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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.


 

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Meet The Leadership Team

Know your Leaders

Dr. Edward Willey
Dean of Health Sciences
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Edward Willey

 

Carol Morejon
Associate Administrative Assistant
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Carol Morejon
Phone: (561) 868-3565
Office: ETA 0137.2
Mailing Address: 4200 Congress Avenue, MS 60, Lake Worth, FL 33461

 

Lisa Averill
Administrative Assistant II to the Associate Dean
Campus: Palm Beach Gardens
Email: Lisa Averill

 

Patricia Drake
Administrative Assistant II to the Associate Dean
Campus: Palm Beach Gardens
Email: Patricia Drake

 

Julia Steff
Department Chair
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

 

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

 

Penny Knight
Interim Program Director, Medical Assisting
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Penny Knight

 

Maribel Lozano
Administrative Assistant II,
Medical Assisting & Surgical Technology
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Maribel Lozano

 

Doreen Singer, MA, CST
Program Director, Surgical Services
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Doreen Singer

 

Deborah Copeland
Associate Dean of Nursing
Campus: Lake Worth
Email: Deborah Copeland

 

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

 

Dr. Robert M. Kershner
Program Director, Ophthalmic Medical Technology
Campus: Palm Beach Gardens
Email: kershner@palmbeachstate.edu

 

Dr. Nancy Latimer
Department Chair, Respiratory Care & Cardiopulmonary Sciences
Campus: Palm Beach Gardens
Email: latimer@palmbeachstate.edu

 

Dr. Vicki E. Shaver
Program Director,
Radiography/Medical Imaging
Campus: Palm Beach Gardens
Email: shaverv@palmbeachstate.edu

 

Patty A. Braga
Director, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Campus: Palm Beach Gardens
Email: bragap@palmbeachstate.edu

 

Dahnya Hamilton
Administrative Assistant
Campus: Palm Beach Gardens
Email: hamiltod@palmbeachstate.edu

 


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science degree at Palm Beach State College is an upper-level undergraduate degree that allows students to continue their education beyond the associate degree level. B.S. degrees prepare students to advance in their profession and pursue graduate-level education.


AT A GLANCE

As in many health care professions, the aging population is driving the critical need for respiratory therapists, who play a vital role in patient care and recovery from heart and lung disorders.

Through the Bachelor of Science degree in Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) build on their associate-level education and earn a bachelor’s degree in 12 – 24 months of online classes.

This B.S. degree program provides a broad-based curriculum that will lead to advanced credentials, as well as professional growth and development in leadership, management, education and research. Upper division courses meet the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) standards and are comparable to programs offered throughout the state and nationwide.

With a bachelor's degree, RRTs can earn more and advance further in their careers, may pursue graduate-level education, and are better prepared to achieve specialty credentials.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The B.S. in Cardiopulmonary Sciences is open to respiratory therapists who meet the following criteria:

  • Graduate of an Associate in Science degree program in respiratory care/therapy that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Achieved a 2.5 minimum GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their A.S. degree program.
  • Currently hold the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
  • Possess, or be eligible for, licensure from the state where they practice.

Note: If you are new to this field, please consider Palm Beach State’s A.S. degree program in Respiratory Care.

 

PROGRAM INFO

Program Code: S902

Students may start the program in the fall, spring or summer term and complete it on a full-time or part-time basis.

The program is 120 credit hours in length and takes between 12 months (full-time) and 24 months (part-time) to complete.

Students are required to complete 36 credit hours of upper level core courses.

 

CONTACT INFO

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

Questions on admission to bachelor's degree programs:
Email: BDPAdmissions@palmbeachstate.edu


APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants must meet all admission requirements (see above).

Apply to Palm Beach State College and select the Cardiopulmonary Sciences B.S. Program (Program Code S902) and be accepted. Learn more about the steps to enroll.

Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities must be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Clinical sites across the nation increasingly see added value in RRTs with a bachelor’s degree. This program prepares RRTs to further their careers and seek positions in respiratory care leadership, cardiopulmonary management, and respiratory care education and research. Graduates are also equipped to pursue advanced credentials, such as Adult Critical Care Specialist and Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist.

 

JOB OUTLOOK & SALARIES

The demand for qualified respiratory therapists continues to grow much faster than average nationwide with an expected growth of 21% between 2018-2028. Additionally, the 2019 median salary was $61,330 (U.S. Department of Labor). In Palm Beach County, there is a growing demand for RRTs with an increase of 18% or 664 positions projected by 2026.

To address the immediate need for respiratory therapists, many hospitals nationwide are offering sign-on bonuses among other benefits.

  • The goal of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) is for 80% of the current respiratory therapists in the nation to have earned their bachelor’s degree by 2020.
  • Furthermore, as of January 1, 2018, the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) requires that all new college and university respiratory care programs must offer a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Regional cardiopulmonary department managers were surveyed and of those that responded, 42% (n=5), 100% felt that a four-year degree should be the goal of the respiratory care profession. Furthermore, they believed that the bachelor’s-prepared therapist would add value to their department and organization.

 

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
  • Effectively communicate disease prevention and management in a variety of settings.
  • Apply effective leadership, management, and problem-solving strategies in a variety of settings.
  • Exemplify professional and ethical behavior.
  • Apply advanced respiratory therapeutic and diagnostic procedures in a safe and effective manner.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of essential human relations skills.
  • Utilize evidence-based medicine in respiratory care in a variety of topics.
  • The program graduate will be prepared to take an advanced practice NBRC exam.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Graduates of the B.S. in Cardiopulmonary Sciences program are eligible to pursue admission to master’s degree programs. The B.S. program also prepares RRTs to pursue advanced credentials from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), such as Adult Critical Care Specialist and Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist.

 


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.


2020-2021 RN-BSN Program Start Dates


2020-2021 Start Dates
Session Start Dates Application Deadline All Supporting Documents Due New Students Orientation Semester Length

Spring 2021 Session

January 7, 2021

November 9, 2020 December 5, 2020 January 3, 2021 16 weeks

Summer (C) 2021 Session

May 18, 2021

April 8, 2021 May 4, 2021 May 14, 2021 12 Weeks

Fall 2021 Session

August 19, 2021

July 15, 2021 August 8, 2021 August 19, 2021 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.

 

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.

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:

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) must complete the 6 Steps to Admissions.

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:

Email: Hilary Ashmen
Admissions Advisor
Phone: 561-868-4105

PROGRAM INFO

CONTACT INFO

Dr. Louise Aurelien, Nursing BSN Director
aureliel@palmbeacshtate.edu
Dr. Aurelien’s webpage

Questions on admission to bachelor's degree programs:
Email: BDPAdmissions@palmbeachstate.edu

 

Program Accreditation

The RN-BSN program at Palm Beach State College at the Lake Worth campus located in Lake Worth, Florida is accredited by the:  

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 
(404) 975-5000  

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the RN-BSN program is Continuing Accreditation.  

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at: http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm 


Student Achievement Outcome Data

Employment Post Graduation - August 2020: 100%

Completion Rate - July 1, 2019 to August 2020: 93%

Retention Rate - Fall 2019 to Fall 2020: 85%

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 A.A./A.S./A.A.S. 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)

Fourth Semester

  • NUR3678 - Nursing Care for the Geriatric Patient and other Vulnerable Populations
  • NUR4636C -Community
    Health Nursing

Fifth Semester

  • NUR4847 - Clinical
    Decision Making/Critical
    Thinking
  • NUR4655 - Nursing in a
    Multicultural Society

Sixth Semester

  • NUR4107 - Nursing
    Perspectives/Global
    Trends
  • NUR4945 - Capstone
    Experience: 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 the Department of Labor and Statistics website.

For More Information:

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

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

 


Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree

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 advising tracks will help guide you in selecting general education and elective courses that fit your desired upper-division major and the requirements of your chosen transfer school. Always work with your PBSC academic advisor in making your final choices.


AT A GLANCE

Athletic Trainers evaluate and advise individuals to assist recovery from or avoid athletic-related injuries or illnesses, or maintain peak physical fitness. May provide first aid or emergency care.

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

  • Evaluate athletes' readiness to play and provide participation clearances when necessary and warranted.
  • Care for athletic injuries, using physical therapy equipment, techniques, or medication.
  • Conduct an initial assessment of an athlete's injury or illness to provide emergency or continued care and to determine whether they should be referred to physicians for definitive diagnosis and treatment.
  • Assess and report the progress of recovering athletes to coaches or physicians.
  • Perform general administrative tasks, such as keeping records or writing reports.
DEGREE COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the A.A. degree.

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 A.A. DEGREE

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

Community Public Health workers assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. May collect data to help identify community health needs.

  • Maintain updated client records with plans, notes, appropriate forms, or related information.
  • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to improving general health, such as diet or exercise.
  • Identify or contact members of high-risk or otherwise targeted groups, such as members of minority populations, low-income populations, or pregnant women.
  • Contact clients in person, by phone, or in writing to ensure they have completed required or recommended actions.
  • Distribute flyers, brochures, or other informational or educational documents to inform members of a targeted community.
DEGREE COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the A.A. degree.

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 A.A. DEGREE

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

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.
DEGREE COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the A.A. degree.

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 A.A. DEGREE

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.

DEGREE COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the A.A. degree.

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 A.A. DEGREE

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.

Note: The Nursing A.A. is a transfer degree to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) university degree.

The Registered Nursing (RN)(AS), Practical Nursing(LPN)(CCP) and Patient Care Assistant(CCC) degrees can be found below.

DEGREE COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the A.A. degree.

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 A.A. DEGREE

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.

 

DEGREE COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the A.A. degree.

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 A.A. DEGREE

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.

DEGREE COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the A.A. degree.

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 A.A. DEGREE

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.

AT A GLANCE

Physical Education workers provide individualized physical education instruction or services to children, youth, or adults with exceptional physical needs due to gross motor developmental delays or other impairments.

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

  • Provide adapted physical education services to students with intellectual disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic impairments, or other disabling condition.
  • Adapt instructional techniques to the age and skill levels of students.
  • Instruct students, using adapted physical education techniques, to improve physical fitness, gross motor skills, perceptual motor skills, or sports and game achievement.
  • Maintain thorough student records to document attendance, participation, or progress, ensuring confidentiality of all records.
  • Assist in screening or placement of students in adapted physical education programs.
DEGREE COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the A.A. degree.

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 A.A. DEGREE

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.

 


Associate 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

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.

 

Information Sessions

 

Limited Access Application

APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2022 ENTRY
AVAILABLE MARCH 2022
FALL 2022 APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2022
PROGRAM BEGINS: AUGUST 2022

Program Email: hoganma@palmbeachstate.edu
Phone: 561-868-3752

 

APPLICATION CHECKLISTS

  • Palm Beach State College ID & Email Required
  • Documents you will need electronic copies to upload with your ONLINE application.
    • Veterans? Copy of DD214
    • PBSC County resident? Copy of your Driver's License
    • Post Secondary Education? College(s), Date(s), Location(s)
  • Apply with our ONLINE Limited Access application
  • Pay the limited access application fee. The application fee is:
  • We recommend that the application fee be paid before completing the application.
  • Note: Your application will be incomplete if the fee is not paid.
  • How to Guide(s)
    • Find your submitted application
    • Resume working on a saved application
    • Upload missing documents
    • Communicate with your reviewers

Step 1:  Login to Engage (PBSC username & password) https://palmbeachstate.campuslabs.com/engage/

 

Step 2: Go to your account

 

Step 3: Click on Submissions

 

Step 4: Choose to view your application (this will show you the status of your application.

 

Step 5: If you need to complete your application or upload missing documents or communicate with your reviewers.

 

 

 

Minimum eligibility for program consideration

Standard High School diploma or GED.

Satisfied Developmental Education either by submission of placement test scores or qualifying exemption.

Minimum overall cumulative GPA requirement 2.0.

Completion of the following natural Science courses with a grade of C or higher by the deadline date.

  • BSC 2085 Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lecture
  • BSC 2088L Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
  • BSC 2086 Anatomy and Physiology 2 lecture
  • BSC 2086L Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab
  • MCB 2010 Microbiology Lecture
  • MCB 2010LMicrobiology Lab
  • HUN 1201 Elements of Nutrition
  • CHM Any transferable college-level Chemistry lecture

After the minimum eligibility requirements are met, a point system will be used to determine program admission. There is no point minimum, the more points a student earns the more likely they are to be admitted.

 

DENTAL HYGIENE POINTS EFFECTIVE FOR FALL 2021 ENTRY

Area 1: Coursework
Maximum Points possible for this area: 60. Completed with a Grade of C or higher by the application deadline date. Lecture and lab must be complete to be awarded points.
Course Points Possible for Fall 2021
Mathematics General Education Area III (MGF, MAC or STA prefix) 10
Humanities General Education Area II Fine Arts, Literature or PHI1010 10
ENC1101 College Composition 1 10
PSY2012 General Psychology 10
SPC1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 10
SYG2000 Introduction to Sociology 10

 

Area 2:  College Education
Maximum Points possible for this area: 10. Points awarded in one area. College Credit is optional for points in application process not required for program admission or degree completion.
Education Type Points Possible for Fall 2021
Associate Degree or higher 10

 

Area 3: Natural Science Grade Point Average
Maximum Points possible for this area: 40
GPA Points Possible for Fall 2021
Average of Natural Science Program Required courses (no rounding of scores) 20 - 40

 

Area 4: Palm Beach County Resident
Maximum Points possible for this area: 20. Documentation Required-State of Florida identification card or driver’s license.
Residency Type Points Possible for Fall 2021
Palm Beach County Resident 20

 

Area 5: United States Veteran
Maximum Points possible for this area: 10. Documentation Required: DD214 showing Honorable or General Discharge (under honorable conditions).
Veteran Status Points Possible for Fall 2021
Veteran of United States of America Armed Forces 10

 

MAXIMUM POINTS POSSIBLE: 140

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.org   and approved by the Florida State Board of Dentistry (FBOD)  floridasdentistry.gov.

After graduation, you are required to take a written national board examination and a state or regional clinical examination before 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/Bachelors.
  • 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 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.

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

See catalog for 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 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 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.

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

Palm Beach State College Dental Hygiene Care Center is a teaching facility in which students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene program provide preventive dental care to the community. The Dental Hygiene Care Center is a state of the art clinical facility, located on the Lake Worth campus.


CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT!  561-868-3757


 

Appointment Includes:

  • Oral Health Assessment
    • Medical/Dental history
    • Oral Cancer screening
    • Radiographs (X-rays)
  • Prophylaxis (dental cleaning)
    • Scaling
    • Polishing
    • Adjunctive aides in periodontal treatment
  • Fluoride
  • Sealants
  • Patient Education

Appointment Times:

Fall Term (September - December)

  • Tuesdays: 8 a.m. - noon & 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 8 a.m. - noon

Spring Term

(January - April)

  • Tuesdays: 8 a.m. - noon & 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 8 a.m. - noon & 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(February - April)

  • Mondays: 8 a.m. - noon
  • Wednesdays: 8 a.m. - noon & 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Treatment may require multiple appointments. Please set aside an entire morning or afternoon for your appointment.

Cost:

  • Adult (age 18 and older): $45
  • Child (age 17 and under): $25
  • PBSC Current Employees & Students : $20

  • Radiograph Duplication
    • Mailed: $6
    • Picked-up: $5

*Payment accepted by check or credit card only.

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.org and 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.

 

Limited Access Application

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2021 ENTRY
FALL 2021 APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 8, 2021
PROGRAM BEGINS: AUGUST 2021

Program Email: hamiltod@palmbeachstate.edu
Phone: 561-207-5010

 

APPLICATION CHECKLISTS

  • Palm Beach State College ID & Email Required
  • Documents you will need electronic copies to upload with your ONLINE application.
    • Veterans? Copy of DD214
    • PBSC County resident? Copy of your Driver's License
    • Allied Health Professional? Occupational License
    • Healthcare Experience? Verification letter
    • Registered Radiologic Technologist or Sonographer? AART Number
    • Post Secondary Education? College(s), Date(s), Location(s)
  • Apply with our ONLINE Limited Access application
  • Pay the limited access application fee. The application fee is:
  • We recommend that you complete the application first before paying the fee.
  • Note: Your application is not complete until the fee has been paid.

 

 

  • How to Guide(s)
    • Find your submitted application
    • Resume working on a saved application
    • Upload missing documents
    • Communicate with your reviewers

Step 1:  Login to Engage (PBSC username & password) https://palmbeachstate.campuslabs.com/engage/

 

Step 2: Go to your account

image of public safety account page

 

Step 3: Click on Submissions

 

Step 4: Choose to view your application (this will show you the status of your application.

 

Step 5: If you need to complete your application or upload missing documents or communicate with your reviewers.

 

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.

 

Minimum eligibility Requirements for program consideration

Allied Health Education credential or State Healthcare Licensure 

  • Registered Radiologic Technologist or Sonographer
  • Allied Healthcare program completion from regionally accredited institution
  • Allied Healthcare State License with a documented minimum of one-year experience

Overall Cumulative GPA = 2.5 or higher 

Completion of the following pre-requisites by the deadline date with a grade or ‘C’ or higher by the deadline date

1. Completion of 1 of the following Communications Area 1 courses

  • ENC1101 college Composition 1 or
  • SPC 1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • Both courses are required for Associates of Science degree to be awarded

2. MAC1105 or higher-level course prefixed MAC Mathematics Area 3 
3. BSC2085 Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lecture
4. BSC2085L Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
5. PHY1001 Applied Physics or higher College level physics (PHY) course

After the minimum eligibility requirements are met, a point system will be used to determine program admission.  There is no point minimum; the more points a student earns, the more likely they are to be admitted to the program. In the event of a tie the students overall cumulative GPA will be used as the tie breaker.

 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography Points

Area 1: Coursework 
Maximum Points Possible – 50
Course Points Possible
Humanities General Education Area II Fine Arts Appreciation, Literature or PHI1010 10
BSC2086 and BSC2086L Anatomy and Physiology lecture and lab 20
BSC1010 and BSC1010L Principles of Biology Lecture and Lab 10
PSY2012 Introduction to Psychology  10

 

Area 2: College Education 
Maximum Points Possible – 10
Education Type Possible Points
Associate Degree or higher from a Regionally Accredited Institution 10

 

Area 3: Overall Cumulative Grade Point Average
Maximum Points Possible - 40
GPA Possible Points
1st two digits of overall undergraduate cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (no rounding)
Based on a minimum of 12 college credits earned.
25 - 40

 

Area 4: Previous PBSC Diagnostic Sonography Applicant
Maximum Points Possible – 5
Applicant Type Points Possible
Previous Applicant to Diagnostic Sonography program 5

 

Area 5: Palm Beach State Sonography Lab Volunteer
Maximum Points Possible - 10
Volunteer Type Points Possible
Sonography Lab Volunteer 10

 

Area 6: Healthcare Experience
Maximum Possible Points - 25
Experience Type Possible Points
Registered Radiologic Technologist or Sonographer 15
Palm Beach State Allied Health Program Completer 10
Allied Health program completion from regionally accredited institution for Patient Care or Certified Nursing Assistant 
or 
Allied Healthcare State License with one year of documented experience
10

MAXIMUM POINTS POSSIBLE: 130

 

Applicants using an Allied Healthcare State License with one year of documented experience are required to submit a verification letter.  This letter will be uploaded into the application. 

Recommendation letters and job descriptions will not be accepted. 

This letter must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be on company letterhead
  • Must be signed from immediate supervisor or Human Resource designee
  • Must include dates of employment or service
  • Must outline specific patient care experience duties as related to the selection criteria

You will be required to consent to verification of healthcare experience and provide the following information:

  • Location of Experience
  • Name of Supervisor
  • Contact information 

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 the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 9355 - 113th St. N, #7709 Seminole, FL 33775. 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 - 2019

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 2019 was 94%.


Credentialing Examination Pass Rate - 2019

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

OB/GYN pass rate was 100% for 2019.

ABD pass rate was 82% for 2019. 


Job Placement Rate

The program's job placement rate was 88% for 2019.


Professional Certification

Graduates from this accredited program are eligible to take national board exams administered by the American 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 60 days before graduation. Most employers require this professional certification.

Program Location

Classes and labs are held in the Center for Innovative Health Sciences (CIHS) building across from the Palm Beach Gardens campus, 3205 RCA 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. See Tuition & Fees for 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 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.

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 in Contact magazine about Professor Patty Braga, department chair. Discover how this pioneer in the field started her career and developed the Sonography program.

Q. What is the difference between the AS degree and the CCC program?

A. The core Sonography courses (SON) are the same. However, with the Associate degree, general education courses are taken to fulfill the requirements for an AS degree.


Q. Does this make a difference when applying for a job?

A. If you are applying for a Sonography job in a hospital or office, your employer is interested in the school you attended (is it accredited or not) and what registry certifications you hold.  We recommend that if you do not hold a degree, that you get the AS degree; as you do not know what direction your career may go 10-20 years from now.  Certain jobs within the Sonography field such as management, ultrasound companies and teaching require degrees.


Q. When does the program start and what is the application deadline for the program?

A. The program starts in the Fall of every year. There is only one class selection per year. The deadline is different each year but will always be the within the first week of July.


Q. What are the hours of the program?

A. The program is full time approximately 35-40 hours per week. The schedule varies from semester to semester. The clinic hours may differ depending on the clinical site with most being 8:00 a.m. to 4:30pm with some evening and weekend hours.


Q. Do you offer an evening or part time program?

A. The Sonography program is only offered during the day. Please see above.


Q. Can I work while I am a student in the program?

A. Yes - as long as working hours do not interfere with clinical hours.


Q. Can I apply if I have not completed all the pre-requisite courses and program requirements?

A. Yes. As you finish your courses your application will be updated in the system.


Q. What campus is the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program located?

A. The program is located at the Palm Beach Gardens Campus on PGA Boulevard.


Q. Why do I need allied health experience?

A. Sonography is much more than scanning pregnant moms and looking at cute babies. You will be working with sick patients and that takes certain skills. Having the background of working with patients and understanding basic skills -  like how to move patients that may be in pain or have IV’s attached to them - will let you focus more on learning how to scan properly.


Q. Do sonographers deal with needles, blood, and bodily fluids?

A. Yes - sonographers are patient care givers and indeed deal with all of these!


Q. What type of skills do you need to be successful in Sonography sonographers?

A. The most important skills are:

  • Interpersonal skills – You will be constantly be working with patients and other healthcare professionals so the ability to be calm and helpful at all times is a VERY important skill. You’ll have to show this same level of dedication to working and getting along with others during your time both in the classroom and at clinic.
  • Attention to detail – Medicine is a detail-oriented field, so you must be meticulous when it comes to every part of the process. From filling out paperwork to assessing real patients, you’ll need to make sure all your T’s are crossed and I’s are dotted.
  • Critical thinking, problem-solving skills – At the end of the day, you will feel more mentally than physically exhausted.  Sonography is all about solving the numerous issues that others deal with, and often you’ll have to be creative and offer unique solutions. Good sonographers are excited by taking on new challenges and finding interesting ways to conquer those tasks.
  • Ability to work well under pressure – Whether it’s difficult exams or patients, many times you will find yourself pushed to the limits to find answers quickly. If you like the rush of working at a fast pace and handle pressure well, you won’t be intimidated by whatever comes your way.

77 credits x $101.00 = $7,777.00 In-state

77 credits x $303.00 = $23,331.00 Out-of-State

Program Fees: Medical Liability $12.90/clinical courses, national board exam fee $250.00, Application fees (college and program) $60.00

Textbooks/professional organization membership = $1,000

Uniform/name tag = $150.00

Background & drug check = $145.00

Medical exam and Immunizations/Titters = varies per individual student

Transportation consideration for attendance to clinical training = $700-$1,200 (Gas, oil, maintenance)

PROGRAM INFO

Program Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
9355 - 113th St. N., #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
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.

 

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 the RHIT national credentialing exam as soon as possible after you graduate.

Health Information Technology is a STEM program.

 

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.

 

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

Note: Current Palm Beach State students should not reapply. Instead, complete the Program Objective form and submit to the Admissions Office.

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

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

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. 

 

Additional Instructions:

You must complete an online information session and ELO1000 - Canvas for Students 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

Complete the following:

  • Program online Information Session 
  • ELO1000 Blackboard Orientation

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 program agreements requirements 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

The HIM 1800C Health Information Professional Practice is only offered during weekdays and requires students to complete clinical hours at a health care facility.

 

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

The Health Information Technology accreditor of Palm Beach State College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Health Information Technology Associate in Science degree has been reaffirmed through 2022/2023. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

 

Program Results

75% of the 2019/2020 HIT AS program graduates completed the program within 36 months. 

In the 2019/2020 academic year our program had an 84.6% retention rate.

100% of our 2019/2020 HIT AS program graduates are working in the field of healthcare.

100% of the 2019/2020 RHIT first-time test takers passed their RHIT exams compared to the 73% national average pass-rate. 

 

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?
These quick self-assessments will 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, CPHIMS, CPHI, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA

 

Professor Colette Chiacchiero, RHIA, CCS-P

 

Professor Kacey Bishop, RHIT, CCS, CAHIMS

AT A GLANCE

The Health Services Management program provides students with knowledge and skills focused on the management of the financial aspects of health care delivery. The emphasis of the program is on middle management skills requiring complex health care knowledge, business skills and legal proficiency.

This program provides students with the expertise in health data collection, analysis, monitoring, maintenance and reporting activities in compliance with established legal, ethical, regulatory and professional standards. Course content will include technical concepts and strategies, in addition to ethical and medico-legal aspects, computer information technology, biomedical sciences, health record science, statistics and data literacy, medical coding, service management, reimbursement methodologies, risk assessment, health care delivery systems, charge capture, performance improvement and leadership concepts.

The program curriculum is aligned to prepare students for professional certifications from the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management, the National Association of Healthcare Revenue Integrity and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

 

 

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program credits: 60

Total program length: Six terms, full time

This program is offered at the Loxahatchee Groves campus.

 

PROGRAM CONTACT

Julia Steff, Associate Professor
steffj@palmbeachstate.edu
(561) 790-9044

 

 


POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Students will be able to perform jobs such as revenue integrity specialist, health insurance specialist, health care claims specialist, charge master coordinator, and other revenue specialized areas in the health care industry.

 

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program with a grade of "C" or higher.

 

 
AT A GLANCE

Description of the Profession: Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being, and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession. (2015 CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines)

In Demand: Medical assisting is one of the nation's careers growing much faster than average for all occupations, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, attributing job growth to the following:

  • Predicted surge in the number of physicians' offices and outpatient care facilities
  • Technological advancements
  • Growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment

(2020 AAMA website)

 

Information Sessions 

 

Controlled Access Application

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2021 ENTRY
FALL 2021 APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2021
PROGRAM BEGINS: AUGUST 2021

Program Email: mintsp@palmbeachstate.edu
Phone: (561) 868-3165

 

APPLICATION CHECKLISTS

  • Palm Beach State College ID & Email Required
  • Documents you will need electronic copies to upload with your ONLINE application. 
    • Veterans? Copy of DD214
    • PBSC County resident? Copy of your Driver's License
    • Post Secondary Education? College(s), Date(s), Location(s)
  • Apply now with our ONLINE Controlled Access application
  • Pay the controlled access application fee. The application fee is:
  • We recommend that you complete the application first before paying the fee.
  • Note: Your application is not complete until the fee has been paid.
  • How to Guide(s)
    • Find your submitted application
    • Resume working on a saved application
    • Upload missing documents
    • Communicate with your reviewers

Step 1:  Login to Engage (PBSC username & password) https://palmbeachstate.campuslabs.com/engage/

 

Step 2: Go to your account

 

Step 3: Click on Submissions

 

Step 4: Choose to view your application (this will show you the status of your application.

Step 5: If you need to complete your application or upload missing documents or communicate with your reviewers.


PROGRAM INFO

Program Accreditation

The Palm Beach State College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
9355 – 113th St. N. #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
727-210-2350

Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
312-392-0155

Program Length

4-semester program with cohorts starting in August and January. The program itself is approximately 21 months.

Total Program Credits: 65

Total Program Length: 4 semesters, full time

Program Location

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

Contact Info

Penny Knight
Medical Assisting Program Director
Phone: 561-868-3165  |  Email: mintsp@palmbeachstate.edu

 

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Medical assistants are cross-trained to perform administrative and clinical duties. Here is a quick overview (duties vary from office to office depending on location, size, specialty, and state law):

Administrative Duties (may include, but not limited to):

  • Using computer applications
  • Answering telephones
  • Welcoming patients
  • Updating and filing patient medical records
  • Coding and filling out insurance forms
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
  • Handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping

Clinical Duties (may include, but not limited to):

  • Taking medical histories
  • Explaining treatment procedures to patients
  • Preparing patients for examination
  • Assisting the physician during exams
  • Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
  • Performing basic laboratory tests
  • Instructing patients about medication and special diets
  • Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician
  • Transmitting prescription refills as directed
  • Drawing blood
  • Taking electrocardiograms
  • Removing sutures and changing dressings

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

The Medical Assisting Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), CAAHEP, 9355 – 113th St. N. #7709, Seminole, FL 33775 727-210-2350, upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Educational Review Board (MAERB). This peer review organization is nationally accepted for setting standards for education in Medical Assisting.

Completion Rate

This is an annual measurement of the number of students that completed the program divided by the number of students that began the program. The program's completion rate for 2019 was 82%.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate

The number of students that passed the Certified Medical Assisting exam (AAMA) American Association of Medical Assisting certification examination in 2018 was 62.5%.

Job Placement Rate

The program's job placement rate was 74% for 2019.

Professional Certification

Because Palm Beach State's Medical Assisting Program is CAAHEP-accredited, our graduates are eligible to take national certification exams through a credentialing agency of their choice.

Certified Medical Assistant-American Association of Medical Assistants

https://www.aamantl.org

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant-National Healthcareer Association

https://www.nhanow.com/certifications/clinical-medical-assistant

Registered Medical Assistant-American Medical Technologists

https://www.americanmedtech.org/Medical-Assistant

Certified Phlebotomy Technician

https://www.nhanow.com/certifications/phlebotomytechnician
(Eligible to take exam after completing the Phlebotomy Course)

Medical Assisting Advanced, Associate in Science Degree Costs*
Expense In State Out of State
Tuition $7,100.00 $24,200.00
Books $2,150.00 $2,150.00
Background Check $95.00 $95.00
Drug Screen $35.00 $35.00
Uniform (scrubs, shoes, name tag) $100.00 $100.00
PBSC Application (One-time fee) $40.00 $40.00
Controlled Access Program Application $20.00 $20.00

 

  • Total In-State $9,600
  • Total Out of State $26,700

*Costs are estimated and not guaranteed

Q. What is the difference between the AS degree and the CCC program?

A. The core Medical Assisting courses (MEA) are the same. However, with the Associate degree, general education courses are taken to fulfill the requirements for an AS degree.


Q. Does this make a difference when applying for a job?

A. If you are applying for a Medical Assisting job, your employer is interested in the school you attended (is it accredited or not) and what certifications you hold. We recommend that if you do not hold a degree, that you get the AS degree. Having an AS degree will give you more options for careers in the future.


Q. When does the program start and what is the application deadline for the program?

A. The program starts in the Fall and Spring of every year. The deadline is approximately 1 month prior to the August or January start date.


Q. Can I do the CCC now and work on the AS after I am in the workforce?

A. Yes, you can complete the CCC first and then add on the general education courses to fulfill the AS Degree requirements at a later date.


Q. Can I apply even if I only want to attend college part time?

A. Yes, you can complete either the CCC or AS in a part time manner.

Medical Assisting Contact Information
Name Title Office Phone Email
Kathleen Archer BA,
CMA (AAMA)
Faculty ETA 202 561-868-3680 archerk@palmbeachstate.edu
Penny Knight MSB,
CCMA (NHA), RDMS (AB,OB/GYN), MT (ASCP)
Medical Assisting
Department Chair,
Faculty
ETA 258 561-868-3165 mintsp@palmbeachstate.edu
Maribel Lozano Administrative Assistant II ETA 146 561-868-3724 lozanom@palmbeachstate.edu
Erin Oliphant AA,
CMA (AAMA)
Faculty ETA 209 561-868-3783 oliphane@palmbeachstate.edu

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).

 

Information Session - Online

Students will be required to view and complete the information session video quiz module below. The quiz is embedded within the module, and the video will pause intermittently to ask content check questions. You must click on the play button to activate the video quiz. Each student will have 5 attempts per IP address to complete the quiz with an 100% score.

You must submit a screenshot (in .PDF format) of a complete quiz with 100% along with your RN application in order to receive credit for attending the session.

 

 

Limited Access Application

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING 2022 ENTRY
FULL-TIME DAY LAKE WORTH PROGRAM 
FULL-TIME DAY BELLE GLADE PROGRAM
EVENING/WEEKEND PROGRAM LAKE WORTH (PART-TIME) 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
PROGRAM BEGINS: JANUARY 2022

Program Email: bolesr@palmbeachstate.edu
Phone: (561) 868-3412

 

APPLICATION CHECKLISTS

  • Palm Beach State College ID & Email Required
  • Documents you will need electronic copies to upload with your ONLINE application. 
    • PBSC County resident? Copy of your Driver's License
    • Post Secondary Education? College(s), Date(s), Location(s)
    • HESI Test Taken in last 2 years ? Date taken and score report
      • The Testing Center requires that students provide at least 72 hours notification prior to cancellation, except in cases of documented emergencies.  Students who cancel less than 72 hours before their scheduled exam will be charged the $30.00 proctoring fee.  
  • Apply with our ONLINE Limited Access application
  • Pay the limited access application fee. The application fee is:
  • We recommend that the application fee be paid before completing the application.
  • Note: Your application will be incomplete if the fee is not paid.
  • How to Guide(s)
    • Find your submitted application
    • Resume working on a saved application
    • Upload missing documents
    • Communicate with your reviewers

Step 1:  Login to Engage (PBSC username & password) https://palmbeachstate.campuslabs.com/engage/

 

Step 2: Go to your account

 

Step 3: Click on Submissions

 

Step 4: Choose to view your application (this will show you the status of your application.

 

Step 5: If you need to complete your application or upload missing documents or communicate with your reviewers.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

Completed or Satisfied Developmental Education Overall Cumulative GPA - 2.5 or higher

Overall Cumulative Score on the HESI - 80 or higher HESI Math section - 80 or higher

Completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or higher by the application deadline date:

  • CHM1032 Principles of Chemistry
    • Accepted substitute for CHM1032 is CHM1045/CHM1045 General Chemistry 1 lecture and lab and CHM1046/CHM1046L General Chemistry 2 lecture and lab
  • DEP2004 Human Growth and Development (Developmental Psychology)
  • BSC2085/BSC2085L Anatomy and Physiology 1 lecture and lab

Courses with a lecture and lab component require both to be passed with a “C” or higher for application consideration.

The following courses must be passed within the last 10 years: CHM1032, BSC2085/BSC2085L, BSC2086/BSC2086L and MCB2010/MCB2010L

  • Completion of BSC2086/BSC2086L with a “C” or higher within the last 10 years waives requirement for BSC2085/BSC2085L to be repeated. Please speak with an Academic Advisor regarding this requirement.

 

REGISTERED NURSING POSSIBLE POINTS

Area 1: Education
Maximum Points Possible: 40
Education Type Points Possible
29 or less college credits 10
30 or more college credits 20
PBSC Allied Health, EMT or Paramedic Program completed 30
Bachelor's degree 40
Master's degree or higher 50

 

Area 2: Program Co-requisites
Maximum Points Possible: 100
Completion of the following courses with a grade of “C” or higher by the application deadline date.
Co-requisites Points Possible
BSC2086/BSC2086L Anatomy and Physiology 2 lecture and lab 30
MCB2010/MCB2010L Microbiology lecture and lab 30
ENC1101 College Composition 1 10
PSY2012 Introduction to Psychology 10
Humanities: 3 credits General Education Area
(Fine Arts appreciation, PHI1010 or Literature course)
10
STA2023 Statistics 10

 

Area 3: Nursing Course work
Maximum Points Possible: 10
Completion of the following course with a grade of “C” or higher by the application deadline date. Course solely used for points in application process. It is non-transferable and not required for program admission or completion.
Nursing Course Points Possible
NUR1024 Critical Thinking Nursing 10

 

Area 4: HESI EXAM
Maximum Points Possible: 100
HESI Exam Score Points Possible
First two digits of Overall Cumulative score (no rounding) 80 - 100

 

Area 5: Overall Cumulative GPA
Maximum Points Possible: 40
GPA Points Possible
Points awarded based on first two digits (no rounding) 25 - 40

 

Area 6: Veteran of the United States Military
Maximum Points Possible: 10
Veteran Status Points Possible
Documentation required:
DD214 showing honorable discharge or honorable conditions.
10

 

MAXIMUM POINTS POSSIBLE: 310

 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

 

 

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 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.

 

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.

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.)

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.

 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 the Testing Center website for 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 the HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review (4th edition)study guide. It is located a most major book retailers. Students can also obtain free HESI practice questions to prepare for the 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 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 Registered Nursing program will receive an associate 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).


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 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 Registered Nursing program will receive an associate 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).

 

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 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 Registered Nursing program will receive an associate 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).


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 the Department of Labor and Statistics website.

 
PROGRAM INFO

Accreditation

Palm Beach State College offers several different degrees and certificates leading to professional licensure in the state of Florida. Some professions require both a degree and the successful completion of additional criteria such as licensure exams, field placements, or clinical hours. Student eligibility to apply to sit for the NCLEX exam (RN or PN) in the State of Florida is defined in 464.008, F.S., and also includes possession of a valid form of identification and a social security number. Please visit the Florida Board of Nursing to ensure your eligibility.

If you are a student who may choose to reside outside of Florida or one of the compact states after graduation, Palm Beach State College cannot confirm whether these degree or certificate programs meets educational requirements for professional licensure in your state.

Since the Associate Degree in Nursing program at Palm Beach State College is nationally accredited, the curriculum should meet the requirements of other states; however, some states have requirements in addition to the program’s curriculum. If you wish to take the NCLEX exam in a non-compact state, please contact the board of nursing in the state to determine whether this degree will meet their licensure requirements.

For the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, and the Practical Nursing (PN) program, completion of program requirements makes you eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) RN or PN in Florida or one of the other 36 nursing compact states if you apply for a multi-state license under the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). A list of current compact states can be located on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website: (https://www.ncsbn.org/nurse-licensure-compact.htm).

The AS Registered nursing program at Palm Beach State College at the Lake Worth campus located in Lake Worth FL and the Belle Glade campus located in Belle Glade, FL is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the AS Registered nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

Success Indicators

The NCLEX-RN exam pass rate at Palm Beach State College for the 2019-2020 academic year at the Lake Worth campus is 84.98% (3-year mean: 85.4%), and at the Belle Glade campus, 82.35% (3-year mean: 83%). The nursing program completion rate for the 2019-2020 academic year is 91% (3-year mean: 91%).

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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AT A GLANCE

The Ophthalmic Medical Technology Associate in Science degree program prepares students for high-demand, well-paid careers working with eye physicians and surgeons to evaluate and improve people’s vision.

This two-year clinical program combines classroom instruction with hands-on training in the College’s fully functional ophthalmic medical facility that includes dedicated examination, surgical and laboratory spaces. Students develop technical proficiency under the supervision of board-certified ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians, as well as through clinical externships at local ophthalmic practices, clinics and surgical centers. Read more about the program and profession below.

Please note: If you have questions about the program, please email: OMT@PalmBeachState.edu or if you don’t have access to email, please leave a detailed message at 561-207-5010.

 

Information Session

Please watch this Information Session Video, as well as the other videos below, to learn more about the program and this rewarding career in vision care.

 

Limited Access Application

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2021 ENTRY
FALL 2021 APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 8, 2021
PROGRAM BEGINS: AUGUST 2021

Program Email: hamiltod@palmbeachstate.edu
Phone: (561) 207-5010

 

APPLICATION CHECKLISTS

  • Palm Beach State College ID & Email Required
  • Documents you will need electronic copies to upload with your ONLINE application.
    • Veterans? Copy of DD214
    • PBSC County resident? Copy of your Driver's License
    • Healthcare Experience? Verification letter
    • Post Secondary Education? College(s), Date(s), Location(s)
  • Apply now with our ONLINE Limited Access application
  • Pay the limited access application fee. The application fee is:
  • We recommend that you complete the application first before paying the fee.
  • Note: Your application is not complete until the fee has been paid.

Minimum eligibility for program consideration:

- Standard High School diploma or GED

- Satisfied Developmental Education either by submission of placement test scores or qualifying exemption. 

- Minimum overall cumulative GPA requirement 2.8

- Completion of the following natural Science courses with a grade of C or higher by the deadline date:

  • BSC2085 Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lecture
  • BSC2085L Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
  • BSC2086 Anatomy and Physiology 2 lecture
  • BSC2086L Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab
  • MCB2010 Microbiology Lecture
  • MCB2010L Microbiology Lab

- Open house/Information Session Attendance

- Clinical Observation

After the minimum eligibility requirements are met, a point system will be used to determine program admission.  There is no point minimum, the more points a student earns the more likely they are to be  admitted. In the event of a tie, the student overall cumulative GPA will be the deciding factor. 

Area 1: Coursework
Maximum Points Possible - 50
Area Possible Points
Mathematics General Education Area III (MAC1105, MAC1114, MAC1140, MAC1147) 10
Humanities General Education Area II Fine Arts Appreciation, Literature or PHI1010 10
ENC1101 College Composition 1 10
PSY2012 Introduction to Psychology 10
SPC1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 10

 

Area 2: College Education
Maximum Points Possible - 10
Area Possible Points
Associate Degree or higher 10

 

Area 3: Overall Cumulative Grade Point Average
Maximum Points Possible - 40
Area Possible Points
1st two digits of overall undergraduate cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (no rounding) 28 - 40

 

Area 4: Healthcare Experience 
Maximum Points Possible – 10
Area Possible Points
Submit copy of verification letter 10

 

Area 5: United States Veteran
Maximum Points Possible - 10
Area Possible Points
Veteran of United States of America Armed Forces 10

* Documentation Required: DD214 showing Honorable or General Discharge (under honorable conditions)

 

Maximum points possible: 120

 

Healthcare Experience

Healthcare experience, volunteer or paid, must be within the last 3 years for a minimum of 3 consecutive months. 

Applicants claiming healthcare experience will be required to submit a verification letter.

This letter will be uploaded into the application. 

Recommendation letters and job descriptions will not be accepted. 

This letter must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be on company letterhead
  • Must be signed from immediate supervisor or Human Resource designee
  • Must include dates of employment or service
  • Must outline specific patient care experience duties as related to the selection criteria

You will be required to consent to verification of healthcare experience and provide the following information:

  • Location of Experience
  • Name of Supervisor
  • Contact information  

 

 

 

No. 1-ranked Bascom Palmer fills jobs with PBSC grads

PBSC has become a hiring pipeline for the nation’s No. 1 eye hospital. Twelve graduates of the Ophthalmic Medical Technology program currently work at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Palm Beach Gardens as ophthalmic technicians, comprising almost one-half of the facility’s technician staff of about 25.

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Andy A. | Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program 

Published on Dec 6, 2017

Andy didn't let gender stereotypes limit his career choice! Instead, he pursued his interest in working for eye physicians and surgeons by enrolling in the Ophthalmic Medical Technology program.

Your eyes. Most everything you have ever learned, came to you through your eyes. Like many of us, you probably take your vision for granted; most people see clearly without thinking about it. Unfortunately, for millions of Americans, poor vision is a daily way of life.


Professor and Department Chair honored as a medical hero

Dr. Kershner, who is chairman, medical director and the lead professor for Palm Beach State College’s Ophthalmic Medical Technology program, was honored by the Palm Beach County Medical Society. 

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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.

Office & Contact Info

Location:

Ophthalmic Medical Technology Clinic and Labs
Center for Innovation in Health Science
3205 RCA Blvd.
Department Office CIH102
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410-2893

Inquiries:

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

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Headshot of Robert KershnerRobert 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.

Total 2-Year In-State Tuition:

72 credits x $101.00 = $7,920
Scholarships and Loans Available

OMT Accepted Application Fees:
Application fees (college and program) $60.00
Background check = $95.00
Drug Screen = $35.00
Health Screen = $100.00

OMT Program Fees:
Uniform/Scrubs/Name Tag = $150.00
Textbooks (included in program as e-Texts at no additional cost)
i-Pad provided for each student at no cost
BLS Course-approximately $50
Smart Phone (recommended) approximately $35-65/month

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.

 

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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.

 

Limited Access Application

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING 2022 ENTRY
APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 1, 2021
PROGRAM BEGINS: JANUARY 2022

Applicants must register for one online Information Session

Program Email: hamiltod@palmbeachstate.edu
Phone: (561) 207-5010

APPLICATION CHECKLISTS

  • Palm Beach State College ID & Email Required
  • Documents you will need electronic copies to upload with your ONLINE application. 
    • Veterans? Copy of DD214
    • PBSC County resident? Copy of your Driver's License
    • Post Secondary Education? College(s), Date(s), Location(s)
    • Clear criminal history background, drug and alcohol screening, an acceptable medical exam, completed at student’s expense, prior to starting the program.
  • Apply with our ONLINE Limited Access application
  • Pay the limited access application fee. The application fee is:
  • We recommend that the application fee be paid before completing the application.
  • Note: Your application will be incomplete if the fee is not paid.
  • How to Guide(s)
    • Find your submitted application
    • Resume working on a saved application
    • Upload missing documents
    • Communicate with your reviewers

Step 1:  Login to Engage (PBSC username & password) https://palmbeachstate.campuslabs.com/engage/

 

Step 2: Go to your account

 

Step 3: Click on Submissions

 

Step 4: Choose to view your application (this will show you the status of your application.

Step 5: If you need to complete your application or upload missing documents or communicate with your reviewers.

Minimum Program Eligibility requirement for consideration:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Attend a mandatory Radiography open house information session.
  • Complete program prerequisite courses BSC2085/BSC2085L Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lecture and lab with a grade of C or higher
  • Official Transcripts from High School, College and University (if applicable)

After minimum eligibility requirements are met a point system is used to determine selection for program admission.

 

Area 1: Education-Points awarded in one category. Credits earned at a regionally accredited institution.
Maximum Points Possible: 30
Course Points Possible
29 or less college credits 10
30 or more college credits 20
Associate degree or higher 30

 

Area 2: Coursework completion 
Points awarded for course completed with a grade of ‘C’ or higher on before the deadline date. Points are not awarded for courses in progress.
Maximum Points Possible: 95
Education Type Points Possible
ENC1101 College Composition 1 10
PSY2012 Introduction to Psychology 10
Humanities- Area 2 General Education course 10
BSC2086/BSC2086L Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lecture and lab 20
CGS1100 Microcomputer Applications  20
MAC1105 College Algebra  25

 

Area 3: Previous Enrollment and Application
Maximum Points Possible: 20
GPA Points Possible
Prior Palm Beach State College Student Enrollment 10
Previous Radiography application submission 10

 

Area 4: Overall Cumulative Grade Point Average 
Maximum Points Possible: 40
Student Type Points Possible
Based on overall cumulative GPA of all undergraduate work attempted 20 - 40

 

Area 5: Experience
Maximum Points Possible: 20
Experience Points Possible
Health Care Experience 
Experience needs to be within last 5 years and lasted at least 6 months.  Requires submission of employment verification Letter. The letter must be on company letterhead from immediate supervisor, outlining specific experience time frame (dates) of experience and position held as related to the selection criteria. 
10
Veteran’s Experience 
Requires submission of DD214 for verification
10

 

MAXIMUM POINTS POSSIBLE: 205

 

 

77 credits x $101.00 = $7,777.00 In-state

77 credits x $303.00 = $23,331.00 Out-of-State

Program Fees: Medical Liability $12.90/clinical courses, national board exam fee $250.00

Application fees (college and program) $60.00

Textbooks/professional organization membership = $1,000

Uniform/name tag = $150.00

Background & drug check = $145.00

Medical exam and Immunizations/Titters = varies per individual student

Transportation consideration for attendance to clinical training = $700-$1,200 (Gas, oil, maintenance)

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:

  • MRI, CT
  • Radiography
  • Sonography
  • Echo   -   Contact Professor Braga for more information 561-207-5053

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

View the Criminal Background Requirements for applicants.

View the health/drug screen/fingerprint for applicants.


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 every eight years 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.

JRCERT
20 N. Wacker Drive,
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182 

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 Effectiveness Data

 

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.

 

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 2019, 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, 2019

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 2019 was 70%. Twenty-six students began the program in 2018 and twenty students completed the program in 2019. The five year average of completion is 77%.

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate - 2015 through 2019

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 2015 through 2019 is 94%. 95 of 102 graduates of this program taking the ARRT certification examination within six months of graduation passed on the first attempt.

Job Placement Rate - 2015 through 2019

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%. 99 of the 102 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!

 

Information Session - Online

 

Limited Access Application

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2021 ENTRY
FALL 2021 APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: JULY 8, 2021
PROGRAM BEGINS: AUGUST 2021

Program Email: hamiltod@palmbeachstate.edu
Phone: (561) 207-5010

 

APPLICATION CHECKLISTS

  • Palm Beach State College ID & Email Required
  • Documents you will need electronic copies to upload with your ONLINE application. 
    • Veterans? Copy of DD214
    • PBSC County resident? Copy of your Driver's License
    • Post Secondary Education? College(s), Date(s), Location(s)
  • Apply now with our ONLINE Limited Access application
  • Pay the limited access application fee. The application fee is:
  • We recommend that you complete the application first before paying the fee.
  • Note: Your application is not complete until the fee has been paid.
  • How to Guide(s)
    • Find your submitted application
    • Resume working on a saved application
    • Upload missing documents
    • Communicate with your reviewers

Step 1:  Login to Engage (PBSC username & password) https://palmbeachstate.campuslabs.com/engage/

 

Step 2: Go to your account

 

 

Step 3: Click on Submissions

 

Step 4: Choose to view your application (this will show you the status of your application.

 

Step 5: If you need to complete your application or upload missing documents or communicate with your reviewers.

Minimum eligibility for program consideration:

Standard High School diploma or GED

Satisfied Developmental Education either by submission of placement test scores or qualifying exemption.

Minimum overall cumulative GPA requirement 2.6

Completion of the following courses with a grade of C or higher by the deadline date

  • BSC 2085 Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lecture
  • BSC 2088L Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
  • MAC1105 College Algebra or higher MAC Prefix

After the minimum eligibility requirements are met, a point system will be used to determine program admission. There is no point minimum; the more points a student earns, the more likely they are to be admitted. Tie Breaker student overall cumulative GPA.

 

RESPIRATORY CARE POSSIBLE POINTS

Area 1: Coursework
Maximum Points Possible: 110
Course Points Possible
BSC 2086 Anatomy and Physiology 2 lecture 20
BSC 2086 Anatomy and Physiology 2 lab 10
Humanities General Education Area II Fine Arts Appreciation, Literature or PHI1010 10
ENC1101 College Composition 10
MCB2010 Microbiology lecture 20
MCB2010L Microbiology lab 10
PHY1001 Applies Physics or Higher College level Physics 10
SYG2000 Introduction to Sociology 10

 

Area 2: College Education
Maximum Points Possible: 10
Education Type Points Possible
Associate Degree or higher 10

 

Area 3: Overall Cumulative Grade Point Average
Maximum Points Possible: 40
GPA Points Possible
1st two digits of overall undergraduate cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (no rounding).
Based on a minimum of 12 college credits earned.
26 - 40

 

Area 4: Previous Palm Beach State College student
Maximum Points Possible: 10
Student Type Points Possible
Palm Beach State College Student
Currently enrolled in classes or previously attended classes.
10

 

Area 5: Healthcare Experience
Maximum Points Possible: 10
Healthcare Experience Points Possible
Submit copy of verification letter 10

 

MAXIMUM POINTS POSSIBLE: 190

 

Healthcare Experience

Healthcare experience must be within the last 5 years for a minimum of 1 year.

Applicants claiming healthcare experience will be required to submit a verification letter. This letter will be uploaded into the application.

Recommendation letters and job descriptions will not be accepted.

This letter must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be on company letterhead
  • Must be signed from immediate supervisor or Human Resource designee
  • Must include dates of employment or service
  • Must outline specific patient care experience duties as related to the selection criteria

You will be required to consent to verification of healthcare experience and provide the following information:

  • Location of Experience
  • Name of Supervisor
  • Contact information

 

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

Florida resident tuition costs approximately $101.00 per credit hour and the 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 $7,467.00.

Books, laboratory fees, uniforms, liability insurance, ACLS, PALS, NRP and professional association membership dues total approximately $1,000.00.

Uniform/name tag = $150.00

Background & drug check = $145.00

Medical exam and Immunizations/Titters = varies per individual student

Transportation considerations for attendance to clinical training typically ranges between $650 - $1,250. (Gas, oil, maintenance).

Total cost: $9,117 – $9,717 (residents).

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 Science degree in Cardiopulmonary Sciences. The degree allows qualified Registered Respiratory Therapists with an associate degree to earn a bachelor’s degree in 12 – 24 months of online classes. Learn more about the admission requirements for the B.S. in Cardiopulmonary Sciences.

PBSC also 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 B.A.S. degree is structured to make maximum use of the credits from your A.S. or A.A.S. degree. Degree concentrations of particular interest to Respiratory Care graduates include General Management and 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.

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 for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

www.coarc.com

Program Number: 200370

CoARC Programmatic Outcomes Data

“CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.”

National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)
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.

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. 

 
AT A GLANCE

The Surgical Services AS Degree at Palm Beach State College (PBSC) is a Limited Access program that is designed to prepare students for employment as Surgical Technologists. Surgical technologists provide direct patient care under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel during surgery.

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. Students in the surgical technology program learn through classroom, laboratory instruction, and clinical experiences in the operating room and related areas.

The Surgical Technology Program provides students with necessary job skills and motivation in keeping with standards of practice as established by the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) enabling them to qualify for, secure, maintain, and advance in gainful employment in the field of Surgical Technology.

Graduates of the program are eligible for employment in hospital operating rooms, outpatient surgical centers, labor and delivery units, physician’s offices, and medical sales positions.

 

ABOUT SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

Surgical technologists work as members of a healthcare team alongside physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, and other healthcare workers.

Before an operation Surgical Technologists or scrub techs may help prepare and transport patients for surgery, set up the operating room by preparing and handling supplies, instruments, and equipment including robotic surgical equipment. They prepare sterile solutions and medications used in surgery and check that all surgical equipment is working properly. Surgical technologists also bring patients to the operating room and get them ready for surgery by positioning them on the table, washing and disinfecting incision sites, covering them with sterile drapes. Prior to the start of surgery, they help the surgical team put on sterile gowns.

During surgery surgical technologists pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, internal organs, cut sutures, adjust lights and equipment, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.

After an operation, the surgical technologist may apply bandages and other dressings to the incision site. They may also transfer patients to recovery rooms and restock operating rooms after a procedure.

The ability to act under pressure in stressful and emergency situations is a characteristic essential to surgical technologists. A stable personality, a sense of responsibility, considerable patience and concern for order are required. Manual dexterity and physical stamina are vital. They must be able to work swiftly, but accurately, and be detail oriented, and a multitasker. They must be aware of the patient needs as well as the needs of the members of the surgical team.

 

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.

This program offered at Palm Beach State is classified as limited access program, which means a limited number of students are admitted to this program each year. There are also special standards and procedures established for admission to this program. If you are applying for this limited access program, please check the program requirements to verify if secondary transcripts are necessary in addition to post-secondary coursework. Admission to the College does not imply nor guarantee admission into any program with special admission requirements.

Any student meeting minimum program application requirements is encouraged to apply to the Surgical Services program. The Surgical Services program accepts a minimum of 15 students each fall term; not all applicants will be accepted. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool.

 

Information Sessions

 

Limited Access Application

This limited access program has a minimum of 15 spots available for the 2021 - 2022 academic year (this number can increase depending on clinical spots available). Due to COVID-19 the amount of clinical spots is limited.

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2021 ENTRY
FALL 2021 APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 8, 2021
PROGRAM BEGINS: AUGUST 2021

 

APPLICATION CHECKLISTS

  • Palm Beach State College ID & Email Required
  • Documents you will need electronic copies to upload with your ONLINE application. 
    • Veterans? Copy of DD214
    • PBSC County resident? Copy of your Driver's License
    • Healthcare Experience? Verification letter
      Post Secondary Education? College(s), Date(s), Location(s)
  • Apply now with our ONLINE Limited Access application
  • Pay the limited access application fee. The application fee is:
  • We recommend that you complete the application first before paying the fee.
  • Note: Your application is not complete until the fee has been paid.

Satisfied Developmental Education either by submission of placement test scores or qualifying exemption. 

Minimum overall cumulative GPA requirement 2.5

Completion of the following courses with a grade of C or higher by the deadline date

  • BSC 2085 Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lecture
  • BSC 2085L Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
  • HSC2531 Medical Terminology
  • BSC 2086 Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lecture
  • BSC 2086L Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab

 
After the minimum eligibility requirements are met, a point system will be used to determine program admission.  There is no point minimum; the more points a student earns, the more likely they are to be admitted. Tie Breaker: student overall cumulative GPA (three digits). 

 

Surgical Services Points

Area 1: Coursework
Maximum Points Possible - 80
Course Possible Points
ENC1101 College Composition 1 10
SPC1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 10
Humanities - General Education Area II Fine Arts Appreciation, Literature or PHI1010 10
Mathematics - General Education Area III Any course prefix (MAC, MGF, STA) 10
SYG2000 Introduction to Sociology - OR - PSY2012 Introduction to Psychology 10
MCB2010/MCB2010L Microbiology lecture and lab 30

 

Area 2: College Education
Maximum Points Possible - 10
Degree Points Possible
Associate Degree or higher 10

 

Area 3: Overall Cumulative Grade Point Average
Maximum Points Possible - 40
GPA Points Possible
1st two digits of overall undergraduate cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (no rounding)
Based on a minimum of 12 college credits earned.
25 - 40

 

Area 4: Healthcare Experience 
Maximum Points Possible - 10
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Submit copy of verification letter 10

MAXIMUM POINTS POSSIBLE: 140

 

Healthcare Experience

Healthcare experience must be within the last 5 years for a minimum of 6 months. 

Healthcare experience point is awarded for direct operating room experience.  Technician does not have to be certified or hold a diploma from an accredited institution. Points are awarded for the following titles: 

  • Operating Room Technician 
  • Orthopedic Technician 
  • Anesthesia Technician
  • Operating Room Orderly

Applicants claiming healthcare experience will be required to submit a verification letter.  This letter will be uploaded into the application.

Recommendation letters and job descriptions will not be accepted. 

This letter must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be on company letterhead
  • Must be signed from immediate supervisor or Human Resource designee
  • Must include dates of employment or service
  • Must outline specific patient care and operating room experience duties as related to the selection criteria

You will be required to consent to verification of healthcare experience and provide the following information:

  • Location of Experience
  • Name of Supervisor
  • Contact information  
  • Attend Program information session.
  • Complete all required program prerequisites with a grade of C or higher.
  • Submit a completed Surgical Services A.S. degree limited access program application.
  • BSC 2085 Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • BSC 2085L Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
  • BSC 2086 Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • BSC 2086L Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab
  • HSC 2531 Medical Terminology

Prerequisites must have a grade “C” or higher, on or before the deadline date, no points are awarded (see an advisor in health sciences to review your transcripts). PBSC Health Science advisors.

BSC 2085, BSC 2085L, BSC 2086, and BSC 2086L must be taken within the last 10 years. The coursework is valid for 10 years and expires at the start of the semester taken. For example, a course completed in Spring 2010 expired in January 2020 at the start of Spring 2020 term.

Meeting the criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the Surgical Technology 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.

Denied students get 2 days to dispute processing errors, this is not time to submit additional items to change points this is only if an error is made.

Conditionally accepted students get 3 days to accept selection or it is assumed as decline and the next applicant is selected.

Students with application questions can use the Engage discussion board which they agree to in the application or contact limited access via email LimitedAccessApps@palmbeachstate.edu.

The following admission requirements must be completed after conditional acceptance, documentation to be provided to the surgical technology department prior to first week STS class start):

  1. CPR/BLS certification from approved provider
  2. Medical Exam (You will also be required to have a flu vaccination)
  3. Criminal/Background/Drug screen checks through Complio (includes Social Security number verification) (these records are not kept with student files, only on the Complio tracking system)

NOTE:  Please be advised that even if all academic admission criteria are met, there are other clearance requirements such as a drug, background and fingerprinting screenings which must be met to be admitted to the program. This health science program follows all federal regulations as well as state licensing guidelines regarding these requirements. In addition, specific requirements for clinical facility placement must be met by all program applicants, as the ability to participate in clinical experiences is mandatory for achieving course and program completion.

Students must complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program with a grade of C or higher;

Students must participate in certification requirements as established by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) and the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).

Upon completion of this program, you are eligible to sit for a national certification exam through NBSTSA. Certification as a Surgical Technologist or Surgical First Assistant demonstrates that the individual meets the national standard for knowledge that underlies surgical technologist and surgical first assistance practice.

Please note that CAAHEP accreditation requires the following requirements for completion of the Surgical Services program and to be able to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA).

  • The total number of cases the student must complete is 120.
  • Students are required to complete 30 cases in General Surgery. Twenty of the cases must be in the First Scrub Role.
  • Students are required to complete 90 cases in various surgical specialties. Sixty (60) of the cases must be in the First Scrub role and evenly distributed between a minimum of 5 surgical specialties. However, 15 is the maximum number of cases that can be counted in any one surgical specialty.
  • The surgical technology services program is required to verify through the surgical rotation documentation the students’ progression in First and Second Scrubbing surgical procedures of increased complexity as he/she moves toward entry-level graduate abilities.
  • Diagnostic endoscopy cases and vaginal delivery cases are not mandatory, but up to 10 diagnostic endoscopic cases and five vaginal delivery cases can be counted toward the maximum number of Second Scrub Role cases.
  • Observation cases must be documented, but do not count toward the 120 required cases.
  • Counted Cases: cases will be counted according to surgical specialty. Examples:

Trauma patient requires a Splenectomy and repair of a LeFort I fracture. Two cases can be counted and documented since the splenectomy is general surgery specialty and repair of LeFort I is oral-maxillofacial surgical specialty.

Patient requires a breast biopsy followed by mastectomy. It is one pathology, breast cancer, and the specialty is general surgery; therefore, it is counted and documented as one procedure – one case.

PROGRAM INFO

Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Program Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Ph: (727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

Upon recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA)
19751 E. Mainstreet, Suite 339
Parker, CO 80138
Ph: (309) 694-9262
www.arcstsa.org


Program Length

Suggested course sequence is 24 months (includes general education, program admission requirements, and 3 terms of technical courses). Full time students who follow the prescribed plan of study should complete the program in two years. This plan does not include any required developmental education or prerequisite courses.


Program Schedule

Technical courses offered by the surgical technology department are Monday – Friday, full‐time days to offer reliable and consistent clinical experiences. Courses are guaranteed to be offered in the designated term.


Program Location

Class and lab are held on the Lake Worth Campus; and Clinical assignment locations vary throughout Palm Beach County.


Estimated Costs of the Program

Limited access application fee: $20.00

Tuition In state: 64 credits x 101.00 per credit $6464.00

Program fees: hybrid fee $35.00, Medical/liability $12.90 per course, lab materials fee $522.00, radiation safety badges $112.74, Association of Surgical Technologists https://www.ast.org membership, Study Guide, & National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Certifying CST exam Gold bundle $247.00).

Textbooks: $750- 800

* Transportation costs between $650 - $1,250 for students. (Gas, oil, maintenance)

* Scrubs: $30-50 per set, recommend no less than 3 embroidered with program logo

* Complio Background & Drug Check & Tracking bundle: $142

* Medical exam and Immunizations/Titers: Vary

* Cell phone (Smartphone recommended): Approx. $35-60/mo

* CPR/BLS approx. $50.00 (Only use an approved provider). CPR/BLS can be taken through Corporate & Continuing education at PBSC: www.palmbeachstate.edu/CCE/ems.aspx for (CPR) PROVIDER - AHO0123.

Items marked with an *asterisk are not covered by Financial Aid. An application for FAFSA is mandatory when applying for financial aid. Visit the PBSC Financial Aid Resources page.


Contact

Doreen Singer, MA, CST
Department Chair
Email: Singerd@palmbeachstate.edu


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.

 

CST EXAM PASS RATE

2018 - 91% pass rate

 

JOB OUTLOOK

2018 - 2028 90% faster than average

 

WAGES & SALARY

2019 National Median pay $48,300 per year $23.22 per hour

 

HELPFUL LINKS

 

 

 


Career Certificate Program (CCP)

CCPs 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.

 

Information Sessions

 

Limited Access Application

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2021 ENTRY
FALL 2021 APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 1, 2021
PROGRAM BEGINS: AUGUST 2021

Program Email: hoganma@palmbeachstate.edu
Phone: 561-868-3752

 

APPLICATION CHECKLISTS

  • Palm Beach State College ID & Email Required
  • Documents you will need electronic copies to upload with your ONLINE application. 
    • Veterans? Copy of DD214
    • PBSC County resident? Copy of your Driver's License
    • Post Secondary Education? College(s), Date(s), Location(s)
  • Apply now with our ONLINE Limited Access application
  • Pay the limited access application fee. The application fee is:
  • We recommend that you complete the application first before paying the fee.
  • Note: Your application is not complete until the fee has been paid.

 

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) https://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) https://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.

Minimum eligibility for program consideration

Standard High School diploma or GED.

Test of Adult Basic Education or have a qualifying exemption per the College Catalog.

After the minimum eligibility requirements are met, a point system will be used to determine program admission. There is no point minimum, the more points a student earns the more likely they are to be admitted.

 

DENTAL ASSISTING POINTS EFFECTIVE FOR FALL 2021 ENTRY

Area 1: Coursework
Maximum Points possible for this area: 70. Completed with a Grade of C or higher by the application deadline date. Lecture and lab must be complete to be awarded points. Coursework is optional for points in application process not required for program admission or certificate completion.
Course Points Possible for Fall 2021
BSC2085/ BSC2085L Anatomy and Physiology 1 lecture and lab 15
BSC2086/ BSC2086L Anatomy and Physiology 2 lecture and lab 25
VPI 0400 Strategies for College Success or SLS1501 Introduction to College Success (or equivalent) 30

 

Area 2:  College Education
Maximum Points possible for this area: 30. Points awarded in one area. College Credit is optional for points in application process not required for program admission or certificate completion.
Education Type Points Possible for Fall 2021
Has the student earned 12 or more credit hours 10
Associate Degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution 20

 

Area 3: Testing
Maximum Points possible for this area: 10. Testing is optional for points in application process not required for program admission or certificate completion.
Test Points Possible for Fall 2021
PERT, ACT, or SAT-taken in the last two years. Earned scores in all sections with College level placement in ENC1101 and MAT1033c /MAT1100 or Area III Mathematics placement. 10

 

Area 4: Palm Beach County Resident
Maximum Points possible for this area: 20. Documentation Required-State of Florida identification card or driver’s license.
Residency Type Points Possible for Fall 2021
Palm Beach County Resident 20

 

Area 5: United States Veteran
Maximum Points possible for this area: 10. Documentation Required: DD214 showing Honorable or General Discharge (under honorable conditions).
Veteran Status Points Possible for Fall 2021
Veteran of United States of America Armed Forces 10

 

Area 6: Dental Experience
Maximum Points possible for this area: 20. Experience must be verifiable within the last 5 years for a minimum of 6 months. Documentation required. Letter on company letterhead from immediate supervisor or Human Resources, stating dates of experience position held, and duties performed.
Experience Type Points Possible for Fall 2021
Dental Experience 20

 

MAXIMUM POINTS POSSIBLE: 150

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.

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:G Graduates will receive a Career Certificate Program (CCP) certificate, as well as a Radiography and Florida Expanded Functions Certificate.

Professional Certification: Graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB; https://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

 

Required Course Sequence -

Note: This program has no prerequisites

Career Certificate Program (CCP5155)
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

Information on low-cost dental health services and oral health resources available to the public:

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.

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APPLICATION & CHECKLIST

 

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.

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.


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!