Please review the course catalog on EGCC.edu for additional details about the academic programs.

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The Free College program in partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College provides access to a variety of programs and classes to help you meet your education goals.

Whether you’re just starting college, enhancing your skills, changing careers, or looking for classes to enrich your life, we have a place for you.  And thousands of our students have transferred their courses and credits to institutions all over the country.

Remember, you can complete your degree online from anywhere and access your courses at any time of the day.  We want working professionals to have the opportunity to fit online education into their busy lives.

Programs offered through Free College:

Fire Science

Health Services

Social Work

Associate of Arts (General Studies and Transfer)

Criminal Justice

Teacher Education Degree (Associate of Arts)

Patient Health Navigator

Healthcare Administration

Professional Office Management Degree

Accounting

Paralegal

Business Management Degree

Students enrolled in the Business Management Degree may enroll in embedded optional certificate programs designed to give students a solid foundation in business, as well as additional instruction in specialized areas.

Business Management Certificate options include:

Advertising

Cyber Security

Data Analytics

Digital and Social Media

Environment and Conservation Studies

Entrepreneurship

Finance

Hospitality: Food and Beverage Management

Hospitality: Hotel and Event Management

Human Resources Management

IT Help Desk

Labor Studies

Marketing

Operations and Logistics

Programming & Development

Project Management Fundamentals

EGCC offers some additional programs in which students can enroll, but some content fees may apply. 

Those programs include:

Information Technology

Health Information Management

Medical Coding Specialist

Medical Scribe Specialist

Program details: For further detail, please review EGCC’s course catalog here Course Catalog

Programs offered through Free College:

Students must complete an average of 60 credits (depending on the program) for each of EGCC’s degree programs.  Note that depending on the number of credits taken per semester, and the number of any previous credits earned and transferred, 60 credits usually takes a full-time student 2 years to complete. Students utilizing the Free College Benefit are not required to attend full time and can take just 1 class per term.  EGCC is committed to helping working adults complete their education in a way that promotes success!

 The following are additional EGCC programs that are not fully part of the Free College program.  While a scholarship will be applied, students will be responsible for some content costs.  Please ask your advisor for details.

Medical Coding Specialist

The Medical Coding Specialist Certificate of Completion, along with relevant work experience, prepares students to take the certification examination offered by the American Health Information Management Association to become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA). After further experience, they may apply to become a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS). This program mirrors the first two semesters of the Health Information Management degree. Students who complete this certificate may continue on with the Health Information Management degree.

Program Cost

Tuition and fees:             Free for Free College-eligible students.

Books/Content:               Less than $1,000 for the entire program.

Additional costs:             Free College will not cover required background checks or licensing fees.

Medical Scribe Specialist

A medical scribe is trained to be in the room with the doctor and patients and create real-time medical records during the visit. Scribes work in various settings such as emergency departments, small to medium doctors’ offices, and other facilities.  They possess the appropriate knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, billing/coding/ reimbursement, electronic health records, quality improvement principles, legal privacy/security of protected health information in order to provide entry-level assistance to physicians. Students who complete this certificate may continue with the Medical Coding Certificate and/or Health Information Management degree programs.

Program Cost

Tuition and fees:              Free for Free College-eligible students.

Books/Content:                Less than $1,000 for the entire program.

Additional costs:              Free College will not cover required background checks or licensing fees.

Health Information Management

Health Information Management is the processing of patients’ electronic health records.  This program blends knowledge and skills from health information and business management, with computer applications and medicine to provide the necessary foundation for success.  Upon successful completion, students will be prepared for a variety of job opportunities in the medical field and be eligible to sit for the RHIT certification. The first two semesters of the HIM degree are the same as the medical coding certificate.

Program Cost

Tuition and fees:              Free for Free College-eligible students.

Books/Content:                Less than $1,000 for the entire program.

Additional costs:              Free College will not cover required background checks or licensing fees.

Information Technology

This IT degree provides students with a comprehensive understanding of various areas of IT, including computer hardware, operating systems, networking, and security. Students will gain the skills needed to set up and manage high-performance computer networks using the latest networking tools including TCP/IP, security firewalls, internet services, and more. Students will also receive training in a variety of current technologies including Linux, Cisco, and Microsoft.  Hands-on experience is provided through guided computer simulations.  Students will also gain the skills defined by Google for IT Help Desk qualifications, which include troubleshooting, customer service, operating systems, system administration, automation, and security.

Program Cost

Tuition and fees:         Free for Free College-eligible students.

Books/Content:           Approximately $700.00 for the entire program: course fees change on a per-course basis.

Note:

Students also have the option of enrolling in the IT Help Desk focus of the Business Management degree, which will be entirely covered by the Free College Scholarship.