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Healthcare Certifications

Phlebotomy Technician Program  Register!
This 90-hour Phlebotomy Technician Program will prepare you to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Note: There is no outside externship rotation included with this program. Textbooks included.

February 28 - May 16, Tues & Thur 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
And Saturdays,  April 8 & 29 and May 13, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Student Union West, Room 302
CRN: 91043 | Course: XHE 0038 | Fee: $1599

Online Healthcare Certification Courses

Health Unit Coordinator | Online & Clinical Externship Register!
The Health Unit Coordinator professional acts as a liaison between various departments, clinicians, management, support staff, patients and their families in the health care facility to create a more harmonious delivery of services. Your training includes communication and interpersonal skills; workplace ethics and legal concepts; management of patient records and legal documents; medical terminology; basic human structure, diseases and disorders; transcription; ordering supplies; communication devices; and processing orders; in addition to logistical support for management and nursing staff. This program will prepare you to take the certification exam and provide you with a clinical component to gain valuable work experience so that you can begin a career as a nationally-certified Health Unit Coordinator.

A 160-hour clinical externship is included in this program. A background check may be required for participation in the clinical setting. At the conclusion of training, there will be a practice certification exam. For prerequisites and registration packet, email slock@gulfcoast.edu or call (850) 872-3819. Four months to complete the training from the time of registration. Please be sure to access the course within one to three business days after you enroll.

Spring enrollment dates: Jan 3 – May 4
CRN: 91042 | Course: XHE 0040 | Fee: $1195

Summer enrollment dates: May 5 - Aug 20
CRN: 95013 | Course: XHE 0040 | Fee: $1195

 Required printable forms:

Applicant cover letter
Applicant checklist
Release form
Confidentiality Statement

Career Step + Gulf Coast State College = Academic Partners

Career Step is an online school offering career-focused education designed to help students quickly enter the workforce. The school is committed to providing the best online education experience, incorporating interactive learning tools such as hands-on practice, videos, games, forums, and chat rooms into its curriculum. Students also have one-on-one access to instructors who have years of experience actually working in the positions students are training for. After graduation, students have access to comprehensive graduate resources such as resume reviews, interview tips and tutorials, and new job opening notifications to help them successfully transition from education to employment.

 Additional information, videos and demos:  http://www.careerstep.com/gulfcoast        

Health Information Technology | Online
The Health Information Technology program prepares students for the rapidly growing healthcare IT sector. Students graduate ready to earn the CompTIA A+ certification as well as the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) and Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) credentials offered by the National Healthcareer Association. Students learn computer hardware/software, troubleshooting, technology security, and healthcare documentation, among other topics, and also gain hands-on experience with government-certified ezEMRx electronic health records software. In addition to one-on-one instructor support and personalized graduate support, students receive ebooks, exam study guides, a computer repair toolkit, a power supply tester, and four certification exam vouchers.

For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR | Online
Approved by the National Healthcareer Association, the Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR program prepares students for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) credentials. Students learn Microsoft Office basics, healthcare documentation and reimbursement, and medical office management topics such as practice finances and standard office procedures. The interactive online curriculum also includes over 20 hours of training on the government-certified ezEMRx EHR software. In addition to one-on-one support from experienced instructors throughout the course and access to personalized graduate support after graduation, students receive ebooks and vouchers for the CMAA and CHERS exams.

For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Medical Administrative Assistant | Online
Approved by the National Healthcareer Association, the Medical Administrative Assistant program is specifically designed to prepare students to earn the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) credential after graduation. The interactive online curriculum teaches students Microsoft Word and Excel basics, healthcare documentation and reimbursement, medical terminology, and basic anatomy as well as specific medical office management topics such as practice finances and standard office procedures. In addition to one-on-one support from experienced instructors throughout the course and access to personalized graduate support after graduation, students receive ebooks and a voucher to take that CMAA exam after graduation.

For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Medical Billing | Online
The Medical Billing program helps students develop the knowledge and skills they need to work in healthcare reimbursement. The program focuses on documentation and procedures and includes hands-on exercises that allow students to apply what they learn. Students learn about the payment process, the changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act, bundled payments, and common billing forms including the 837, UB-04, and CMS-1500.  In addition to one-on-one support from experienced instructors throughout the course and access to personalized graduate support after graduation, students receive ebooks and a certificate to take the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam.

For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Professional Medical Coding and Billing ICD-9/10 | Online
The Professional Medical Coding and Billing program prepares students for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification exams. Students learn healthcare information management, reimbursement methodologies, medical terminology, anatomy, pathophysiology, and pharmacology as well as studying the ICD-9, ICD-10, CPT, and HCPCS code sets in an extensive practical section that gives them valuable hands-on experience before graduation. In addition to one-on-one support from experienced instructors throughout the course and access to personalized graduate support after graduation, students receive ebooks, industry codebooks, access to an online reference library, and a voucher for one of the national certification exams.

For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Professional Medical Coding and Billing ICD-9 | Online
The Professional Medical Coding and Billing program prepares students for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification exams. Students learn healthcare information management, reimbursement methodologies, medical terminology, anatomy, pathophysiology, and pharmacology as well as studying the ICD-9, CPT, and HCPCS code sets in an extensive practical section that gives them valuable hands-on experience before graduation. In addition to one-on-one support from experienced instructors throughout the course and access to personalized graduate support after graduation, students receive ebooks, industry codebooks, access to an online reference library, and a voucher for one of the national certification exams.

For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Professional Medical Coding and Billing ICD-10 | Online
The Professional Medical Coding and Billing program prepares students for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification exams. Students learn healthcare information management, reimbursement methodologies, medical terminology, anatomy, pathophysiology, and pharmacology as well as studying the ICD-10, CPT, and HCPCS code sets in an extensive practical section that gives them valuable hands-on experience before graduation. In addition to one-on-one support from experienced instructors throughout the course and access to personalized graduate support after graduation, students receive ebooks, industry codebooks, access to an online reference library, and a voucher for one of the national certification exams.

For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Professional Medical Coding and Billing | Online
The AHIMA-approved Professional Medical Coding and Billing program helps students prepare for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) or Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification exams. Topics studied include healthcare information management, reimbursement methodologies, medical terminology, anatomy, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and current code sets. Students practice their coding skills in an extensive practical section to gain valuable hands-on experience before graduation. In addition to one-on-one support from experienced instructors throughout the course and access to personalized graduate support after graduation, students receive ebooks, industry codebooks, access to an online reference library, and a voucher for one of the national certification exams.

For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Professional Medical Coding and Billing with Applied PCS | Online
The AHIMA-approved Professional Medical Coding and Billing with Applied PCS program prepares students for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification exams. Topics studied include healthcare information management, reimbursement methodologies, biomedical sciences, and current code sets, including an in-depth look at ICD-10-PCS. Students practice their coding skills in an extensive practical section to gain valuable hands-on experience before graduation. In addition to one-on-one support from experienced instructors during training and access to personalized graduate support, students receive ebooks, industry codebooks, access to online references, and a voucher for one of the national certification exams.

For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

 Professional Medical Coding and Billing with Advanced Code Sets | Online
The Professional Medical Coding and Billing program prepares students for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification exams. Students learn healthcare information management, reimbursement methodologies, medical terminology, anatomy, pathophysiology, and pharmacology as well as studying standard and advanced code sets in an extensive practical section that allows them to gain valuable hands-on experience before graduation.

For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Medical Office Manager | Online
This program prepares students to earn the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) credentials after graduation. Students learn Microsoft Office basics, healthcare documentation and reimbursement, medical coding basics, patient billing and collections, and medical office management topics such as practice finances and standard office procedures. The interactive online curriculum also includes over 20 hours of training on government-certified ezEMRx EHR software and special considerations like ICD-10 and X12 5010. In addition to personalized instructor and graduate support, students receive ebooks, two certification exam vouchers, and a one-year membership to the American Medical Billing Association.

For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Medical Transcription Editor | Online
Approved by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the Medical Transcription Editor program focuses on teaching the skills needed to work as a medical transcriptionist and medical transcription editor. Students study medical terminology, anatomy, healthcare documentation, and editing theory and technique as well as developing and practicing their typing and listening skills on hundreds of authentic, employer-provided dictations from a variety of specialties. In addition to one-on-one instructor support and personalized graduate support, Enrollment includes ebooks, a transcription foot pedal, an AHDI membership, a subscription to an online reference library, and a voucher to take the RHDS exam.

For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Medical Transcription | Online
Approved by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the Medical Transcription program helps students gain the specific skills needed to successfully begin a medical transcription career. Students learn medical terminology, anatomy, and healthcare documentation as well as developing and practicing their typing and listening skills on hundreds of authentic, employer-provided dictations from a variety of specialties. In addition to one-on-one support from experienced instructors throughout the course and personalized graduate support after graduation, Enrollment includes ebooks, a transcription foot pedal, an AHDI membership, a subscription to an online reference library, and a voucher to take the RHDS exam.

For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Pharmacy Technician | Online
The Pharmacy Technician program is prepares students to earn their national certification by passing the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam. Students study pharmacology, pharmaceutical calculations, nonsterile compounding, and pharmacy law, regulations, and standards as well as topics specific to working in retail or institutional pharmacies. During the training, students have the opportunity to participate in an on-site externship at a local Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, or independent pharmacy. In addition to one-on-one support from experienced instructors throughout the course and access to personalized graduate support after graduation, students receive ebooks, a drug reference handbook, and a PTCB Exam voucher.

 For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Pharmacy Technician with Healthcare Administration | Online
This program prepares students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam as well as the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) credentials. Students learn pharmacology, pharmacy law, Microsoft Office basics, documentation and reimbursement, and office procedures. The interactive online training also includes training on the government-certified ezEMRx electronic health records software, and students have the opportunity to participate in an on-site externship at a local Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, or independent pharmacy. In addition to personalized instructor and graduate support, students receive ebooks, a drug reference handbook, and exam vouchers for the certification exams.

 For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Pharmacy Technician with Healthcare Administration and Billing | Online
This program prepares students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam as well as the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) credentials. Students learn pharmacology, pharmacy law, Microsoft Office basics, healthcare documentation and reimbursement, and office procedures, and the program includes the opportunity to participate in an externship at a local Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, or independent pharmacy. The curriculum also includes training on government-certified ezEMRx electronic health records software and special considerations such as the ICD-10 code set and X12 5010. Enrollment includes ebooks and exam vouchers for all three certification exams.

 For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Pharmacy Technician with Healthcare Billing | Online
This program prepares students to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Exam. Students learn pharmacology, pharmacy law, pharmaceutical calculations, nonsterile compounding, documentation and confidentiality, practice finances, patient billing and collections, and special considerations such as ICD-10 and X12 5010. During the training, students also have the opportunity to participate in an on-site externship at a local Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, or independent pharmacy. In addition to one-on-one support from experienced instructors throughout the course and access to personalized graduate support after graduation, students receive ebooks, a PTCB exam voucher, and a one-year membership to the American Medical Billing Association.

 For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Veterinary Assistant | Online
The Veterinary Assistant program helps students develop the knowledge and skills needed to successfully manage the administration of a veterinary office or clinic and assist other veterinary staff with basic animal care. The program focuses on teaching the administrative tasks specific to veterinary offices while also providing a thorough overview of animal care. Topics studied include office and exam room procedures; communication and client relations; small and large animal nursing; and laboratory, surgical, radiology, and ultrasound assisting. In addition to one-on-one support from experienced instructors throughout the course and access to personalized graduate support after graduation, students also receive ebooks.

 For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Veterinary Assisting and Medical Office Administration | Online
The Veterinary Assisting and Medical Office Administration program (VAMOA) helps students develop the knowledge and skills needed to work as a veterinary assistant or medical office assistant in any type of medical facility. Topics studied include office and exam room procedures; communication and client relations; small and large animal nursing; managing the day-to-day operations of a medical facility; and laboratory, surgical, radiology, and ultrasound assisting. In addition to one-on-one support from experienced instructors throughout the course, access to personalized graduate support after graduation, and ebooks, students will also receive a voucher to take the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam.

 For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

Microsoft Office 2010 | Online
The Microsoft Office 2010 training course prepares students to earn the Microsoft Office Specialist Master certification by training them on the Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access applications. Students learn beginning and advanced concepts and complete a variety of hands-on exercises, allowing them to apply and practice the skills learned throughout the curriculum. The course's online format provides students the flexibility to study on the schedule and at the pace that fits their needs. In addition to one-on-one access to experienced instructors and technical support team throughout the course, students receive ebooks and five quick reference cards.

For class fee and more information use this direct link to the website: Career Step Information or use this link for Career Step Registration.

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Career Step Continuing Education Classes

Questions?

Sherrie Lock, Coordinator, Health and Environmental Programs
slock@gulfcoast.edu or call (850) 872-3819

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