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Criminal Justice Programs in Florida

Posted on August 8th, 2016 by Florida Technical College

As long as we have a society, we will need people who are trained in criminal justice. A degree in criminal justice opens up a wide variety of occupational doors. Criminal Justice students at Florida Technical College may obtain careers as police officers, security guards, corrections officers, detectives, and loss prevention managers, among other things. Many choose to continue their education for managerial promotion opportunities in public administration, law enforcement, probation and parole, and corrections. A degree in criminal justice may lead you to a career! What can I do with a degree in Criminal Justice? If you’re interested in the justice system, this degree is a step on your career path. A thorough knowledge of criminal justice is necessary for every branch of security. Perhaps you want to focus on a certain kind of crime, like identity theft, tax evasion, or corporate crimes. Maybe you’d like to get more involved in your community as a police officer, security guard, or detective. Criminal justice suits people of almost any personality. If you love computers, you may be interested in counteracting cyberterrorism. If you’re passionate about working with children and teenagers, a role as a juvenile justice counselor or caseworker might be up your alley. From crime prevention to perpetrator arrest to criminal sentencing, a degree in Criminal Justice will give you the working knowledge you need for a career in security. What does the future look like for Criminal Justice graduates? As a graduate of a criminal justice degree program at FTC you may seek employment in the criminal justice field. Expected salaries vary depending on the degree you earn and your job choice. According to PayScale, the median salary for graduates with an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice ranges from $47,000 for security directors to over $75,000 for operations managers. The median salary for a police officer is almost $57,000, and detectives can make over $74,000. Graduates of the bachelor’s degree program can earn even more, as pay for entry-level jobs is commensurate with education. Careers in criminal justice are often mentioned in ‘best of’ career lists. For example, MarketWatch recently reported that detective and criminal investigators are one of the top ten careers for job security; in 2014, this career had an unemployment rate of less than 1%! Kiplinger’s list of risky jobs that pay big bucks includes private detectives and police officers (and they note that the degree of risk is much lower than television shows might lead you to believe!). Police lieutenant is included on the Forbes list of most meaningful jobs that pay well; 85% of police lieutenants feel the job is meaningful, and the median pay is $73,300.   What degrees do the Criminal Justice programs in Florida offer? FTC offers an online Criminal Justice with Emphasis on Homeland Security Bachelor of Science degree program. Terrorism is a threat to our nation and the world, and the men and women working in Homeland Security are on the front lines of this war. Students in this degree program will be prepared for careers as homeland security professionals. In this program, students learn about all aspects of homeland security – preventing a crime before it occurs, investigating a crime scene after it happens, emergency management of a crisis situation, and the development of interagency relationships as the criminals are found and prosecuted. How do I get my degree in Criminal Justice? The Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science degree program at FTC is unique in that it emphasizes Homeland Security. Program graduates may work for local law enforcement or the federal government, including organizations like Customs, the TSA, and FEMA. If you’d like to become an FBI agent or work for the Secret Service, you will need to have a bachelor’s degree. The Bachelor’s Degree program is available online, so you can learn and progress through your studies at your own pace and according to your schedule. Contact FTC today to see how you can get started on this rewarding career path!  

Canvas – Course Navigation Tutorial

Posted on July 5th, 2016 by FTC Online

Keeping up with the latest technology trends, Canvas is now releasing its new design. Don’t worry, the platform will continue working as always. You’re going to love its new look!

Canvas Overview for Students – Global Navigation

Posted on June 7th, 2016 by FTC Online

Learn about the three main components of the Canvas user interface: the Dashboard, Global Navigation, and Sidebar. This video will provide you with an overview of the global navigation menu.

Medical Coding and Billing: 4 Common Myths

Posted on May 4th, 2016 by FTC Online

Medical Coding and Billing: 4 Common Myths around these professions There are a lot of misconceptions concerning medical coding and billing since over the years, this industry has gained a lot of popularity. Here are some of the most common myths: Myth #1: There is only medical knowledge and material involved. Medical coding and billing professionals must have a good knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and common diseases, among others. That is true; however, they must also need to know about: insurance policies coding guidelines HIPPA regulations have good math skills be detail oriented and organized   Medical coding and billing professionals must have the ability to read and understand detailed, extensive medical records. In addition, these professionals must be willing to communicate with physicians and insurance companies. Myth #2: Medical coding and billing jobs mostly involve data entry. Billing professionals must be familiar with different insurance company requirements whereas coding specialists must decipher a physician’s notes in order to choose the right code for billing purposes. A medical coder needs to first read and understand medical records or notes; then they must determine what information is relevant, and finally translate that information into codes. At Florida Technical College, you’ll be able to learn these and other skills when completing a Diploma or Associate’s Degree in Medical Billing and Coding. Myth #3: Systems will become automated in the years to come. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for Medical Records and Health Information Technicians will increase by 15% by 2024. The reason for this increase is due to the growth of the aging population, who will require more health care services. In order to perform these tasks appropriately, there will be more government regulations that will require more man-hours of labor. Myth #4: Medical coding and billing professionals work from home. Remote coding is becoming more popular as electronic record systems become adopted. If you wish to obtain entry-level experience, it will be most likely onsite, until you build coding expertise and are able to work independently. Professionals without experience are more likely to work under direct supervision. In the end, medical coding is similar to other careers. It requires education, dedication, hard work, and expertise. The harder you work, the more you will succeed. If you’re interested in getting a degree from the comfort of your own home and with the convenience of a flexible schedule, contact FTC today!   RELATED ARTICLES : Get Started in a Career in Medical Billing and Coding! 8 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Medical Billing Program How to Prepare for a Great New Career as a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

Get Started in a Career in Medical Billing and Coding!

Posted on April 1st, 2016 by Florida Technical College

Get Started in a Career in Medical Billing and Coding! Not so many years ago, one of the only paths to a college diploma was to commit to four years as a full-time student who most likely resided and attended classes on campus. We all take different paths in life; many people find employment right after high school, perhaps hoping one day to go back and earn a college degree. Fortunately, today there isn’t just one way to pursue that education—there are many and if you decide to start a career in medical billing and coding, FTC programs offers programs designed for training future medical billers and coders. At FTC, we’re excited to offer a growing number of online degree programs, which allow you to take classes and earn a diploma while keeping the job that you have. And FTC understands that you may have a family to care for or other responsibilities in your life, which is why our programs are designed to let you complete coursework at your own pace. It’s all made even easier by the Canvas learning platform we’ve adopted, providing a remarkably clean user interface that is easy to use and mobile-friendly, so you can get your assignments on your phone while you’re on the go! FTC’s goal is to erase the barriers between you and your career dreams. One of our online programs, the Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Associate of Science degree, gains you entry into a field that is expected to grow at a rate much faster than the U.S. average in the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Between the recent and ongoing changes to health care coverage and the aging population, job prospects for trained and certified medical billing and coding specialists will continue to be strong. An associate’s degree from FTC provides the training you’ll need to seek an entry-level position in the field. How do you know if this associate’s degree program is right for you? We’re looking for applicants who are: • Interested in the healthcare field and eager to be on the front end of the technological shift in health care management and delivery. • Detail oriented and willing to learn how to interpret medical records and diagnoses. • Good at communicating with other medical professionals, such as physicians and finance personnel. • Ready to launch a career in a fast-growing field that is increasingly vital to the success and stability of health care in America. If this sounds like the path you should explore, and if you have the time in your life to work toward a degree from the comfort of your home, then don’t make any more excuses. Contact FTC today!   RELATED ARTICLES: Medical Coding and billing: 4 Common Myths What’s the Difference Between Medical Billing & Medical Coding? A Medical Billing and Coding Diploma: the Path to Work-Life Balance?  

Get Your Networking Degree Without Leaving Your House

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by FTC Online

Get Your Networking Degree Without Leaving Your House Networking Degree: The statistics U.S. News & World Report ranks a career as a computer systems administrator 8th in its list of best technology jobs, and 31st on the list of best jobs in any field. A Robert Half Technology survey found that 57% of technology executives said that network administration is one of the most in-demand skill sets in their IT departments. With a high median salary ($74,000) and a low unemployment rate (just 0.3%), this is the industry to get into if you want to change the course of your current career path and get a networking degree. But you can’t just quit your job to go to school full time. Maybe you have children to support, or aging parents to take care of. Some people get discouraged, believing that if they didn’t go to college right out of high school, a college degree isn’t a possibility. At Florida Technical College, we’re offering an online degree program that’s accessible to qualified learners with internet access. Are you: Interested in embarking on a career in one of the fastest-growing fields in America? Able to commit a small amount of time to your studies each week? Looking for a new direction for your career? Ready to get your degree without sacrificing your current priorities? If so, the Network Administration Associate in Science Degree program at Florida Technical College could be right for you! Our program provides entry-level skills in network design, administration, and configuration. Our courses place a special emphasis on wireless technology, which is particularly important for today’s IT professionals. And there’s no better way to learn about this technology than by getting your networking degree online! Networking Degree : The benefits What benefits does an online program offer? Our network administrator students have immediate on-the-go access to the wealth of knowledge offered by our experienced professors and cutting-edge technology. FTC uses the revolutionary Canvas learning system, so you can study and submit assignments wherever you have internet access. You can even take all your classes on your phone! Online education is exploding, and it’s become an accepted and even lauded way of obtaining an associate’s degree and opening doors to your future. Check out these statistics[1][2][3] on learning in an online program like the Network Administration Associate’s Degree program at Florida Technical College: 49% of distance education students live in a different state from their institution. 74% of academic leaders rate the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face education. Over 70% of chief academic leaders report that online learning is critical to their long-term strategy. In 2012, 12.5% of college students were enrolled exclusively in distance education courses. Online learning is here to stay because it offers the flexibility that so many adult learners need. Parents don’t always have the ability to attend a regular class session at the same time each week. FTC’s online learning program lets these adult students learn at their own pace and on their own schedules. You shouldn’t have to miss your child’s soccer game or hire an after-school sitter so you can get your education. Your education and career will always take a back seat to your family, but what if you could have it all? Are you sick of driving every day to a low-paying job you hate? You don’t have to quit your job to advance your career. You can get your Network Administration Associate’s Degree in as few as 18 months. FTC’s online program will prepare you for a career in the exciting, in-demand field of professional networking. U.S. News & World Report finds that job satisfaction is above average, and administrators note that they like the variety and challenge of solving new problems each day. If you’re ready to take the path towards higher education , a networking degree and a more satisfying career future, contact FTC. Family, work, and other priorities don’t have to stand in the way of your education. At FTC, you can have it all.   [1] National Center for Education Statistics [2] Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States [3] National Center for Education Statistics

Online degrees are the future of business

Posted on January 19th, 2016 by FTC Online

In the first quarter of 2014, 78% of the U.S. population bought something online. Digital commerce is growing at a rate of 15%, and billions of dollars are spent on products and services every year. Online degrees are the future of business  so what better forum is there for business education?