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Rapid Credentialing
Lara Herter

Rapid Credentialing

Continuing Education at Gulf Coast State College provides several courses focusing on short-term, in-demand workforce/career and technical education credentialing and certificate programs. As part of the Department of Education’s Rapid Credentialing Economic Recovery & Prosperity Initiative, these courses are being offered at a drastically reduced rate. Learn new skills to advance your career or begin a new career in less than 6 months!

In addition, Gulf Coast State College is partnering with CareerSource Gulf Coast to offer you no-fee services to assist you in job seeking and career planning. This includes:

  • Resume and cover letter preparation
  • Job searches and referrals to job openings
  • Hiring events/job fairs/ coordinating interviews with employers
  • Interviewing techniques and mock interviews
  • Networking and marketing yourself
  • Understanding the labor market and salary expectations


Register and a career counselor will be in touch with you to start you on your way to job readiness!

Healthcare certification courses

Clinical Medical Assistant - Online W/Externship

Provides you with the knowledge and training to work as a medical assistant, one of the top 20 healthcare support jobs in the U.S., in both clinical and administrative settings. The clinical externship will give you the experience and confidence you need to be successful. Learners who complete the program will be given a voucher to take the CCMA certification exam offered through the National Healthcareer Association. Certification included.


Fee: $539.85

Medical Coding and Billing - Online

Prepares you for the growing field of healthcare reimbursement—employment is expected to grow by 13% by 2026—by teaching you the skills you need to earn industry credentials and start a rewarding career as a medical coder. Learners who complete the program will be given a voucher to take the CCA exam offered through the American Health Information Management Association or the CPC exam offered through the American Academy of Professional Coders. Certification included.


Fee: $554.85

Patient Care Technician - Online W/Externship

Provides you with the knowledge and training to work as a patient care technician, assisting doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals with the care of sick and injured patients. The coursework will leave you fully prepared to take one of three national certification exams, Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) from the NHA, NCPCT (Patient Care Technician), from the NCCT, or the AMCA’s Patient Care Technician certification Certification included.


Fee: $599.85

Pharmacy Technician - Online

Helps you develop the pharmacy and customer service skills you need to pursue one of nearly 47,000 new jobs expected in this field by 2026. The included externship will give you the experience to be successful from day one. Learners who complete the program will be given a voucher to take the PTCE offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.


Fee: $449.85

Manufacturing Certification courses

HAAS Mill Operator Prep Course

This Prep course is designed to provide basic knowledge to get started as a CNC Machine Operator. It will provide a basic introduction into CNC machine operation, blueprint reading, and measuring tools. This course consists of an online portion and hands-on experience using Haas VF2 mill as well as CNC routers. At the completion of this course, the student will be prepared to take the hands-on test from the Haas Factory Outlet personnel. A voucher for the HAAS certification is included ($150 Value). 


Thurs., March 25 - April 8, 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Sat., April 3 & 10, 8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Advanced Technology Center (ATC) 151
Fee: $299

Additional Manufacturing Certification Courses

In addition, Gulf Coast State College offers several manufacturing certifications including Engineering Technology Support, Rapid Prototyping Specialist, Electronics Aid C.C.C., CNC Machinist, Automation, and Pneumatics, Hydraulics, and Motors for Manufacturing C.C.C. 

Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.