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Phlebotomy Technician Program   Register!

Prepare for a career as a Phlebotomist in this 90-hour course.  You will prepare for a national certification exam and learn how to collect blood specimens from patients and blood donors for laboratory analysis.  In addition, participants will study infection control techniques and how to interact with others. The 25% growth rate for employment of phlebotomists is greater than other healthcare supported occupations (bls.gov). Important qualities: compassion, detail oriented, dexterity, hand–eye coordination, and physical stamina. (bls.gov) Textbook and supplies included.  

Tues., & Thurs., March 3 - May 19, 6:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
Sat., March 28, April 18, May 2, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
CRN: 91083 | Course: XHE0038 | Fee: $1,599

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 

This ACLS course highlights the importance of high performance team dynamics and communication, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS). This instructor –led training delivers both the cognitive portion of training and the psychomotor component of thorough skills practice and testing in a classroom setting. The fee is introductory and will be increased in January to cover ancillary costs. Textbook is required and available at GCSC bookstore. Pretest required and must bring to class. Link on first page of textbook.

Course covers:

  • BLS skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device, and use of an AED.
  • Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia
  • Airway management
  • Related pharmacology
  • Management of ACS and stroke
  • Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 

In the PALS course, students learn how to use a systematic approach to quickly assess, identify the underlying cause, and treat pediatric patients in emergency situations. Students interact with real pediatric patient cases, realistic simulations, and animations to assess and treat these pediatric patients. This includes applying basic life support, following PALS treatment algorithms, and practicing effective resuscitation skills and team dynamics. Through a combination of cognitive learning ad psychomotor skills practice, the PALS course improves students’ confidence and skill levels for delivering effective emergency pediatric care. The fee is introductory and will be increased in January to cover ancillary costs. Textbook is required and available at GCSC bookstore. Pretest required and must bring to class. Link on first page of textbook.

Course covers:

  • The systematic approach to assess and treat a seriously ill or injured infant/child
  • Recognition and management of cardiac arrest
  • Basic child and infant life support skills
  • Effective resuscitation team dynamics
  • Recognition and management of respiratory distress and failure, including airway management
  • Recognition and management of shock, including vascular access
  • Recognition and management of arrhythmias, including electrical therapy
  • Post-cardiac arrest care

Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician (CRAT) 

This 30-hour course prepares participants for national certification, work with cardiologists, and career in hospital cardiovascular telemetry unit. Florida has one of the highest employment levels for this occupation (bls.gov). At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to define and recognize unique characteristics of cardiac system; normal waveforms, ECG complexes, arrhythmias, and cardiac monitoring devices. 30 hours include 20 hours didactic and 10 hours clinical externship. Prerequisite: Certified EKG Technician, graduate of allied health program, graduate of EMT program, 2nd semester nursing student, or 6 months’ telemetry technician experience. Textbook required: Cardiac Monitor Technician: Theory and Hands-On Approach  ISBN: 978-1-944471-89-7. When scheduling course, ask about prerequisites. 
 Required Prerequisites at this link:  CRAT Prerequisites

Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists | Online  & Classroom 

Common oral local anesthesia injection techniques and related background information are addressed in this course. This course also covers neurophysiology, armamentarium, basic injection techniques, complications, contraindications, and legal considerations of administering local anesthetics to dental patients. A dentist contributes to both course content and delivery. This course is designed explicitly for Dental Hygienists to obtain certification to administer local anesthesia in the State of Florida. Satisfies Florida Statute 466.017 (SB 1040). For additional information, including prerequisites and registration packet, email slock@gulfcoast.edu or call (850) 872-3819. (60 hours includes 15 hours online, 15 hours didactic, 15 hours lab and 15 hours clinical externship) Approved for DH. When scheduling course, ask about prerequisites. 

Required Prerequisites at this link:   Local Anesthesia DH Applicant Packet  

Online Healthcare Certification Courses Career Step + Gulf Coast State College = Academic Partners

The Gulf Coast State College - Continuing Education has partnered with Career Step, which is an online school offering career-focused education designed to help students quickly enter the workforce. Continuing Education is committed to providing the best online education experience to its students by affiliating with companies that incorporate 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 resources of videos and demos

EKG Technician | Online  REGISTER

Trains you to perform assessment tests by using technology to record the electrical activity of the heart so you can work in a variety of healthcare settings in a field expected to experience 24 percent job growth by 2024.

Health Information Technology | Online  REGISTER

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.

Inpatient Auditing | Online   REGISTER

Prepares you to build on several years of inpatient acute care coding experience by transitioning to inpatient auditing. You will develop both the technical and soft skills required to be a good inpatient auditor, which is a career field that is expected to grow exponentially through 2020.

Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR | Online   REGISTER

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.

Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship | Online   REGISTER

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. Students who complete the program will be given a voucher to take the CCMA certification exam offered through the National Healthcareer Association.

Medical Office Manager | Online   REGISTER

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.

Medical Transcription Editor | Online   REGISTER

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.

Professional Medical Coding and Billing with Applied PCS | Online  REGISTER

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.

Veterinary Assisting and Medical Office Administration | Online   REGISTER! REGISTER

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. 

Healthcare FAQ

A series of general questions and answers regarding our healthcare courses can be found on this page. If you have a question that is not addressed please email the contact at the bottom of the page to let us know and we will answer your email and add it to the list. 

What type of health-related training do you offer?

Lives depend on quality training. GCSC Continuing Education offers training to benefit healthcare facilities, clinics, private practices, licensed health care professionals, and community health. Training is based on input from these entities. Healthcare providers depend on GCSC to offer state-mandated training and advanced certifications to increase skills and provide superior patient care. We consistently strive to provide training in response to research and latest trends while remaining in compliance with state and national regulatory agencies.

What courses are available for healthcare providers?

GCSC is an approved provider of continuing education units for multiple healthcare professions. Continuing Education offers live and virtual courses related to the scope of practice for each professional to meet State of Florida directives for initial license and renewal. We automatically report your license to the CE Broker. The instructors hold degrees and/or certifications and licenses in the area of specialty with years of training experience. Courses are developed and offered to meet new state mandates for the continually evolving healthcare industry.

Do you provide courses for a new career in the healthcare field?

Short-term and affordable non-credit training is available for anyone seeking entry-level positions in the healthcare industry and certificate courses for career advancement. One of the hottest jobs is Phlebotomy Technician! If you are seeking a non-clinical job, consider Medical Coding and Billing or Medical Transcription Editor. Research our website to find the certificate program right for you.

 What “lifesaving” courses are available for the community?

Community Health includes CPR and Respond to Trauma training. These courses are essential for each member of the community because heart disease and trauma are the leading causes of death in the U.S. and training increases the chance of survival. While participating in these skills-based courses, you will learn potentially life-saving systems until the ambulance arrives.

How can a business offer CEU’s for in-service training?

Simply contact the GCSC Healthcare CE Coordinator to determine if your training qualifies for CEU’s. Approval is contingent on FL statutes and completion of the application process. Once approved, the course is registered with the CE Broker, which routes to the FL Boards. GCSC provides sign-in rosters and evaluation forms to collect feedback. After the training, GCSC issues certificates for all participants. Licensed healthcare providers are automatically reported to the CE Broker.

Decrease your expenses and offer quality training locally. Secure your own trainer and collaborate with GCSC Continuing Education for professional development and CEU’s.

Processing a CEU application for a business will require 45 days prior to offering the scheduled training.

When can I expect to receive my certificate of completion?

 Within two weeks.

When is my license reported to the CE Broker?

 Within two weeks.

Will a certificate guarantee a job?

No. A certificate provides a competitive advantage in the job market.

What is included in the fee?

Depends on the class. Some fees include everything; textbook, supplies and national certification. Other course fees do not cover ancillary costs.

Can I speak with experienced representative concerning these or other questions?

Contact Sherrie Lock, Healthcare Program Developer/CE Coordinator at GCSC.  Please schedule an appointment if you require additional time and guidance.
Email: slock@gulfcoast.edu or Phone: 850-872-3819.


Sherrie Lock, Program Coordinator
Email: slock@gulfcoast.edu
Phone: (850) 872-3819

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