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Sheridan Technical College

Medical Assisting

1300 hrs | Blended

The Medical Assisting program curriculum includes the following major skill areas: interpersonal skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, health illness concepts, and administrative and clinical duties.

Medical Assistants perform many administrative duties, including answering the telephone, greeting patients, updating and filing patients’ medical records, an introduction to diagnosis and CPT codes, filling out insurance forms, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services, and handling billing and bookkeeping. Curriculum includes computer literacy and electronic medical health record practice management software applications. Clinical duties may vary according to the office, but can include taking medical histories and recording vital signs, preparing patients for examinations and procedures, performing venipuncture, electrocardiograms (EKGs), assisting with office/ambulatory surgery, administering medication under the direction of physician, collecting specimens and performing limited laboratory examinations. The Medical Assistant works with the office healthcare provider to care for their clients in a safe and effective manner.


Medical Coder / Biller Applied Technology Program

1110 hrs

medical coders working in cubiclesThis online class meets one evening a week in person. The Medical Coder/Biller program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of health care settings as an entry level medical coder, coding technician, coding clerk or medical insurance biller. Coding is the process of taking a written diagnosis or operative procedure and assigning numbers used for billing and statics. The program covers ICD 9/10 coding systems, CPT and ACPCS coding systems. Students are taught manual and automated procedures. The student will also be trained to prepare and file medical insurance claim forms for reimbursement.

The curriculum includes all levels of coding systems; computer adapted coding, legal and ethical responsibilities, safety/security problems, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, wellness and disease processes, computer literacy and employment skills. Students participate in online internship during the last quarter of the program. Some credits are transferable to Broward College towards an “Associate of Science Degree in Office Administration (Medical Office Specialization) or Office System Technology.” Upon completion of the program, students should take a national certification examination.



290 hours

The Patient Care Assistant (PCA) program prepares student for employment as cross-trained nursing assistants and provides foundational knowledge and skills. Students receive training in communication and interpersonal skills, infection control, safety/emergency procedures, promoting residents’ independence, and respecting patient rights. The PCA works in the hospital setting as a member of the healthcare team under the direction of the nurse. Duties include taking vital signs and assisting patients with basic tasks. A certificate is issued at the successful completion of the program in accordance with State guidelines.

Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification examination. The Florida Department of Health/Board of Nursing will issue a certificate to those who pass the examination.

Patient Care Technician

600 hrs

nursing students listening to nurse instructor This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills expanding the traditional role of the nursing assistant. Curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the following major skill areas: communication and interpersonal skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, wellness and disease concepts, safety and security procedures, response to emergency situations, personal patient care services and procedures, nutrition, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, EKG, phlebotomy, computer skills, and employability skills. Classroom and clinical experience are incorporated into
the curriculum.

Students completing the program can be employed as advanced cross-trained nursing assistants (patient care technicians), health care technicians, patient care assistants, nursing aides and orderlies, home health aides, phlebotomists, electrocardiograph aides, or allied health assistants. Graduates may be employed in
hospitals, nursing homes, home health care and other health care centers and are eligible to apply for and take the Florida State Nursing Assistant Certification Examination – Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Examination. In addition the student can take the certification examination for Patient Care Technician.


Practical Nursing

1350 hrs | Blended

This program is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing, which makes the graduate eligible to take the examination to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The content includes, but is not limited to: theoretical instruction and clinical experience in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric
and geriatric nursing; theoretical instruction and clinical experience in both acute and long term care situations; theoretical instruction and clinical application of vocational role and function; personal, family and community health concepts; nutrition; human growth and development over the life span; body structure and function; interpersonal relationship skills; mental health concepts; pharmacology and administration of medications; legal aspects of practice; Basic Life Support (BLS), computer skills, and employability skills. Students are introduced to the clinical area early in the program. Theory and clinical procedures are integrated into the curriculum to reinforce learning.

Licensed graduates may be employed in hospitals, extended care facilities, physicians’ offices, HMOs, home healthcare and hospice agencies, as well as private patient care. LPNs work under the direction of a registered nurse (RN) or licensed physician. LPNs may continue their education by pursuing an Associate of Science degree or Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020
Web: www.acenursing.org


Surgical Technology

1330 hrs

male surgical nurse The Surgical Technology program prepares students for employment as surgical technologists. Included are the following major areas of training: communication and interpersonal skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, aseptic techniques, patient care procedures, surgical technology procedures, patient safety, use and care of equipment and supplies, CPR, employability skills, and basic computer literacy.

The Surgical Technology program prepares students for employment in the operating
room, central supply, ambulatory surgical centers, and physicians’ offices. Students
are introduced to the surgical area early in the program. Students must be able
to stand for long hours and work in an atmosphere that is often charged with pressure and urgency. Knowledge of, and experience with, aseptic techniques qualify surgical technicians to prepare instruments and materials for use at the operating table and to assist in their use
with skill and dexterity. Graduates are eligible to take the National Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologists.

The Surgical Technology program is accredited by
Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727.210.2350 | Fax: 727.210.2354
Web: www.caahep.org


Victor Calderon, Advisor
Sheridan Technical College
[email protected]