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1 Heritage Catalog Volume: XXVIII Published: April 1, 2015 Heritage Institute Fort Myers, Florida 6630 Orion Drive, Suite 202, Fort Myers, FL 33912, Phone: heritage-education.com Website: Heritage Catalog Volume: XXVIII, Published: April 1, 2015

2 Table of Contents GENERAL INFORMATION Heritage Mission Statement and Educational Objectives... 5 Administrative Staff and Faculty... 5 Ownership and Officers... 5 Approvals, Licensures, Accreditation, Memberships... 5 History... 5 Description of Facilities... 5 ADMISSIONS Requirements for Admission... 6 Additional Requirements... 6 Blended Distance Education Admission Requirements... 6 Admissions Procedures... 6 Readmissions... 6 Readmission of Service Members... 6 Acceptance of Credits on Transfer... 6 Academic Evaluation for Veteran Students... 6 Advanced Placement/Experiential Learning... 6 Transfer of Credits/Clock Hours to Other Institutions... 6 Student Payments... 7 Student Financing... 7 Student Financial Aid Sources... 7 Determining Student Need... 7 Financial Aid Application Procedures... 7 Student Eligibility Requirements... 7 Verification Policy... 7 Rights and Responsibilities... 7 Consequences of Defaulting on a Student Loan... 7 Equal Standards... 8 Effect of SAP on Financial Aid... 8 TUITION AND OTHER COSTS Program Costs... 8 Cost of Attendance... 8 Cancellation Policy... 8 Refund Policy... 8 Return of Title IV... 9 Last Date of Attendance and Date of Determination

3 ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES Complaints / Grievance Policy / Grievance Procedures... 9 Nondiscrimination Policy... 9 Title IX Compliance... 9 Annual Security Report / Clery Act / Campus Security Sexual Crimes and Prevention Drugs and Alcohol Student Rights / FERPA Student Records Record Keeping Availability of Employees for Information Dissemination Institutional Information Financial Assistance Information Student-Right-To-Know Act Gainful Employment Disclosures Consumer Information School's Right to Make Changes STUDENT POLICIES School Notification Dress and Appearance Student Conduct Disciplinary Action Appeals to Termination ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Graduation Requirements Satisfactory Academic Progress SAP Minimum Standards Effect of SAP on Academic Progress Attendance Tardiness Make-Up Time Make-Up Work Grading System Credit and Clock Hour Definitions Class and Course Definitions Leave of Absence Not Scheduled Policy Administrative Leave of Absence Change of Program Procedures for Officially Withdrawing Academic Calendar

4 STUDENT SERVICES Student Advising Tutoring Refresher Courses Heritage Online Parking and Transportation Child Care Student Housing Resource Center Student Employment Assistance Graduate Placement Assistance Student Services for Blended Distance Education Students PROGRAMS OFFERED Dental Assisting and Dental Radiology Medical Office Billing and Coding Personal Trainer Pharmacy Technician Therapeutic Massage Veterinary Technician X-Ray Medical Technician - Medical Assistant COURSE DESCRIPTIONS SUPPLEMENT A - DATES AND COSTS SUPPLEMENT B - STAFF AND FACULTY SUPPLEMENT C - BOOKS 4

5 GENERAL INFORMATION Heritage Catalog Volume: XXVIII, Published: April 1, 2015 This catalog is not considered complete without its supplement. The supplement includes a list of program start and anticipated completion dates, program costs and a list of faculty and staff. Heritage reserves the right to change, without notification, any information published in the catalog. These changes will not affect currently enrolled students, without prior written notice. The catalog and its supplement are maintained electronically at A printed version of the catalog and supplement will be provided upon request. Heritage Institute Fort Myers, Florida 6630 Orion Drive, Suite 202, Fort Myers, FL Phone: heritage-education.com Website: Separate Classroom Space located at: 6631 Orion, Suites 103, 104, 105, Fort Myers, FL, I certify to the best of my knowledge that this catalog is true and correct in content and policy, and states progress requirements for graduation. Eva Hutson, Executive Director April 2015 Heritage Mission Statement and Educational Objectives Heritage s mission is to teach people to change their lives by preparing students for entry-level careers in the allied health, wellness, health sciences, and beauty professions. To accomplish its mission, Heritage is committed to the continual fulfillment of the following objectives: Remain progressive in the development of our educational offerings by staying abreast of changes and trends which appear in the allied health, wellness, health science, and beauty professions; Provide educational opportunities that reflect the needs of the changing job markets and that assist students in developing a career path in their chosen field; Utilize a variety of delivery systems including distance education and residential formats; Teach students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills; Hire faculty members who have demonstrated expertise in their respective fields and train them in sound instructional methods; Provide the facilities, material, and equipment necessary to emulate experiences commonly found in the students field of training; Provide the support system to assist students in fulfilling their career objectives; Strive to instill in students the commitment to life-long learning; Maintain Program Advisory Committees that meet regularly with the purpose of reviewing and recommending content, programs, and equipment needed to produce successful graduates. Administrative Staff and Faculty A listing of administrative staff and faculty is available in the supplement to this catalog. Ownership and Officers Weston Educational Inc., DBA Heritage College/Heritage Institute, 4704 Harlan Street, Suite 420, Denver, Colorado Owner: Earl Weston; Chief Executive Officer: Eric Chiusolo; Chief Financial Officer: Bob Banta; Chief Information Office: Jim Mallory; and Chief Operations Officer of Heritage: Stephen Jay Brewster. 5 Approvals, Licensures, Accreditation, Memberships LICENSED BY The Florida Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education since 1/26/2001 License #2367. Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission Licensure Department 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL , Toll-free (888) or (850) Massage Clinic License #MM12249 is issued by the Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, Board of Massage Therapy ACCREDITING AGENCY Heritage Institute is institutionally accredited to award diplomas and Occupational Associate of Science degrees by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), 7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314N, Falls Church, Virginia 22043, (703) (ABHES ID: I-301) Initial accreditation is granted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA), 1931 N. Meacham Rd. Ste. 100, Schaumburg, IL APPROVALS Approved for Veterans Training Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, Board of Massage Therapy; 2030 Capital Circle, Bin#C09, Tallahassee, FL , (850) MEMBERSHIPS Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities Florida State Massage Therapy Association Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals Florida Association of Post-Secondary Schools and Colleges History Heritage Institute was originally founded in Fort Myers, Florida in 1978, as La Baron s Hairdressing Academy and was accredited by the National Accrediting Commissions of Cosmetology Arts and Science (NACCAS). On February 1, 2001, the school was purchased by Weston Educational, Inc. The name was changed to Heritage Institute and it started offering a Therapeutic Massage diploma program. In February 2004, Heritage was accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology. Over the next four years, Heritage continued to add diploma and Occupational Associate of Science degrees in allied health programs. In February 2008, the school received institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and with its continuing success and growth, Heritage Institute moved to its current location at 6630 Orion Drive in March In December 2012, Heritage purchased the Professional Veterinary Assistant School in Lake Forest, CA which has since been recognized by ABHES as a non-main campus of the Ft. Myers campus. Today, Heritage Institute, Fort Myers campus offers diplomas in Dental Assisting and Dental Radiology and Pharmacy Technician and Occupational Associate of Science degrees in Hospital and Health Services Management, Personal Trainer, Therapeutic Massage, Veterinary Technician and X-Ray Medical Technician - Medical Assistant. In February 2015 the Hospital and Health Services Management program was changed to Medical Office Billing and Coding. Description of Facilities Heritage Institute is a 33,918 square foot facility located in the Orion Office Center at 6630 Orion Drive off Daniels Parkway next to Gulf Coast Hospital, near US 41, I-75 (3 miles from exit 131), and Southwest Florida International Airport. A classroom and lab for the Veterinary Technician Program with a surgical room, wash stations, and X-ray is in an additional building that is within walking distance from the main building. Heritage s Student Massage Spa is open to the public and provides the facilities, machines, and products necessary for Massage students to emulate the experiences found in a spa environment. The X-Ray Medical Technician -Medical Assistant program includes a fully functioning X-ray room and a full medical assisting lab for a variety of testing procedures. The Pharmacy Technician classroom includes a mock pharmacy, pharmaceuticals and equipment. The Dental Lab consists of four dental treatment rooms including digital radiology. Reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with the law. See the Executive Director to request accommodations.

6 ADMISSIONS Requirements for Admission All applicants under the age of 18 can be accepted only with the written consent of a parent or legal guardian. A high school diploma, GED, or recognized equivalent from a state approved school or program. A criminal record will jeopardize a graduate s eligibility for employment; therefore, Heritage does not accept applicants who have been convicted of a felony. Additional Requirements Applicants in the Veterinary Technician program will be required to take a Wonderlic entrance test and will be required to achieve a score of 16 or above. Applicants in the Pharmacy Technician program will be required to pass a criminal background check. Blended Distance Education Admission Requirements In addition to the admission requirements indicated above, students who wish to enter a program in the Blended Distance Education format must first satisfactorily complete the Blended Distance Education surveys to ensure this delivery method is right for them. Students who wish to enter a program in the Blended Distance Education format must have an active address and a computer with high-speed internet access. Microsoft Office applications are highly recommended to complete assignments. Admissions Procedures It is recommended that applicants and, if possible, their families or friends, visit Heritage to gain an understanding of the school and view its facilities and equipment. A personal interview should be scheduled with a member of the Admissions staff. Applicants will receive a copy of the Heritage Catalog during this appointment. Applicants will be given the opportunity to review and discuss enrollment documents. The following enrollment documents must be completed in order for the school officials to review the application for enrollment: Application/Enrollment Agreement; A high school diploma, GED, or recognized equivalent from a state approved school or program*; Other enrollment documents will be required on the day of enrollment. Applicants are encouraged to meet with the Financial Aid department and/or the Director of Student Accounts during the enrollment process. *Applicants who attended secondary education outside of the United States must submit a certified copy of his/her secondary school transcript or diploma. It must be translated into English and evaluated as an equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma by an accredited National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES) agency. Please note that some agencies have more specific requirements and accept only original documentation sent directly from the educational institution. Readmissions Students applying for re-admission must repeat the full admission process. Credits previously earned at the school will be accepted and will count as both accepted and attempted in calculating cumulative grade point average and pace. Students readmitted into their previous program will re-enter with the same SAP standing previously attained. Students must be in good financial standing with the school to re-enter. Students who re-enter within 180 days after withdrawal will be charged their original tuition rates. Students who reenter more than 180 days after withdrawal will be charged tuition rates current at the time of re-entry. The student must reapply for financial aid. Note: Financial aid may be limited or unavailable. Students terminated for failure to meet the Standard of Satisfactory Academic Progress will only be re-started if they file a successful appeal to be placed on probation. If the student fails to meet the Standard of Satisfactory Progress by the end of one course, the student will be dismissed for failure to meet the Standard of Satisfactory Progress. See the standards regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress later in this catalog. Readmission of Service Members Heritage provides provisions for students serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Students in this category who withdrew for military obligations, and desire to reenroll, will be readmitted with the following allowances: (1) Heritage will readmit the student into the next available class unless he/she requests a later date or unusual circumstances require the 6 school to admit him/her at a later date; (2) These students will be assessed the tuition and fee charges that were in effect when he/she left; (3) these students will be readmitted with the same academic status as when he/she left; (4) Heritage will provide reasonable efforts to those students who are not prepared to resume at the point where he/she left off. Such accommodations could include providing refresher courses, or allowing the students to retake courses, both at no additional cost. Note: The cumulative length of absence from the school for military service may not exceed five years. Acceptance of Credits on Transfer Transfer of credits from other institutions accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Education Department (ED) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), including military training, will be evaluated with the following considerations: It is the responsibility of the student to provide Heritage with official transcripts and a catalog with course descriptions from their previous institution. Evaluation will be on a case-by-case basis to ensure that the content of the course(s) and the academic period length are comparable to that of a related Heritage course. A "C" or better grade was earned in the course. Students who transfer in credits must complete a minimum of 50% of the course work required for graduation at a Heritage school. This residency requirement does not apply to credits earned during military service. Credits from another institution accepted by Heritage shall be counted as both credits attempted and completed for calculation of pace and maximum time frame. Grades associated with these credits are not included in calculating cumulative grade point average. All credits previously attempted at Heritage for the same program will be counted in both the cumulative grade point average and Pace components. Credit for military training and experience can only be transferred if it is applicable to the student s program requirements at Heritage. Training time will be shortened and tuition reduced proportionately and the VA and the veteran so notified. Eligibility for Federal Financial Aid programs can vary for transfer students. Requests for acceptance of credit should be received by Heritage before classes commence. Requests made later than 30 days after the student starts school may be denied by Heritage. Transfer of credit evaluation will be provided within 60 days. This standard does not apply to credits earned during military service. Academic Evaluation for Veteran Students In addition to providing program requirements, Heritage shall provide to service members, veterans, and their family members who have previous coursework from other accredited institutions and relevant military training and experiential learning an evaluated plan that indicates how many, if any, transfer credits it intends to award, and how these transfer credits will be applied to the student s educational program. The evaluated educational plan will be provided within 60 days after the individual has enrolled and all required official transcripts have been received. Training time will be shortened and tuition reduced proportionately and the VA and the veteran so notified. Heritage will maintain a written record of the previous education and training and indicate that credit has been granted, if appropriate. Credits earned and/or military training and experience will only be considered for transfer credit if received within five years of their program start date. Advanced Placement/Experiential Learning Heritage does not accept advanced placement or credit for experiential learning or life experience. Credit for experiential learning or life experience will only be considered for acceptance as part of the academic evaluation for veteran students. Transfer of Credits/Clock Hours to Other Institutions Transferability of credits vary considerably from school to school. Heritage cannot make any representation whatsoever regarding transfer or acceptance of Heritage credits by any other institution. You should assume that credits you earn in our programs in most cases will not be transferable to any other college or university, nor will it serve as a basis for obtaining a higher level degree at another college or university. Heritage does not guarantee the transferability of its credits to any other institution unless there is a written agreement with another institution.

7 FINANCIAL SERVICES Student Payments Students can make payments to the Director of Student Accounts or designee. Student Financing Installment contracts and alternative loans may be available. Students should contact the Director of Student Accounts for information. Students are encouraged to determine their eligibility for federal student aid before applying for alternative loans. Note: Not all programs are approved for federal student aid. Student Financial Aid Sources The need-based and non-need-based federal financial aid (Title IV Funds) available to qualifying students is as follows: Federal Pell Grant The Federal Pell Grant is a program for undergraduate students (those who have not earned a first Bachelor degree), and demonstrate the greatest financial need. Award amounts are based on a student s expected family contribution (EFC), as determined by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) FSEOG is for students who demonstrate the greatest financial need. Priority is given to students with the lowest EFC who are Pell Grant eligible in that award year. Heritage makes every attempt to ensure the FSEOG funds are reasonably available to all eligible students (to the extent of available funds) who demonstrate financial need. To this end, the school divides the FSEOG Award Year allocation over the scheduled starts (categories). FSEOG will first be awarded to students within each category (start) with the lowest EFC. Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan Subsidized Stafford loans are made to students who demonstrate financial need. The government pays the interest while students are enrolled and during authorized periods of deferment. Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan An Unsubsidized Stafford loan is not awarded on the basis of financial need, and borrowers are responsible for all interest. Interest payments can be deferred while the borrower is in school, but is added to the principal of the loan (capitalized). Borrowers can choose to pay interest while in school, or periods of deferment, to avoid capitalization. These loans are also available to dependent students whose parent(s) is unable to borrow the PLUS loan. PLUS Loan PLUS loans are available for parents borrowing for the education of dependent students. PLUS loan applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, not be in default on any federal education loan or owe an overpayment on a federal education grant. Qualified parents can borrow up to the total Cost of Attendance, minus any other aid received by the student. Unlike Stafford loans, PLUS borrowers are required to undergo a credit check. State and Local Programs For information on need-based and non-need based State and local aid programs, contact the financial aid department. VA Programs Students with specific questions regarding their eligibility should contact the Veterans Administration at: GIBILL1. Study Abroad Study abroad programs are not available. Federal Work Study (FWS) Heritage does not participate in the Federal Work Study (FWS) program. Determining Student Need Financial need equals the difference between the stated costs of attending school, less the resources available to the student. Financial Aid Application Procedures At the time of enrollment, students are encouraged to meet with a Financial Aid Advisor. This meeting is to estimate the eligibility for financial aid options and to create a financial aid package for funding the student s education. The Heritage Financial Aid Office is prepared to assist with the applications and to guide the student through the process of funding his/her education. Students can also visit to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Student Eligibility Requirements A participant in federal financial aid programs must: Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program of study; Have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent; Be a U.S. citizen or national, or an eligible non-citizen with a valid Social Security Number. Non-citizens are required to verify eligibility by providing documentation to the Financial Aid Office; Have financial need (except for some loan programs) as determined by the need-analysis system approved by the Department of Education; Not be in default on a student loan; Not be in an overpayment status with the Department of Education (If a student is identified as having received an overpayment of funds, the Department of Education will be notified.); Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress; Be registered for the Selective Service if a male 18 years or older, or provide written documentation of mitigating circumstances. Verification Policy Verification means that the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid will be verified against confirmed documentation. Students selected for verification will not receive Title IV funding unless the verification is completed. There is no exception. Students who are selected for verification will be notified in writing of the documentation required, the deadline for submission of documentation, and the consequences of failure to meet this deadline. The deadline for submission of documentation is twenty days from the time of notification. Deadline extensions may be requested. If the student fails to meet the deadline for submission of documentation he/she will not be eligible for federal student aid. If a student s financial aid award changes as a result of verification, the student will be requested to make an appointment with Financial Aid to re-evaluate the plan for funding the student's education. Office of Inspector General Referrals: Upon review of a student's application for Title IV assistance, should Heritage receive credible information indicating an applicant may have engaged in fraud or other misconduct in connection with his/her application, this will be referred to the Office of Inspector General for investigation. Examples of this type of information are: false claims of independent student status; false claims of citizenship; use of false identities; forgery of signatures or certifications; or false statements of income. Rights and Responsibilities The student has a right to the following: Written information on loan obligations; A copy of their Master Promissory Note (MPN) either before or at the time his/her loan is disbursed; A grace period, and an explanation of what this means; A disclosure statement, received before the beginning of the repayment of the loan, including information about interest rates, fees, the balance owed, and a loan repayment schedule; Deferment or forbearance of repayment for certain defined periods, if the borrower qualifies and requests this from the lender; Prepayment of the loan, in whole or in part, anytime without an earlyrepayment penalty; Documentation that the loans are paid in full. Each borrower has the following responsibilities: Completing entrance counseling prior to the disbursement of loan funds; Completing exit counseling before leaving school or dropping below halftime enrollment; Repaying loan(s) even if he/she does not complete the program, is dissatisfied with the education received, or is unable to find employment after graduation; Notifying his/her lender or loan servicer of any change of address, name change, or change in enrollment status; Making scheduled payments on the loan after the grace period ends, unless a deferment or forbearance has been approved by the lender. Consequences of Defaulting on a Student Loan Tax refunds may be used to repay your defaulted loan. Wages could be garnished. You may be obligated for incurred legal fees and collection costs. Your default will be reported to all credit bureaus. You may no longer be eligible for Federal Student Aid. 7

8 Equal Standards All students attending Heritage must adhere to the same standards. This includes students receiving Federal Title IV funds and those not receiving such funds. All students must maintain the same institutional/program grade, attendance, behavior, admission, and drug-free requirements. All students have the right to appeal decisions made by the school. Effect of SAP on Financial Aid Financial Aid Warning Financial Aid Warning can be assigned to a student who is failing to make satisfactory academic progress. (Financial Aid Warning for Clock hour students is defined separately.) If it is determined that a student is not meeting SAP at the evaluation point, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Warning. No action is required of the student to be placed on Financial Aid Warning and he/she will be notified in writing of this status. The assignment of the Warning status will allow eligibility for aid for one payment period. If the student meets the SAP standards at the end of the payment period, the Warning status will be removed. If the student is still not meeting SAP standards at the end of the payment period, he/she will lose federal financial aid eligibility and will be recommended for termination unless he/she successfully appeals to be placed on Financial Aid Probation. Financial Aid Warning for Clock Hour Students Clock hour students will have their progress reviewed prior to reaching their scheduled disbursement date. Students may be advised if their progress after review could impede or delay future disbursements of their financial aid. Financial Aid Warning and Financial Aid Probation for clock hours students will not coincide with the Academic Warning and Academic Probation periods identified in the previous paragraph. Financial Aid Warning is a status Heritage can assign to a student who is failing to make satisfactory academic progress. Once the student successfully completes a payment period, his/her SAP will be evaluated. If it is determined that the clock hour student is not meeting SAP at the financial aid evaluation point, Heritage will put the student on Financial Aid Warning. No action is required of the student to be placed on Financial Aid Warning and he/she will be notified in writing of this status. The assignment of this status will reinstate eligibility for aid for one payment period. If the student meets the SAP standards at the end of the payment period, the Financial Aid Warning status will be removed. If the student is still not meeting SAP standards at the end of the payment period, he/she will lose federal financial aid eligibility unless he/she successfully appeals to be placed on Financial Aid Probation. Appeal to be Placed on Academic Probation and Financial Aid Probation Students will be notified at the end of the Warning period if he/she has not met SAP standards. Students will be advised that they are no longer eligible for federal student aid, and will be recommended for termination. Students can only regain eligibility and remain attending school by filing a successful appeal to be placed on financial aid probation. A student may appeal the loss of federal student aid and to remain in school based on: His/her injury or illness, death in the family, or other extenuating circumstances as determined by the school. Appeals must be submitted in writing within two days of notification. Students will be notified of the appeal decision in writing within one week. During the appeal review process, students must continue to attend class. If the student fails to submit an appeal, or if the appeal is denied, the student will become ineligible for student aid and may be terminated for failure to meet SAP requirements. meet SAP standards in one payment period, the student must meet with the Executive Director or Director of Education to develop an Academic Plan, that, if followed, will allow the student to meet SAP standards by a specific point in time. If the student is meeting the SAP standards at the end of the payment period the Probation status will be removed. If the student is still not meeting SAP standards at the end of the payment period or is not meeting the requirements of an approved Academic Plan, the student will become ineligible for student aid and may be terminated for failure to meet SAP requirements. If the student is still not meeting SAP standards, but is meeting the requirements of the Academic Plan, he/she will remain eligible for student aid and may continue attending school. Academic Plan If it is determined that a student cannot regain eligibility within one payment period while on FA probation, Heritage will develop (with the student) an academic plan that, if followed, will ensure that the student is able to meet the SAP standards by a specific point in time. The student will remain on financial aid probation status as long as the student is meeting the requirements of their academic plan. If the student does not follow or meet the requirements of this academic plan, the student will lose eligibility for federal student aid funds. TUITION AND OTHER COSTS Program Costs Tuition and other costs are available on the supplement to this catalog. Students may provide their own books or supplies if they are identical to those required by Heritage. Cost of Attendance In addition to the institutional charges, students should plan for their cost of living while attending school. The student would want to consider room and board, transportation, personal expenses, etc., when making their decision to attend school. Estimates of these additional costs can be provided by the Financial Aid office. Cancellation Policy A full refund of all tuition and fees paid will be made: if an applicant is not accepted by the school; if an applicant cancels his/her enrollment agreement by notifying the school within three days of enrollment, or within three days after visiting the school (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays); or in the event of school closure. A full refund of any tuition will be made if an applicant cancels his/her enrollment agreement prior to attending classes or does not commence training. All refunds will be made within 30 days from the date the enrollment agreement is cancelled. If a program is cancelled by the school after the beginning of classes, the school will provide a full refund of tuition. Refund Policy If a student is terminated or withdraws from school prior to completing the program, Heritage will follow the Federal Return of Title IV Funds Policy to determine the amount of federal student aid which must be returned for students using Title IV Funds. The student s refund calculation is based on the student s current enrollment cost, number of contracted calendar days, number of calendar days completed as determined by the last date of recorded attendance. (Excluding scheduled breaks of 5 days or more and days that a student was on approved leaves of absence). Re-Establishing Financial Aid Eligibility/Reinstatement Students may regain financial aid eligibility by correcting their qualitative and/or quantitative deficiencies. Students can accomplish this by raising their cumulative grade point average and/or by successfully completing an appropriate number of courses to raise the Pace percentage. In addition to the readmission policy referenced elsewhere in the catalog, students who have been dismissed for failing to meet SAP standards, must submit a SAP appeal prior to re-enrollment. Financial Aid Probation Financial Aid Probation can be assigned to a student who is failing to make satisfactory academic progress after having been on Financial Aid Warning and has filed a successful appeal. The student will be eligible for financial aid for one payment period. If it is determined that the student will be unable to 8 The refund calculation is a pro-rated refund policy based on the percent of contracted calendar days completed by the student, up to 50%. If the student attends 0 to 50% of the contracted calendar days - the tuition will be adjusted to a pro-rata amount. (Calculated by Number of actual calendar days completed divided by the total contracted calendar days) If the student attends more than 50% of the contracted calendar days, the student will owe 100% of tuition. Charges to the student that are excluded from the refund calculation are a $100 Withdrawal Fee and charges for books, supplies, equipment, or uniform issued to the student. Students may return books in new condition within 20 days after withdrawal to receive a credit on their account. All refunds will be made within 30 days from the date of withdrawal determination. The school may write off a non-title IV credit balance less than $25.

9 Return of Title IV It is a federal requirement that federal financial aid eligibility be recalculated for a student who ceases to be enrolled. A school is required to determine the earned and unearned portions of Title IV aid as of the date the student ceased attendance based on the amount of time the student spent in attendance or, in the case of a clock-hour program, was scheduled to be in attendance. Up through the 60% point in each payment period or period of enrollment, a pro-rata schedule is used to determine the amount of Title IV funds the student has earned at the time of withdrawal. After the 60% point in the payment period or period of enrollment, a student has earned 100% of the Title IV funds he or she was scheduled to receive during the payment period or term. However, a Return to Title IV calculation will need to be performed to determine if the student was eligible for a Post-Withdrawal Disbursement (PWD). Recalculation for credit hour programs is based upon the following Federal Return to Title IV formulas: Percentage completed of payment period = (the number of calendar days completed beginning with the 1st day of the payment period through the last day of attendance) divided by (the total days in the payment period minus any scheduled breaks of five or more days) Unearned aid = total aid disbursed in the payment period minus earned aid Recalculation for clock hour programs is based upon the following Federal Return to Title IV formulas: Percentage completed of payment period = (the number of clock hours scheduled beginning with the 1st day of the payment period through the last day of attendance) divided by (the total clock hours in the payment period minus any scheduled breaks of five or more days) Unearned aid = total aid disbursed in the payment period minus earned aid If the amount disbursed is greater than the amount earned, the unearned funds must be returned. Returns will be made within 45 days. If the amount disbursed is less than the amount earned, and provided the student is eligible, he or she may be eligible to receive a Post-withdrawal disbursement of the earned aid which was not received. Refunds are returned in the following order: Unsubsidized Stafford Student Loans Subsidized Stafford Loans Parent (PLUS) Loans Federal Pell Grants Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants Other Agency Return Policies* * Heritage will follow the return policies for any third-party agency funding received by a student who ceases attendance prior to completing the program. Last Date of Attendance and Date of Determination If a student officially withdraws from school or if a student is officially terminated from the school, then the date of withdrawal becomes the institution's date of determination. Upon withdrawal, the student s last date of attendance will be ascertained. An unofficial withdrawal means the student stopped attending for 15 consecutive school days without official notification. If a student unofficially withdraws from school, the 14th calendar day after the student s last date of attendance becomes the date of determination for the Return to Title IV calculation. (The 14-day period does not include scheduled breaks of 5 or more days.) If a student does not return from a leave of absence and has not provided a written request for an appropriate extension to that leave of absence, the student will be withdrawn from school. The date of determination will be the date the student was expected to return from leave of absence. On the date of determination, the student s last date of attendance will be ascertained. The school termination date for refund computation is the last date of documented attendance by the student. If any returns to Federal Title IV funds are necessary, they will be returned within 45 days of the student s date of determination. If any funds are due to the student, or other agency, the money will be returned within 30 days of the student s date of determination. (For students in a Blended Distance Education program the term attendance in this policy refers to physical attendance in residence at the school.) 9 ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES Complaints / Grievance Policy / Grievance Procedures Students, faculty, staff, third parties, or the general public may submit a complaint following the Heritage Grievance Policy and Procedures. These procedures provide for prompt and equitable resolution of all complaints, including discrimination and harassment. The Heritage Grievance Policy and Grievance Procedures are disseminated to both students and employees. The Grievance Policy and Grievance Procedures include information on the informal and formal complaint process, investigation process, rights and responsibilities of complainant and accused, notifications, confidentiality, and more. The complete Heritage Grievance Policy and Grievance Procedure is available at: Complaints should be filed with the school s Title IX Coordinator or designee. The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of Education at: You may also file a complaint or grievance with the Executive Director, Eva Hutson at: You may also your complaint to: If a grievance is not resolved by the school to the student s satisfaction, the student may contact: Richard Semakula at the Heritage Home Office, , or by writing to: Heritage College, 4704 Harlan Street, Suite 420, Denver, CO Inquiries to the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education can be directed to: 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL Toll-free: (888) or (850) Nondiscrimination Policy Heritage is an educational institution that is committed to supporting the diversity of its employees, students and programs. Heritage is dedicated to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination on the basis of gender, age, race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, political affiliation or belief, religion, disability or any other characteristic protected by state, local, or federal law, in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment. Prohibited sex discrimination covers sexual harassment and sexual violence. Heritage complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and does not discriminate on the basis of disability. Inquiries or concerns regarding this policy, or assistance with accommodation requests can be brought to the attention of the Executive Director or Title IX Coordinator whose contact information is: Director of Education, (239) , address: This policy is also located at: Title IX Compliance The school s Title IX Coordinator is responsible for the school s overall compliance with Title IX, including response to reports of sexual misconduct affecting the campus community which include sex and gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault and violence, stalking, domestic or dating violence and retaliation. Examples of what constitutes sexual misconduct can be found in greater detail online at or by paper copy upon request. Questions regarding the application of Title IX and the school s compliance with it should be directed to the Title IX coordinator, whose contact information is below. Students who wish to make a report of sexual misconduct should follow published grievance procedures available online at or a paper copy can be obtained from the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of Education, , address: The complete Heritage Grievance Policy and Grievance Procedure is available at:

10 Annual Security Report / Clery Act / Campus Security The Heritage Annual Security Report contains information regarding crimes reported to the US Education Department and security policies of Heritage. This information is updated annually and a notice is sent to students and employees of the report s availability. A paper copy of this report is also available upon request. The Annual Security Report can be viewed at: The Heritage Security Policies can be viewed at: Sexual Crimes and Prevention Heritage is fully committed to comply with Section 485(f) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (Clery Act), as amended by Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA). Sexual offenses, including crimes of harassment, assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking is prohibited. The policy regarding sexual crime prevention programs and the procedures to be followed if such an offense occurs, is delivered annually to each enrolled student and employee, and can be provided upon request. This policy is also located in the Heritage Security Policies: Drugs and Alcohol Heritage is committed to a safe, healthy, and productive environment for all students and employees free from the effects of substance abuse. All new students and employees are provided the Heritage Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy upon enrollment/employment. This policy is also distributed annually to all active students and employees. The policy in its entirety can be provided by paper copy upon request, or at: Student Rights / FERPA The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. (An eligible student under FERPA is a student who is 18 years or older or who attends a postsecondary institution.) These rights include: (1) The right to inspect and review the student s educational records within 45 days after the day Heritage receives a request for access. A student should submit to the Executive Director, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The Executive Director will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. (2) The right to request the amendment of the student s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student s privacy rights under FERPA. A student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the school official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing. (3) The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student s records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. The school discloses education records without a student s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is employed by Heritage in an administrative, supervisory, academic, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel, officials designated by the Department of Education and health staff); or serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include an outside contractor who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent. A school official has legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for Heritage. Upon request, the school also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which the student seeks or intends to enroll. Heritage will make reasonable attempts to notify each student of these disclosures. (4) The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Heritage to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U. S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC Heritage is legally permitted to disclose directory information without the student s prior written consent. Heritage designates the following items as directory information: student s name, date of birth, 10 dates of attendance, location of attendance, address, website address, program of study, participation in officially recognized activities, degree, diplomas and certificates awarded, enrollment status (i.e., enrolled, active, future enrolled student, reentry, on leave of absence, withdrawn, etc.). Students may request that Heritage not disclose any or all of their directory information. Requests for non-disclosure must be in writing with the school Registrar. This policy is also located at: Student Records All students attending Heritage have the right to review their financial aid and academic records, including grades and attendance. A student may request, in person or in writing, a printout of their current attendance record, unofficial transcript, or student schedule. Information will not be passed on via another student. Other information must be requested through the Director of Education in writing. Students may request a record review by writing the Executive Director at the address at the front of the catalog. Such review will be allowed at regular hours under appropriate supervision. Students may also obtain copies of their records at a charge of $1.00 per page. Challenging any of the records must be done in writing, clearly stating the concerns. A meeting may be held, if required, to go over concerns involving the records. Parental access to student records will be allowed without prior consent if the student is a dependent as defined in Sec 252 of the Internal Revenue Regulations. Written consent from a student, parent, or guardian of a minor student, is required before records are released to third parties unless otherwise required by law. Student record information will be used to accomplish reporting and administrative requirements specified by authoritative agencies. Record Keeping Grades, attendance, progress, admissions and financial aid documents are maintained by the school. Academic transcripts are available upon request. Heritage reserves the right to withhold the issuance of a transcript to a student who is in default on student loans or financially indebted to the school. There is no charge for the first transcript sent. Subsequent transcripts are $10 each. Transcripts will be released when other higher education institutions request them. Availability of Employees for Information Dissemination For any information about the school contact the Executive Director. This policy is also located at: Institutional Information Additional Institutional Information is located at: Financial Assistance Information Financial Assistance Information is located at: Student-Right-To-Know Act Information provided under the Student-Right-To-Know Act is available at: Gainful Employment Disclosures See the program of your choice in this catalog. A link is provided with each program directing you to the appropriate Gainful Employment Disclosures. Consumer Information Consumer Information is a collection of information provided for students, prospective students, faculty, staff, and the general public who wish to review the licensure, accreditation, or approvals may contact the Executive Director. The Heritage Consumer Information webpage is available at: School's Right to Make Changes The school reserves the right to make certain changes in program content, equipment, books, faculty, rules, program length, scheduled class times, school break days and tuition in compliance with 6E-008(5), Florida Administrative Code. Tuition and other cost changes will not affect students currently in training. The Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education, Department of Veteran Affairs, U.S. Department of Education, and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools will be notified of changes as deemed necessary. Students will be notified of such changes.

11 STUDENT POLICIES School Notification Students are required to notify Heritage whenever a change in personal information occurs, such as change of name, address, or telephone number. Additionally, any anticipated changes in attendance, student payment arrangements, or any other item that may have an impact upon completion of the student s education should be reported to the appropriate department at Heritage. Dress and Appearance Students should begin to acquire a wardrobe suitable for their future workplace. Many employers have set standards of appearance, and it is to the student s advantage to develop the discipline of meeting pre-set standards. All student attire must fit well, be clean, and in good condition. The Dress and Appearance Code can be provided upon request. Student Conduct Mature, business-like conduct is expected in the classrooms and throughout the school property. Any display of poor behavior towards other students, faculty, clients, or staff members that causes disruption, will not be tolerated. Any activity that adversely affects another student s ability to learn can be considered a conduct problem. Classroom conduct includes behavior in the hallways, break room, and parking lot. Be courteous when taking breaks and do not disturb other classes in session. We value honesty and integrity in our facility in order to provide a positive and safe environment for learning. If a student or staff member should observe inappropriate behavior, it should be reported to the Director of Education so the issue can be addressed. Students who are unable to abide by the rules may be subject to dismissal from the school. Disciplinary Action The following are causes for disciplinary action, which may include termination from school: Failure to comply with the satisfactory progress policy; Failure to comply with the attendance policy; Failure to comply with the conduct policy; Failure to meet all financial obligations or financial aid eligibility requirements; Violation of any conditions as set forth and agreed to in the enrollment agreement or the list of understandings; Refusal to follow instructions given by the instructor; Sexual harassment; Cheating; Falsifying records; Theft or vandalism; Fighting or use of foul language; Possession, distribution or use of alcohol or drugs; and/or, Possession of any weapon (firearms, explosives, or knives) while on school grounds. A student who is terminated from the school is subject to the school refund policy. Appeals to Termination A student who is terminated from Heritage has the right to appeal the termination. The appeal must be submitted in writing to the Executive Director, within 48 hours of termination. ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Graduation Requirements Every student must meet the following graduation requirements in order to receive his/her diploma or degree: Successful completion of all specified requirements for the program of study; and, Meet the Standard for Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students participate in a graduate consultation as part of their graduation procedures. Note: Diploma and/or transcript may be withheld until the student is current on all financial obligations to the school and/or the student has completed any required paperwork. Satisfactory Academic Progress Federal regulations require the institution to monitor the academic progress of each student who applies for financial aid and to certify that each student is making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. In accordance with those regulations, Heritage has established standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) that include qualitative and quantitative components in incremental measures of progress. These requirements apply to all students whether or not the student is receiving title IV funding. Payment Period A payment period for students enrolled in a credit hour program is defined as the successful completion of one half of the credit hours and one half of the weeks in the enrollment period. A payment period for students enrolled in a clock hour program is defined as successful completion of one half of the hours and one half of the weeks in the enrollment period. Students enrolled in programs measured in credit hours will have both components of SAP evaluated after each payment period. Students enrolled in programs measured in clock hours will be evaluated for advisement prior to reaching half of the scheduled hours in the enrollment period, and for disbursement after each payment period. These requirements apply to all students, whether or not they receive Title IV funding for the period. Students bear the primary responsibility for their own academic progress and for seeking assistance when experiencing academic difficulty. Academic advisement and tutoring are both available. Heritage may permit that, for students who change programs, credits and grades that do not count toward the new program will not be included in the satisfactory progress determination. Heritage reserves the right to limit how many times a student can change programs. Qualitative Standard - CGPA All students are required to meet the minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) shown in the following SAP chart. Grades of A, B, C, D, F, H, and P, will be included in the CGPA calculation. (See the Grading System for more information regarding how specific grades are calculated in determining Qualitative Standard.) Quantitative Standard - Pace In addition to the CGPA requirements, a student must successfully complete a minimum percentage of the credits or clock hours and weeks attempted at specific points in the program to maintain satisfactory academic progress. These rates of progress are outlined, along with the CGPA requirements, in the table below. As with the CGPA requirements, the quantitative standard (Pace) will be reviewed at the end of each payment period after grades have been posted to determine if the student is progressing satisfactorily. 11

12 Maximum Timeframe The Pace requirements are to ensure that students are progressing at a rate at which they will complete their programs within the maximum time frame. The maximum time frame for a program measured in credit hours is a period no longer than 150% of the program length measured in credits. The maximum time frame for a program measured in clock hours is a period no longer than 150% of the program length in clock hours and/or in weeks. A student is ineligible for student aid when it becomes mathematically impossible to complete his/her program within the parameters set by maximum time frame for the program. A student who has lost eligibility for exceeding the maximum timeframe must successfully file an appeal to be placed on probation which may include an academic plan in order to regain eligibility. Examples: Maximum Timeframe for a 38 federal credit hour program is: 57 attempted credits (38 x 1.5 = 57 attempted credits) Maximum Timeframe for a 840 clock hour program is: 1260 scheduled hours (840 x 1.5 = 1260 scheduled hours) or 63 weeks (42 x 1.5 = 63 weeks) Veteran students receive benefits for the approved program length only. SAP Minimum Standards Medical Office Billing and Coding Personal Trainer Therapeutic Massage (Clock hour for federal student aid purposes) Veterinary Technician X-Ray Medical Technician - Medical Assistant At this Evaluation Point: Minimum GPA requirement: 18 Federal Credits Earned 60% 60.00% 36 Federal Credits Earned 65% 66.67% 48 Federal Credits Earned 65% 66.67% Program Completion 70% 66.67% Minimum Pace requirement: Dental Assisting and Dental Radiology Pharmacy Technician At this Evaluation Point: Minimum GPA requirement: Minimum Pace requirement: 18 Federal Credits Earned 65% 60.00% 36 Federal Credits Earned 70% 66.67% Program Completion 70% 66.67% Therapeutic Massage (for federal student aid purpose) At this Evaluation Point: Minimum GPA requirement: Minimum Pace requirement: 1/2 required clock hours completed 65% 66.67% Program Completion 70% 66.67% Students receiving VA educational benefits must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 70% in each evaluation period (each course). A VA student whose CGPA falls below 70% at the end of any evaluation period, will be placed on academic probation for a maximum of two consecutive terms of enrollment. If the VA Student s CGPA is still below 70% at the end of the second term of probation, the student s VA educational benefits will be terminated. A VA student terminated from VA educational benefits due to unsatisfactory academic progress may petition the school to be recertified after attaining a CGPA of 70%. Effect of SAP on Academic Progress Educational Monitoring of SAP: The Heritage Education office will monitor student SAP to identify needed improvement and assistance and to ensure the student will meet graduation requirements. Education Notification of Actions Which Affect a Student s Pace: For students who require a change of schedule that affects the Pace standard, the Education office will meet with the student to inform him/her of the effect the change of schedule will have on their Pace. Academic Probation When Not Meeting GPA Standard: If a student is not meeting the GPA standard at an evaluation point, the student will be placed on Academic Probation. At the time the student is placed on Academic Probation, he/she will be advised in writing of the probationary status, the consequences of not meeting the SAP standards, and the requirements to be removed from Academic Probation. The length of a probation period is a maximum of two courses. The student will be evaluated at the end of the Academic Probation period. If the SAP standards are met, the student will be removed from probation. If the student has not achieved the Standard of SAP, he/she will be referred to the Executive Director for termination for failure to meet the Standard of Satisfactory Academic Progress. Appeals to Termination for Failure to Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress A student may appeal the termination for failure to meet the Standard of SAP. All appeals must be in writing, signed and dated. The Executive Director may override certain rules and policies if mitigating circumstances prevail. The student will be notified within two weeks of appeal in person or by telephone. If the appeal is approved the student will be placed on a second two course period of probation. While on a second period of probation, the student must seek to correct his/her academic deficiencies by retaking courses he/she failed. The Director of Education, in order to assure that the student s educational objectives and SAP requirements are met, will closely monitor the student's progress. The student will be evaluated at the completion of the second probation period. If the Standard of SAP is achieved at the completion of the second probation period, the student will be removed from Academic Probation. If the Standard of SAP is not achieved by the completion of the second probation period, or if the original appeal was denied, the student will be terminated. The student may apply for re-admission following the Heritage readmissions policy. Attendance It is recognized that reasons beyond the student's control may make it impossible for a student to attend class every day. When absences occur, the student should notify the school by phone as soon as possible on the day of the absence. Should a student miss class and not call in, he/she may be contacted by the school to identify any assistance the school may provide in order for the student to return to class. Proof of the reason for the absence may be required. Refer to program pages for program-specific attendance policies. Tardiness A tardy is calculated in 15-minute increments and is calculated into total attendance. For example, if a student is 8 minutes late to class, it will be reported as 15 minutes tardy making the attendance for a 4 hour day only 3 hours and 45 minutes. For students who leave class early, the calculation is the same. For example, if a student leaves class 10 minutes early, he/she has 15 minutes taken off their attendance for the day. Make-Up Time Students may be allowed to make up time they have missed. Make-up time for missed classes must be prearranged. If a student anticipates an absence, it may be possible to make up time before the absence. Make-up time can only be completed on campus when the school is open. It is not the instructor s responsibility to contact the student regarding make-up time. Make-Up Work Students may be allowed to make up work they have missed. In some instances make-up work is not possible (e.g.: projects requiring interaction with other students, guest speakers, demonstrations, etc.). It is the student s responsibility to arrange to make up work with his/her instructor and must contact the instructor the day following an absence to arrange for make-up work. It is not the instructor s responsibility to contact the student regarding make-up work. 12

13 Grading System Students will be evaluated at the end of each course and issued a grade. Students receive grades based on classroom participation, laboratory and project work, out of class activities, and written examinations. Students receive a numeric grade for a combination of their theory and clinical work. Grades are posted online for the student after the completion of each course. Letter grades are assigned based on the following grading scale: A - Passing/Excellent: 90 to 100% B - Passing/Good: 80 to 89.9% C - Passing/Satisfactory: 70 to 79.9% D - Passing/Marginal: 60 to 69.9% F - Failure: Below 60% Externship Grades P - Pass Externship: Grade 100% F - Fail Externship: Grade 0% The above grades will be included in the CGPA and Pace calculation. H - Failure to Complete Required Hours Students in the Pharmacy Technician or the Dental Assisting and Dental Radiology programs, who do not attend 90% of the course hours, will receive the grade of H to indicate they did not achieve the required hours during that course. The H is considered a failing grade regardless of the student s GPA. This course will be counted in both Pace and CGPA components. The student will be required to repeat this course. I - Incomplete An incomplete may be given to any student who does not completely fulfill the academic requirements of a course. If a student fails to complete a course, a grade of I is assigned. The student will have one week in which to complete the work. If a one week extension is needed, the student must contact the Director of Education. If the student fails to complete the work required within that period, the I will be replaced with the student s grade as it stands. U - Unauthorized Incomplete If a student leaves a course (voluntarily or involuntarily), and before the course is completed, he/she will receive a U. This course will not be considered in the student s CGPA, but will count as an attempted course toward his/her Pace evaluation. R - Course Repeated All courses in a program of study are required. Repeats are necessary for previously failed course attempts and if a course is assigned an H. Courses should be repeated as soon as possible. If a student is required to take a course which is a prerequisite to other courses, that course must be taken before the advancement to subsequent courses. If a course is repeated, the lower letter grade will be changed to R. The higher numeric grade will be used in calculating the student s GPA and used in evaluating the student s SAP. All repeated courses are included in the Pace and maximum timeframe calculations. Appeals to Exam or Class Grades Should a student disagree with an exam grade or a course grade, an appeal may be filed with the Director of Education within ten school days after the grade issuance. All appeals must be in writing, signed and dated. Credit and Clock Hour Definitions Clock Hour A clock hour is defined as 50 minutes of instruction. Quarter Credit Our accrediting agency, ABHES, provides the definition of quarter credits to be awarded for completion of courses at Heritage. A quarter credit is defined as one credit for every ten hours of theory, every twenty hours of lab, or every thirty hours of Externship. Federal Quarter Credit The U.S. Department of Education provides the definition of a federal quarter credit as not less than one hour of classroom and two hours of out-of-class student work per week. (Ex: twenty hours of provided instruction and at least five hours of out-of-class activities.) Class and Course Definitions Residential Format Students physically attend class for the scheduled hours and complete outside preparation as required. Blended Distance Education format This is a good alternative for those who have commitments that don t allow for regular attendance in class, or are commuting to school from a greater distance. Blended Distance Education allows students to physically attend class for the hands-on portion of the training, while theory and written projects are accomplished electronically. The Blended Distance Education format is a hybrid distance education system. Each week, students will be provided 12 hours of instruction via distance education and 8 hours of instruction in a residential format. In addition, students will also have outside preparation activities assigned. Blended Distance Education activities may include, but not limited to: directed readings, discussion forums, video content, and researchbased assignments. Resident activities may include, but not limited to: laboratory activities, discussions, and lectures. Blended Distance Education courses are considered synchronous, which means students move through the courses at the same pace. The individual online work is considered 'asynchronous', which means students can work at their own pace during the week. To participate in the Blended Distance Education programs, students must have a computer with access to the internet. In addition, Microsoft Office applications are highly recommended to complete assignments. Course Sequence Courses are designed to be presented in an indiscriminate sequence. There are no prerequisites for any courses unless specified under the individual course description. Class Size The maximum class size is a ratio of 30 to 1. The maximum laboratory size is a ratio of 20 to 1. Class sizes may vary depending on the individual room size. A typical classroom may hold 25 to 30 students. Outside Preparation Hours Students are expected to complete out-of-class activities (homework) as part of their academic requirements. These activities may include but are not limited to: reading and workbook assignments, research projects, report writing, and journaling. Competencies Most courses have a set list of skill competencies. Students must demonstrate they are competent in these skills to successfully pass each course. Assignments Students are expected to complete their assignments by the specified due dates. Not all assignments missed due to student absences can be made up. If a student misses an assignment which can be made up he/she may make up the assignment no later than three school days past the due date with a penalty*. If a student is unsure if an assignment can be turned in late he/she should contact his/her instructor prior to the assignment due date. Lab Discussion/Review Students are expected to contribute to lab activities and class discussions. Students are not allowed to make up missed lab activities or discussions. Students are responsible to know the material presented during the lab and discussion times. Students must contact their instructor for material they missed. Points for the missed lab or discussion cannot be made up. Exams Students are expected to take exams on specified exam dates. If a student misses an exam he/she may make up the exam no later than three school days past the exam date with a penalty*. *Penalty: The percentage of points to be taken off for late assignments and make-up exams: One school day late: 10%; Two school days late: 20%; Three school days late: 30%; More than three school days late: No points awarded. 13 School days for Blended Distance Education students are all calendar days except Sundays and school holidays in regard to late assignments or make-up exams. Full-Time Students All enrolled students are considered full-time students.

14 Part-Time Students Heritage does not offer programs on a part-time schedule; therefore, Heritage does not have part-time students. Language Courses are only taught in English. Non-credit Remedial Courses Non-credit remedial courses are not offered at Heritage. Florida Course Numbering System Heritage does not participate in the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System. The course numbers are only used as a Heritage administrative identifier. Leave of Absence A student's written request must be on the Heritage Leave of Absence form and include the reason for the request. The school must determine that there is a reasonable expectation that the student will return from the LOA. This form must be signed by appropriate school officials prior to commencement of the leave of absence. Documentation to verify reason for leave of absence may be required. Allowable reasons for a leave of absence may include: circumstances covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), legal obligations, employment requirements, jury duty, or military service. Subsequent leave of absences may be granted for the reasons mentioned above. The leave of absence, together with any additional leaves of absence must not exceed a total of 180 days in any 12-month period. An emergency leave of absence, without prior written request, may be granted by the Executive Director for reason of mitigating circumstances. Failure to return from a leave of absence by the scheduled LOA end date (unless an extension has been approved), is considered a withdrawal. If the student is a Title IV recipient, he/she should meet with Financial Aid to discuss the effects failing to return from a leave of absence may have on their loan repayment terms and grace period. The school does not assess the student any additional institutional charges, the student's need may not increase, and the student is not eligible for any additional federal student aid. VA must be notified immediately of any veteran student going on leave of absence from school. Veteran's benefits will be terminated from the start date of the leave of absence. Not Scheduled Policy There are times when some students may not be scheduled for a period of time due to administrative reasons (Ex: no class is available). If this gap will exceed the attendance policy, the student must complete an Intent to Return form. This allows a student to remain in a non-scheduled" status for a maximum of 45 calendar days after the end of the module the student ceased attending. If the gap exceeds 45 days, a Return of Title IV calculation must be performed and refunds made as necessary. Any student who does not return on the intended date will be withdrawn. A student in a non-scheduled status is not eligible for any payment of Title IV funds, and/or receipt of any credit balance (if applicable). Administrative Leave of Absence In circumstances necessitating a temporary extension of a student s academic term in excess of 45 days for reasons not meeting the criteria for an approved leave of absence. The administrative leave of absence is considered a withdrawal for Title IV purposes requiring a Return to Title IV being performed based on the student s last date of attendance. Students returning from an administrative leave of absence within 180 days will be charged the tuition costs in affect when they enrolled and their Title IV reinstated. Student s returning after 180 days will follow the Heritage readmissions policy. Change of Program A student may change from the original program in which he/she enrolled to another program with the approval of the Director of Education. Upon approval, the student will be subject to all charges for the program they transfer into, in addition to the charges of their previously attended program (after adjustment based on the school s refund policy). Procedures for Officially Withdrawing Any student who wishes to withdraw from classes should contact the Director of Education, Director of Student Accounts, and the Director of Financial Aid for exit interviews to complete academic, financial and other pertinent business. Withdrawal from school does not alleviate the student s responsibility to pay loan debts and charges incurred in school. A student who withdraws from school and wishes to restart shall apply for re-admission. All students whose enrollments are terminated are subject to the school refund policy. Academic Calendar Class start dates and anticipated graduation dates are available in the supplement to this catalog. School breaks may not be available while students are on Externship. Externship schedules may be influenced by site requirements, but are approved and monitored by the school and will not exceed criteria as outlined in this catalog. Residential Students Three sessions are available for residential classes meeting Monday through Friday: Morning Session: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM Afternoon Session: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Evening Session: 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM Blended Distance Education Students Students attending Blended Distance Education format will participate in online instruction throughout each week and will attend class in residence at the following times: Medical Office Billing and Coding Students: Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Personal Trainer students: Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM Instructional activity is continuous throughout the calendar year with the following scheduled breaks: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: No classes Jan 19, 2015 Memorial Day: No classes May 25, 2015 Independence Day: No classes July 3-4, 2015 Labor Day: No classes Sep 7, 2015 Thanksgiving: No classes Nov 26 - Nov 29, 2015 Winter Break: No classes Dec 20, Jan 3, 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: No classes Jan 18, 2016 Memorial Day: No classes May 30, 2016 Independence Day: No classes July 4, 2016 Labor Day: No classes Sep 5, 2016 Thanksgiving: No classes Nov 24 - Nov 27, 2016 Winter Break: No classes Dec 18, Jan 1, 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: No classes Jan 16, 2017 Memorial Day: No classes May 29, 2017 STUDENT SERVICES The school offers the following student services to all students. Student Advising The student s primary advisor is his/her instructor. Instructors, Program Managers, and the Director of Education are available to assist students with issues of an academic or personal nature and can direct the student to other advising resources outside of the school if needed. Tutoring Tutoring is available to all students who need additional help in achieving or maintaining satisfactory progress. Students must make arrangements with their instructor, Program Manager, or the Director of Education for availability. 14

15 Refresher Courses Graduates are allowed to return to Heritage to repeat a course to refresh their skills provided the course is still being offered. The graduate must make arrangements prior to attendance and must be able to attend classes during regularly scheduled times. This is a continuous service to our graduates. To obtain this service, the student s account must be paid in full and remain in good standing with the holder of his/her loans, if applicable. Heritage Online Heritage Online is available for students to access a variety of resources and information. A login name and password will be issued when students begin school. Students can use Heritage Online to review their grades and attendance and access online resource materials. Parking and Transportation Parking is available for students who drive to school. Heritage is located on a major bus route, which makes it easily accessible to those students without automobiles. The telephone number for bus routes and scheduling is available at the school. Heritage cannot guarantee student transportation. See a Student Services Coordinator if you have concerns regarding transportation. Assistance may be available with public transportation schedules or carpools. Child Care Students with child care concerns should speak with a Student Services Coordinator. Heritage may have a list of child care alternatives. Students may not bring their children to the school except during designated family functions. Student Housing Heritage does not provide student housing. Resource Center The Resource Center at Heritage is open to students and faculty to provide reference materials and internet links specifically related to training in the specialized areas offered at Heritage. Students and faculty may find and check out course-related texts, trade publications, informational videos, and CDs. Internet access with links to articles, e-books, journals, and online libraries is also available. A link has been developed that can guide students through to online research processes, including research and web search strategies. Televisions, computers, and a printer are also available for student use. Orientation to the Resource Center will be conducted for all students. Student Employment Assistance Some students may need assistance finding a job while attending school. The Career Services office will maintain a list of job availabilities. Career Services personnel may assist the student on interview skills, resume writing, or other job search techniques and resources. Heritage does not guarantee jobs for students. Graduate Placement Assistance Heritage does not guarantee employment. The Career Services office assists graduates in obtaining employment in the fields for which they are trained. This continuous placement service is available to all Heritage graduates at no additional charge. Professional assistance is available on interview skills, resume writing and other job search techniques. Heritage assists graduates in networking with employers in their field and provides guidance for those graduates seeking self-employment. Heritage brings graduates and prospective employers together under favorable circumstances. Student Services for Blended Distance Education Students In addition to the student services available to residential Heritage students, Blended Distance Education students will also receive training on navigating Heritage Online for course participation on the use of the online system. Blended Distance Education students may request the use of classroom facilities for technique practice or group discussions. Heritage Online technical support is available to Blended Distance Education students. PROGRAMS OFFERED Dental Assisting and Dental Radiology Diploma This program is designed to prepare the graduate for entry-level employment in a dental office. Program Objective Provide training on the basic knowledge and skills for individuals initially entering this career field, to prepare them for an entry level position in the occupation. A diploma will be awarded to students who successfully complete the requirements of this program. Hours of Instruction Provided: 760 Outside Preparation Hours: 250 Weeks of Instruction: 38 Quarter Credits: 50 Federal Quarter Credits: 38 Students can reasonably expect to complete this program in less than 10 months, including scheduled school breaks. They will be expected to complete a minimum of five hours per week of outside class work. Federal student financial aid will be disbursed based on Federal Quarter Credits. The definition of an Academic Year for this program is 36 weeks and 36 Federal Quarter Credits. Required Courses DA201 - Dental Assisting and Sciences in Dentistry DA202 - Occupational Health and Safety; Patient Assessment DA203 - Clinical Dentistry and Dental Radiology DA204 - Dental Materials and Chairside Assisting DA205 - Dental Procedures DA290 - Externship Program Delivery This program is only taught in a residential format using a combination of lecture and lab activities. Students will attend in residence 20 hours each week and complete outside preparation hours as required. Courses may be graded by in-class assignments, quizzes, projects, homework, written examinations and practical evaluation of techniques. Externship schedules may be influenced by site requirements. Residential Attendance Policy Students in this program are required to attend a minimum of 90% of the hours in each course. (Students must complete all of the Externship hours if applicable.) Should an event occur when class would normally be scheduled (i.e. graduation ceremony, in-service days, or an interruption due to inclement weather or emergency), it may be necessary to make up those hours on another day or evening. Instructors may include class meetings, and/or assigned academic activities as criteria for determining class attendance. Make-up hours must be completed prior to commencement of the next course. Students will be provided an additional supervised or directed academic activity to be completed during courses effected by scheduled interruptions (holidays). Student absences will be considered excused up to 10% of the scheduled course hours. An excused absence may only be counted if the student is excused from hours that were actually scheduled, were missed, and do not have to be made up for the student to receive their diploma. 15 Failure to complete the required hours will result in a failed course attempt and the course will need to be repeated. A written advisory form will be given to the student, and a copy will be placed in his/her file. If a student receives three

16 attendance advisories he/she will be recommended for withdrawal from the program. If a student stops attending school for 15 consecutive school days, he/she will be withdrawn from the program. The student has the right to appeal the withdrawal if he/she can prove mitigating circumstances and show the issues no longer exist. Appeals must be in writing to the Executive Director for approval. Veteran Student Attendance Excused absences will be granted for extenuating circumstances and must be substantiated by documentation placed in the student s file. Veteran students who exceed 15% unexcused absences in a six week period will have their benefits terminated for unsatisfactory attendance. Medical Office Billing and Coding Occupational Associate of Science Degree This program is designed to prepare the graduate for entry-level employment in office administration in various medical settings such as medical office groups, specialty practices, clinics, hospitals, medical records offices, insurance providers, nursing homes, home health care, extended living facilities, hospices, public health agencies, and human service agencies. The name of this program was formerly Hospital and Health Services Management. Program Objective Provide training on the basic knowledge and skills for individuals initially entering this career field, to prepare them for an entry level position in the occupation. An Occupational Associate of Science degree will be awarded to students who successfully complete the requirements of this program. Hours of Instruction Provided: 1200 Outside Preparation Hours: 480 Weeks of Instruction: 60 6 Federal Quarter Credits: 60 Students can reasonably expect to complete this program in less than 15 months, including scheduled school breaks. Federal student financial aid will be disbursed based on Federal Quarter Credits. The definition of an Academic Year for this program is 36 weeks and 36 Federal Quarter Credits. Required Courses MB202 - Essentials of Human Resources MB203 - Technology in the Medical Office * MB205 - Introduction to Medical Procedures MB206 - Medical Law and Ethics MB208 - ICD-10 MB221 - Electronic Health Records MB224 - Reimbursement Methodologies MB227 - Anatomy and Physiology MB231 - Communication in a Business Environment* MB290 - Externship * General Education course Program Delivery This program is offered in either a residential or the Blended Distance Education format using a combination of lecture and lab activities. Students will attend in residence 20 hours each week following the Residential format or the Blended Distance Education format and complete outside preparation hours as required. Courses may be graded by in-class assignments, quizzes, projects, homework, written examinations and practical evaluation of techniques. Externship schedules may be influenced by site requirements. Residential Attendance Policy Students in this program are required to attend a minimum of 80% of the hours in each course. (Students must complete all of the Externship hours if applicable.) Should an event occur when class would normally be scheduled (i.e. graduation ceremony, or in-service days), it may be necessary to make up those hours on another day or evening. Instructors may include class meetings, and/or assigned academic activities as criteria for determining class attendance. Make-up hours must be completed prior to commencement of the next course. Students will be provided an additional supervised or directed academic activity to be completed during courses effected by scheduled interruptions (holidays). If the student fails to complete the required hours, he/she will receive a written attendance advisory and a copy will be placed in his/her file. If a student receives three attendance advisories he/she will be recommended for withdrawal from the program. If a student stops attending school for 15 consecutive school days, he/she will be withdrawn from the program. The student has the right to appeal the withdrawal if he/she can prove mitigating circumstances and show the issues no longer exist. Appeals must be in writing to the Executive Director for approval. Blended Distance Education Attendance Policy Students in this program are required to physically attend a minimum of 80% of the in-residence hours in each course. (Students must complete all of the Externship hours if applicable.) Should an event occur when class would normally be scheduled (i.e. graduation ceremony, or in-service days), it may be necessary to make up those hours on another day or evening. Instructors may include class meetings, and/or assigned academic activities as criteria for determining class attendance. Make-up hours must be completed prior to commencement of the next course. Students will be provided an additional supervised or directed academic activity to be completed during courses effected by scheduled interruptions (holidays). If the student fails to complete the required hours, he/she will receive a written attendance advisory and a copy will be placed in his/her file. If a student receives three attendance advisories he/she will be recommended for withdrawal from the program. If the student stops physically attending for three consecutive residential school weeks, he/she will be withdrawn from the program. The student has the right to appeal the withdrawal if he/she can prove mitigating circumstances and show the issues no longer exist. Appeals must be in writing to the Executive Director for approval. Veteran Student Attendance Excused absences will be granted for extenuating circumstances and must be substantiated by documentation placed in the student s file. Veteran students who exceed 15% unexcused absences in a six week period will have their benefits terminated for unsatisfactory attendance. Gainful Employment Disclosure Gainful Employment Disclosure for Dental Assisting and Dental Radiology, Diploma: Assistant/Disclosures_FTM_DA.html Gainful Employment Disclosure Gainful Employment Disclosure for Medical Office Billing and Coding, OAS Degree: Myers/HHSM/Disclosures_FTM_HHSM.html Personal Trainer Occupational Associate of Science Degree Personal Trainers are becoming an important part of how Americans partake in their own wellness. This program provides the training as a Personal Trainer in a wide variety of venues including, but not limited to health clubs, day spas, resort areas, cruise lines, or as an independent contractor. Using a closely integrated combination of hands-on and lab experience, students will learn the essentials of personal training including creating comprehensive wellness plans for clients using a variety of disciplines including muscular fitness, aerobic fitness, alternative fitness, diet and nutrition, sports medicine and massage. Furthermore, anatomy and physiology, business management, and customer relations are integrated into the training. 16

17 Program Objective Provide training on the basic knowledge and skills for individuals initially entering this career field, to prepare them for an entry level position in the occupation. An Occupational Associate of Science Degree will be awarded to students who successfully complete the requirements of this program. Hours of Instruction Provided: 1260 Outside Preparation Hours: 470 Weeks of Instruction: 62 4 Federal Quarter Credits: 63 Students can reasonably expect to complete this program in less than 15 months, including scheduled school breaks. Federal student financial aid will be disbursed based on Federal Quarter Credits. The definition of an Academic Year for this program is 36 weeks and 36 Federal Quarter Credits. Required Courses FT201 - Preventative Fitness FT202 - Muscular Fitness FT203 - Aerobic Fitness FT204 - Diet and Nutrition FT205 - Low Impact Fitness FT206 - Sports Medicine and Massage FT207 - Professional Development and Success FT208 - Scientific Rationale for Programming Models GE230 - Business Management * GE260 - Introduction to Psychology * FT290 - Externship * General Education course Program Delivery This program is offered in either a residential or the Blended Distance Education format using a combination of lecture and lab activities. Students will attend 20 hours each week following the Residential format or the Blended Distance Education format and complete outside preparation hours as required. Courses may be graded by in-class assignments, quizzes, projects, homework, written examinations and practical evaluation of techniques. Externship schedules may be influenced by site requirements. Residential Attendance Policy Students in this program are required to attend a minimum of 80% of the hours in each course. (Students must complete all of the Externship hours if applicable.) Should an event occur when class would normally be scheduled (i.e. graduation ceremony, or in-service days), it may be necessary to make up those hours on another day or evening. Instructors may include class meetings, and/or assigned academic activities as criteria for determining class attendance. Make-up hours must be completed prior to commencement of the next course. Students will be provided an additional supervised or directed academic activity to be completed during courses effected by scheduled interruptions (holidays). If the student fails to complete the required hours, he/she will receive a written attendance advisory and a copy will be placed in his/her file. If a student receives three attendance advisories he/she will be recommended for withdrawal from the program. If a student stops attending school for 15 consecutive school days, he/she will be withdrawn from the program. The student has the right to appeal the withdrawal if he/she can prove mitigating circumstances and show the issues no longer exist. Appeals must be in writing to the Executive Director for approval. Blended Distance Education Attendance Policy Students in this program are required to physically attend a minimum of 80% of the in-residence hours in each course. (Students must complete all of the Externship hours if applicable.) 17 Should an event occur when class would normally be scheduled (i.e. graduation ceremony, or in-service days), it may be necessary to make up those hours on another day or evening. Instructors may include class meetings, and/or assigned academic activities as criteria for determining class attendance. Make-up hours must be completed prior to commencement of the next course. Students will be provided an additional supervised or directed academic activity to be completed during courses effected by scheduled interruptions (holidays). If the student fails to complete the required hours, he/she will receive a written attendance advisory and a copy will be placed in his/her file. If a student receives three attendance advisories he/she will be recommended for withdrawal from the program. If the student stops physically attending for three consecutive residential school weeks, he/she will be withdrawn from the program. The student has the right to appeal the withdrawal if he/she can prove mitigating circumstances and show the issues no longer exist. Appeals must be in writing to the Executive Director for approval. Veteran Student Attendance Excused absences will be granted for extenuating circumstances and must be substantiated by documentation placed in the student s file. Veteran students who exceed 15% unexcused absences in a six week period will have their benefits terminated for unsatisfactory attendance. Gainful Employment Disclosure Gainful Employment Disclosure for Personal Trainer, OAS Degree: Trainer/Disclosures_FTM_FT.html Pharmacy Technician Diploma This program provides the student the necessary skills for entry-level employment as a Pharmacy Technician in retail pharmacy, a pharmaceutical clinic, office, hospital, HMO, extended living care facility, or institutional pharmacy. Pharmacy Technicians help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other health care products to patients. Program Objective Provide training on the basic knowledge and skills for individuals initially entering this career field and to prepare them for an entry level position in the occupation. A diploma will be awarded to students who successfully complete the requirements of this program. Hours of Instruction Provided: 760 Outside Preparation Hours: 270 Weeks of Instruction: 38 Quarter Credits: 54 Federal Quarter Credits: 38 Students can reasonably expect to complete this program in less than 10 months, including scheduled school breaks. They will be expected to complete a minimum of five hours per week of outside class work. Federal student financial aid will be disbursed based on Federal Quarter Credits. The definition of an Academic Year for this program is 36 weeks and 36 Federal Quarter Credits. Required Courses PT201 - Fundamentals of Pharmacy PT202 - Retail Pharmacy Practices PT203 - Institutional Pharmacy PT204 - Medical Inventory and Billing PT205 - Parenteral Preparation PT290 - Externship Program Delivery This program is only taught in a residential format using a combination of lecture and lab activities. Students will attend in residence 20 hours each week and complete outside preparation hours as required. Courses may be graded by in-class assignments, quizzes, projects, homework, written examinations and practical evaluation of techniques. Externship schedules may be influenced by site requirements.

18 Residential Attendance Policy Students in this program are required to attend a minimum of 90% of the hours in each course. (Students must complete all of the Externship hours if applicable.) Should an event occur when class would normally be scheduled (i.e. graduation ceremony, in-service days, or an interruption due to inclement weather or emergency), it may be necessary to make up those hours on another day or evening. Instructors may include class meetings, and/or assigned academic activities as criteria for determining class attendance. Make-up hours must be completed prior to commencement of the next course. Students will be provided an additional supervised or directed academic activity to be completed during courses effected by scheduled interruptions (holidays). Student absences will be considered excused up to 10% of the scheduled course hours. An excused absence may only be counted if the student is excused from hours that were actually scheduled, were missed, and do not have to be made up for the student to receive their diploma. Failure to complete the required hours will result in a failed course attempt and the course will need to be repeated. A written advisory form will be given to the student, and a copy will be placed in his/her file. If a student receives three attendance advisories he/she will be recommended for withdrawal from the program. If a student stops attending school for 15 consecutive school days, he/she will be withdrawn from the program. The student has the right to appeal the withdrawal if he/she can prove mitigating circumstances and show the issues no longer exist. Appeals must be in writing to the Executive Director for approval. Veteran Student Attendance Excused absences will be granted for extenuating circumstances and must be substantiated by documentation placed in the student s file. Veteran students who exceed 15% unexcused absences in a six week period will have their benefits terminated for unsatisfactory attendance. Gainful Employment Disclosure Gainful Employment Disclosure for Pharmacy Technician, Diploma: Technician/Disclosures_FTM_PT.html Therapeutic Massage Occupational Associate of Science Degree Massage Therapists can find employment in health care, hospitality, recreation, fitness, and beauty industries. Graduates may provide massages to recovering patients or as part of a regular health care practice; or be hired as professionals for larger hospitality providers. You may find many opportunities for employment in a salon or gym as a qualified staff member; contract for space, hours, or events; or even established your own business. Massage Therapists might work in hospitals, doctors offices, rehabilitation clinics, resorts, cruise ships, hotels, airports, malls, health clubs, recreation centers, gyms, spas, salons, and many other places. Program Objective Provide training on the basic knowledge and skills for individuals initially entering this career field, to prepare them for an entry level position in the occupation. An Occupational Associate of Science degree will be awarded to students who successfully complete the requirements of this program. Hours of Instruction Provided: 1220 Outside Preparation Hours: 510 Weeks of Instruction: 60 Quarter Credits: 102 Federal Quarter Credits: 61 Students can reasonably expect to complete this program in less than 15 months, including scheduled school breaks. Federal student financial aid will be disbursed based on clock hours attended. The definition of an Academic Year for this program 900 clock hours. 18 Required Courses TM201 - Deep Tissue / Sports Massage TM202 - Neuromuscular Anterior TM203 - Neuromuscular Posterior TM204 - Clinical Assessment TM205 - Musculoskeletal TM209 - Spa TM210 - Medical Massage TM240 - Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine GE230 - Business Management * TM280 - Clinic GE260 - Introduction to Psychology * * General Education course Program Delivery This program is only taught in a residential format using a combination of lecture and lab activities. Students will attend in residence 20 hours each week and complete outside preparation hours as required. Courses may be graded by in-class assignments, quizzes, projects, homework, written examinations and practical evaluation of techniques. Externship schedules may be influenced by site requirements. Residential Attendance Policy Students in this program are required to attend a minimum of 85% of the hours in each course. (Students must complete all of the Externship hours if applicable.) Should an event occur when class would normally be scheduled (i.e. graduation ceremony, in-service days, or an interruption due to inclement weather or emergency), it may be necessary to make up those hours on another day or evening. Instructors may include class meetings, and/or assigned academic activities as criteria for determining class attendance. Make-up hours must be completed prior to commencement of the next course. Students will be provided an additional supervised or directed academic activity to be completed during courses effected by scheduled interruptions (holidays). Student absences will be considered excused up to 10% of the scheduled course hours. An excused absence may only be counted if the student is excused from hours that were actually scheduled, were missed, and do not have to be made up for the student to receive their degree. If the student fails to complete the required hours, he/she will receive a written attendance advisory and a copy will be placed in his/her file. If a student receives three attendance advisories he/she will be recommended for withdrawal from the program. If a student stops attending school for 15 consecutive school days, he/she will be withdrawn from the program. The student has the right to appeal the withdrawal if he/she can prove mitigating circumstances and show the issues no longer exist. Appeals must be in writing to the Executive Director for approval. Veteran Student Attendance Excused absences will be granted for extenuating circumstances and must be substantiated by documentation placed in the student s file. Veteran students who exceed 15% unexcused absences in a six week period will have their benefits terminated for unsatisfactory attendance. Massage Licensing, Certification Applicants for licensure under chapter 480, F.S., after July 1, 2014 are required to submit to certain fingerprinting requirements, prior to licensure. The exam is administered by a third party agency and these fees are not part of the Heritage fees. The MBLEx Certification examination fee is $195. The Florida License Application fee is $155. Massage Therapists; qualifications; licensure; endorsement. Florida Board of Massage Therapy Laws and Rules (1) Any person is qualified for licensure as a massage therapist under this act who: (a) Is at least 18 years of age or has received a high school diploma or Graduate Equivalency Diploma; (b) Has completed a course of study at a board-approved massage school or has completed an apprenticeship program that meets standards adopted by the board; and (c) Has received a passing grade on an examination administered by the department. (2) Every person desiring to be examined for licensure as a massage therapist shall apply to the department in writing upon forms prepared and furnished by the department. Such applicants shall be subject to the provisions of s (1). Applicants

19 may take an examination administered by the department only upon meeting the requirements of this section as determined by the board. (3) Upon an applicant s passing the examination and paying the initial licensure fee, the department shall issue to the applicant a license, valid until the next scheduled renewal date, to practice massage. Gainful Employment Disclosure Gainful Employment Disclosure for Therapeutic Massage, OAS Degree: Therapist/Disclosures_FTM_TM.html Veterinary Technician Occupational Associate of Science Degree Graduates of the Veterinary Technician program provide professional animal health care in conjunction with Veterinarians. Veterinary Technicians must be knowledgeable in the care and handling of animals, their normal and abnormal life processes, medical and surgical nursing, anesthesiology, diagnostic imaging, and clinical laboratory procedures. Graduates may work in a variety of environments including Veterinary clinics, animal hospitals, kennels, animal shelters, commercial and retail facilities, and large animal facilities. Graduates may be asked to carryout varying tasks by potential employers including but not limited to interacting with clients, completing administrative activities, answering phones, maintaining patient files, and caring for animal housing needs. Program Objective Provide training on the basic knowledge and skills for individuals initially entering this career field, to prepare them for an entry level position in the occupation. An Associate of Occupational Studies degree will be awarded to students who successfully complete the requirements of this program. Hours of Instruction Provided: 1720 Outside Preparation Hours: Weeks of Instruction: 86 Quarter Credits: Federal Quarter Credits: 86 Students can reasonably expect to complete this program in less than 20 months, including scheduled school breaks. Federal student financial aid will be disbursed based on Federal Quarter Credits. The definition of an Academic Year for this program is 42 weeks and 42 Federal Quarter Credits. Required Courses GE231 Communicating for Business* GE251 Math and Science* VT201 Introduction to Veterinary Technology VT202 Office Management and Pharmacy VT203 Anatomy and Physiology of muscular, skeletal, integument, and digestive systems VT204 Anatomy and Physiology of cardiac, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems VT205 Anatomy and Physiology of nervous and endocrine systems of mammals, and systems of avian, reptiles, and amphibians VT206 Laboratory Procedures VT207 Diagnostic Imaging VT208 Small Animal Nursing VT209 Large Animal Nursing VT210 Specialty Nursing Topics VT211 Anesthesia and Surgery VT290 Externship * General Education course Program Delivery This program is only taught in a residential format using a combination of lecture and lab activities. Students will attend in residence 20 hours each week and complete outside preparation hours as required. Courses may be graded by in-class assignments, quizzes, projects, homework, written examinations and practical evaluation of techniques. Externship schedules may be influenced by site requirements. Residential Attendance Policy Students in this program are required to attend a minimum of 90% of the hours in each course. (Students must complete all of the Externship hours if applicable.) Should an event occur when class would normally be scheduled (i.e. graduation ceremony, or in-service days), it may be necessary to make up those hours on another day or evening. Instructors may include class meetings, and/or assigned academic activities as criteria for determining class attendance. Make-up hours must be completed prior to commencement of the next course. Students will be provided an additional supervised or directed academic activity to be completed during courses effected by scheduled interruptions (holidays). If the student fails to complete the required hours, he/she will receive a written attendance advisory and a copy will be placed in his/her file. If a student receives three attendance advisories he/she will be recommended for withdrawal from the program. If a student stops attending school for 15 consecutive school days, he/she will be withdrawn from the program. The student has the right to appeal the withdrawal if he/she can prove mitigating circumstances and show the issues no longer exist. Appeals must be in writing to the Executive Director for approval. Veteran Student Attendance Excused absences will be granted for extenuating circumstances and must be substantiated by documentation placed in the student s file. Veteran students who exceed 15% unexcused absences in a six week period will have their benefits terminated for unsatisfactory attendance. Pregnancy Students who are or become pregnant should notify the program director however, the choice to declare pregnancy is voluntary. This information must be in writing to indicate the expected date of delivery. A student will not be considered pregnant without written disclosure and will be required to complete the program as it s designed including all lectures, labs, essential skills, assignments, and exams. The pregnant student should seek advice and counsel from her attending physician concerning continuing the Veterinary Technician Program. The Education Department will complete the proper documents if the student chooses to take a leave of absence and documentation to verify the reason for leave of absence may be required. A student may not exceed 180 days of leave of absence during any 12 month period. Gainful Employment Disclosure Gainful Employment Disclosure for Veterinary Technician, OAS Degree: Technician/Disclosures_FTM_VT.html X-Ray Medical Technician - Medical Assistant Occupational Associate of Science Degree Medical assistants are often employed in a physician's office, medical office, medical group, HMO, with a specialty practice, hospice, clinic, emergency room, blood center, offices of podiatrists, chiropractors, optometrists, and other health practitioners and facilities. As a graduate of the X-Ray Medical Technician - Medical Assistant program you will be that unique medical assistant who can assist with and perform x-ray duties as an entry-level Basic X-ray Machine Operator. You will be qualified to perform the general duties for the entry-level medical assistant as well as the special competencies required of a more experienced Medical Assistant performing routine clinical x-ray procedures assigned by a supervising physician in clinics and doctors offices in non-hospital settings. 19

20 Program Objective Provide training on the basic knowledge and skills for individuals initially entering this career field, to prepare them for an entry level position in the occupation. An Occupational Associate of Science Degree will be awarded to students who successfully complete the requirements of this program. Hours of Instruction Provided: 1260 Outside Preparation Hours: 470 Weeks of Instruction: 62 4 Federal Quarter Credits: 63 Students can reasonably expect to complete this program in less than 15 months, including scheduled school breaks. Federal student financial aid will be disbursed based on Federal Quarter Credits. The definition of an Academic Year for this program is 36 weeks and 36 Federal Quarter Credits. Required Courses MA201 - Front Office Procedures MA202 - Patient Intake and Pharmacology MA203 - Microscopic Evaluation MA204 - Patient Care MA205 - Surgical and Diagnostic Procedures MA208 - Radiation Safety and Axial Skeletal Procedures MA209 - Equipment, Image Production, and Appendicular Skeletal Procedures MA250 - Science for Radiology Technologists GE230 - Business Management * GE260 - Introduction to Psychology * MA291 - Externship * General Education course Program Delivery This program is only taught in a residential format using a combination of lecture and lab activities. Students will attend in residence 20 hours each week and complete outside preparation hours as required. Courses may be graded by in-class assignments, quizzes, projects, homework, written examinations and practical evaluation of techniques. Externship schedules may be influenced by site requirements. Residential Attendance Policy Students in this program are required to attend a minimum of 80% of the hours in each course. (Students must complete all of the Externship hours if applicable.) Should an event occur when class would normally be scheduled (i.e. graduation ceremony, or in-service days), it may be necessary to make up those hours on another day or evening. Instructors may include class meetings, and/or assigned academic activities as criteria for determining class attendance. Make-up hours must be completed prior to commencement of the next course. Veteran Student Attendance Excused absences will be granted for extenuating circumstances and must be substantiated by documentation placed in the student s file. Veteran students who exceed 15% unexcused absences in a six week period will have their benefits terminated for unsatisfactory attendance. Florida Basic Machine Operator Certification Exam The examination for the Basic X-Ray Machine Operator is administered by a third party and these fees are not part of the Heritage fees. Florida Department of Health Laws and Rules: Certification.--The department shall certify any applicant who meets the following criteria (1) Pays to the department a nonrefundable fee that may not exceed $50, plus the actual per-applicant cost to the department for purchasing the examination from a national organization. (2) Submits a completed application on a form specified by the department. An incomplete application expires 6 months after initial filing. The application must include the social security number of the applicant. Each applicant shall notify the department in writing of his or her current mailing address. Notwithstanding any other law, service by regular mail to an applicant's last reported mailing address constitutes adequate and sufficient notice of any official departmental communication to the applicant. (3) Submits satisfactory evidence, verified by oath or affirmation, that she or he (a) Is at least 18 years of age at the time of application; (b) Is a high school, vocational school, technical school, or college graduate or has successfully completed the requirements for a graduate equivalency diploma (GED) or its equivalent; (c) Is of good moral character; (d) Has passed an examination as specified in s or meets the requirements specified in s ; and (4) Submits complete documentation of any criminal offense in any jurisdiction of which the applicant has been found guilty, regardless of whether adjudication of guilt was withheld, or to which the applicant has pled guilty or nolo contendere. Department of Health for the Basic X-Ray Machine Operator Exam The exam is administered by a third party agency and these fees are not part of the Heritage fees. The State of Florida Basic Machine Operator certification exam is $ See The State of Florida, Department of Health for the Statues governing Basic Machine Operator. Basic Machine Operator Certification requirements: You must be 18 years old and possess a high school diploma or GED, and meet other requirements as described below You must attach proof of completing a 4-hour HIV/AIDS course A criminal record must be disclosed and proper documentation submitted as requested by the Department of Health upon application. Gainful Employment Disclosure Gainful Employment Disclosure for X-Ray Medical Technician - Medical Assistant, OAS Degree: Ray-Medical-Technician-Medical-Assistant/Disclosures_FTM_XMT.html Students will be provided an additional supervised or directed academic activity to be completed during courses effected by scheduled interruptions (holidays). If the student fails to complete the required hours, he/she will receive a written attendance advisory and a copy will be placed in his/her file. If a student receives three attendance advisories he/she will be recommended for withdrawal from the program. If a student stops attending school for 15 consecutive school days, he/she will be withdrawn from the program. The student has the right to appeal the withdrawal if he/she can prove mitigating circumstances and show the issues no longer exist. Appeals must be in writing to the Executive Director for approval. 20

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