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Miami Dade College’s Health Care Certificate Programs Lead to Jobs…Fast

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Miami, July 25, 2011 - To meet the growing demand for health care professionals, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Medical Center Campus is offering five short-term certificate programs in pharmacy technician, medical coder billing, massage therapy, phlebotomy, and medical assisting. These programs, which can be completed in just a few months, train students for health care careers for a fraction of the cost at a private college, or university.  

Marcelo Leus earned a certificate in massage therapy from MDC last May. This summer, he opened his own massage and healing center near Coral Gables, the Holistic Relaxation Center.  

 “The quality of education I received was amazing; it completely surpassed my expectations,” Leus said. “MDC has taken me to a different level in my life.”   

For more than 50 years, MDC has been an essential component of South Florida’s economic growth, helping to boost local businesses, providing quality education and job training. Most recently, the college has become a national leader in creating programs that address workforce needs. 

Learn more about MDC’s health care certificate programs, including earning potential, length of program and estimated cost of tuition, below:  

Pharmacy Technician

Length: Two semesters

Tuition: $2,760

Salary range: $27,000 - $42,000 per year

*State of Florida registration required

Medical Coder Billing

Length: Three semesters

Tuition: $2,600

Salary range: $32,000 - $45,000 per year

*Graduates must pass licensure exam

Massage Therapy

Length: One – two semesters

Tuition: $1,970

Salary range: $25,000 - $50,000 per year

*Graduates must pass licensure exam


Length: One semester

Tuition: $ 435

Salary range: $27,000 - $33,000 per year

Medical Assisting

Length: Three semesters

Tuition: $ 3,400

Salary range: $23,000 - $32,000 per year


For more information, please call the Medical Center Campus at 305-237-4141, or visit

Media-only contacts:
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Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
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