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How to get your allied health certification

So you’ve decided to invest in your future and get certified. Congratulations! Now what?

There are a few things to know right off the bat as you begin your certification journey.

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Choose which certification(s) you want.

It’s not uncommon to get multiple certifications depending on what your career aspirations are. Be clear about your goals and determine what your best options are for moving forward. NHA currently offers the following certifications:

  • Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  • Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
  • Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
  • Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
  • EKG Technician (CET)
  • Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)
  • Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS)
  • Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A)

Carefully pick your certification provider.

Not all providers are the same, so doing your research upfront is important! Here are some questions to ask: Is the provider is accredited by a reputable, independent accrediting organization? Is the certification nationally-recognized? Does my target employer respect the certification?

All certifications from NHA are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), a nationally recognized third party agency that accredits certification programs which are able to meet and comply with its standards.

Check out the minimum requirements.

The requirements vary depending on the certification, but all require at least a high school diploma (or equivalent) and either a specialized training program or relevant work experience. Learn more about the specific requirements of each certification on our FAQs page

Register and prepare for the exam.

Success is when preparation meets opportunity. Plan for success with the resources and information you need.

We’ve created an easy-to-follow guide to help you during your certification journey. In it you’ll find tips for getting started, registering for your exam, preparing and even tips for next steps after your exam. And the best part? It’s completely free to you!

Get Your Free "5 Things to Know About Certification" Guide

At NHA, your success is our success. We’re dedicated to equipping you with the knowledge and resources you need to reach your fullest potential as an allied health professional. As Mark Twain said, “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” Being here shows you’re ready to take that big first leap — getting started! Let’s go.

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