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 Eligibility Determination Specialist

Course Description: The Eligibility Determination Specialist TCC program prepares individuals to work under general supervision to coordinate or perform eligibility determinations and other related activities associated with Medicaid benefits for the aged, blind, and disabled. Additionally, eligibility determination specialists may serve as liaisons with community, state, and federal agencies to coordinate client benefits and services. Although the certificate program was developed in cooperation with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), program graduates may also find employment in the private sector, providing consultation and technical assistance to nursing homes, hospitals, and rehabilitation services personnel and family members concerning eligibility requirements. The program emphasizes a combination of theory, social work procedures, and interviewing techniques. Students will learn about the economic support component of social work, including Family Medicaid, Food Stamps, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Preceptors from DFCS will oversee students in the internship phase of the program..

Length of Program: Two (2) semesters

Cost of Program: Click Here.

Entrance Date: No new students are being accepted to this program at this time.

Entrance Requirements: No new students are being accepted to this program at this time.  Click for Entrance Scores.

Age: Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A program advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Additional Requirements: Physical Exam, Criminal Background Check and Drug Toxicology.

Note: Individuals who have been charged with a federal offense and/or certain types of misdemeanor offenses may be denied access to field practicum sites.  Field Practicum is a program requirement; therefore, if a student is unable to meet this requirement, he or she will not complete the Eligibility Determination Specialist program.

Program Final Exit Point:  Eligibility Determination Specialist, Technical Certificate of Credit.

Credits Required for Graduation: 25 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation


Credit Hours

1. Basic Skills Courses (5 hours)
  ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
  EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations & Prof Develop 2
2. Occupational Courses (20 hours)
  COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers 3
  SOCW 2010 Introduction to Case Management 3
  SOCW 2020 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3
  SOCW 2030 Interviewing Techniques with Individuals 3
  SOCW 2081 Social Work Field Practicum I 8
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