Galveston College Allied Health


Medical Administration


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.




Name Donna Swartz
Title Medical Administration Program Director
Room ATC-304
Program Area Industrial & Applied Technology Division Director
Phone 409-944-1493

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.

First Year

First Semester      
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I 3
MDCA 1309 A & P for Medical Assistants 3
HITT 1345 Healthcare Delivery Systems 3
HITT 1353 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
HITT 2313 Working w/ Health IT Systems 3
    Total Semester Hours: 15
Second Semester      
POFM 1327 Medical Insurance 3
HITT 1341 Coding & Classification Systems 3
HITT 2335 Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies 3
HITT 2340 Advanced Billing and Reimbursement 3
HITT 2346 Advanced Medical Coding 3
    Total Semester Hours: 15

Second Year

First Semester      
SPCH 13XX Speech Elective6 3
HPRS 2332 Healthcare Communications 3
HITT 2339 Health Information Organization and Supervision 3
Cooperative Ed* or Special Topics in Health Information Technology* 3
Core Component Elective     3
    Total Semester Hours: 15
Second Semester      
MATH 13XX Math Elective 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
HIST 1301 US History I 3
Social/Behavior Science Elective     3
Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective4 or Creative Arts Elective3     3
    Total Semester Hours: 15

  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Certified Coding and Billing Specialist

  • Pre-certification/Referral Specialist

  • Medical Records Technician

  • Medical Office Manager 

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