Polk Education Pathways

Facials Specialty

This program offers includes, but is not limited to: communication, leadership, human relations and employability skills; safe and efficient work practices; Florida cosmetology law and rules; acquisition of knowledge of the facial specialist and the related chemistry; bacteriology, anatomy and physiology; the art of make-up; and development of skill in performing the manipulative and electrical techniques required in the practice of facials specialist occupations.

A student completing the Facials Specialist program is prepared for employment as a licensed Facials/Skin Care Specialist. Instruction is designed to qualify students for employment upon successfully obtaining a Facials Specialty Certification.

OCP Course Number Course Title Teacher Certification Length
A CSP0266 Facials Specialist FACIAL TEC 7 G

COSMETOL @7    7 G

220 hours

 

Nails Specialty

The Nails Specialty Program offers a sequence of areas including, but is not limited to: communication, leadership, human relations and employability skills; safe and efficient work practices; Florida cosmetology law and rules; acquisition of knowledge of the nails specialist and the related chemistry; bacteriology, anatomy and physiology; and development of skills in performing the techniques required in the practice of nails specialist occupations.

OCP Course Number Course Title Teacher Certification Length
A CSP0016 Manicure and Pedicure Specialist NAIL TECH 7 G

COSMETOL @7 7 G

180 hours

Patient Care Assistant

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as Patient Care Assistants, Nursing Aides and Orderlies, or Home Health Aides. The Patient Care Assistant Program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills. The program provides technical skill proficiency and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills.

This program prepares students for employment as cross-trained nursing assistants (SOC 31-1014 Nursing Assistants). This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills, expanding the traditional role of the nursing assistant for both acute and long-term care settings.

If you have any questions related to this program, please contact dennis.rivera@polk-fl.net

This occupation has an average wage of $12.00 an hour, based on the Florida Occupational Employment and Wages for Polk County.

Patient Care Assistant:

Cours Number OCP Course Title Length
HSC0003 A Basic Healthcare Worker 90 hours
HCP0121 B Nurse Aide and Orderly (Articulated) 75 hours
HCP332 C Advanced Home Health Aide 50 hours
HCP0020 D Patient Care Assistant (Currently Not Offered) 75 hours

 

Practical Nursing

This program prepares students for entry level into the nursing field.  It provides students with skills necessary to practice nursing care in numerous health care settings. The content includes, but is not limited to, theoretical instruction and clinical experience in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, and geriatric nursing along with theoretical instruction and clinical experience in acute, care, long term care and community settings. This program is designed to prepare students for employment as licensed practical nurses. This program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.


This occupation has an average wage of $ 19.59 an hour, based on the Florida Occupational Employment and Wages for Polk County.

Practical Nursing:

Course # OCP Course Title Hours
PRN 0098 A Practical Nursing Foundations 1 300
PRN 0099 B Practical Nursing Foundations 2 300
PRN 0290 Medical Surgical Nursing 1 300
PRN 0291 Medical Surgical Nursing 2 300
PRN 0690 Comprehensive Nursing and Transitional Skills 150
TOTAL HOURS 1350

Class Times

Monday-Friday
7:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Clinical times and dates vary

Intake begins in January, Class starts in July

Email: dennis.rivera@polk-fl.net

Class Times

Monday-Friday
7:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Clinical hours vary.

Apply in January for class that begins in July!

Email: kathy.suarez@polk-fl.net

Visit the Enrollment Page for info on how to apply!

Pharmacy Technician

This program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the health care industry; planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues, and health, safety, and environmental issues.

The content includes but is not limited to the metric system, medical terminology, medicinal drugs, pharmaceutical compounding, USP 795 standards, sterile techniques, USP 797 and USP 800 standards, maintenance of inventory, IV preparation, receiving and handling of hazardous materials, preparing purchase orders, receiving and checking supplies purchased, printing labels, typing prescription labels, delivering medications, pricing prescription drug orders and supplies, prepackaging unit dose packages, patient record systems, control records, data processing automation in pharmacy, computer application, employability skills, leadership, and human relations skills, health and safety, including CPR.


This occupation has an average wage of $13.81 an hour, based on the Florida Occupational Employment and Wages for Polk County.

Pharmacy Technician:

Course # OCP Course Title Hours
HSC0003 A Basic Healthcare Worker 90
PTN0084 B Pharmacy Technician 1 360
PTN0085 Pharmacy Technician 2 300
PTN0086 Pharmacy Technician 3 300
TOTAL HOURS 1050
Ridge Technical College
7700 State Road 544
Class Times

Monday-Friday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Mon/Tues/Thur
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM