Academic Program Proposal

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Fortis College
Lower Division Certficates and Associate DegreesOut-of-State Renewal Application 3/21/2019Authorized5/6/2019
Out-of-State Renewal Application Program Description
Fortis College has submitted a renewal application with the request for extended approval for five years to continue offering seven programs at its previously approved site located at 4351 Garden City Drive in Landover, Maryland, 20785. Fortis College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, and hold specialized accreditation from the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA); Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT); and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Fortis College is a private for-profit institution headquartered in Pennsylvania and owned by Education Affiliates, Inc. Fortis is registered as a foreign corporation in the State of Maryland. <br> <br>Program descriptions of previously approved programs are below. <br>1. Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology: The Radiologic Technology program prepares competent, entry-level radiographers to serve the public healthcare needs. The radiologic technology field is fascinating because it is part science and part art. This program prepares students to work in this technological field successfully by developing skills in communication, diversity, scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and judgment. Students learn to communicate with patients, to solve problems and to work with other members of the health care team, including doctors, nurses, and experienced radiologic technologists. Upon graduating from the RT program, the graduate is eligible to take the certification exam through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to become a Registered Technologist (Radiographer) using the credentials RT(R). <br> <br>2. Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology: The Medical Laboratory Technology program provides students with a quality education in clinical laboratory science. The program meets the educational standards set forth by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) for Medical Laboratory Technicians. The objective of this program is to prepare the graduate for a career in the medical &amp; clinical laboratories of hospitals, reference laboratories, and physician offices and in other related medical laboratories. Students develop the knowledge and skills for clinical laboratory tests that are needed to assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Registry examinations, provided by ASCP and AMT, including Clinical laboratory Technician, and Medical Laboratory Technician. <br> <br>3. Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene: This program prepares the individual to pursue a career as a dental hygienist. A dental hygienist is a licensed oral health professional who provides educational, preventive, and clinical therapeutic services to the public. A thorough educational background in general education courses, basic science courses, dental and dental hygiene sciences prepares the student for supervised preclinical and clinical practice and entry into the field. <br> <br>4. Lower Division Certificate in Expanded Functions Dental Assisting: The dental assisting program provides quality career education that prepares students for not only seeking entry-level employment in the dental assisting field, but also for life-long learning and personal and professional growth. <br> <br>5. Lower Division Certificate in Medical Assisting: The Medical Assisting program includes administrative and clinical competencies expected for entry-level positions in a health care setting. Students develop skills in front office administration with an introduction to health insurance and basic billing practices. The back office portion focuses on direct patient contact and typical clinical and laboratory skills, such as minor clinical procedures, EKG, phlebotomy, injections, and lab screenings. Students also learn to observe Universal Precautions, OSHA regulations, HIPAA requirements, confidentiality, and the legal aspects applicable to any allied health environment. <br> <br>6. Lower Division Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding: The objective of the certificate program in Medical Billing and Coding is to prepare students with a solid foundation of billing and coding knowledge and technological skills so that they can seek entry-level employment in the healthcare industry. The Medical Billing and Coding certificate program prepares students for entry-level billing and coding positions in a medical office, clinic, or hospital setting. Content incorporated in the program includes how to compile, compute, process, and maintain patient medical records with appropriate codes for billing purposes. Principles of billing and coding include use of the CMS 1500 form, ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes, CPT codes, HIPAA confidentiality, and legal aspects. <br> <br>7. Lower Division Certificate in Pharmacy Technician: The Pharmacy Technician certificate program provides students with a solid foundation of pharmacy fundamental sand terminology needed for graduates to be successful as an entry-level technician. Students of this program will get hands-on practice in multiple pharmacy settings such as hospital, retail, compounding, mail-order, and long-term care. Topics such as professionalism, state and federal laws, and ethical issues are covered. <br>