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Galveston College Admissions Coordinator Abijah Kratochvil addresses a full audience of Whitecaps players and parents at the Seibel Wing of the Student Center during a recent orientation. Approximately 75 student athletes will come to the Galveston College campus this fall to attend Galveston College and play softball or baseball for the Whitecaps teams.

Medical Office Administration Courses Offered

 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics healthcare support occupations are projected to increase 34 percent from 2014 to 2020.    Galveston College’s Medical Office Administration degree offers students the courses, training and knowledge to work in the following health-related occupations:
• Medical Front Office
• Certified Coding and Billing Clerk/Specialist
• Medical Administrative Assistant
• Medical Transcriptionist
• Medical Records Technician
• Medical Office Manager 

The skills needed to meet the demands of today’s medical office have been carefully integrated into each of the programs at Galveston College.

Following the first 36 hours of study, students are awarded the Medical Coding Certificate, which offers a working knowledge of the skills required of a Medical Office Billing and Coding Professional.

The program prepares students for third-party medical coding certification exams, and provides focused training in health information management, health records management and advanced medical billing.

Second year courses lead to the Medical Office Assistant Certificate, 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.

These certificates follow a course sequence that leads to the 2 year Medical Office Administration Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree.

Medical Records, Health Information Technicians AND Certified Medical Coders

Medical records and health information technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients' medical and treatment histories.

Median Wage: $32,350 per year, $15.55 per hour
Jobs in 2010: 179,500
Minimum Education: Associate’s degree  

Medical Transcriptionists

Medical transcriptionists listen to voice recordings that physicians and other health professionals make and convert them into written reports. They interpret medical terminology and abbreviations in preparing patients’ medical histories, discharge summaries, and other documents. 
Median Wage: $32,900 per year, $15.82 per hour
Jobs in 2010: 95,100
Minimum Education:  Associate’s degree

For more information call 409-944-1401.

 Register For 2014 Fall Classes Now

Early Registration for the 2014 fall semester is now in progress. Early registration hours for fall classes are 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

General Registration for the fall semester will be held August 18 through August 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Late Registration will be held Friday, August 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 23, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. fall semester classes begin August 25. For more information, call the Advising and Counseling Center at 409-944-1220.