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Curriculum and Requirements

PHSC is authorized to offer the Applied Technology Diploma (ATD). At a Florida state college, the ATD may be offered either for technical credit or for college credit. Students entering an ATD must have a standard high school diploma or a GED. The purpose of the ATD is to allow the student to gain advanced standing toward an AS degree. When the ATD program articulates into an AS degree, the credit awarded will be college credit. These AS degrees may be offered at any Florida state college. With the exception of EMT, students entering the program must take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and achieve the state-designated scores in order to receive their certificate. The Emergency Medical Technician ATD is offered for college credit at PHSC. Medical Coder/Biller and Medical Record Transcribing also are ATDs, but are offered for technical credit.

Note: All programs and courses are not available on all campuses. Contact the Student Development office to determine the program availability and location.

Medical Coder/Biller-Applied Technology Diploma

Upon completion of this ATD, students will earn 26 credits toward the AS degree in Health Information Management or 26 credits into AS degree in Office Administration/Medical Administrative Specialist.

Medical Record Transcribing—Applied Technology Diploma

Upon completion of this ATD, students will earn 33 credits toward the AS degree in Office Administration/ Medical Administrative Specialist.

Students entering the program must take the TABE and achieve the state-required scores in order to receive their certificate.

A minimum of 25 percent of the program, other than credit-by-examination, must be earned in residence at PHSC. A grade point average of not less than 2.0 or "C" must be achieved to receive a diploma. Only those courses that are part of the program are included in computing the GPA for applied technology diploma programs.

In order to receive a diploma in Medical Coder/Biller or Medical Record Transcribing, students must achieve the state-required TABE score. TABE remediation is provided in the Teaching-Learning Centers. A diploma will not be issued until the student attains satisfactory TABE scores.

Emergency Medical Technician―Applied Technology Diploma

Upon completion of this ATD, students will earn 11 credits toward the AS degree in Emergency Medical Services.