Intro - UST MAX

The USTMAX Center is located at the downtown square in Conroe, Texas at 336 N. Main Street.

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UST students get access to free wi-fi, laptops and smart monitors with Zoom connections.

What is the USTMAX Center?

What Is UST MAX?USTMAX Center is a micro-campus of University of St. Thomas that expands the reach of UST’s mission and education programs into Montgomery County. USTMAX offers an array of online programs including associate degrees in technology and cybersecurity; certificate programs; and graduate degrees in education, business, theology and more. The micro-campus is also an onsite support location for UST students and a gathering place for alumni.

In addition to offering online degrees, USTMAX serves as a location to engage with the community by providing arts and cultural events, information sessions, continuing education opportunities and more.

Find The Program That’s Right For You
The following programs are offered at the USTMAX Center in Conroe.

Students are choosing to begin their college experiences online. UST is making it possible for students to not only study online, but to become a part of Houston’s Catholic University, which for more than 70 years has been committed to the religious, ethical, and intellectual traditions of Catholic higher education. We offer online classes that lead to undergraduate degrees.

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An associate degree offers a wonderful opportunity to set yourself up for success in a growing career field. While it can take 4 years or longer to earn a bachelor’s degree, you can earn your associate degree within 2 years. You’ll complete the program empowered with skills for rewarding jobs in cybersecurity, drug and alcohol counseling, electronic technology and networking technology. Highlights of UST’s associate programs include:

  • 100% online programs give you the flexibility to study anytime, anywhere
  • Programs are geared toward technology careers with increasing demand for workers
  • Houston is a growing tech hub, a top 10 U.S. city for computer, engineering and information architecture jobs
  • Great preparation for transition into a 4-year bachelor’s degree program
  • Elite associate degree from a well-regarded private university
  • On-campus amenities for local students

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Billing & Coding Specialist

Already in the Healthcare field? Learn additional skills to set you apart from your peers and impress your employer or pursue a new career as a medical billing and coding specialist.

Medical Billing and Coding Specialists enjoy one of the most secure careers available because they provide an essential function at the heart of one of the fastest growing industries in the country-healthcare!

Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialists can find immediate employment in various settings including hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, pharmacies, insurance companies, financial management companies, legal firms, consulting agencies and many more.

Certificate in Faith and Culture

The Certificate in Faith and Culture program is rooted in the same course offerings as the Master of Arts in Faith and Culture degree program. If you don’t want to pursue an advanced degree in Faith and Culture, a certificate program may be the better option. It can be completed with half the credit hours and allows you to enrich your academic or professional career while earning a recognized credential.

Certificate in John Paul II Studies

This 18-hour program includes the online study and overview of the life and thought of Saint John Paul II through his writings.

Clinical Medical Assistant

The healthcare field is growing and constantly changing. More than ever, healthcare employers including hospitals, doctor’s offices and clinics are relying heavily on medical assistants.

The Medical Assistant program is designed to help you acquire the practical knowledge and the specialized skills you will need as an entry-level medical assistant.

The Medical Assistant program includes:

  • 160 Hours of classroom instruction
  • CPR Training
  • 160 Hour externship

Family Life Certificate

Family Life touches all areas of ministry in the Church. An identified outcome of the 2015 Synod on the Family was the urgent need for integrated, systematic, pastoral formation in Family Life Lay Ecclesial Ministry. In response to this need, The Nesti Center for Faith & Culture at the University of St. Thomas, in collaboration with the Office of Family Life Ministry, will be offering a new, archdiocesan approved program of formation in Family Life Ministry beginning with the fall 2021 semester.

Specifically designed through the lens of A Family Perspective in Church and Society (USCCB, 2000), this multi-dimensional program includes solid theological and updated pastoral formation for those seeking to deepen their understanding of God’s intended purpose for marriage and family life, while preparing them to guide and serve families in professional lay ecclesial ministry.

The Certificate in Family Life Ministry is offered in two tracks: 1) as an area of concentration within the Master of Arts in Faith and Culture, or 2) as a post- baccalaureate certificate of professional ministerial formation (non-Master’s track). The seven-module program integrates strong dialogue skills with theological formation, reflection opportunities, pastoral considerations and challenges. In-depth analysis of family systems, families across the lifecycle and family/community partnership resources provide practical insight in accompaniment through ministry. As an additional advantage, courses will be offered in person and online.

Pharmacy Technician

If you are interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field but would rather not work directly with patients in a clinical setting, the Pharmacy Technician program may be right for you.

The Pharmacy Technician program is designed to help you acquire the practical knowledge and the specialized skills you will need as an entry-level pharmacy technician.

The Pharmacy Technician program includes:

  • 182 Hours of classroom instruction
  • CPR Training
  • 120 Hour externship

Pharmacy Technicians work under the supervision of licensed pharmacists in a variety of settings including pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, retail stores, mail-order and online businesses. As a pharmacy technician you will be responsible for receiving and filling prescriptions, assisting customers, maintaining customer records, answering phones, updating records in the computer system and taking payments.

Phlebotomy Technician

If you like a challenge and want to work directly with patients, the Phlebotomy Technician program may be right for you. The program is also a great choice if you are currently working in the healthcare field and want to enhance your knowledge and skills.

The Phlebotomy Technician program is designed to help you acquire the practical knowledge and the specialized skill you will need to draw blood from patients as an entry-level phlebotomist. No previous medical experience is required.

The Phlebotomy Technician program includes:

  • 54 hours of classroom instruction
  • CPR training
  • National Exam


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