If you are looking to start a new career or get a jump-start in your current one, Kaplan College —San Antonio may be exactly what you need. The school offers a variety of associate degrees and diplomas in these areas: allied health, criminal justice, and information technology, and flexible schedules to meet the needs of busy professionals.
Healthcare is an excellent and growing career choice today, and Kaplan College —San Antonio offers a number of options to educate students in the latest healthcare needs and technology. The medical practice management associate degree offers instruction in financial management, patient communication, personnel management, insurance coding and billing, medical records management, and appointment scheduling. The program teaches students to effectively run a medical office in such settings as hospitals, doctors offices, dental offices, home health agencies, among others.
Dental assisting is predicted to be one of the fastest growing careers in the near future, and Kaplan offers students in the dental assistant diploma program a hands-on education. Students learn how to care for patients, including taking X-rays, dental impressions, assisting with oral surgery and performing oral evacuation, infection control and sterilization, and preventive dentistry. Students are also required to complete an externship. Career opportunities include working with dental practices, hospitals, clinics, insurance agencies, and dental products distributors.
The medical office specialist diploma offers courses in management, communication, computer applications, health care administration, insurance issues, legal issues of healthcare, medical emergencies, and cultural diversity. Those who complete the diploma are qualified for jobs as medical receptionist or transcriptionist, insurance or billing or collection specialist, front office manager, and medical bookeeper or records manager.
The medical assistant diploma program trains students to work with physicians in doing physicial exams, minor surgeries, administering injections and EKGS, as well as other routine tests and tasks, preparing instruments and equipment, and taking vital signs. Those with the diploma can seek entry level jobs as medical assistants, laboratory aide, donor unit assistant, or front office manager.
Kaplan’s pharmacy technician diploma provides instruction in sterile product preparation, prescription order processing, computer application, pharmacology, and pharmacology law and regulations. An externship is also required. Career opportunities include working under the supervision of a pharmacist in such settings as retail stores, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and mail order organizations.
The phlebotomy/EKG technician diploma provides hands-on instruction in clinical courses, phlebotomy procedures and EKG techniques, and help in preparing for certification exams. Entry-level job opportunities include phlebotomist, EKG technician, lab assistant or aide, and hospital donor unit assistant
Kaplan College—San Antonio’s criminal justice associate degree offers comprehensive instruction in criminal investigation, juvenile delinquency, criminal behavior, crime and loss prevention, corporate security, law enforcement, and general education courses. Students will also practice proper firearms techniques through Kaplan’s Firearms Training Simulator. The simulator allows students to experience real world scenarios, practice judgment decisions, train on equipment similar to that used by law enforcement agencies, and to develop critical observation skills. Graduates can seek entry level jobs in such fields as security management, homeland security, loss prevention, border patrol, juvenile detention officer, or airport and undercover security.
Computer support technicians are only going to get more in demand in the next decade as computer problems persist, and viruses, hacking, and identify theft becomes more rampant. Those enrolled in the computer support technician diploma program study computer programs, hardware and software, and network systems. Entry level jobs open to students include desktop support technician, help desk specialist, computer lab coordinator, office systems support specialist, hardware/software installer, and computer salesperson
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Kaplan has a unique commitment to its applicants: students can enroll in the introductory course in their program, and if for any reason they withdraw before close of business day on the last day of the introductory course, tuition and cost of course materials are waived.
To continue in the program, students must, before the end of the introductory period, meet these criteria: satisfy the attendance requirements, satisfy all admissions requirements, achieve a minimum 1.7 GPA, and complete the financial aid and other required documentation. Individual program requirements may vary.
The school holds open houses during which students can tour the campus, meet faculty, staff, and students, talk with an admissions representative, and learn more about the programs.
There are a variety of types of financial aid available to students. Federal and state grants do not have to be paid back. Federal Stafford and Federal Plus loans offer low interest rates, and there are also non-government-backed loans that offer higher interest rates. Many students work full or part time while in school to help defray costs. There are also work/study options available. Financial aid counselors can also help students identify and apply for scholarships.
Students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. There are also other valuable financial aid links on the school’s website. Kaplan suggests students have their income information available before starting the process.
Kaplan College offers tuition discounts to qualifying military, veterans, and military spouses.
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Students are able to receive individual career planning and guidance in their chosen program. Students may also receive assessments for an effective job search, including learning how to write a resume and a cover letter, and sharpening interviewing skills. Even after graduating, alumni can use the resources of the career services center.
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The educational building is a 44,000 square foot facility with 500 parking spaces. Students are able to learn on the latest industry technology.
Kaplan College—San Antonio is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools. Kaplan College is also approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission Career Schools and Colleges. The school is a member of the Better Business Bureau, Career College Association, Career Colleges and Schools of Texas, and National Association for Health Professionals.
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