OCSEA has partnered with Eastern Gateway Community College to offer an educational program that works for busy professionals. Eastern Gateway is a member of the University System of Ohio and is one of the fastest growing public colleges in the country. 

A low-cost, cutting-edge IT degree

Eastern Gateway has partnered with Google to provide a cutting-edge, relevant Information Technology degree at a relatively low cost to OCSEA members and their families. This “almost free” degree will save OCSEA members and their families thousands for a degree in this fast-growing field and prepare them for high-demand jobs in IT.

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More discounted degrees and certifications

Eastern Gateway is constantly updating its degree and certification options, and now Health Information Management and the Central Service Technician programs are available at a low, low cost to OCSEA members and families. Please note: These new programs are not entirely covered by the Free College scholarship. The tuition and fees charged by EGCC ARE covered; however, industry-required materials are NOT covered under the Free College program because of strict industry-requirements. Students will pay out-of-pocket for industry course materials.

Health Information Management

Health Information Management is the processing of patient’s electronic health records. This program prepares the student for a variety of job opportunities including medical coder, department manager/supervisor, data analyst, and clerks who process records verifying accuracy and completeness. It blends knowledge and skills from health information and business management, with computer applications and medicine to provide the necessary foundation for success. The student will be eligible to sit for the RHIT certification upon successful completion of the program.

Students can complete the Health Information Management program in as little as 21 months and will come away with the opportunity to fulfill two certificates. This online class provides support through online computer classes and peer support.

Please note: Tuition and fees for this program are covered through OCSEA’s Free College program. However, industry-required materials are not covered under the Free College program. Students wanting to enroll in this program should expect to pay approximately $1,000 total for the course materials for the entire program. Students will responsible for the cost of the materials on a per-course basis. There may be assistance available for students in need.

Central Service Technician

Central Service Technicians are in huge demand in today’s healthcare industry. These technicians are responsible for the care of medical equipment and instruments. Their duties in caring for these instruments include decontaminating, cleaning, sanitizing, assembling, organizing and storing.

EGCC's Central Service Technician program is two semesters long and is made up of online classes and hands-on training through clinical experience. One course is designed specifically to prepare you for your national certification exam. Upon graduation, you will be certification eligible and ready to take the national certification through IAHSCMM. EGCC will assist you in completion of the application process. Graduates have gained employment as surgical technologists and medical equipment preparers.

Please note: Tuition and fees for this program are covered through OCSEA’s Free College program. industry-required materials are not covered under the Free College program. Students wanting to enroll in this program should expect to pay approximately $250 for the course materials for the entire program. Students will be responsible for the cost of the materials at the beginning of their program and the materials will be utilized for the entire course. There may be assistance available for students in need.

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To take part in this program, you must be a dues-paying OCSEA union member or related to an OCSEA member in one of the following ways; child (or step-child), grandchild (or step-grandchild), spouse or financial dependent. Please fill out this form to confirm your eligibility and a staff member from Eastern Gateway will contact you about your application.

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