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.

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

Note: Any student entering into a PHSC health program must complete the PHSC NCH0050, BLS Healthcare CPR course available through the PHSC American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center.

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Dental Assisting

Technical Credit Certificate

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment as dental assistants and dental auxiliaries.  The program meets all competencies required by the Florida Department of Education for Dental Assistants.  Graduates are eligible for employment as dental assistants with expanded functions and radiography skills.  Proof of professional liability insurance is also required.

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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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Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (ADN) 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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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. 

Open Access

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. 

Open Access

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.

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Registered Nurse (RN)

Associate in Science

Application Deadline Extended for RN Program

See details in Application Cycle below.

Registered Nurse Overview

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 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

PHSC's Pharmacy Technician program prepares students for employment as pharmacy technicians in both community and institutional settings under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. A pharmacy technician helps in the preparation and dispensing of prescriptions and medication orders, third party billing and adjudication of claims, sterile and non-sterile compounding of medications, maintenance of patient profiles, inventory management and various customer services duties. This advanced-level technical program can be completed in two semesters when enrolled full time.

The PHSC Pharmacy Technician program is a recognized education/training program of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Graduates of the pharmacy technician program take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and obtain jobs in community, institutional, long-term care and home health care pharmacies.

Upon successful completion of program requirements, the graduate is eligible to register with the Florida Board of Pharmacy.

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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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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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Surgical Technology

Technical Credit Certificate

Study to Become a Surgical Tech!

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.

Results

The PHSC Surgical Technology program has an 80 percent pass rate of the National Board certification exam for the 2017-18 graduating class.

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