Medical Center Campus

    School of Allied Health Technologies

Richard D. Prentiss, MHM, RRT, C-PFT

Chairperson, Professor                                    

School of Allied Health      Technologies                                             

Programs Supervised:

Emergency Medical Services
Cardiorespiratory Technologies
Physical Therapist Assistant

Miami-Dade Community College
Medical Center Campus
950 NW 20th Street
Miami, FL 33127-4693

Phone:305-237-4030                                         Pager: 305-237-7756




Educational Philosophy




"It is the responsibility of an educational institution to provide the highest quality of instruction, facilitate the learning process, and ensure competencies of the learner."                            

"This is especially important when providing educational programs that results in the care of individuals accessing today's health  care system."

"In Health Care, always treat your patients you come in contact with in the manner you would want to be treated if you were receiving care." 


Office Schedule

Monday - Friday                                                      8:00am - 4:30pm                                                    For appointment, please call the number listed above

Job Responsibilities


As a Chairperson in the School of Allied Health Technologies at the Medical Center Campus of Miami-Dade Community College, I am afforded the opportunity to work with highly qualified faculty and staff associated with a number of programs.  In my role as the Chairperson, I facilitate the operation of the fiscal management, human resource needs, and curricula coordination of the Emergency Medical Services, Cardiorespiratory Technologies, and Physical Therapist Assistant Programs. 





Educational Background




Associate of Arts - General Education           
Miami-Dade Community College

Associate of Science - Respiratory Therapy
Miami-Dade Community College

Diploma - Miami Hospital School of Cardiopulmonary Technology
Miami, Fl.

Bachelor of Science - Health Science
Florida International University                   

Masters - Health Management
St. Thomas University


Over 30 years of clinical experience in direct patient care and 20 years experience in the development, implementation, and review of educational programs associated with Allied Health Technologies.  This includes Respiratory Care, Pulmonary Functions, Cardiovascular Technologies, Electrocardiography, Emergency Medical Services, Physical Therapy Assisting, and Massage Therapy.

Programs Supervised

These programs assist the student in developing skills to provide care to patients in the pre-hospital environment.  State certification examinations are required.  For further information go to:



The Emergency Medical Services Program provides instruction in  First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, Paramedic, and Associate in Science in  Emergency Medical Services.



Cardiorespiratory Technologies provide instruction in two areas of study: Pharmacy Technician and Respiratory Care Therapist.

The Pharmacy Technician Program is a PSAV certificate program that assist students in developing skills to work under the supervision of a pharmacist in t he packaging and distribution of medications.   


The Respiratory Care Therapist Program is an Associate in Science degree program that assist the student in developing skills to provide care to patients with related breathing deficiencies.  Care includes the therapeutic use of medical gases and administrative apparatus, environmental control systems, humidification,

aerosols, medications, ventilatory support, bronchopulmonary drainage and exercises, respiratory rehabilitation, the assistance with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and maintenance of natural, artificial and mechanical airways. State certification examinations are required.   For further information go to:








 The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is an Associate  in Science program that assists students in developing skills to work in the rehabilitative care of individuals who have been disabled by injury or disease.  State certification examinations are required.   For further information go to:

Current Projects


The development and implementation of a PSAV Massage Therapy Program.  Currently, the proposed Massage Therapy Program has received approval from the Florida State Board of Massage Therapy.  This program has been designed to provide three tracks for completion of the program and access to the state examination to become a licensed massage therapist (LMT). Anticipated start date 5/02.

Miami-Dade Community College
Medical Center Campus

950 NW 20th Street Miami, FL 33127
305 237-MDCC TDD 1-800 995-5555

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Last updated 2/15/02