Care + Career

Resources, news and fun for NHA certification candidates and alumni.

Stefanie Voth

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5 things you didn't know about medical assistants

What do you know about medical assisting? Here at NHA, we've watched this allied health career evolve into a profession that's respected and rewarding in so many ways. In celebration of Medical Assistants Recognition Week, here are five things you might not know about medical assisting.

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Team-Based Care in Action

Done in collaboration with North Shore Physican Group

Laura Nichols,  a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) at North Shore Physician Group (NSPG) has experienced first-hand the evolution of the medical assistant. Her role has changed for the better, and she has taken full advantage of professional development and career opportunities offered to her by NSPG.

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What is continuing education? Why is it important in healthcare?

Some occupations — particularly in healthcare — require continuing education.

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How to prepare for your certification exam

You know that feeling when you open a textbook and the words start to blend together? You aren’t sure what to focus on and before you know it hours have passed and you haven’t made any progress.

We’ve all been there. But when you’re preparing for an National Healthcareer Association exam, there’s a better way. Without further ado, here’s our No. 1 tip for preparing for your certification exam:

Study the right material.

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The Medical Care Trend You Need to Know About

The healthcare industry is undergoing major shifts, and it’s affecting patients and healthcare workers alike.

“We knew our care team was feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work that needed to be accomplished on a daily basis,” says Lindsay Gainer, Director of Clinical Services and Innovation at North Shore Physician Group. “Additionally, patients were also impacted by long wait times and decreased level of service. We wanted to deliver care in a new and more efficient way, and we knew we needed to make big changes to accomplish that goal.”

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Do you really need an allied health credential?

If you’re looking to embark on an allied health career, you’ve likely researched education and training options. There are hundreds of specialized training programs and career colleges that can help you learn the knowledge and skills you need to succeed as an allied health professional, whether you’re looking to become a medical assistant, pharmacy technician, phlebotomist or any other allied health professional.

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Keep and expand on your certification!

Ready to take the next step in your career? We're here for you.

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How to Maximize Your Study Time


Studying for a big exam? It can feel overwhelming — especially if you’re stressed. You might spend hours with your books without anything to show for it but a coffee spill on page 249 and a headache (ouch).

How you study, where you study and when you study matters. When you’re purposeful about your exam preparation, you can perform better with less study time. Here are some tips to try for your next big test.

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4 heart facts for Valentine’s Day

It’s the season of love, and millions will celebrate by exchanging heart-shaped valentines, candies and other gifts.

The heart is associated with feelings of love, and although love is not a component of our CET exam, some of these fun facts suggest valid reasons for this connection.

Hearts can literally break. 

Heart attacks are more common following the death of a loved one — a risk that appears to decline in time as grief subsides. (Source)

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4 facts that prove CTE works

February is CTE Month®, an annual ACTE-sponsored campaign that celebrates Career and Technical Education and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.

We’re proud to partner with some of the nation’s best educators to enhance students’ skills, knowledge and qualifications — putting them on the path to a rewarding career in health care.

This work is powerful. We know that. But we wanted to share some facts and figures that prove it.

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