Choose your path
- What kinds of jobs can I qualify for?
- What does the everyday look like for those positions?
- Does this align with my personal interests?
- Does this align with my personal strengths?
- Does this align with the lifestyle I want?
Get professional training or experience
WhenAfter you've chosen an allied health career path, or in some cases, when your employer mandates it as a requirement of your current position.
Be open to the options available to you, such as:
- Vocational school
- Formal training program offered by any branch of the U.S. military (Learn more)
- Employer-sponsored training program
- On-the-job experience in your profession
Take your exam to get #NHAcertified
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Upon completion of your training program or when you meet any of the other eligibility requirements.
You'll take your exam at your training facility, employer, or at a third party testing center.
(Tip: Don't forget to browse NHA's study materials as a resource when you're preparing for your exam!)
Keep up with your training
Once you have one or more certifications – this is an ongoing effort!
Complete continuing education credits available to you online (pharmacy technicians have slightly different requirements). These courses are updated regularly to keep up with the rapidly changing healthcare world, and help ensure your knowledge stays current.
Renew your certification
Every two years.
You'll need to complete 10 CE credits every two years to qualify for renewal. We've outlined this whole process in seven simple simple steps in this post: How do I renew my NHA certification?
Repeat and stay certified
Being #NHAcertified is a commitment to yourself, your patients and your employer. It's an ongoing cycle that requires you to keep up with the changes in the industry, and can help in setting yourself apart and helping to strengthen and elevate your career.
But most importantly, it can help you help others to the best of your ability—the very motivation that led you toward this healthcare path to begin with. So no matter where you are in the cycle, keep going. For you, for your patients, for your family and for your employer.
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