with the increase in the aging of the population, the demand for COT personnel is expected to increase sharply. The certified technologist can expect to enter the job market at an average salary of approximately $56,000 annually, with increases based on experience and specialization up to $87,000 or more, according to the 2017 ATPO National Salary and Benefits Report. Average Annual Salary increases since 2015 have been as high as 21%, and COMTs, which are in the greatest demand, have the highest salaries of all ophthalmic technical personnel.

The illustrations here are for informational purposes only and may not accurately reflect market conditions for jobs or salary levels at any given time.

If you are interested in applying to the A.S. Degree Program in Ophthalmic Medical Technology at Palm Beach State College Garden's Campus, you must first apply to the college. Application Forms are available online (College Application).

Once you fill out and apply to the college (you may skip this step if you are currently enrolled), you will need to fill out the separate application to the OMT Program.

To speak with a College advisor or set up an appointment, visit the Advising home page or call (561)207-5340.

*DO NOT drop off or mail your application to the OMT department. ALL applications must go through the College Admissions office after payment of the appropriate fee to the College Cashier.

 PROGRAM INFO

Our Accreditations

The Ophthalmic Medical Technology Associate in Science degree program  at Palm Beach State College is accredited by the International Council of Accreditation for Allied Ophthalmic Education Programs, 2025 Woodlane Drive, St. Paul, MN 55125, (651) 731-7243, www.icaccreditation.org.

The Ophthalmic Medical Technology program is a member of the Consortium of Ophthalmic Training Programs (COTP) and the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO). Palm Beach State College is an approved education provider through the Florida Department of Health Division of Medical Quality Assurance and is an equal access/equal opportunity institution.

Info Sessions

Attend an info session to meet faculty and staff, learn more about the program, get answers to your questions and view the facility. Info session dates and times.


 
AT A GLANCE

Radiographers combine the high technology of diagnostic medical imaging with their skills of patient care to create an x-ray or radiographic image. This profession requires a dependable personality with a mature and caring nature. The program has a 24 month competency based curriculum which includes practical experience in local hospitals.

Palm Beach State College offers an Associate in Science degree in Radiography. It is a career oriented college-level program consisting of classroom, lab and clinical experience. The program has 24 month, competency-based curriculum which includes practical experience in local hospitals and is designed to develop technical proficiency through extensive clinical exposure. The program is designed to begin in the Spring term each year, and requires a full-time commitment, 8 hours daily.

Radiographers (Radiologic Technologists) combine the high technology of diagnostic medical imaging with their skill of patient care to create an x-ray image or radiograph. These radiographs are used by radiologists and physicians in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease or injury. This is a profession that requires a dependable personality with a mature and caring nature.

 

This is a two-year program beginning in January each year and requires a full-time commitment. Students attend clinical education at local hospitals three days a week each semester.

Fulfillment of the program's mission is assessed by the degree to which the program achieves the following goals:

  1. Students/graduates will demonstrate clinical competence.
    Student learning outcomes: 
    a.  Students will produce diagnostic quality radiographic studies.
    b.  Students will deliver appropriate patient care while maintaining a safe environment according to OSHA and ALARA principles.

  2. Students will demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills.
    Student learning outcomes: 
    a.  Students will manipulate technical factors for non-routine exams.
    b.  Students will evaluate images for diagnostic quality.

  3. Students will communicate effectively.
    Student learning outcomes:
    a.  Students will demonstrate written communication skills.
    b.  Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.

  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of professionalism.
    Student learning outcomes: 
    a.  Students will prepare a career plan outlining educational and advancement opportunities.
    b.  Students will maintain ethical and professional values.

  5. Program Effectiveness Measures:
    a.  Graduates will successfully pass the ARRT exam at 1st attempt.
    b.  Graduates seeking employment will be employed within six months of graduation.
    c.  Students will successfully complete the program.
    d.  Graduates will be satisfied with their education.
    e.  Employers will be satisfied with the performance of newly hired graduates.

After graduation from the program how can I further my education?

As a profession, Medical Imaging emphasizes career development which leads to additional certification in CT (Computerized Tomography), MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), CVIT (Cardiovascular Intervention Technology), nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, diagnostic medical sonographer, adult echo sonography, mammography and vascular imaging.

Palm Beach State offers:

Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management. This degree is primarily designed for students with Associate in Science/Applied Science degrees to earn a bachelor's degree. The BAS degree is structured to make maximum use of the credits from your associate in science or applied science degree. This degree program consists of these concentration areas:

 

Professional Organizations

ACR - American College of Radiology

AHRA - American Healthcare Radiology Administrators

AMA - American Medical Association

ARRS-Amer Roentgen Ray Society

ARRT-American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

ASRT - American Society of Radiologic Technologists

JRCERT - Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Lambda Nu, the National Honor Society for Radiologic Sciences

RSNA - Radiological Society of North America

 

Education Resources

Brief History of Radiology

Oncology / Oncolink Cancer Center

Virtual Hospital

The Visible Human Project

 

Medical News

CNN Health News

Physician's Weekly

 

Universities

Creighton University Medical Center

Emory University MedWeb

Harvard University

Johns Hopkins Radiography

Medical College of Wisconsin

Penn State Radiology

University of Florida

More than 400 business partners support Palm Beach State’s career programs. These great partners work closely with the College to ensure that students learn exactly what they’ll need to know to get a job after graduation. The partners also provide internships, training sites, guest speakers, company tours, scholarships, mentoring and help in sourcing equipment for student labs.

Read about one of the Radiography program’s valuable partners:

Barbara O'Brien
Director of Imaging Services
Good Samaritan Medical Center | West Palm Beach
Member, Radiography Program Advisory Council

Barbara O'Brien

Barbara O’Brien, director of imaging services at Good Samaritan Hospital


Growing programs

“Years ago when there was such a huge shortage of technologists, we were forced to hire through agencies,” says Barbara O’Brien. “Now a good 80 percent of my department is provided by the College.”

Career programs are born out of real need. That’s exactly how Palm Beach State’s Radiography program came into existence 25 years ago, when 10 hospitals actually funded the program’s startup. Today, these same hospitals continue to train students in clinical rotations, hire graduates and promote the program. They’ve also helped the College develop specialty medical imaging programs in sonography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Many of the hospitals’ medical imaging supervisors, as well as Palm Beach State instructors, are graduates of these programs.

Students spend about three-quarters of the two-year Radiography Associate in Science degree program in clinical rotations at the local hospitals. O’Brien advises students to treat it as an extended job interview: “Depending on how well they do, if I have any positions open, that’s who I’ll choose, and that’s why I have such a fantastic team here. I’m very fussy.

Praising the program, she credits Dr. Vicki Shaver, department chair and professor of medical imaging, and the rest of the program faculty. “The proof is in the pudding,” O’Brien adds. “The quality of technologists that I have here is superb, and that can’t happen unless they were educated as such.”

 

Contact MagazineThis profile is an excerpt from the article “A Strong Fabric: How business partners boost student success” in PBSC’s Contact magazine. Read the full article now.

 
PROGRAM INFO

What is required to enroll?

The Radiography Program is a limited access program where potential students must submit information and documentation directly to:

Palm Beach State College, Edward M. Eissey campus, Admissions Office, 3160 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410-2893.

A complete Radiography Program Application packet can be picked up in the Admissions Office or downloaded. This packet should not be confused with the general application for admission to the college.

View the Criminal Background Requirements for applicants.

View the health/drug screen/fingerprint for applicants.


Application Deadline:  September 4, 2020

Selection Date:  October 15, 2020

Classes Start:  January 2021


Meeting the criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the Radiography Program. Final selection will be made using a point system. Your criteria for selection can be viewed at www.palmbeachstate.edu/Pantherweb. Sign in and look under Limited Access Application Status and all communication will be sent to your my.palmbeachstate.edu email account including all acceptance documentation. Please note: Upon completion of the Palm Beach State application process, students will receive notification of acceptance to the college, NOT to be confused with acceptance to the program.

 

Accreditation

The Radiography Program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). This peer review organization is nationally accepted for setting standards for education in radiography.

Graduates from this accredited program are eligible to take national board exams administered by the American Registry for Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). This organization is accepted as the credentialing agency for radiographers in the United States.

 

Program Length

This is a two-year program beginning in January each year and requires a full-time commitment. Students attend clinical education at local hospitals three days a week each semester.

 

Information Sessions

Open House Info Sessions are required for all prospective radiography students for the purpose of counseling.
The sessions are held on Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.
The location is the Lewis Center (room LC120) or the BioScience Complex (room SC127).

No appointment necessary.

Info Session Dates:

  • Jan. 30, 2020 - (LC120)
  • Feb. 27, 2020 - (LC120)
  • March 26, 2020 - (LC120)
  • April 30, 2020 - (LC120)
  • May 28, 2020 - (SC127)
  • June 25, 2020 - (SC127)
  • July 30, 2020 - (SC127)
  • Aug. 27, 2020 - (SC127)

Contact Us

Dr. Vicki Shaver
Department Chair
561-207-5067
Dr. Shaver Faculty Webpage

Professor Michael Latimer, Clinical Coordinator
561-207-5066
Prof. Latimer Faculty Webpage


EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK

The current employment outlook is EXCELLENT. The demand for diagnostic imaging personnel is expected to grow faster than average, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, for all occupations through 2016, as the population grows and ages.

Salary ranges for graduates of such programs vary by region. The registered technologist can expect to enter the job market at approximately $39,840 to $57,940 annually, with increases based on experience and specialization up to $68,920 or more, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

ASRT Wage and Salary Survey

U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics - Radiologic Technologist

 

PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS DATA

In addition to the goals and student learning outcomes listed elsewhere on this site, the performance of the program is reflected through program effectiveness data as defined by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) (20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182, 312-704-5300, www.jrcert.org). Program effectiveness data includes the program completion rate, credentialing examination pass rate and job placement rate. Explanations of these measures and program data that correspond with the annual report most recently submitted to the JRCERT are noted below. This information can also be obtained at www.jrcert.org/resources/program-effectiveness-data. Questions about program effectiveness data should be directed to the Department Chair. The radiography program's annual report to the JRCERT reflected the following:

Completion Rate - January 1 through December 31, 2018
This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. The program's completion rate for 2018 was 70%. Twenty-nine students began the program in 2017 and twenty students completed the program in 2018. The five year average of completion is 75%.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate - 2014 through 2018
This is the number of students that pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification examination on the first attempt within six months of graduation from the program. The figure reflects an average over a five-year span.  The program's credentialing examination pass rate stated as an average from the years 2014 through 2018 is 95%. 99 of 104 graduates of this program taking  the ARRT certification examination within six months of graduation passed on the first attempt.

Job Placement Rate - 2014 through 2018
This is the number of students that gain employment in the radiologic sciences within six months of graduation versus the number that graduate and are actively seeking employment. The figure reflects an average over a five-year span. The program's job placement rate as an average is 97%. 100 of the 104 graduates obtained employment in the radiologic sciences within six months of graduation.

 
AT A GLANCE

Respiratory Care is a health care specialty offering unique challenges in the areas of disease prevention, education, diagnosis, treatment, management and rehabilitation of patients with cardiopulmonary disease.

You can live without water for a few days and food for a few weeks, but without oxygen, you will suffer brain damage within a few minutes and can die after about 9 minutes. Become a Respiratory Therapist and make a difference in peoples lives!

 

The Department of Respiratory Care Program holds as its highest priority an academic and professional environment of excellence. To this end, there is commitment to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive "knowledge", psychomotor "skills" and affective "behavior" learning domains of respiratory care practice as preformed by registered respiratory therapist "RRTs". Additionally to promote lifelong learning where students, faculty, and members of the health science professional community can develop and refine skills and attitudes necessary to effectively meet the challenges of a dynamic health care environment and realize the best chance for success.  Fulfillment of the program's mission is assessed by the degree to which the program achieves the following goals.

Provide an educational environment that promotes student success by:

  • Providing appropriate instructional and educational support services
  • Providing job placement assistance

Provide employers with graduates possessing the knowledge, practical skills, and problem solving abilities to:

  • Deliver Quality Respiratory care
  • Ensure a safe work environment
  • Communicate effectively
  • Maintain the ethical and professional values outlined in the AARC code of ethics.
General Education Requirements - 30 Hours Total
Course ID Course Title Credit Hours
MAC 1105 College Algebra 3.0 hours
BSC 2085 Anatomy and Physiology I 3.0 hours
BSC 2085L Anatomy and Physiology l Lab 1.0 hours
BSC 2086 Anatomy and Physiology II 3.0 hours
BSC 2086L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1.0 hours
ENC 1101 College Composition I 3.0 hours
Humanities Any Area II 3.0 hours
MCB 2010 Microbiology 3.0 hours
MCB 2010L Microbiology Lab 1.0 hours
CHM 1032 Principles of Chemistry 3.0 hours
PHY 1001 Applied Physics or higher 3.0 hours
SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology 3.0 hours

Bethesda Memorial Hospital
2815 South Seacrest Boulevard
Boynton Beach, Florida 33434
561-737-7733 Ext. 4770

Boca Raton Community Hospital
800 Meadows Road
Boca Raton, Florida 33486
561-393-4011 / 395-7100

Delray Medical Center
5352 Linton Boulevard
Delray Beach, Florida 33484
561-495-3210 / 498-4440

Good Samaritan Medical Center
P.O. Box 3166
West Palm Beach, Florida 33402
561-650-6408

JFK Medical Center
5301 South Congress Avenue
Atlantis, FL  33462
561-642-3612 / 342-3615

Jupiter Hospital
1210 South Old Dixie Hwy
Jupiter, Florida 33458
561-744-4401

Lake Side Medical Center
39200 Hooker Hwy
Belle Glade, FL  33430
561-996-6571

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
3360 Burns Road
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410
561-694-7134 / 694-7038

Palms West Hospital
13001 Southern Blvd
Loxahatchee, FL  33470
561-798-6008

St Mary's Medical Center
P.O. Box 24620
West Palm Beach, FL  33416
561-881-2851

VA Medical Center
7305 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL  33410
561-882-8262 Ext. 4296

West Boca Medical Center
21644 SR 7 (Hwy 441)
Boca Raton, FL  33428
561-488-8232

After graduation from the program, how can I further my education?

Palm Beach State College offers a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management. This degree is primarily designed for students with Associate in Science/Applied Science degrees to earn a bachelor's degree. The BAS degree is structured to make maximum use of the credits from your associate in science or applied science degree. This degree program consists of these concentration areas:

General Management

Health Management

 

Professional Organizations

American Association for Respiratory Care

American Medical Association

CoARC-Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. (NBRC)

The Florida Society for Respiratory Care (FSRC)

 

Education Resources

National Library of Medicine

 
PROGRAM INFO

What is required to enroll?

The Respiratory Care Program is a limited access program with a maximum enrollment of 25 students. Potential students must submit information and documentation directly to:

Palm Beach State College
Edward M. Eissey Campus - Admissions Office
3160 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410-2893


Application Date: May 1, 2020

Selection Date: May 14, 2020


The Respiratory Care Application packet can be downloaded or picked up in the Admissions Office. This packet should not be confused with the general application for admission to the college.

Meeting the criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the Respiratory Care Program.

Final selection will be made using a point system. Your criteria for selection can be viewed at www.palmbeachstate.edu/Pantherweb. Sign in and look under Limited Access Application Status and all communications will be sent to your my.palmbeachstate.edu e-mail account including all acceptance documentation.  Please note: Upon completion of the Palm Beach State application process, students will receive notification of acceptance to the college, NOT to be confused with acceptance to the program.

Advanced Placement Program Policy
All programs have different course sequences and do not teach course material in necessarily the same order. Therefore, advance placing a student is extremely difficult. We will however, discuss the possibility with you on a case by case basis.

Other Allied Health coursework is NOT eligible for Advanced Placement in our curriculum.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our faculty for advisement please call (561) 207-5010.
*Please have a current copy of your transcript(s) and a letter of good standing from your former program director available with you for your appointment.

 

Cost

Florida resident tuition is approximately $98.25 per credit hour and this program requires 46 Respiratory Care credit hours and 30 general education course credit hours (76 credit hours total). Total tuition costs for in-state residents are approximately $7,467. Books, laboratory fees, uniforms, liability insurance, ACLS, PALS, NRP and professional association membership dues total approximately $1,000. Transportation for attendance to clinical training typically range between $650 - $1,250  (gas, oil, maintenance). Approximate total cost for FL residents is $9,117 – $9,717

 

Accreditation

The Respiratory Care Program is recognized by the American Medical Association and accredited by the:

Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC)
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
Telephone number 817-283-2835
Facsimile number 817-354-8519

This peer review organization is nationally accepted for setting standards for Respiratory Care education.  Graduates from this accredited program are eligible to take national board exams administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). This organization is accepted as the credentialing agency for Respiratory Care in the United States and Puerto Rico. 

 

Program Length

This is a two-year program beginning in August each year. It requires a full-time commitment.

 

Information Sessions

All applicants must attend a mandatory Open House info session. These sessions are held September through April, in Room LC 111 of the Lewis Center from 2 - 3 p.m. on the Palm Beach Gardens campus. No appointment is necessary.

Directions/Campus Map

Attend an information session

 

Contact Us

Dr. Nancy Latimer
Department Chair
561-207-5068
Dr. Latimer Faculty Web Page

Prof. Stephanie Parlamento Director of Clinical Education
561-207-5064
Prof. Parlemento Faculty Web Page


DUTIES OF A RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTITIONER

Under medical direction, licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCP) exercise their level of training in the administration of medical gases, humidity and aerosol therapy, various modalities of technically oriented breathing treatments, all aspects of continuous mechanical life-supporting ventilation techniques (invasive and non-invasive), special therapeutic and diagnostic procedures and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The practice of respiratory care is extremely diverse and may include, but not limited to, the following: Adult, Pediatric, and Neonatal Intensive Care (ICU), Trauma, Hyperbaric Medicine, Special Diagnostics (Sleep Medicine, Pulmonary Function, Stress Testing, assisting in Bronchoscopes), Floor Therapies, Home Care, Rehabilitation Programs, Asthma Education, Smoking Cessation, and Air Transport.

Technical Standards for the Program and the Profession
This is what is required of you in the field to perform your job duties:
You must have the motor skills, sensory/observational, communication, cognitive, behavioral/emotional skills and the ability to conduct yourself in an ethical and professional manner.

  • Lift (50 lbs), transfer and support patients.
  • Communication -Be able to communicate effectively with MD’s, fellow therapist, nurses, patients and their families.
  • You will be on your feet for long periods of time – up to 12 hours a day.
  • Caring and empathetic personalities are a must.
  • Attention to detail -Verifying prescriptions, charting examination details, etc.
  • Handle small objects, draw arterial blood gases, draw up medications and read appropriate measurements.
  • Being part of a health care team.
  • Be able to hear in order to assess breath sounds.
  • Be able to maintain complete confidentiality of all patient information and records in accordance with hospital regulations and Federal HIPPA Laws.
  • Be able to properly adhere to all policies and procedures regarding patient and student safety guidelines. This includes but not limited to: exposure to infectious disease and exposure to environmental hazards.

 

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK

The demand for qualified Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCP)) continues to grow much faster than average with an expected growth of 21% between 2008-2018 (U.S. Dept. of Labor). According to the 2009 AARC Human Resource Survey, new graduate salaries range between $42,078 - $47,297 / year.  To address the immediate need for Respiratory Therapist, many hospitals are offering sign-on bonuses among other benefits. 

 

Postsecondary Adult Vocational (PSAV) Certificate

PSAV certificate programs prepare you for high-skill, high-demand jobs. 


AT A GLANCE

Located on Palm Beach State's Lake Worth campus, this 11-month certificate program provides high-quality training in Dental Assisting at an affordable cost. As a state college, our tuition is a fraction of what private schools cost.


Next Start Date: Fall Term 2020
Application Deadline:
July 1, 2020 | Fall classes start August 2020
Attend an Information Session to learn about the program (not required to apply)

Note: Our Fall class is currently full. Please check back in March 2020 when the new application will be posted.


Where You Study Matters - A Nationally Accredited Program

  • Palm Beach State's Dental Assisting program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA CODA) http://www.ada.org/ and approved by the Florida State Board of Dentistry (FBOD) floridasdentistry.gov
  • Our program is currently the only ADA CODA-accredited Dental Assisting program in Palm Beach County.
  • Radiography and Expanded Function state certifications are included in the program.
  • Graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) http://www.danb.org/ to become Certified Dental Assistants.
  • Students enrolled in the Dental Assisting program work directly with community dentists providing treatment on patients in our state of the art dental clinic on the Lake Worth campus.

When you also consider our experienced and credentialed instructors, small class sizes and up-to-date dental facilities, you will see why Palm Beach State is the smart place to start your Dental Assisting career.

What is a Dental Assistant?
Dental Assisting is a rewarding career that is in high demand. Dental Assistants are found in 94% of all U.S. dental practices and clinics, working alongside dentists and dental hygienists as an important member of the dental health care team.

Dental Assisting as a Career
Oral health is absolutely critical to overall health and appearance. As the public's focus on oral health increases, so does the need for dental assistants. The high demand for dental assistants gives you the opportunity to choose the type of practice, geographic area and working environment you would prefer. As a key member of the dental healthcare team, dental assistants can work in a variety of settings, including:
  • General dentist's office
  • Specialty dentist's office
  • College/university dental clinic
  • Public health department
  • Veterans Administration clinic

 

Job Prospects

A rewarding career for caring people, dental assisting is also one of the nation's most in-demand occupations.

  • Florida has shortage of dental assistants (Florida Dental Association)
  • Estimated number of job openings average around 910 per year. (Florida Agency for Workforce Development)
  • Annual growth rate is 3.3 percent, higher than other health-related occupations (Florida Dental Association)
    94% of all U.S. dentists employ a dental assistant
  • The median annual income of dental assistants was $33,470 in May 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

What does a dental assistant do?

  • Works directly with the dentist chairside
  • Assists with providing patients high-level oral health care and education
  • Manages the business aspects of the dental practice


What does a chairside dental assistant do?

  • Instrument Transfer
  • Sterilization
  • Prepares operatories and patients for treatments
  • Patient education and post op instruction
  • Review and maintain patients charts
  • Prepares laboratory prescriptions

 

Career Paths for Dental Assistants

There are many options open to you in the dental health care field.

First, become a Certified Dental Assistant

Because Palm Beach State is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA CODA), our graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board exam (DANB). By passing this exam, you become a Certified Dental Assistant. Certified dental assistants have greater earning potential.

Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA)

Being an EFDA is the highest level of employment for a dental assistant. In Florida, having completed formal training at Palm Beach State's accredited Dental Assisting program, you will be legally eligible to:

  • Take Impressions
  • Preliminary dental charting
  • Polish clinical crowns
  • Polish amalgam restorations
  • Apply topical fluorides and fluoride varnishes
  • Apply sealants
  • Place and remove rubber dams
  • Remove sutures
  • Place and remove periodontal dressings
  • Insert and remove surgical dressings
  • Pack and remove non-vasoactive retraction cord
  • Fabricate temporary crowns and bridges
  • Cement temporary crowns and bridges
  • Remove excess cement
  • Place and remove matrices
  • Apply cavity liners and bases
  • Place and remove temporary restorations
  • Fabrication of bleaching and fluoride trays
  • Position and expose dental radiographs

(per Chapter 466, Florida Statute -- Rule 64B5, Florida Administrative Code)

Other dental career options include:

Dental Hygienist: As a graduate of the College's Dental Assisting program, you will have earned 19 credits toward the A.S. degree in Dental Hygiene.

Dental Office Manager: Dental assistants can use their knowledge on the business side of a dental practice. Instead of being chairside, you will be handling finances, maintaining records, working with insurance companies and suppliers, and fostering good patient relationships.

Dental Sales Representative: Through your knowledge of dental care, you can transition into sales for a dental supply/furnishings manufacturer.

Dental Assistant Instructor: Apply your knowledge to teach others this rewarding profession.

Program Start Date: The Dental Assisting program has fall entry only:

Application Deadline: July 1, 2020 | Fall classes start in mid-August

Program Length: 11 months (No prerequisites; includes final semester externship)

Program Credits and Clock/Contact Hours: This program consists of 1230 clock/contact hours (12 courses will transfer to the College’s Dental Hygiene A.S. degree program.)

Program Location: Lake Worth campus (4200 Congress Ave.)

Program Schedule: Monday - Friday; full-time days. Program cannot be taken part-time. Classes and labs are held during the day, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., with some variation according to semester.

Number of Seats: Approximately 20-25 students are accepted into the program at one time.

Dental Assisting Points for Selection:

Once all general admission criteria have been satisfied, a point system is utilized for selection of students to the program. 

Point System
Points may be awarded if you fit this criteria: Requirement to meet criteria Points allotted
College Cumulative GPA Point awarded is actual GPA 2.5 - 4.0
Palm Beach County Resident Applicant must submit copy of current government identification or Florida State identification/Drivers License with Palm Beach County address to earn points 2 points
Course Completion of VPI 0400 - Strategies for College Success

Optional Course- Cost $30.00

(If SLS 1501 previously completed same points awarded)

1 point
U.S. Veteran Applicant must submit copy of DD214 indicating honorable discharge 1 point
Six months or more of Dental Experience (i.e. front desk, dental assistant,dental lab tech)

Reference letter from immediate supervisor/dentist on company/office letterhead outlining specific experience and verification of employment dates

 

2 points
   Maximum Points Possible               

10

POINTS


Instructors and Facilities:
Students receive instruction by credentialed dental professionals. Laboratory and clinical classes are held in a state of the art dental clinic located on the Lake Worth Campus.

Program Costs: As a public institution, Palm Beach State's tuition is affordable--see Student Costs. Tuition and other costs also are reviewed at our Information Sessions.

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available for this program and it is recommended that you apply early at www.palmbeachstate.edu/FinancialAid. In addition, there are a limited number of scholarships available through the Palm Beach State College Foundation (www.palmbeachstate.edu/foundation).

Graduation Certificates: Graduates will receive a Postsecondary Adult Vocational (PSAV) certificate, as well as a Radiography and Florida Expanded Functions Certificate.

Professional Certification: Graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB; http://www.danb.org/) to become Certified Dental Assistants.

Accreditation: The programs in dental assisting and dental hygiene are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.  The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.  The Commission's web address is: www.ada.org/en/coda

The program is also approved by the Florida State Board of Dentistry for the purpose of providing continuing/advanced education and expanded duties training for Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants. www.floridasdentistry.gov

Program Curriculum: Please see Catalog Program Details for more information on Dental Assisting courses, including links to course descriptions.

Required Course Sequence -
Note: This program has no prerequisites

Postsecondary Adult Vocational Certificate (PSAV 5155)
Costs are approximate & subject to change.

Program Clock/Contact Hours: 
The program consists of 1230 clock/credit hours.

Tuition Rates   (Per Clock/Contact Hour)

Textbooks: $600.00

Uniforms: $200.00

Miscellaneous: $800.00

PROGRAM INFO

What is required to get started?

You must hold a standard high school diploma or GED. No prerequisites are required.

 

Program Length

This eleven-month full-time day begins once a year in the Fall Term.

 

Directions

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

The Dental Health building is on the northwest corner of the main campus. Enter at main Congress Ave. entrance (at traffic light between Sixth Ave. South and Lake Worth Rd.). Once on the campus, take the first left. At the stop sign, turn right. The Dental Health (DH) building is the one-story building on the right. Park in the Copper parking lot directly across from the building.

View a campus map

 

 


APPLICATION & CHECKLIST

Application Deadline: July 1, 2020

Fall classes start August 2020

Note: Our Fall class is currently full. Please check back in March 2020 when the new application will be posted.

 

What is a Limited Access Program?

A Limited Access program is one where both program admission and registration in program classes are restricted to a certain number of students meeting pre-determined criteria.

Any student meeting minimum program application requirements is encouraged to apply to the Dental Assisting program. The Dental Assisting program accepts between 20-25 students each fall term; not all applicants will be accepted. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool.

Your application will not be complete unless you:

  • Submit the one-page Dental Assisting Limited Access Application. Must be received by Admissions Office no later than the application deadline date of July 1, 2020. (Download, print and read this document.)
    Note: Our Fall class is currently full. Please check back in March 2020 when the new application will be posted.
  • Submit the online College application if you are a first-time Palm Beach State student.

  • Arrange for the submission of official transcripts from your high school, GED or validated foreign equivalent, as well as college transcript(s), if applicable.

  • Arrange to take the Test of Adult Basic Education. (TABE is not required for admission, but must be taken before classes begin, unless exception criteria are met.)
  • Arrange to take the Level Of English Proficiency Exam  if you are an international student who did not graduate from a US accredited high school with a standard high school diploma. (LOEP must be taken prior to application date and is required for admission for those who meet the criteria)

* Please Note: the Dental Assisting Limited Access Application contains:

  • Full details on entry requirements and steps for meeting requirements
  • Instructions on completing necessary applications for both the College and program
  • Review of selection process
  • The one-page Dental Assisting program application (last page of document); online College application must also be completed for first-time students.

(Download, print and read!)

All students meeting minimum program application requirements are encouraged to apply. However, meeting criteria for selection does not guarantee admission and not all applicants will be accepted. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool.


After submitting your application
To monitor your Limited Access Program Application Status:

  1. Go to www.palmbeachstate.edu/Pantherweb.
  2. Log on using your Palm Beach State student ID number and pin.
  3. This takes you to your student Panther Web page.
  4. Click on "Limited Access Application status."

Acceptance/Registration
Applicants who are selected will be notified approximately two weeks after the deadline date. If an applicant is selected and does not complete the registration process, the applicant must reapply and is not guaranteed acceptance in any subsequent selection process.

The provisional acceptance notice will include:

  1. Registration information
  2. Medical exam form
  3. Criminal Background form - includes Social Security number verification
  4. Controlled Substances and Alcohol screening forms
  5. Date of Mandatory Orientation

After admission, the above documentation must be on file with the Dental Health Services Coordinator's Office.

Students are required to obtain a criminal background check and controlled substance and alcohol screenings (at their own expense) prior to the start of class. Failure to provide such documentation will result in termination of application.

Health Science Contact Information
Name Title  Office Phone Number
  Associate Dean ETA 150 561-868-3744
Michele Villanucci Administrative Assistant ETA 149 561-868-3745

Office Mail Station: MS #60

Fax Number: 561-868-3296

 


 

Dental Health Services Contact Information
Name Title Office Phone Number
Rebecca Allen, NRDA Administrative Assistant DH 109 561-868-3746
Marie Hogan, CDA, BA Clinical Coordinator DH 107 561-868-3752
Kathleen Rooney, CDA, Dental Assisting Department Clinician DH 210 561-868-3754
Patricia Gilbert, Dental Hygiene Department Clinician DH 120.5 561-868-3756
Colleen Bradshaw, CDA, MHS  Chair Dental Assisting Program & Associate Professor  DH 101 561-868-3196
Judith A. McCauley, RDH, MA Chair Dental Hygiene Program & Associate Professor  DH 102 561-868-3758
Lydia Duffey, CDA, RDH, MSHS Associate Professor DH 127.2 561-868-3751
Corey B. Lietzke, CDA, BA Assistant Professor DH 106.2 561-868-3611
Marilee McGaughey, RDH, MSDH Associate Professor DH 106.1 561-868-3759
Jennifer Medina, RDH, DMD Professor I DH 127.1 561-868-3750

Office Mail Station: MS #32 

 Fax Number: 561-868-3753

Upon completion of the Dental Assisting program, 12 courses may be transferred toward the Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene degree.

Credits from the Dental Hygiene A.S. degree may transfer to Palm Beach State's Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management, with concentration options in General Management, Health Management and Public Safety Management.

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Student learns to mix alginate for preliminary impressions.

Dental Materials Lab:  Student learns to mix alginate for preliminary impressions.


Result of alginate impression on student partner.

Result of alginate impression on student partner.


Students learn to place the positioning device in Dental Radiology Lab.

Students learn to place the positioning device in Dental Radiology Lab.


Dental Assisting students work with the Paramedic students to reenact a medical emergency on a human patient simulator (SimMan).

Dental Assisting students work with the Paramedic students to reenact a medical emergency on a human patient simulator (SimMan).  View information on Palm Beach State's Center of Excellence in Medical Simulation.


Celebrating Dental Assistants Recognition Week by being honored at a luncheon.

Celebrating Dental Assistants Recognition Week by being honored at a luncheon.


Students are very active in campus activities.

Students are very active in campus activities.

 

 

Alginate impression on student partner.

Alginate impression on student partner.


Expanded functions are first practiced on fellow classmates.

Expanded functions are first practiced on fellow classmates.


Students participate in a Table Clinic competition during Dental Health Services Open House.

Students participate in a Table Clinic competition during Dental Health Services Open House.  Winners of the competition go on to present at a state level.


Students attend the Hinman Dental Conference in Atlanta.

Students attend the Hinman Dental Conference in Atlanta.


Fundraiser event - car wash

Fundraiser event - car wash


Fundraiser event - car wash

Fundraiser event - car wash


Our instructors are very dedicated to flossing!

Our instructors are very dedicated to flossing!

 

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AT A GLANCE

With the increasing number of group physician practices and treatment facilities, there is a greater need for larger support staffs. The excellent job outlook for medical assistants is driven by this expansion of health care options, as well as the growth and aging of our population. It's no wonder the multi-skilled medical assistant is in such demand!

 

Medical Assisting Information Sessions

  • January 15, 2020—Wednesday—3:00 p.m.
  • February 5, 2020—Wednesday—3:00 p.m.
  • February 26, 2020—Wednesday—3:00 p.m.
  • March 18, 2020—Wednesday—4:30 p.m.

Location: ETA257, Education & Training Center on Lake Worth Campus. 
Corner of Lake Worth Road and Congress.

Contact: B. Kalfin, Program Director at
561-868-3562, or
e-mail kalfinb@palmbeachstate.edu

 

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PROGRAM INFO

Program Length

1,300 hours, or approximately 13 months. Medical Assisting is a daytime program only.

Program Location

The ETA (Education & Training Center) building is located on the corner of Lake Worth Road and Congress Avenue.  |  Directions & Map

Program Accreditation

The Palm Beach State College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (http://www.caahep.org/) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, Fl 33763, telephone 727-210-2350.

Contact Info

Barbara Kalfin, Medical Assisting Program Director
Phone: 561-868-3562  |  Email: kalfinb@palmbeachstate.edu

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PROGRAM APPLICATION INFORMATION & CHECKLIST

Medical Assisting is a limited access program so in addition to the general College online application, students must also complete the Limited Access Program Application.  See more details below.

Application Checklist

Your application will not be complete unless you:

1. Submit the online College application if you are a first-time Palm Beach State student.

2. Arrange for the submission of official transcripts from your high school, GED or validated foreign equivalent, as well as college transcript(s), if applicable.

3. Arrange to take the Test of Adult Basic Education. (TABE is not required for admission, but must be taken before classes begin, unless exception criteria are met.)

4. Apply NOW for Financial Aid using the Steps to Apply

  • Use primary objective program code 5236
  • For assistance with Financial Aid, call 561-868-3330

5. Attend one Medical Assisting Information Session (Not required to apply).

6. Submit the Medical Assisting Limited Access Application. This must be received by Admissions Office no later than the application deadline date. Applications will also be distributed at the Information Sessions.

To Apply

Download and read the Medical Assisting Limited Access Application. This document contains:

  • Full details on entry requirements and steps for meeting requirements
  • Instructions on completing necessary applications for both the College and program
  • Review of applicant point system for selection
  • The one-page Medical Assisting program application (last page of document)

Please note: All students meeting minimum program application requirements are encouraged to apply. However, meeting criteria for selection does not guarantee admission and not all applicants will be accepted. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool.

After submitting your application

To monitor your Limited Access Program Application Status:

1. Go to your PBSC Student Email account: www.palmbeachstate.edu/Pantherweb.

2. Log on using your Palm Beach State student ID number and pin.

3. This takes you to your student Panther Web page.

4. Click on "Limited Access Application status."

Applicants who are selected will be notified 1-2 weeks after the deadline date.

Administrative Duties:

  • Using various computer software programs
  • Greeting patients and managing appointment schedule
  • Maintaining patient medical records
  • Transferring medical documents into electronic health records
  • Coding and completing insurance forms
  • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
  • Handling correspondence, billing and bookkeeping

Clinical Duties (varies by state law):

  • Taking and recording vital signs and medical histories
  • Preparing patients for examination
  • Assisting the physician during exams and minor surgeries
  • Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
  • Performing basic laboratory tests and ECGs
  • Drawing blood
  • Administering medications and injections
  • Educating patients about treatment procedures and special diets

Medical assistants are essential members of the health care team in a variety of settings, including:

  • Private and hospital physician offices (both primary care and specialty practices)
  • Hospital outpatient clinics and emergency rooms
  • Offices of other health care practitioners
  • Ambulatory surgery centers
  • Urgent care clinics
  • Medical and diagnostic laboratories
  • Kidney dialysis centers

Program Entry: Approximately 30 students are accepted into the program twice a year (Summer/Fall).

Program Length: Approximately 13 months (No prerequisites; includes final semester Externship)

Program Clock/Contact Hours: The program consists of 1300 clock/contact hours, including 173 hours required for the Externship.

Program Location: Lake Worth campus (Externship options throughout Palm Beach County)

Program Schedule: Monday - Friday; full-time days. Program cannot be taken part-time. Summer sessions are four days a week, full-time. Classes and labs are held during the day, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., with some variation according to semester.

Program Costs: As a public institution, Palm Beach State's tuition is affordable. Currently, the approximate cost of the Medical Assisting program for Florida residents is under $6,000, which includes tuition, textbooks, criminal background and drug screening), physical examination, immunizations, AAMA membership and CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination fee, and uniforms and name badge. Out-of-state residents pay a higher tuition and all costs are subject to change. Tuition and other costs are reviewed at our Information Sessions.

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available for this program and it is recommended that you apply early at www.palmbeachstate.edu/FinancialAid. In addition, there are a limited number of scholarships available through the Palm Beach State College Foundation (www.palmbeachstate.edu/Foundation).

  • Apply NOW for Financial Aid using the Steps to Apply
    • Use the Medical Assisting primary objective program code: 5236
    • For assistance with Financial Aid, call 561.868.3330

Graduation Certificate: Graduates of the Medical Assisting program will receive a Postsecondary Adult Vocational Certificate (PSAV).

Professional Certification/Licensure: The CMA (AAMA) credential represents a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) who has achieved certification through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).  The current cost of the exam is $125.00. This is mandatory and payable BEFORE students enter their 4th Sequence of the program—Externship. The CMA (AAMA) credential is awarded to candidates who pass the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination. The CMA (AAMA) credential must be recertified every 60 months by the continuing education or reexamination method in order to use the credential in connection with employment.

Program Curriculum: Please see Catalog Program Details for more details on Medical Assisting courses, including links to course descriptions.

Graduate Outcomes

  • The Medical Assisting Program at Palm Beach State College has a Retention rate of 67% for the admission cohort that entered in 2016, and there are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program.
  • The Medical Assisting Program at Palm Beach State College has an Employer Survey satisfaction rate of 100% for the admission cohort that entered in 2016.

Where You Study Matters

Based on Palm Beach State's Lake Worth campus, this 13-month certificate program, which has no prerequisites, provides high-quality training in medical assisting at an affordable cost. As a state college, our tuition is a fraction of what private schools cost. When you also consider our experienced and credentialed instructors, small class sizes and modern medical office training lab, you'll see why Palm Beach State is the smart place to start your medical assisting career.

What is Required to Get Started?

You must hold a standard high school diploma or GED. See Catalog Program Details and read Program Facts above for more information.

A Nationally Accredited Program

The Palm Beach State's Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575
Chicago, Illinois 660606
1-800-228-2262

Criminal Background, Drug & Health Screening

REQUIREMENTS

Introduction
The allied health professions are committed to providing excellence in patient care and services in a safe, productive and quality conscious environment.  As such, clinical and community agencies require students to meet standards, similar to employees, for criminal offenses and use of illegal substances.

Therefore, allied health students are required to be screened through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) or comparable checks from State(s) of prior residence.  In addition, a completed Palm Beach State College health form must be submitted.  The health record will contain results from the physical exam, laboratory tests.  An independent drug screening is also required.


Criminal Offenses
Most Florida Professional Boards under the Florida Department of Health and national registries perform computerized background checks on all applicants to determine eligibility for licensure.  This background check may include the record for all arrests, not merely convictions.  Therefore, students will be held to the same standard(s) as set for employment in nursing homes in Florida Statutes 400.211.  Judgments of guilty or pleas of nolo contendere to the following crimes will disqualify students from entering health programs:

  • murder;
  • manslaughter;
  • vehicular homicide;
  • killing of an unborn child by injury to the mother;
  • assault, if battery;
  • kidnapping; false imprisonment;
  • sexual battery;
  • prohibited acts of persons in familial or custodial authority;
  • prostitution; lewd and lascivious behavior; lewdness and indecent exposure;
  • arson; theft; robbery; and related crimes, if offense was felony;
  • fraudulent sale of controlled substances, only if the offense is a felony;
  • incest;
  • abuse or neglect of a disabled adult or elderly person; exploitation of a disabled adult or elderly person;
  • aggravated child abuse;
  • child abuse;
  • negligent treatment of children;
  • procuring sexual performance by a child;
  • sale, possession or use of obscene literature;
  • violation of drug abuse prevention and control laws, only if offense was a felony or if any other person involved was a minor; has not been judicially determined to have committed abuse or neglect against a child as defined in Fla. Stat.3901(2) and (47); does not have confirmed report of abuse, neglect, or exploitation as defined in Fla. Stat. 415.102 (6), or abuse or neglect as defined in Fla. Stat. 415.503(6), which has been uncontested or upheld under Fla. Stat. 415.1075 or Fla. Stat. 415.504; does not have a proposed confirmed report that remains unserved and is maintained in the central abuse registry and tracking system pursuant to Fla. Stat. 415.1065 (2)(c); and has not committed an act that constitutes domestic violence as defined in Fla. Stat. 741.128

The background screenings will be completed at the student's expense.  All records will be sent directly to the Program Coordinator and will be kept in a confidential file.  These files will not be part of the student's college records.  No faculty or staff will have access to the records without the written permission of the student.  These records will become the property of the college when submitted and will not be available for copying or for use to meet the requirements of outside employers.

Any applicant whose FDLE screening shows evidence of substance abuse history may be required to be evaluated by the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN) as a condition for entry into Nursing Programs.  These students must provide documentation of compliance with IPN recommendations.  Failure to do so could result in dismissal from the Practical or Registered Nursing Program

The student is responsible for notifying the Health Sciences Program Administrator of any arrests, regardless of adjudication, that occur after beginning the program.  Failure to promptly notify the program director shall be grounds for dismissal from the program.  After acceptance into the program, the student must not be found guilty, regardless of adjudication, of an offense that would disqualify the student under the above stated standard(s). If this occurs, the student will be subject to dismissal from the program. (Fla. Stat. 400.211)

If a criminal offense listed above deems a student ineligible for admission to or continuation in a health occupations program, an appeal can be filed.  The appeals process follows the college grievance process.  The appeals committee will follow the industry standard for employment in the profession as the guide for considering the grievance (details available upon request).

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Effective July 1, 2009, section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, provides that healthcare boards or the department boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been:

1.  Convicted or plead guilty or nolo contender to a felony violation of chapters 409, 817, or 893, Florida Statutes; or 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 of 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396, unless the sentence and any probation or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the application.

2.  Terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program (unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent five years).

3.  Terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program (unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent five years).


Drug Screening

A. After Selection prior to Acceptance and Admission

Area health care agencies and Palm Beach State College are drug free environments.  Palm Beach State College has been asked by area health care affiliates to require a drug screening for students who will be placed in the area health agencies for clinical rotations.  Therefore, students are required to obtain a ten-panel substance abuse drug screening at their own expense (cost varies $25-30).  These results are essential for clinical rotations, and subsequent entrance into the program.  Students with a positive test result will be given a reasonable opportunity to explain the confirmed test result and submit for retest.  If the explanation is unacceptable and cannot be satisfactorily documented by the students' physician, and the second test is positive, the student will not be considered for admission into the program.

The student may reapply and be considered for admission to a health occupations program after positive reference from a treatment team who has followed the student for two (2) years or current industry standard, and has dealt directly with the students' chemical dependency problem.

B. While In Program 

All students enrolled in the health occupations programs are required to be drug and/or alcohol free when reporting to the college and while at affiliating agencies (including parking lots and grounds.) For all affiliating agencies which require students to follow their drug testing policy, including, but not limited to, when there is reasonable suspicion to believe a student may be impaired, or is using, or has used illegal drugs and/or alcohol, the student may be tested in accordance with the affiliating agency's policies. 

If tested by an affiliating agency, the student shall provide his/her clinical faculty member with a copy of any test results.  Failure to promptly do so shall be grounds for dismissal from the program.  A positive drug or alcohol test shall be grounds for the student to withdraw from the program. Re-admission to the program can occur only after re-application that includes an advisement in writing by the professional counselor that the student is drug free and it is documented through testing.  The student must continue to be monitored by the counseling service while completing the program or he/she will be dismissed from the program.

If a positive drug screening deems a student ineligible for admission to or continuation in a health occupations program, an appeal can be filed.  The appeal process follows the college grievance process.  The appeals committee will follow the industry standard for employment in the profession as the guide for considering the grievance (details available upon request).


Health Form
Students who do not meet the standards of good physical and mental health, as required by clinical facilities for safe patient care, may reapply and be considered for admission to or continuation in a health occupations program after resolution of the health problem.  An updated health record, verified by a licensed physician or health care provider, must be submitted.


GUIDELINES FOR APPEAL RELATED TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES OTHER THAN FELONY

NOTE:  To appeal a denial for admission to or continuation in a health occupations program because of a criminal offense(s) other than felony, a written request with the following documentation must be submitted.  In considering an appeal, the college is limited in its decision by the industry standard requirement(s) of the clinical agency or profession and state law.

1.  If you have been found guilty of, or pleaded guilty or no contest to any charge other than a minor traffic offense, you must submit arrest and court records of the final disposition of each offense listed with your completed appeal package.

2.  Examples of offenses that will be listed on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement background check include writing bad checks, disorderly conduct, petit theft, DUI, welfare fraud, marijuana use, assault/battery, grand theft, use of controlled substances, abuse/neglect, lewd & lascivious behavior, and other offenses.   

3. Effective July 1, 2009, applicants who fall within the criteria set forth in section 456.0635, Fla. Stat., shall be ineligible to appeal a denial of admission to or continuation in a College health occupation program.

4. Juvenile offenses (under age 18) are sometimes listed on the FDLE report.  You are not required to report juvenile offenses.

5. If you are requesting the court to submit official records directly to the program administrator, the program must have received a letter indicating records are being sent separately from the court.

6.   If you are submitting the court records with your appeal packet, each document page must have the court seal on it.  (You are advised to keep a certified and true copy of the court records in your personal file.)   

7.  If the record has been sealed, you must submit the court order sealing the record.  This is required because the charge may still appear on the FDLE check.

8.  If official records are not available, you must submit a letter from the court and/or law enforcement agency on official letterhead with the court or agency seal on it stating that the record has been purged.

9. The College will inform you if an appearance is required before the appeals committee.  Appearance is always required when court ordered probation is still in effect.

10. Three letters of recommendation are required.  One letter should be from your current employer.  Letters of recommendation should not be from family members but rather individuals who can endorse your role as a future health care provider.

11.  If you have any questions, please contact B. Kalfin, Program Manager at 561-868-3562.


GUIDELINES FOR APPEAL RELATED TO POSITIVE DRUG SCREENING

To appeal a denial for admission to or continuation in a health occupations program because of a positive drug screening the following documentation must be submitted.

1. A letter stating the situation, why you feel the actions of Palm Beach State College are incorrect and what you desire as a result of the appeals process.

2.  Three letters of recommendation are required.  One letter should be from your current employer.  Letters of recommendation should not be from family members but rather individuals who can endorse your role as a future health care provider.

3.  The college will inform you if an appearance is required before the appeals committee. 

4.  If you have any questions, please contact the Program Coordinator/Specialist for an appointment. 561-868-3562 or 561-868-3819.


CRIMINAL BACKGROUND & DRUG SCREENING APPEALS COMMITTEE

Appeals Committee Members: one Associate Dean, one Department Chair, two Business Partnership Council Members (optional).

  1. The Associate Dean sets up the meeting within two (2) weeks of receipt of the appeal.
  2. The Appeals Committee meets (with the student, if necessary) to discuss the appeal.
  3. The Appeals Committee reviews all materials.  The Committee's decision is final. 
  4. The Associate Dean notifies the student of the Committee's findings via letter within one (1) week of the appeals committee meeting.

PROCEDURE FOR COMPLETING CRIMINAL BACKGROUND, DRUG SCREENING & HEALTH RECORD

Criminal Background Assessment

  1. Complete the Palm Beach State College Acknowledgment and Consent forRelease of Information form and return it directly to your program director.
  2. Complete the authorization form for criminal background screenings and deliver to NMS Management Services for processing.       

Drug Screening

1.  Complete the drug screening process.  Results should be sent directly to the College at the following address:

Palm Beach State College
Attention: Barbara Kalfin, Medical Office Programs
4200  Congress Avenue, #60
Lake Worth, FL 33461-4796   

Health Record

1.  Using the Palm Beach State College Medical Record form, obtain a record of a current physical exam.  This must include a record of immunizations and recent required screening tests. 

Note:  If the FDLE, Drug Screening or Health Record Assessment is submitted with violations, indications of substance abuse or medical issues, the student may be prevented from acceptance into the program. 

Because Palm Beach State's Medical Assisting Program is CAAHEP-accredited, our graduates are eligible to take the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination. The Certified Medical Assistant credential known as the CMA (AAMA) is awarded by the American Association of Medical Assistants and considered the gold standard of medical assisting professionalism. This credential is increasingly required by employers.

CMA (AAMA)--Recognized Worldwide
The Certifying Board of the AAMA has achieved international accreditation as a personnel certifying body from the International Accreditation Service (IAS). In addition to ensuring the CMA (AAMA) represents a world-class certification, IAS accreditation also validates the credential as an internationally recognized certification, enabling CMAs (AAMA) to obtain similar positions outside of the United States.

Basic X-ray Operator License: During the program, students also may pursue a Basic X-ray Operator License through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and the Florida Department of Health.

Jesus J. Venereo, M.D.
Instructor, Medical Assisting
Palm Beach State College | Lake Worth

Certified Pathologist, Higher Institute of Medical Sciences, Villa Clara, Cuba

M.D., Higher Institute of Medical Sciences, Havana, Cuba

Blah, Blah, Blah? Not Dr. V.
The 8 a.m. Medical Assisting class in Diseases, Disorders and Treatment is getting underway. Students are assembled, but instead of being half asleep, they are energized by a song blaring through computer speakers. Today’s selection, “YMCA,” has everyone dancing. Their instructor, Dr. Jesus Venereo, a medical doctor and pathologist, begins every morning class by playing a student’s song choice. “It brings the class together and starts conversations. You get to know things about them that you wouldn't otherwise, if you were a ‘blah, blah, blah’ teacher.”

Dr. Jesus Venereo

Dr. V., as his students call him, couldn't be farther from being a “blah, blah, blah” teacher, which is how he refers to long-winded lecturers. While some lecturing can’t be avoided, Venereo prefers not to be the “sage on the stage” and uses a combination of interactive strategies that puts the responsibility for learning on the students’ shoulders. “I flip it around and make them think. I kill them with questions. I say ‘I’m your guide and I’m here to lead you to success, but do not expect me to do your job. If you don’t work, you don’t learn.’”

 

 

 

Curtis Ober

“With him being a doctor, he taught us more than we actually even needed to know, which has really helped me in my work setting. They see that I have knowledge beyond what I should have, and they value me more as an employee.” -Curtis Ober, PBSC alumnus

Hailey Mears

“Dr. V. makes it exciting to learn. He really challenges you to learn the material and know what you’re talking about. I’ve had to study more than I ever had to before.” -Hailey Mears, PBSC student
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AT A GLANCE

Patient Care Assistants or Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) provide nursing support for RN/LPN staff in the hospital/or skilled nursing facility. They may also assist with the care of children, new mothers, infants and the elderly. The Certified Nursing Assistant(CNAs) works under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in a nursing facility, or as a private Home Health Aid.

CNAs in Nursing Facility duties:

Measure vital signs and assisting patients with daily living activities

CNAs as a Home Health Aide:

Prepare meals, providing in-home patient care, applying health and sanitation standards, and monitoring their patient’s progress.

 

PROGRAM INFO

Program Accreditation
This program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.

Approximate length: 3 1/2 months. Program is offered full-time days and part-time evenings.

Program Clock/Contact Hours:The program consists of290 clock hours.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

This is the first step on the nursing or health care career ladder.
The Patient Care Assistant curriculum integrates classroom with clinical performance. Course content includes basic concepts in health science, nursing assistant, home health aide and patient care assisting.

 

What is a Patient Care Assistant (PCA)?

A patient care assistant(PCA) is a nursing assistant who has successfully completed a PCA or CNA program. He/she may be employed in many different areas within the health care continuum: hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, home health agencies, and doctor's offices, to name just a few.


Duties & Work Environment

Patient Care Assistants (PCAs) work with patients under the direct supervision of health care professionals, such as doctors or nurses. They help patients with tasks such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They also assist with taking patients' temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. Additionally, they assist with preparing and administering medications, collecting specimens for lab tests, monitoring patients, and recording treatment.

They often communicate with patients often so that they can relay necessary information to the patients’ doctors. This requires them to be very empathetic and to be able to connect and interact well with their patients. Their work can often be physical, and it can require long hours on their feet, which means that a patient care aid should be in adequate shape. They are often working alongside nurses and other aids, so they must be able to work well on a team, follow directions well, and be able to offer help wherever it is most needed. They must be able to communicate information well between the patient and the health care providers. Always ready to meet patients' needs, a PCA's responsibilities may include:

Administrative Duties:

  • Using various computer software programs
  • Greeting patients and managing appointment schedule
  • Monitoring and recording patient during treatment
  • Transferring medical documents into electronic health records
  • Collecting and processing patient specimens and lab work
  • Handling correspondence, billing and bookkeeping

Clinical Duties (varies by state law):

  • Clean and bathe patients or residents
  • Help patients use the toilet and dress
  • Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
  • Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
  • Serve meals and help patients eat
  • Assist patients with moving about the facility, such as pushing wheelchairs
  • Assist in treatment and medication administration
  • Clean equipment and facilities
  • Change linens
  • Stock supplies

PCAs are essential members of the health care team in a variety of settings, including:

Private and hospital physician offices (both primary care and specialty practices)

  • Hospital outpatient clinics and emergency rooms
  • Urgent care clinics
  • Medical and diagnostic laboratories
  • Kidney dialysis centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Long-term care facilities

With the increasing number of group physician practices and treatment facilities, there is a greater need for larger support staffs. The excellent job outlook for PCAs is driven by this expansion of health care options, as well as the growth and aging of our population. It's no wonder the multi-skilled Patient Care Assistant is in such demand!

 

Program Entry:The Patient Care Assistant program has an entry three times a year during the Spring, Summer, and Fall terms at the Lake Worth campus.

Program Length:The program is approximately 3 - 3 1/2 months (one semester) depending on the student's selection of the full-time day or part-time evening program.

Program Schedule:During the Spring and Fall terms, the PCA program at Lake Worth offers a full-time day, and part time evening program. The schedules for these programs are below:

PCA Day Schedule: Monday through Thursday from 8:00am-3:00pm (Clinical days will be 7:00am-2:00pm)

PCA Evening Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4:00pm-10:30pm (Clinical days will have the same schedule)

During the Summer terms, the PCA program at Lake Worth offers the full-time day program only. The schedule for this program is below:

PCA Day Schedule: Monday through Thursday from 8:00am-3:00pm (Clinical days will be 7:00am-2:00pm)

Program Clock/Contact Hours:The program consists of290 clock hours.

Program Location:Lake Worth campus(Students will attend Clinicals at medical facilities throughout Palm Beach County)

Instructors and Facilities:Students receive instruction by industry-credentialed professionals. Lab classes are held in a modern hospital-type learning environment, utilizing current equipment and technology, including up-to-date medical records software.

Program Costs:As a public institution, Palm Beach State's tuition is affordable. Currently, the approximate cost of the Patient Care Assistant program for Florida residents is about $1,500, which includes tuition, textbooks, criminal background and drug screening), physical examination, immunizations, and uniforms and name badge. Out-of-state residents pay a higher tuition and all costs are subject to change. Tuition and other costs are reviewed at our Information Sessions.

Financial Aid:Financial aid is not available for this program. However, there are a limited number of scholarships available through thePalm Beach State College Foundation.

Graduation Certificate:Graduates of the Patient Care Assistant program will receive a Postsecondary Adult Vocational Certificate (PSAV).

Professional Certification/Licensure:Students who graduate from the Patient Care Assistant program will have the required contact hours needed to work as a PCA (Patient Care Assistant),HHA (Home Health Aid), and/or a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant).

Accreditation:The Palm Beach State's Patient Care Assistant program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.

Program Curriculum:Please see Program Overview for more details on Patient Care Assistant courses, including links to course descriptions.

Required Course Sequence -Note: This program has no prerequisites and does not require a high school diploma.

Catalog Program Details

 

 

ABILITIES YOU NEED
  • Sympathetic nature
  • Emotionally stable
  • Keen observer: as support staff members are often the ones to first notice a change in patient symptoms
  • Be able to communicate effectively with others about symptoms, and must be able to work effectively under the supervision of more senior medical personnel.

 

Employment Outlook?

Demand for nursing assistants is expected to grow about as fast as the average over the next few years. Replacement of support staff leaving the CNA nursing profession should be a major source of new job opportunities. Patient Care Assistants held about 1,564,300 jobs in 2016. About40 percent of CNAs worked in nursing care facilities, 26 percent in hospitals facilities, and another 11 percent in residential care facilities. Others worked for home health care services and Federal, State, and local government agencies. Most patient care assistants work full-time.

Average Salary?

The median annual wage for nursing assistants was $27,520 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,680, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $38,630.

For more information regarding salary and job outlook for PCAs, please visit theDepartment of Labor and Statisticswebsite.

Earn Credits to the LPN Program

Students who enroll in and complete our PCA/CNA program are eligible to receive credits towards our Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program.

Graduates of the Patient Care Assistant program will receive a Postsecondary Adult Vocational Certificate (PSAV).

 

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AT A GLANCE
This PSAV program prepares graduates for employment as licensed practical nurses. The program includes but is not limited to theoretical instruction and clinical experience in: medical-surgical nursing, pharmacology and medication administration, geriatric and long term care nursing, and obstetrical and pediatric nursing.

Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN state board examination to become licensed practical nurses.

Clinical experiences are included as an integral part of this program.

 

In addition to the above General Admission requirements, student must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for selection to the program. (Meeting admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program).

All students applying to the Practical Nursing program are required to attend one Information Session.

Your application will not be complete unless you:

  • Submit the online College application if you are a first-time Palm Beach State student.
  • Arrange for the submission of official transcripts from your high school, GED or validated foreign equivalent, as well as college transcript(s), if applicable.
  • Arrange to take the Test of Adult Basic Education. (TABE is not required for admission, but must be taken before classes begin, unless exception criteria are met.)
  • Arrange to take the HESI A2 Exam with the Testing Center at Palm Beach State.
  • Submit the one-page Practical Nursing Limited Access Application. (Must be received by Admissions Office no later than the application deadline date.)

 


After submitting your application

To monitor your Limited Access Program Application Status:

  1. Go towww.palmbeachstate.edu/Pantherweb.
  2. Log on using your Palm Beach State student ID number and pin.
  3. This takes you to your student Panther Web page.
  4. Click on "Limited Access Application status."


Acceptance/Registration

Applicants who are selected will be notified approximately two weeks after the deadline date. If an applicant is selected and does not complete the registration process, the applicant must reapply and is not guaranteed acceptance in any subsequent selection process.

The provisional acceptance notice will include:

  • Registration information
  • Medical exam form
  • Criminal Background Check (includes Social Security number verification)
  • Drug screen form
  • Level 2 FDLE Fingerprinting Form
  • Date of Mandatory Orientation

After admission, the above documentation must be on file with the Practical Nursing Program Office. All students are conditionally accepted and will be required to obtain Criminal Background Checks Drug Screenings, and Fingerprinting(at their own expense) prior to the start of class. Further information will be provided when admitted into the Practical Nursing Program. Failure to provide such documentation will result in termination of application.

To apply, please download and read the Practical Nursing Limited Access Application, or attend a MANDATORY Practical Nursing Information Session. The practical nursing information session covers:

  • Full details on entry requirements and steps for meeting requirements
  • Instructions on completing necessary applications for both the College and program
  • Review of applicant point system for selection
  • Information regarding program requirements and student expectations

Please note:All students meeting minimum program application requirements are encouraged to apply. However, meeting criteria for selection does not guarantee admission and not all applicants will be accepted. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool.

 
PROGRAM INFO

Program Accreditation
This program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.

1,350 Clock Hours
Full-time program: approximately 12 months

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

Completion Requirements
Successfully complete all of the courses and achieve the required test scores in the program. Achieve an 11th grade level or higher in math, reading and language on the TABE or qualify for TABE exemption.

 


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Administrative Duties:

  • Using various computer software programs
  • Greeting patients and managing appointment schedule
  • Maintaining patient medical records
  • Transferring medical documents into electronic health records
  • Coding and completing insurance forms
  • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
  • Handling correspondence, billing and bookkeeping


Clinical Duties (varies by state law):

  • Taking and recording vital signs and medical histories
  • Preparing patients for examination
  • Assisting the physician during exams
  • Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
  • Performing basic laboratory tests and ECGs
  • Drawing blood
  • Administering medications and injections
  • Educating patients about treatment procedures and special diets


LPNs are essential members of the health care team in a variety of settings, including:

  • Private and hospital physician offices (both primary care and specialty practices)
  • Hospital outpatient clinics and emergency rooms
  • Offices of other health care practitioners
  • Ambulatory surgery centers
  • Urgent care clinics
  • Medical and diagnostic laboratories
  • Kidney dialysis centers

With the increasing number of group physician practices and treatment facilities, there is a greater need for larger support staffs. The excellent job outlook for LPNs is driven by this expansion of health care options, as well as the growth and aging of our population. It's no wonder the multi-skilled LPN is in such demand!

Q. What is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)?

A.A licensed practical nurse (LPN) is a nurse who has successfully completed a practical nursing program, and has passed the NCLEX-PN, the state licensing exam. He/she may be employed in many different areas within the health care continuum: hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, home health agencies, and doctor's offices, to name just a few.

Q. What is the Employment Outlook for an LPN?

A.Demand for LPN nursing is expected to grow about as fast as the average over the next few years. Replacement of nurses leaving the LPN nursing profession should be a major source of new job opportunities. Licensed practical nurses held about 724,500 jobs in 2016. About16 percent of LPNs worked in hospitals,38 percent in nursing care facilities, and another 13 percent in offices of physicians. Others worked for home health care services; employment services; community care facilities for the elderly; public and private educational services; outpatient care centers; and Federal, State, and local government agencies. Most LPNs worked full-time, but about 1 in 5 worked part time in 2016.

Q. What is the Average Salary of an LPN?

A.The median annual wage for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $45,030 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,970, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $61,030.

For more information regarding salary and job outlook for LPNs, please visit the Department of Labor and Statistics website.

Entry Deadlines

  • Fall term Entrance:June 1st
  • Summer term Entrance:March 30th
  • Spring term Entrance:October 1st

The Nursing Transition program at Palm Beach State College is designed to recognize previous educational and work experiences for currently Florida licensed Practical Nurses and Paramedics. Upon successful completion of the course pre-requisite requirements and a challenge exam process, the transition student is admitted into the nursing program based on the "transition track" the student selects. Once admitted, the transition student is then incorporated into the generic nursing program and progresses in the same manner as all other RN students.

Students are awarded an Associate of Science degree and are eligible for the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse (RN).All students applying to the nursing programmust attend a nursing transition information session. Contact the Nursing Office at 561-868-3412 for details.

Questions regarding the Transition Program can be answered by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions for Transition Students, or contacting the Nursing Office.

Meeting the criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the Nursing program. Final selection is based on space availability and the date your ACE score is received by our offices. As soon as a seat becomes available, the student is notified by email of their acceptance. Semesters one and two's selection is based on generic space first and then filled with transition students.

Program Facts & Deadlines

Program Entry: The Transition Nursing program has an admissions entry 3 times a year during the Spring, Summer, and Fall terms based on their designated "track" they select.

Program Length:The program length is determined by a student's ACE exam results as well as the desired "track" they select.

Program Credit Hours:The program consists of 72 credits.

Program Location:Lake Worth and Belle Glade campuses (Students will attend Clinicals at medical facilities throughout Palm Beach County)

Program Schedule:Classroom and clinical hours run on a 2, 3, 4 or 5 day schedule depending on student’s registration. Classroom and clinical times will vary with the progression of each semester. Usually, the Full-Time and Belle Glade track holds classes 3 to 4 days a week, while the Accelerated track holds classes 1 to 2 days a week.

Faculty & Facilities:students receive instruction by nursing professionals in classroom, lab, and clinical settings. Lab classes are held in a modern hospital-type learning environment, utilizing current equipment and technology, including up-to-date medical records software.

Program Costs:As a public institution, Palm Beach State's tuition is affordable. Currently, the approximate cost of the Nursing program for Florida residents is about $8,000, which includes tuition, textbooks, criminal background and drug screening), physical examination, immunizations, and uniforms and name badge. Out-of-state residents pay a higher tuition and all costs are subject to change. Tuition and other costs are reviewed at our Information Sessions.

Financial Aid:  Financial aid is available for this program and it is recommended that you apply early at www.palmbeachstate.edu/FinancialAid. In addition, there are a limited number of scholarships available through the Palm Beach State College Foundation (www.palmbeachstate.edu/Foundation).

Graduation Degree:Graduates of the Nursing program will receive an Associates of Science in Nursing (ASN).

Professional Licensure:Students who graduate from the Nursing program will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam. After successfully completing and RN program and NECLEX-RN exam, a student will be eligible to obtain RN licensure through the Florida Board of Nursing.

Accreditation:The Palm Beach State's Nursing program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Program Curriculum:Please see Program Overview for more details on Nursing courses, including links to course descriptions.

Since nursing is a Limited Access Program, potential students must submit information and documents directly to:

Registered Nurse Office
ATTN: Rhonda Boles
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, Fl 33461-4796

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AT A GLANCE

This program is designed to prepare the student for employment as a Surgical Technologist. In a simulated surgical environment, the student will practice preparing, setting up and maintaining a sterile field; preparation of supplies and equipment for surgery; and patient preparation.

Course content includes surgical technology concepts, surgical techniques and procedures. Clinical learning experiences in an operating room and related areas are an integral part of this program.

Students in the surgical technology program learn through classroom instruction and six months of clinical experience in operating room and related areas.


Admission Requirements for Surgical Technology

Note: The Surgical Technology is a limited access program. Meeting admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program

Palm Beach State College
Edward M. Eissey Campus
Admissions Office
3160 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410-2893.

PROGRAM INFO

Program Accreditation
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs www.caahep.org
1361 Park St. Clearwater, FL 33756
Ph: (727)210-2350
Upon recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA)
6 West Dry Creek Circle Suite 110 Littleton, CO 80120
Ph: (309)694-9262.


Program Length
Total program hours: 1,300 hours, three terms. This is a full-time day program from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Clinical hours are 6:45 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.). There are two admission opportunities each year.


Program Costs

Costs are approximate and subject to change. Please refer to the current College catalog for tuition rates per clock hour. Scrubs, name badge, FDLE Screening (Criminal Background and Drug Screening), Physical Examination, Immunizations, NBSTSA Certification Examination are at the student’s own expense (all mandatory). The estimated program costs are as follows:

The estimated program costs are as follows:
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Tuition (in‐state residents) $3,800.00
Textbooks (approximate) $750.00
Miscellaneous $600.00
Total $5,150.00

Financial Aid is available for this program, and it is recommended that you apply early. You can apply online at www.palmbeachstate.edu/FinancialAid.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.


For More Information
Jane Fisher
Email: Fisherjm@PalmBeachState.eduPh: (561) 868-3561


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Customer and Personal Service— Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Medicine and Dentistry— Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • English Language— Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training— Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

 

JOB OUTLOOK

Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.

 

WAGES & SALARY

The median annual wage for surgical technologists was $47,300 and approx. $ 22.74 in May 2018.

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Completion Requirements
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program. Students must pass with the following minimum Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores: Reading: 11; English: 11; Mathematics: 10 or qualify for TABE exemption.

 


College Credit Certificate (CCC)

A CCC awards college credit and delivers the technical core of the A.S. degree in that area of study. Completing a CCC gives you an immediate credential for skilled employment, allowing you to start or advance a career. And because CCC credits transfer into an A.S. degree, you'll have a great start toward your degree goal, too.


AT A GLANCE

This college credit certificate program prepares students for a career as a sonographer, who combines creativity and advanced technological equipment to produce images of the body. The diagnostic medical sonographer works with other health care practitioners in the management, control and care of patients referred for ultrasound studies.

Sonographers use high frequency sound waves to demonstrate body parts and assist physicians in the diagnosis of medical abnormalities. The sonographer must have an exceptional understanding of human anatomy and an artistic, creative, self-directed approach for locating and demonstrating anatomy and pathology.

The Sonography Program is fully accredited by theCommission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida 33763: Telephone number 727-210-2350, upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). This peer review organization is nationally accepted for setting standards for education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
 

Completion Rate - 2017

This is an annual measurement of the number of students that began the program divided by the number of students that actually completed the program. The program's completion rate for 2017 was 93%.


Credentialing Examination Pass Rate - 2017

This is the number of students that pass the (ARDMS) American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography certification examination.

OB/GYN pass rate was 67% for 2017.

ABD pass rate was 91% for 2017.


Job Placement Rate

The program's job placement rate was 85% for 2017.


Professional Certification

 

Graduates from this accredited program are eligible to take national board exams administered by theAmerican Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography(ARDMS). This organization is accepted as a credentialing agency for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the United States.

Only graduates of CAAHEP-accredited programs are eligible to take the national board exams administered by ARDMS. Most employers require this professional certification.

Sonography students scan their classmates under the supervision of Professor Patty Braga.

 

Student sonographer places the transducer on her classmate’s abdomen, which send sound waves into the body that bounce off tissue, creating “echoes.” Ultrasound technology converts these echoes into the images seen on the screen, which are then evaluated by a physician, typically a radiologist.

 

Simulation Technology

In order to build skills in recognizing medical conditions, students also perform scans using a life-size female mannequin and simulation technology. The technology lets them discover abnormalities and compare the 2-D ultrasound images against 3-D anatomical images on a split screen. This helps students think critically about anatomy, physiology and disease processes and hones their ability to look at 2-D images, yet think 3-D.

The ability to look at the 2-D image on the screen, but think 3-D, is a crucial skill in capturing the correct images. Sonographers use a transducer to send sound waves into the body, which bounce off tissue, creating “echoes.”

The ultrasound technology converts these echoes into images that the sonographer sees on the screen. The images indicate the various tissue densities at different levels within the body as the sound travels down. In order to get good images, the sonographer must angle the transducer perpendicular to the area of interest so that the sound waves bounce straight off. That’s where independent and intuition comes into play. Thinking in 3-D, sonographers must be resourceful in order to position the patient in such a way that creates the optimal images.

Using the Vimedix™ OB/GYN Simulator, students scan a life-size female mannequin with a transducer and are able to see a 20-week fetus with realistic fetal and maternal anatomy and a range of abnormalities. Instructors have the option to hide the name of the pathology from the students to test their understanding.

 

On the Vimedix computer screen, students view high-resolution, real-time ultrasound images (right) simultaneously with 3-D anatomical images in a split screen mode.

 

Real-World Clinical Experiences

In addition to hands-on practice in the lab, all students are assigned to four clinical sites during their time in the program. Sites include hospitals, clinics and private practices in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Hendry and Okeechobee counties.

Through the use of a life-size mannequin and simulation technology, students practice finding abnormalities they otherwise would not have the opportunity to see in a lab setting.

 

This close-up of the computer screen shows the 3-D anatomical image (left) next to 2-D ultrasound image of same body part.

 

Professor Patty Braga, PBSC Sonography department chair, explains methods used to prepare students.

Read the article inContact magazineabout Professor Patty Braga, department chair. Discover how this pioneer in the field started her career and developed the Sonography program.

Note: The Sonography Program is a limited access program. Meeting admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program

  • Attend a mandatory Sonography open house information session;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  • Proof of completion of two-year allied health education program from an accredited institution that is patient care related. Examples include but are not limited to: radiography, respiratory therapy, nursing, dental hygienist and paramedic with the "required classes for selection consideration"(see below);
    OR
  • Proof of completion of an allied health education program from an accredited institution that is patient care related but less than two years, including but not limited to: CNA and EMT with the "required classes for selection consideration" (see below);
    OR

  • Completion of a basic Nursing Assistant or Patient Care Assistant course from an accredited institution and the "required classes for selection consideration" (see below); (Program MUST have a documented clinical component)

*REQUIRED CLASSES for selection consideration:

ENC1101 English Composition I or
SPC1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication,
College Algebra (or higher course from Mathematics - Area III)
Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab completed within the last 10 academic years.

**& Applied Physics (students who have completed an accredited radiology program may use radiographic physics to fulfill the applied physics)

Palm Beach State College
Edward M. Eissey Campus
Admissions Office
3160 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410-2893.

PROGRAM INFO
Program Accreditation
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756,
Tel: (727) 210-2350.

Duration and Location

Total program credits: 47.

This is a four-semester curriculum that begins in Fall term each year. The courses are sequential and involve practical experience in local hospitals and clinics. Full-time commitment begins in the fall term.

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.

Program Location

Classes and labs are held in the Lewis Center on the Palm Beach Gardens campus, 3160 PGA Blvd. Clinical rotation assignments take place at various local hospitals and physician practices.


Program Costs

Tuition costs for the Sonography program options are based on credit hours. The A.S. degree is 77 credit hours and the CCC is 47 credit hours. SeeTuition & Feesfor current credit hour rate.

Other costs include books, laboratory fees, uniforms, liability insurance and professional association membership dues, which total approximately $950. Transportation costs for driving to clinical training sites typically range from $750-$1,250 (gas, oil, maintenance).

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available and it is recommended that you apply early atwww.palmbeachstate.edu/FinancialAid.
In addition, there are a limited number of scholarships available through the Palm Beach State College Foundation:www.palmbeachstate.edu/Foundation.


SKILLS & ABILITIES
  • Ability to effectively operate sonographic equipment.
  • Ability to evaluate sonograms in order to acquire appropriate diagnostic information.
  • Ability to integrate diagnostic sonograms, laboratory results, patient history and medical records, and adapt sonographic examination as necessary.
  • Ability to use independent judgment to acquire the optimum diagnostic sonographic information in each examination performed.
  • Ability to evaluate, synthesize, and communicate diagnostic information to the attending physician.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the patient and the health care team, recognizing the special nature of sonographic examinations and patient's needs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and health care team.
  • Ability to follow established departmental procedures.
  • Ability to work efficiently and cope with emergency situations.
Physical Requirements
  • Emotional and physical health sufficient to meet the demands of the position.
  • Strength sufficient to: lift some patients, move heavy equipment on wheels (up to approximately 500 lbs), and to move patients in wheelchairs and stretchers.
  • Ability to maintain prolonged arm positions necessary for scanning.
Employment in a Clinical Setting
  • Students may be employed in a clinical setting outside regular educational hours, provided the work does not interfere with regular academic responsibilities.
  • The work must be non-compulsory, paid, and subject to standard employee policies. Outside work CANNOT be used as clinical time.
  • Any agreement for service work is between the employer and student, and the College has no responsibility for the student's actions while not acting as a student.

 

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AT A GLANCE

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as entry-level health care informatics specialists or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in related health occupations.

The content includes but is not limited to biomedical sciences, including medical terminology, health care delivery systems, basic principles of health care informatics; electronic health/medical record systems; data and workflow management concepts; and project management skills specific to health care informatics, ethical and legal concepts, health data content, clinical classification systems, organization and supervision, quality and performance improvement, health care statistics and research, reimbursement methodologies, and employability skills.

Important Credentials

As a graduate of Palm Beach State’s Health Informatics Specialist program, you will be eligible to take all certified Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHTS) credentials from the American Health Information Management Association six exams.

Taking the exams and earning the CHTS credentials gives you an advantage with employers and demonstrates your commitment to the health care IT industry.

For more information about CHTS, visit:www.ahima.org/certification/chts.

CHTS 6 Exams Certifications

Exam/Certification Names and Abbreviations
CHTS Exams/Certifications Abbreviations
Clinician/Practitioner Consultant CHTS– CP
Implementation Manager CHTS – IM
Implementation Support Specialist CHTS– IS
Practice Workflow & Information Management Redesign Specialist CHTS– PW
Technical/Software Support Staff CHTS – TS
Trainer CHTS – TR

 

 

PROGRAM INFO
Total program credits: 24

This program is offered at the Loxahatchee Groves campus.

How you will study

This program is offered in a hybrid format, in which students use technology continuously and engage with faculty and each other, both in the classroom and online, in each course throughout the program.

Thesequick self-assessmentswill help you understand the technical skills, time commitment and other factors that will impact your success as a student.

Students will participate in course activities, including class attendance, reading, homework, lab activities and other course requirements approximately 8 to 12 hours a week per course.

Course content is “threaded” knowledge. This means each course contains the knowledge and skills needed for the courses that follow. The recommended course sequence maximizes student success.

Knowledge and skills are reinforced through hands-on learning in virtual lab environments that simulate current industry tasks.

 

For More Information
Complete our online Information Session: www.palmbeachstate.edu/infosession
Ph: 561-868-4035


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Medical terminology
  • Electronic health/medical record systems
  • Data and workflow management
  • Health informatics project management
  • Ethical, legal and security concerns
  • Health data analysis
  • Clinical classification systems
  • Reimbursement methodologies
  • Health care statistics and research
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AT A GLANCE

This AHIMA PCAP approved program prepares students for employment as medical coders and health insurance specialists.

The medical coder is responsible for assigning correct diagnostic and procedural codes to medical documentation from patients’ medical records to ensure appropriate medical insurance reimbursement and compliance.

The Medical Information Coder/Biller program content is comprehensive, covering both inpatient and outpatient coding and documentation principles.

This requires knowledge and abilities in anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, computer software, reimbursement, health insurance, ethics, legal and regulatory requirements, and health information management.

 

Program is 1 in 4 offered in Florida

Approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP) of theAHIMA Foundation.

Earn Important Credentials
Upon completion of the program students may sit for the AHIMA Certified Coding Associate orCCAcertification examination and/or the American Academy of Professional Coders Certified Professional Coder orCPCcertification examination. Palm Beach State’s pass rate for the CCA exam is 100% for the 2017/2018 academic year.

PROGRAM INFO

Program Accreditation
The Medical Information Coder/Biller program is approved through the Professional Certificate Approval Process (PCAP) by the American Health Information Management Association Foundation. This designation acknowledges the coding program as having been evaluated by a peer review process against a national minimum set of standards for entry-level coding professions. This process allows academic institutions, health care organizations, and private companies to be acknowledged as offering an AHIMA Foundation PCAP Approved Coding Certificate program.


Total program credits: 37. Total program length: 5 semesters part-time. Most of the Medical Information Coder/Biller courses are formatted as hybrid online courses.

The program is offered at the Loxahatchee Groves campus.


How you will Study

This program is offered in a hybrid format, in which students use technology continuously and engage with faculty and each other, both in the classroom and online, in each course throughout the program.

Thesequick self-assessmentswill help you understand the technical skills, time commitment and other factors that will impact your success as a student.

Students will participate in course activities, including class attendance, reading, homework, lab activities and other course requirements approximately 8 to 12 hours a week per course.

Course content is “threaded” knowledge. This means each course contains the knowledge and skills needed for the courses that follow. The recommended course sequence maximizes student success.

Knowledge and skills are reinforced through hands-on learning in virtual lab environments that simulate current industry tasks.

Service learning is a vital aspect of our program. Service learning provides opportunities for students to interact with health information professionals in our local business community.

Practicum: During the final semester, students take part in a virtual practicum. This course is a capstone that incorporates all the knowledge and skills of the previous courses taken in the program. Students will work with real, de-identified medical records donated by local and national health care providers. Students will code records using encoder software for patients treated in physician offices, inpatient hospitals, emergency rooms and ambulatory surgery facilities.

 

 


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Inpatient & Outpatient Coding
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Health Information Management
  • Documentation Principles
  • Computer Software
  • Reimbursement
  • Ethics
  • Medicolegal Standards
  • Health Insurance & Regulations
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Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC)

The ATCs are advanced specialized programs of study for people with degrees (associate and above).


AT A GLANCE

This advanced technical certificate program is a three-course, one-semester program that begins spring term of each year ( January – May).


This program is designed to meet the needs of the radiologic technology professional for formalized, specialized training.

Available classes include Cross Sectional Anatomy, Computed Tomography, Computed Tomography Clinical Education, Pharmacology for Medical Imaging and Advanced Pathophysiology for Medical Imaging.

Admission Criteria

These courses are available to any applicant with an active, current RT license in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The Advanced Technical Certificates in Medical Imaging (MRI, CT, or CVIT) are accepted on a space available basis. Meeting the criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the MRI or CT program(s).

 

PROGRAM INFO
9 credit hours, or approximately one semester.

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.


More Information

Dr. Vicki Shaver
Department Chair 561-207-5067

Professor Michael Latimer
Clinical Coordinator 561-207-5066


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Identify normal and abnormal anatomical structures in multi-planar format as pertinent to advanced imaging techniques.
  • Describe scan protocols and state the application of protocols in specific situations and describe criteria for imaging windows for various studies.
  • Create and maintain a safe environment according to the "As Low As Reasonably Achievable" (ALARA) philosophy for radiation safety.

 

Jobs & Wages

The job outlook is excellent. The demand for diagnostic imaging personnel is expected to increase sharply, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Salary ranges for graduates of such programs vary by region. The registered technologist can expect to enter the job market at approximately $35,000 - $40,000 annually, with increases based on experience and specialization, up to $50,000 or more, according to the 2004 ASRT Wage Survey.

 

Career Advancement

A registered technologist who has completed a program of study which meets the requirements of theJRCERTand passes the ARRT examination may be granted college credit through Palm Beach State's Prior Learning Assessment.

As a profession, Medical Imaging emphasizes career development which leads to additional certification in CT (Computerized Tomography), MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, diagnostic medical sonographer, adult echo sonography, mammography and vascular imaging.

Palm Beach State College also offers aBachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management.

This degree is primarily designed for students with Associate

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AT A GLANCE

This advanced technical certificate program is a five-course, two-semester program which begins in the fall of each year and ends at the completion of the spring term (August to May).

An Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) in Magnetic Resonance Imaging is awarded to the student who holds a two-year degree from an accredited college or university and completes a minimum of 12 credit hours from the courses listed below. The program is designed to meet the needs of the radiologic technology professional for formalized, specialized training.

Admission Criteria

These courses are available to any applicant with an active, current RT license in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The Advanced Technical Certificates in Medical Imaging (MRI, CT, or CVIT) are accepted on a space available basis. Meeting the criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the MRI or CT program(s).

PROGRAM INFO

12 credit or approximately 10 months.

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.

Student must complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program with a grade of C or higher.


More Information

Dr. Vicki Shaver
Department Chair 561-207-5067

Professor Michael Latimer
Clinical Coordinator 561-207-5066


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Identify normal and abnormal anatomical structures in multi-planar format as pertinent to advanced imaging techniques.
  • Describe scan protocols and state the application of protocols in specific situations and describe criteria for imaging windows for various studies.
  • Create and maintain a safe environment and proper screening and preparation for MRI procedures in accordance with established guidelines.

 

Jobs & Wages

The job outlook is excellent. The demand for diagnostic imaging personnel is expected to increase sharply, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Salary ranges for graduates of such programs vary by region. The registered technologist can expect to enter the job market at approximately $35,000 - $40,000 annually, with increases based on experience and specialization, up to $50,000 or more, according to the 2004 ASRT Wage Survey.

 

Career Advancement

A registered technologist who has completed a program of study which meets the requirements of theJRCERTand passes the ARRT examination may be granted college credit through Palm Beach State's Prior Learning Assessment.

As a profession, Medical Imaging emphasizes career development which leads to additional certification in CT (Computerized Tomography), MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, diagnostic medical sonographer, adult echo sonography, mammography and vascular imaging.

Palm Beach State College also offers aBachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management.

This degree is primarily designed for students with Associate in Science/Applied Science degrees to earn a bachelor's degree. The BAS degree is structured to make maximum use of the credits from your associate in science or applied science degree.

 

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Applied Technology Diploma (ATD)

The ATD provides training for high-demand careers. The courses usually can be applied toward an Associate in Science degree.


AT A GLANCE

Healthcare Documentation Specialists / Medical transcriptionists are specialists in medical language and health care documentation requirements and standards.

They transcribe voice recordings of detailed medical reports dictated by health care providers as well as edit reports generated by speech recognition technology (SRT) software.

The medical transcriptionist is an integral member of the health care documentation team contributing to the creation of each patient’s legal medical record.

 

Earn the RHDS Credential

Program graduates may take the industry-recognized Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) exam. The RHDS credential, offered by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), is highly respected in the industry and lets employers know you have the necessary skills to be employed as a medical transcriptionist and documentation specialists.

PROGRAM INFO

Total program credits: 33

This program is offered at the Loxahatchee Groves campus.

Where you will study

Many of the Health Information courses are available as a hybrid online course. You will be required to attend class once per week per course and the other half of the course is offered online.

 


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Apply correct medical style as defined by the AHDI Book of Style.
  • Define, pronounce, spell and understand medical terminology related to anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, general medicine and all specialties.
  • Differentiate among common tests used in pathology and laboratory medicine, including diagnostic indications, techniques, expression of values and significance of findings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of health information management.
  • Use industry-adopted computer technology and exhibit advanced keyboarding skills

 

What Skills Do you Need?

While no previous medical background or experience is required, touch-typing at a minimum of 45 words per minute is highly recommended to enter the program. To achieve success in the field, students must reach a minimum of 65 words per minute upon program completion.

Other qualities for success:

  • Excellent command of English language (grammar, punctuation)
  • Superior computer and keyboarding skills
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to concentrate and think critically
  • Keen interest in health care and medicine

 

Careers & Advancement

Healthcare Documentation Specialist / Medical Transcriptionist work for a variety of health care facilities and organizations. Most work remotely from home for medical transcription service organizations or acute care facilities.

A computer and secure Internet connection are required to receive and submit work electronically.

This portability makes medical transcription a great profession for military spouses or those who seek a nontraditional work environment.

 

With work experience and upon achieving the Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CHDS) advanced credential through AHDI, you may advance to positions such as a quality assurance editor/specialist or supervisor.

They may also transition into medical coding, clinical documentation improvement, health informatics and other related roles.

27 credits from the Medical Transcription program may be applied toward the Health Information Technology A.S. degree at Palm Beach State College.

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