Care + Career

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

Allied Health Professionals Celebrate and Share Career Stories

Working in healthcare you have the opportunity to impact other people's lives every day and for so many NHA certified professionals it's the passion for helping others that motivates them in their career.

This year we celebrated Allied Health Professionals Week - the first week of November - by asking our certification holders to share their stories, and were overwhelmed by over 850 submissions from proud allied health professionals, students, and educators working toward their career dreams.

Here are some of the stories we received...

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What does a medical assistant do? It may be more than you think

If you're thinking about making a career change, entering the medical assisting profession, or trying to figure out what to do next as an MA, you may have questions.

What are the essential duties of this quickly evolving healthcare role? What is the job outlook for medical assistants? What is the value of getting certified? What other jobs can a medical assistant be qualified for with the right mix of skills, experience, and training?

Let's take a look at the top questions about being a medical assistant.

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Transformation through Lean  with Lindsay Gainer

The healthcare industry changes every day, making continuing education vital to your success as an allied health professional. That’s why NHA requires Continuing Education (CE) credits to maintain certification. And when it comes to creating new educational content, we turn to some of the industry’s top experts — active leaders of the allied health community who are helping shape the future of healthcare.

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Ask an expert: health career & insights from Michelle Heller, CMA

No matter where you are in your allied health career, Michelle Heller, CMA, has some insights that could help you on your path.

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The Role of the MA: Change, Opportunity and Growth

Healthcare is in a period of change … which is changing the landscape for the medical assistant (MA). They are in greater demand, are being tasked with more responsibilities — and in many cases, are being rewarded for it.

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Just one more way Pharmacy Technicians are Making a Difference

In honor of today’s National Pharmacy Technician Day, we want to highlight one more way pharmacy technicians are making a difference in their pharmacies and communities. 

Pharmacy technician roles have evolved and techs have embraced many new opportunities and have excelled in them. Whether performing MTM duties or compounding, techs are an important part of the day-to-day functions of all pharmacies, helping to improve patient safety and quality of life. One valuable tech skill in particular will be put to use on this year's "Check Your Meds Day:" collecting and documenting accurate medication histories. 

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Medical assisting job growth: what you need to know

Here’s good news for potential and about-to-graduate MAs: Jobs in medical assisting are growing - fast.

For aspiring medical assistants interested in keeping up with the trend, there are a few statistics to be aware of:

First, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) - which is a U.S. government agency that reports on employment and labor statistics- reports that employment of medical assistants is expected to increase 23 percent from 2014 to 2024. The BLS calculates that the average growth of all jobs in all fields is seven percent - so medical assisting is seeing some huge growth.

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3 reasons why it’s a great time to be an MA

Today kicks off the first day of Medical Assistant Recognition Weekand it’s never been a better time to be a medical assistant!

As the healthcare field grows and changes, the role of the medical assistant has grown, too - there are more and more MAs working on healthcare teams, and the scope of work for medical assistants has grown. Here are some reasons why it’s a great time to be an MA:

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What's it like to take an NHA certification exam? [VIDEO]

You’ve studied, you’ve gotten a good night’s sleep. You’ve had a nutritious breakfast and all the other things that can help prepare you for your test day – but what else can you expect?

Although your experience may vary test location to location a few things will remain the same for every NHA exam candidate. Let’s take a look at what you can expect that test day, plus how to get your exam results when you're done.

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Welcome to the world of coding with Arlene James (Normandin)

The healthcare industry changes everyday, making continuing education vital to your success as an allied health professional. That’s why NHA requires Continuing Education (CE) credits to maintain certification. And when it comes to creating new educational content, we turn to some of the industry’s top experts — active leaders of the allied health community who are helping shape the future of healthcare.

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