Medical Administration

Program Director/Program Coordinator
NameDonna Swartz
TitleMedical Administration Program Director
Program AreaIndustrial & Applied Technology Division Director
Student Success Coach/Advisor
NameMartin Crichlow



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
HITT1353Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information3
HITT2313Working w/ Health IT Systems
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
Cooperative Ed* or Special Topics in Health Information Technology*3
Core Component Elective
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


Medical Administrative Assistant


Certified Coding and Billing Specialist


Pre-certification/Referral Specialist


Medical Records Technician


Medical Office Manager