Medical certificate programs provide individuals with skills that are crucial for work in various allied health fields. There are numerous programs available, from nursing and sonography to phlebotomy and radiation therapy. Dozens of colleges throughout Florida offer these allied health programs at either the undergraduate or graduate levels.
Fort Lauderdale's Broward College offers an online technical certificate in medical office management. The 34-credit program is designed to qualify students for entry-level work in medical file keeping and clinical-receptionist work. Courses in the program cover office management, accounting, document processing, billing, and coding. Broward also offers certificate programs in dental assisting, medical assisting, radiation therapy, massage therapy, paramedicine, and nuclear medicine technology. A ten-credit, basic preoperative nursing certificate is available for licensed registered nurses.
Eastern Florida State College
Students attending this college in Cocoa can choose from several certificate programs in the healthcare field, including practical nursing, medical assisting, phlebotomy, patient care assisting, surgical technology and emergency medical services. The one-year medical assisting program prepares students to work in clinical and laboratory settings and perform administrative functions. Students also have the opportunity to work in an actual medical office.
Florida State College at Jacksonville
This state school in Jacksonville offers technical certificates in paramedic, radiation therapy and emergency medical services, to name a few areas. The 43-credit hour program in radiation therapy includes courses in dosimetry and oncology, as well as radiation physics and patient care. At 11 credits, the FDH-accredited emergency medical certificate consists of three courses that outline the fundamentals of the profession, along with practical experiences. A further option is the paramedic program, which includes courses in human biology and a multi-part module spanning 42 credit hours.
Hillsborough Community College
Tampa's Hillsborough Community College offers options for undergraduate students looking to become medical coders or billers, eye care technicians or radiation therapy specialists, among other positions. A one-semester, 11-credit hour EMT certificate program prepares students with training in basic life support via simulation and classroom settings. A 42-credit hour paramedic certificate program is also available. Students can also obtain a certificate in medical office management, a 34-credit course of study that covers medical billing and insurance, transcription, business communications, and basic accounting.
Indian River State College
This community college, located in Fort Pierce, offers students an array of certificate options in healthcare, including two in nursing: a certified nursing assistant program and a licensed practical nursing program. While the former is an entry-level career not associated with licensure, the latter provides students with the opportunity to sit for the licensing exam for practical nurses. There is also a two-course EMT program and a ten-month paramedic certificate program for those interested in emergency medicine. Other programs include phlebotomy and medical assisting.
Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College in Miami has a medical assistant certificate program in which students learn to draw blood and perform x-rays as well as manage records and perform other administrative functions. Another option is the medical encoder program, which consists of training in areas like indexing, medical billing, and coding. Miami Dade also has a certificate program in phlebotomy consisting of 165 contact hours.
Palm Beach State College
Situated in Lake Worth, Palm Beach State College has a variety of certificate programs. The medical coding certificate consists of 34 credit hours with courses in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. The sonography program covers the practical and medical aspects of sonography for a total of 42 credit hours. Other options include medical assisting and practical nursing. Spanning 1,350 clock hours, the practical nursing program includes courses in nutrition, newborn care, and drug therapy, while the medical assisting program runs through phlebotomy, electrocardiography, and radiology over its 1,300-clock hour sequence.
Seminole State College of Florida
Students interested in the healthcare field can find several options at this college, located in Sanford. A 165-clock hour home health aide certificate program focuses on supportive in-home services for the ill, such as helping people feel safe and comforted and assisting them with basic bodily functions. Other options include phlebotomy, medical coding/billing, EMT and paramedic.
St. Petersburg College
Clearwater's St. Petersburg College offers health-science certificates in medical coding, paramedic, and healthcare informatics. At 34 credits, the medical coder program covers medical terminology, coding, and other areas. Licensed registered nurses can enroll in certificates for critical and emergency care consisting of nine and 11 units respectively. The paramedic program is open to those with EMT-Basic certification.
Orlando's Valencia College offers an array of allied health programs. While most of these result in an associate's degree, there are a few certificate programs, the largest being in emergency medical services. This program offers an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) certificate of 11 credit hours and a 42-credit paramedic certificate. Both are designed for immediate employment or as transfer to an associate's degree. Students already possessing an Associate in Science in Radiography can enroll in advanced certificate programs in computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging.
Various healthcare fields, such as nursing, require licensure for practice within the state of Florida. Aspiring nursing assistants must pass the National Nurse's Aide Assessment Program for acceptance on the Florida Nursing Assistant Registry. Likewise, emergency medical technicians and paramedics must obtain a certification with the Florida Department of Health.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Medical Certificates Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Eastern Florida State College||Two-year, public; large suburb|| Practical Nursing,
| $2,496 (in-state),
|Broward College||Four-year, public; midsize city|| Medical Office Management,
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||Four-year, public; large city||EMT,
Radiation Therapy Specialist
| $2,878 (in-state),
|Hillsborough Community College||Two-year, public; large city|| Medical Coder/Biller,
Radiation Therapy Specialist,
Eye Care Technician
| $2,506 (in-state),
|Indian River State College||Four-year, public; large suburb|| Certified Nursing Assistant,
Licensed Practical Nursing,
| $2,764 (in-state),
|Miami Dade College||Four-year, public; large city|| Medical Assisting,
|Palm Beach State College||Four-year, public; large suburb|| Medical Information Coder/Biller,
|Seminole State College of Florida||Four-year, public; small city|| EMT,
|St. Petersburg College||Four-year, public; small city|| Medical Coding,
|Valencia College||Four-year, public; large city|| EMT,
Magnetic Resonance Imaging,
| $2,474 (in-state),
Source: *NCES College Navigator