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Care + Career

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

The Ultimate Guide to Talking About Your Certification

Putting in the time, effort and resources to earn an NHA certification can say something about your character and your capabilities. But how do you let people (especially hiring managers) know about your hard work and meaningful achievement?

We put together some tips to help you talk about your certification — both on your resume and in an interview — to empower you to make the most of your NHA certification.

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Interview Success Tips From Real Healthcare Hiring Managers

It's natural to feel a little nervous about a job interview. Nerves, however, can hurt your performance in an interview if you don't prepare. So NHA turned to the experts for advice on overcoming interview set-backs.

From getting to know the company to following up after an interview here is a guide to interview success from experienced healthcare hiring managers on ways to stand out (the right way) before, during, and after the interview.

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We sat down with educators and employers to talk about healthcare. This is what we learned.

NHA recently hosted a roundtable discussion with allied health educators and one of the largest employers of medical assistants in the United States. We discovered opportunities to work more closely, share information and create a network to support allied health students becoming employed professionals faster — and with the right sets of skills.

Not only was it a great learning experience for everyone who attended, but there were some takeaways we wanted to make sure we passed on to our certification holders, candidates and educators across the country. Below are some themes we uncovered at our most recent employer-educator summit.

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The ExCPT exam — what to expect and how to prepare

For April S. in New York, the decision to become a certified pharmacy technician was easy,

"I started my career in pharmacy ringing up prescriptions at a small retail pharmacy. Watching the impact the pharmacists and technicians had, I knew I had to become one myself! I studied and worked really hard and eventually became #NHACertified. I'm now right at the forefront of medical advances and I feel so honored to have such a pivotal role in patient care."

Do you have a dream like April's?

To become a certified pharmacy technician (CPhT), you'll need to sit for NHA's ExCPT exam. In this post, we'll share what you need to know about the exam — eligibility requirements, format, content and tools that can help ensure you are prepared come test day.

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Learn from those who lead: MA Leslie Day shares how to thrive in team-based care

In team-based care, teams of healthcare professionals work together to ensure their patients’ health needs are being met and the right care is being delivered in the right place, at the right time, by the right person. The entire care team is in close contact, often with the medical assistant serving a centered role.

This patient-centered approach is seeing success, and more and more care teams are adopting the model.

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Preparing for the growing aging population with Davene Yankle

The aging population is growing at an unprecedented rate. It's projected that by 2050, nearly 17% of the world’s population (1.6 billion people) will be 65 or older (source).

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A self-assessment to help you improve your healthcare career

You worked hard, earned your certification and started your new career in healthcare. Congrats! Your dedication speaks volumes about your character.

But there's still room to grow. (There's always room to grow.) And if you want to level-up your career, the best person to consult is yourself. Yes, YOU!

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.” - Aldous Huxley

Taking time to reflect on your work performance — especially in regards to "soft skills" — can help you identify areas for improvement and give you a solid foundation for achieving your professional goals.

So, where do you start?

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