Please note: Only majors in a program in the School of Health Professions are allowed to participate in clinical placements in that program.
The vast majority of the Health Professions Programs utilize either defined Internships or a series of Clinical Practica that lead to a final capstone Clinical Practicum that in most cases approaches or equals the patient care exposure hours/week typical for a working Professional. The student is typically in their last semester of their degree or certificate program for this experience which demonstrates to potential employers their entry level skills. The Program specific descriptions are as follows:
Cardiovascular Technology: (CVT)
There is extensive internship experience incorporated into the curriculum of the CVT Program. These internship/clinical courses are primarily based in the Cardiac Catheterization labs or Non-Invasive Cardiology departments of affiliated local hospitals. Students are required to demonstrate progressively greater competencies in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains specific to their program. Relevant courses for the CVT Program include CVT 2840L, CVT 2841L, and CVT 2842L. It is important to note that CVT 2842L represents the intern/clinical capstone course. Successful completion of this full-time (36 to 40 hours per week) course requires the student to demonstrate career ready “entry-level” competencies in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains that are specific to invasive cardiovascular technology.
For more information contact: R. Jeff Davis, Program Director, .
Emergency Medical Services: (EMS)
The EMS program is mandated by the State of Florida to provide EMT's and Paramedic with an internship experiences. In these settings, students practice the skill taught in didactic and laboratory settings under the direct supervision of a license practitioner provided by the internship facility.
For more information contact: Joseph Washburn, Program Director, .
Health Information Technology: (HIT)
Students in the A.S. in Health Information Technology (HIT) program complete three separate internship experiences as a required part of the curriculum. They are known in the industry as “Professional Practice Experience”. Each internship course requires 90 hours of directed work activity for a total of 300 practice hours. Per CAHIIM accreditation standards, these hours can be completed both a simulation setting or in a health care facility.
For more information contact: Deborah Howard, 239-489-9419.
Social and Human Services: (HUS)
Students in the Social and Human Services A.S. degree program complete two Counseling Residency courses HUS 2842L and HUS 2843L. These experiences provide both a classroom element of learning and hands on, supervised experience in a work setting related to the Human Services field. A Licensed Counselor/Social Worker will lead these experiences and will guide the student both in the classroom learning environment and in site visits to assure adherence to ethical principles and best practices in our field. Students will also be supervised by an on-site supervisor that will be identified upon placement. The feedback students receive based on their performance will be a determining factor regarding whether our student candidates will be ready to move forward in their educations and their careers as Human Services professionals.
For more information contact: Dr. Terry McVannel-Erwin, Faculty Department Chair, .
The Basic Nursing (Associate of Science Degree) Program utilizes clinical practica throughout the two year program in association with specific courses. In the final semester, a four week “preceptorship” or internship experience is conducted in an acute care setting which constitutes as a bridge between the completing the formal program and obtaining the entry level sills necessary for employment.
For more information contact: Dr. Deborah Selman, Program Director and Nurse Administrator, .
Radiologic Technology: (RT)
Clinical internship is integral to the Radiologic Technology program. Students are enrolled in clinical courses each of the six semesters of the program, culminating with Radiology Practicum V during their last (Summer A) semester. Each practicum course takes the knowledge & skills learned in the classroom while applying them, to real-life situations. Each student is provided clinical experience at three hospitals and one outpatient imaging center during their two years. At these sites, they must show competence in a minimum of 46 radiographic procedures and will do increasingly more complex radiologic exams on real patients under the supervision of registered Radiologic Technologists. Following successful completion of the final clinical course, students will have the ability to perform as an entry-level radiographer.
For more information contact: James Mayhew, Program Director, .
Respiratory Care: (RC)
There is extensive internship experience incorporated in the curriculum of the RC Program. The internship/clinical courses are primarily based in the appropriate departments of the local affiliated 11 hospitals and Pulmonology private practice settings. Students are required to demonstrate progressively greater competencies in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains specific to their program. Relevant courses for the RC Program include RET 1832L, RET 2874L, RET 2875L, and RET 2876L.
It is important to note that RET 2876L represents the intern/clinical capstone course. Successful completion of this full-time (36 hours per week 12 hours/day) course requires students to demonstrate career ready “entry-level” competencies in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains that are specific to respiratory care practice within the acute care and outpatient settings.
For more information contact: Jean Newberry, Program Director, .