Tag: Medical Administration

Noviz Nevarez

AAPC Medical Coding curriculum leads to healthcare career for Galveston College student

Noviz Nevarez always wanted to follow in her sisters’ footsteps and pursue a career in healthcare, but she needed a career pathway that would accommodate her busy schedule as a full-time sales manager at a Galveston hotel, the mother of a four-year-old and wife of a longshoreman at the Port of Galveston.

“Most of my sisters work in a medical field, and they inspired me. Originally, I wanted to become a nurse, but I needed more flexibility. When I found out about medical coding and administration, I decided it was the right career path for me.”

Nevarez enrolled in Galveston College’s new American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) medical coding curriculum last spring, completed her Medical Coding certificate and passed the national Certified Professional Coder (CPC) on her first attempt.

She landed a job with Signify Health and started working remotely this month as a coding specialist.

“Medical coding and billing specialists play a crucial role in the healthcare industry,” explained Donna Swartz, program director at Galveston College. “It is their responsibility to make sure that health claims are processed and coded accurately so that insurance companies and healthcare providers are reimbursed correctly. They also want to make sure they code correctly so patients are not over-charged for routine appointments.”

Nevarez said the communication, supervisory and management, and resume and cover-letter writing skills she learned at Galveston College were essential to preparing her for a new career.

“This is the first job I applied for since I earned my certificate,” Nevarez said. “I used the resume writing tips I learned from Ms. Swartz to align my skills with the position description. I had two phone and video interviews. It was a great experience.”

Galveston College’s 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.

“At first, the program is very challenging, especially for those without a medical background,” Nevarez said. “My advice to future students is to never give up…to believe in yourself. Join social media groups to network and keep up with what’s happening in the field. No matter what, keep going. It is worth it.”

Nevarez is continuing her studies at Galveston College and is now pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Administration. Her new job and work-at-home schedule will also give her husband an opportunity pursue his Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology at the college.

“I’m grateful to my husband, my parents, my mother-in-law, and to my bosses at the hotel for their support,” said Nevarez. “I try to give my best to everything I do. I’m so grateful to Galveston College for this program.”

Donna Swartz

Galveston College Medical Administration program is official education partner of AAPC

The Galveston College Medical Administration program has been named an official education partner with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

The AAPC is the world’s largest training and credentialing organization for the business of healthcare, with more than 190,000 members worldwide who work in medical coding, medical billing, clinical documentation improvement, medical auditing, healthcare compliance, revenue cycle management and practice management.

As an official education partner with the AAPC, Galveston College is licensed to offer AAPC’s curriculum to prepare students for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification and to enter the field of health insurance processing and coding functions.

“As Galveston College’s Certified Professional Coder instructor, I am excited to bring this opportunity to the Gulf Coast region,” said Donna Swartz, division director of Industrial and Applied Technology and Medical Administration program director. “Following the initial pilot of the AAPC’s CPC curriculum during the spring of 2020, which demonstrated high student achievement in medical coding, I am confident that the continued use of the AAPC curriculum will improve CPC exam pass rates, as well as students’ medical coding ability in practical application.”

Graduates of the 30 credit-hour Galveston College program receive a certificate in Medical Coding. Students can choose to continue their studies to earn certification as a Medical Records Technician and an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Administration in their second year.

“Students also benefit from reduced AAPC membership and CPC exam registration costs, and eligible students may receive federal funding for tuition and fees costs,” Swartz added. “We offer a comprehensive training program that aligns with industry trends for our community.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for certified medical coders will increase 22 percent through the year 2022. The average salary for medical coders in the Gulf Coast region is $57,802.

For more information on the Galveston College Medical Administration program, please contact Donna Swartz at dswartz@gc.edu.

Applied Technology Center Sign

Applied Technology Center Open House

Galveston College faculty, staff and advisors are planning an Open House at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The Center is located at 7626 Broadway Boulevard in Galveston, Texas.

Faculty from programs of Welding, Electrical and Electronics Technology, Medical Administration, Medical Coding, Cosmetology, Heating-Ventilation-Air Conditioning-Refrigeration, Culinary Arts, Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice, and Pipefitting will be on hand to give tours and help with applications, registration and financial aid. Fall credit classes start on August 28, 2017. Some workforce programs are available as Continuing Education programs.

The Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center was opened in September of 2013 as a commitment by Galveston College to provide multiple workforce and technology programs for residents to be trained to enter lucrative careers in the Galveston County area. The programs have produced graduates who have joined the workforce or become their own service industry business owners and providers.

Come visit the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center Open House on Tuesday August 15, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Call 409-944-1404 for more information.