Rapid Credentialing

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

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

Healthcare certification courses


This comprehensive 50 hour EKG Technician Certification Program prepares students to function as EKG Technicians and to take the ASPT – Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam and other National Certification Exams. This course will include important practice and background information on anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography, and stress testing.  Additionally, students will practice with EKG equipment and perform hands-on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement, and other clinical practices. This course is live-streamed via Zoom except for lab dates (Saturday, April 10, April 24, and May 1). Labs will be on the GCSC Panama City Campus. The only items you are required to bring are notepad, pencil/pen, and a basic calculator. Textbooks and certification included.

"Mrs. Woods was one of a kind. Her teaching skills/leadership skills were outstanding. Best teacher I've ever had! She really does want to see her students make it!" - Fall 2020 EKG Technician Graduate

Livestream: Tues. & Thurs., Mar. 30 - May 1, 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Lab: Sat., Apr. 10, 24, & May 1, 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Student Union West Building Room 347
 Fee: $279.85

clinical medical assistant - online w/externship 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. 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

health information technician - online register!

Gain the skills you need to work at the crossroads of the growing healthcare and technology industries. With this training you’ll complete your training prepared to earn the CompTIA A+ certification as well as the CEHRS and CMAA credentials from the National Healthcareer Association. Certification included.

Fee: $599.85

medical coding and billing - online register!

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 register!

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 register!

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 REGISTER!

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. For more information, contact Lara Herter at