Category: Workforce Program

Quickstart plus program starts in Sept at Galveston College

New Quickstart+ programs set to launch this fall

Galveston College has received a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to offer new Quickstart+ training programs in Electrical Technology and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC). The first cohort of the Electrical Helper program will begin Sept. 21.

Career Navigator Sharon Levy Pagan will be moving to the Continuing Education department to coordinate and serve as job placement navigator for the program. Her office will remain at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center.

Funded with a Foundational Skills for Construction Career Pathways Grant. the Quickstart+ programs are designed to help individuals find entry-level jobs in the fast-growing HVAC and electrical industries.

In the eight-week programs, students will be presented with the basics of a trade, including safety procedures, proper tool usage, regulations, codes and more. They also will receive career counseling and job placement assistance.

Tuition is free for those accepted into the programs. However, students must purchase their own steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment.

An individual applying to a Quickstart program must

• be age 18 or older. (Proof of age is required such as driver’s license or birth certificate.)
• be a United States citizen or certified to work in the United States. (A Social Security card or original I-9 documentation is required.)
• meet United States Military Selective Service registration requirements, if male. (Student must present Registration Acknowledgment Card at the time of enrollment.)
• have a working computer and internet access.
• have steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment (mask or face covering).

Following acceptance into the program, the applicant must meet with the job placement navigator and bring required documents.

For more information, please visit https://gc.edu/continuing-education/quickstartplus/ and contact Job Placement Navigator Sharon Pagan at (409) 944-1410 or spagan@gc.edu.
Sharon Pagan

Medical Coding & Billing

Program Overview

Do you enjoy managing accounts ? 

Do you like troubleshooting problems to find a solution?
Are you ready to work at medical clinics or hospitals? 

To Learn More:

Moody Hall – Room 140

409-944-1344

Fax: 409-944-1501

Register Online

Online Registration

Physical Application

Download our Application

Drop off, or email it in to us

Payment Plans

If eligible, sign up for payment plan here

Medical Coding & Billing Specialist Certification

MEDICAL CODING CERTIFICATE

Level One Certificate Program

(Degree Audit Program Code: MED-ADMIN-CODING-C1)

The Medical Billing and Coding Certificate is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills required of a Medical Billing and Coding Professional.  Emphasis is placed on billing and coding of services, procedures, and diagnoses for medical facilities.

The program focuses on the linkage of coding systems (ICD, CPT and HCPCS) to medical insurance billing, using medical software to provide successful and accurate submission of insurance claims for reimbursement. Students who complete this course could be qualified to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) – Certified Professional Coder Exam (CPC) or Certified Professional Coder Apprentice Exam (CPC-A) and other national certification exams.

These courses can also be applied towards the Medical Administration AAS Degree.

FIRST YEAR

First Semester

Second Semester

HITT

1305

Medical Terminology I

3

POFM

1327

Medical Insurance

3

MDCA

1309

A & P for Medical Assistants

3

HITT

1341

Coding & Classification Systems

3

HITT

1345

Healthcare Delivery Systems

3

HITT

2335

Coding and Reimbursement

Methodologies

  3

HITT

1353

Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information                                       

3

HITT

2340

Advanced Medical Billing and Reimbursement

  3

HITT

2313

Working w/ Health IT Systems

3

HITT

2346

Advanced Medical Coding*

  3

15

15

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS IN PROGRAMS:  30

Notes:

* Identifies Capstone course

All classes may not be offered each semester. Check online schedule for current offerings

Computed Tomography

Program Director/Program Coordinator
NameMary Koebele
TitleComputed Tomography Instructor
RoomN-213
Program Area
Computed Tomography
Phone409-944-1270
Email

mkoebele@gc.edu

Admin SupportElizabeth Iles Ext. 490
Student Success Coach/Advisor
Name

Jayne Withers

Ext220

 Program Overview

Do you enjoy working closely with other healthcare professionals? 

Do you like to communicate with patients?
Do you like to use sophisticated computer equipment? 

Your Pathway

Allied Health Certificate Program

Galveston College Computed Tomography Program has a selective admissions process. This process is non-discriminatory on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, qualified disability, marital status, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation in admissions to the program.

Note: It is the student’s responsibility to provide the program director written notification of any changes in contact information.

Please complete the program application to the Computed Tomography Program. Answers to all items are required. If a question does not pertain to you, simply put NA for the response.

Course Description

Computed Tomography is a post-associate degree certificate program offered by Galveston College. This course is designed for the cross-trained professional, the new Radiographer, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, and for Radiation Therapy Technologists.

Upon completion of the 16-credit-hour program, the student will be eligible for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) registry by meeting the minimum required number of scans (125). See
ARRT Website for more details. This program can also be counted as CE credit and is worth 16 CEs per credit hour according to the ARRT. 

What is Computed Tomography?

Computed Tomography (CT) is a branch of radiology that employs specialized radiography equipment to produce sectional images of the human anatomy. The CT Technologist performs various diagnostic procedures under the supervision of a licensed radiologist or in most cases, a licensed technologist. In order to produce quality images, the CT Technologist must be able to work effectively with patients and health professionals, operate sophisticated computer equipment and observe radiation protection measures.

One Semester Program

First Semester

CTMT1291Special Topics in Computed Tomography2
CTMT2336Computed Tomography Equipment and Methodology3
RADR2340Sectional Anatomy for Medical Imaging3
CTMT2460Clinical I (Computed Tomography)114
CTMT2461Clinical II (Computed Tomography)114
TOTAL SEMESTERCREDIT HOURS IN PROGRAM16

Notes:
* Identifies Capstone course
11CTMT 2460 and 2461 Clinical (CT) must be completed through Galveston College in order to receive a certificate in
CT. With completion of CTMT 2460 and 2461, you will be able to sit for the ARRT CT registry

Mission Statement

In keeping with the mission and goals of Galveston College, the Computed Tomography program is dedicated to

providing a comprehensive, competency based Computed Tomography curriculum to prepare the diverse group of

graduates with the entry level skills needed to provide quality procedures, superior patient care, and knowledge needed

to successfully pass the national ARRT registry on the first attempt as well as to encourage the need for continued

lifelong learning.

Computed Tomography Technology Criteria

All prospective candidates who wish to be admitted to the Computed Tomography Technology program should

contact the Program Director.

Applicant must:

1. Complete the requirements for admission to the College. (Admission to the College does not guarantee

admission to the program.)

1.  Requirements to the College include:

a. Application for Admissions & Residence Questionnaire.

b. Official transcripts from all Colleges and Universities attended.

c. Bacterial Meningitis vaccination for all on campus and hybrid course offerings (under the age of 22).

2. All Program applicants must show proof of:

a. A GPA of 2.5 or higher from an Accredited Medical Radiography Program, Nuclear Medicine or

Radiation Therapy Program.

b. Be a graduate of a two year accredited Medical Radiography Program in ionizing radiation, ARRT Certification in Radiography, Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine.

c. Be a Registered Technologist by the start of the program.

3. Submit a program application to the Program Director.

Applications that are submitted after the deadline will

be reviewed at the discretion of the Selection Committee. Due to limited enrollment, we cannot accept every applicant. Applicants not admitted to the program must re-apply each semester. Successful applicants will be

notified by mail or email of acceptance to the program.

4. The Application deadlines are:

• June 15th for the Fall Semester

• October 1st  for the Spring Semester 

• April 1st for the Summer Semester

Do not wait for a Student ID# from Admissions. Fill in what you can and submit right away.*

5. Upon acceptance to the CT program you will be required to submit the following:

a. A copy of current Texas Department of Health certification and ARRT certificate in the Allied Health Office.

b. Submit a current copy of an American Heart Health Care Provider level CPR and maintain certification though out their course of study.

c. Complete the Application for Graduation Form. (If completing 16 hrs.)

d. Complete the Change of Program Form (Mandatory)

e. Complete a clear drug screening test and Background check at students cost as directed by the Program Director. (Instructions to follow acceptance) (If taking Clinic)

g. Students attending clinic must submit a “passport style” photo electronically along with the CT program application.

* See welcome letter from Admissions or CT Program acceptance letter for submission instructions.

Course Substitution

Any student choosing to substitute the RADR 2340: Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Professionals must submit the
Course Substitution Form /images/gc/AH/CT/CT-Course Substitution.pdf at the start of the program along with a
course description of the course where previously taken. It is highly recommended that although taken previously, you
consider taking this course with the program. It is a very detailed course and it may improve your chances of passing
the national registry or serve as a refresher course for the national registry.

Transfer Policy

Course work from another program will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Program Director. A grade of “C” or
better is required on all transferred prerequisite, general education and program specific courses. Transfer students from another program will be admitted on a space-available basis. Prospective transfer students will not be allowed to take
clinics only.
Transfer students must:
1. Complete admission requirements to Galveston College as well as the program.
2. Submit course syllabi for review, if requested by Program Director.
3. Agree to complete a Disclosure of Information Form.

Career Opportunities

W

Diagnostic Radiological Technologist

W

Radiology/CT Technologist

W

CT Technologist

W

CT Technologist / Computed Tomography

W

CT Tech

Employment Outlook

Depending on a number of factors, including geographic location, duties of employment and their own personal qualities, graduates can reasonably expect entry level salaries ranging from $46,000 to $52,000 per year.

Medical Administration

Program Director/Program Coordinator
NameDonna Swartz
TitleMedical Administration Program Director
RoomATC-304
Program AreaIndustrial & Applied Technology Division Director
Phone409-944-1493
Emaildswartz@gc.edu
Student Success Coach/Advisor
NameMartin Crichlow
Ext

   409-944-1401

Email

mcrichlow@gc.edu

Your Pathway

Medical Administration

Medical Administration at Galveston College

The Medical Administration degree program is designed to prepare students to work in health-related fields, from entry level positions (coding and billing assistant, medical administrative assistant, medical records clerk, registration specialist, referral specialist) to higher level positions (office manager, business coordinator, supervisor, executive administrative assistant, coding and billing specialist, pre-certification/referral specialist,  and medical records specialist). Job opportunities for skilled and knowledgeable medical administrators continue to increase as the need for healthcare support increases at hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, insurance and billing companies, medical coding services, urgent care clinics, and federal and state agencies. Skills needed to meet the demands of today‘s healthcare environment  include computer technology, flexibility, multicultural competence, teamwork, customer service, effective communication and presentation skills, interpersonal skills, patient confidentiality and medical coding and insurance.

Degrees & Certificates

Following the first 30 hours of study, students are awarded the Medical Coding Certificate, which provides the training to become an effective Medical Billing and Coding Professional.  The program prepares students for national medical coding certification exams, and provides focused instruction in health information management, health records management and advanced medical coding and billing.

Second year courses lead to the Medical Records Technician, which prepares students to work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, medical clinics, surgical facilities, insurance companies, urgent care centers, and doctors’ offices.  Additionally, students complete a semester-long internship, which provides valuable administrative training.

These certificates follow a course sequence that eventually leads to the two-year Medical Administration Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

Associate of Applied Science - Medical Administration

First Year

First Semester
HITT1305Medical Terminology I3
MDCA1309A & P for Medical Assistants3
HITT1345Healthcare Delivery Systems
3
HITT1353Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information3
HITT2313Working w/ Health IT Systems
3
Total Semester Hours:15
Second Semester
POFM1327Medical Insurance3
HITT1341Coding & Classification Systems3
HITT2335Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies3
HITT2340Advanced Billing and Reimbursement3
HITT2346Advanced Medical Coding3
Total Semester Hours:15

Second Year

First Semester
SPCH13XXSpeech Elective63
HPRS2332Healthcare Communications3
HITT2339Health Information Organization and Supervision3
HITT
HITT
1380
1391
Cooperative Ed* or Special Topics in Health Information Technology*3
Core Component Elective
3
Total Semester Hours:15
Second Semester
MATH13XXMath Elective3
ENGL1301Composition I3
HIST1301US History I3
Social/Behavior Science Elective3
Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective4 or Creative Arts Elective33
Total Semester Hours:15

Career Opportunities

W

Medical Administrative Assistant

W

Certified Coding and Billing Specialist

W

Pre-certification/Referral Specialist

W

Medical Records Technician

W

Medical Office Manager