As the Galveston College Medical Administration program director, I am honored to speak at the Oceans of Opportunity Job Fair on Wednesday in Galveston, and I hope you will come hear my presentation at 10:20 a.m.

Before becoming the director, I gained more than two decades of health care experience as a medical office manager and am eager to share these experiences with students as they transition into new educational and career endeavors.

The Medical Administration program offers training in medical coding and reimbursement, medical ethics, patient privacy laws, medical terminology, computer technology, health care policy, administrative management, electronic health records and other industry-related trends.

Students can pursue various tracks within the program, including the medical coding certificate, medical office assistant certificate or the medical administration associate of applied science degree.

After completion of the associate degree, students are encouraged to advance their academic careers to the university level, where transfer articulation agreements have the potential to culminate into a bachelor of applied science degree in a health care or other business-related degree.

The curriculum welcomes students of varying experiences — from new high school graduates looking to launch a new career, to current health care employees wanting to increase their technical skills or advance into higher-level health care administration.

As a fully evening or online program, we aim to accommodate both the traditional and nontraditional student.

We are excited to join the Charlie Thomas Applied Technology Center family, where a fully equipped, state-of-the-art computer lab will satisfy the requirements of health information technology training.

Stop by and say hi any time. You can reach me by calling 409-599-1493 or emailing

Donna Swartz is the medical administration program director at Galveston College.

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