The health care industry is vast—595,800 establishments make up this evergrowing industry, each varying in size, staffing and organizational structure. Careers within the industry are also diverse. Many health care providers come in direct contact with patients routinely, while others work in specialized positions behind the scenes. As advances to procedures and changes to the system are implemented, continuing education is necessary. At PHSC, we provide you with the career guidance, preparation, training, and the support that you need to find yourself in a career in health care.

Enjoy a fast-paced, continuously evolving environment? Then a career in health care may be right for you. Health care combines medical technology with the human touch. The health care system operates within a complex framework of providers and organizations. The proper diagnosis, treatment and recovery for patients require that health care team members perform specialized functions and collaborate effectively with one another. Most health care providers work closely with people and should have a warm, caring personality.

Health care providers' educational backgrounds range from certificates to doctoral degrees; however, most positions require fewer than four years of education or training.

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Medical Administrative Specialist

Technical Credit Certificate

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment as medical secretaries in medical facilities and as examining room assistants in physicians’ offices. This program includes instruction in both general office and medical record skills and includes a clinical component.

Open Access

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Dental Assistant

Technical Credit Certificate

Dentists rely on dental assistants for most dental procedures. Dental assistants prepare instruments for procedures, make casts of clients' mouths, take X-rays and ready materials for dental restorations and other treatments. Keeping patients calm during routine or difficult procedures is an essential aspect of this profession.

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Dental Hygienist

Associate in Science

Dental hygienists perform oral cleanings, deep periodontal scalings and other dental procedures. The modern dental office depends on the skilled work of dental hygienists to discuss oral health problems with clients, clean and examine teeth, administer dental treatments, offer instructions on dental care, take radiographs, and prepare charts that provide detailed information for each client's permanent record.

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Emergency Medical Services

Associate in Science

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. They respond to emergency calls, perform medical services and transport patients to medical facilities. Emergency care professionals are entrusted with the enormous responsibility of responding quickly and appropriately to victims' needs in all types of situations. Emergency medical service (EMS) providers face critical and tragic situations routinely, yet most consider their work challenging and rewarding—especially when their efforts save lives.

Open Access

Emergency Medical Technician

Applied Technology Diploma

Emergency medical technicians (EMT's) is a one semester course that that is structured for students to provide basic life support measures as a member of an ambulance crew at the scene of an accident, scene of a medical emergency, and during transport to and from a hospital or medical facility.

Open Access

Paramedic

Technical Credit Certificate

In addition to performing the skills of an EMT -basic, Paramedics are trained in advanced life support techniques, including endotracheal intubation, electrocardiogram monitoring and interpretation, direct current electrical countershock and administration of intravenous fluids and medications.

Limited Access

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Health Unit Coordinator/Monitor Technician

Technical Credit Certificate

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment as health unit coordinators, also known as ward clerks or unit secretaries. Some of the topics included in the program are interpreting medical terminology, performing clerical duties; reading, interpreting and coordinating physicians' orders; legal and ethical responsibilities, ECG monitoring and performing supervised clinical duties.

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Nursing (Bachelor of Science)

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is designed to prepare graduates of Associate in Science in Nursing (ADN) degree programs or Diploma programs, who already hold a registered nursing (RN) license, to obtain additional skills in management, leadership, theory and research to succeed and be promoted within the nursing profession.

Selected Admission

Nursing Assistant

Technical Credit Certificate

The purpose of this program is to provide the knowledge and skills required to pass the written and skills portion of the State of Florida Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam and enter the workforce as a CNA in a health care facility. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to take the state exam. This program does not meet the minimum requirements for Federal Financial Aid. However, other forms of financial aid may be available. Students in this program are not required to take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).

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Phlebotomist

Technical Credit Certificate

The purpose of this program is to train students for employment as blood bank or plasma center donor screeners, or as phlebotomists. Employment skills are included. Availability of clinical sites may restrict entry into the phlebotomy courses. This program does not meet the minimum requirements for federal financial aid. However, other forms of financial aid may be available. Students in this program are not required to take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).

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Practical Nurse (LPN)

Technical Credit Certificate

Practical nurses, or LPNs, perform a broad range of duties in diverse health care settings, including caring for newborns, the aged, the home bound or the mentally ill. Under the supervision of a physician or registered nurse they prepare patients for examination, administer prescriptions, check patients’ vital signs and perform routine laboratory tests. They may handle clerical duties although their key responsibility is ensuring the comfort and welfare of their patients.

Limited Access

Registered Nurse (RN)

Associate in Science

From maternity wards and emergency rooms to home health agencies and doctors' offices, registered nurses (RNs) enjoy many options for employment, as well as flexible work schedules, competitive salaries, employer incentives and good benefits. Nurses provide care through assessment, the implementation of treatment plans and by monitoring patient progress.

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Registered Nurse LPN Transition Program

Associate in Science

The purpose of this program track is to allow an entry point into the Associate Degree in Nursing program for the Licensed Practical Nurse. Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate receives an Associate in Science Nursing degree and is eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (RNs) in accordance with the regulations set forth in the Nurse Practice Act, Chapter 464.008 and 464.018, and to transfer to the State University System.

From maternity wards and emergency rooms to home health agencies and doctors' offices, RNs enjoy many options for employment, as well as flexible work schedules, competitive salaries, employer incentives and good benefits. Nurses provide care through assessment, the implementation of treatment plans and by monitoring patient progress.

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Registered Nurse Paramedic Transition Program

Associate in Science

The purpose of this program track is to allow an entry point into the Associate Degree in Nursing program for the Paramedic. Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate receives an Associate in Science Nursing degree and is eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (RNs) in accordance with the regulations set forth in the Nurse Practice Act, Chapter 464.008 and 464.018, and to transfer to the State University System.

From maternity wards and emergency rooms to home health agencies and doctors' offices, RNs enjoy many options for employment, as well as flexible work schedules, competitive salaries, employer incentives and good benefits. Nurses provide care through assessment, the implementation of treatment plans and by monitoring patient progress.

Limited Access

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Pharmacy Technician

Technical Credit Certificate

Pharmacy technicians assist licensed pharmacists with dispensing medications to customers or health professionals and providing customer service. Specific duties may include gathering information needed to measure and fill prescriptions and medication orders, packaging and labeling prescriptions, adjudication and verification of health insurance, organizing and maintaining inventory and other customer services duties.

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Radiography

Associate in Science

Radiographers play an important role in the diagnosis of injury and disease. With imaging technology, doctors can determine the condition of bones, body tissues and organs. Radiographers are trained to operate the equipment that makes these diagnostic images possible. They determine the proper duration and exposure of X-rays to minimize harmful risks to patients. In addition, they are responsible for updating patient records and for recording equipment use and maintenance. Radiographers assist with fluoroscopy studies and perform imaging contrast studies. They perform images on trauma patients in the ED and operate imaging equipment in the OR setting.

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Surgical Technology

Technical Credit Certificate

Pasco-Hernando State College strives to prepare competent "entry-level surgical technologist in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains". The Surgical Technology program will offer a high quality education for its students and provide our community health care partners with a knowledgeable and motivated professional.

Surgical technologists play a vital role in presurgical preparation, operating room assistance and other medical facility procedures. Technologists may set up instruments, supplies and equipment; prepare and transport patients; monitor vital signs; pass instruments and supplies to the surgical team; and procure and process lab specimens. Besides the operating room, surgical technologists are utilized in surgery centers, ERs, delivery rooms and ambulatory care areas.

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