As an allied health professional, your days are spent investing your expertise, energy, and compassion in the lives of the patients you serve through your clinical or administrative skills. Each interaction and task throughout your day is an opportunity to ensure that the patients you care for feel the commitment you have to your chosen career and to their experience.
In the allied health professions there is a continuous trend of professionals stacking, or obtaining more than one credentials. Medical assistants getting their Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) credential and stack it with a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) credential. Medical administrators, get both credentials as a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) and a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA). But, what is the value of stacking credentials for allied health professionals?
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.
The healthcare field is constantly evolving. Since your NHA certification expires every two years, renewing your certification shows your employer that you're committed to keeping pace with developments in the field and that you can ensure safety and efficiency in the workplace at all times.
More reasons to renew include:
- You want to continue or pursue a career in allied health
- Your employer requires it
- You worked hard to earn your credentials and don't want to lose them
- You want to improve your chances of getting a promotion
- Continued access to exclusive NHA benefits and offers
Ready to get started but unsure of the process or have other questions? We got your back!
First and foremost, click here if you have a Pharmacy Technician Certification. Your steps are a little different. Next, determine whether you're renewing or reinstating a certification:
- You're renewing if the certification has not already expired.
- You don't need to retake the certification exam as long as you complete the required 10 Continuing Education credits to renew. Courses to earn your CE credits come free with your certification, though CE fees still apply.
- You're reinstating if the certification has expired.
- You don't need to retake the certification exam if your certification expired as long as you're within one year of the expiration date. You can renew but you'll need to complete 15 total CE credits and additional fees will apply.
- And if you hold multiple certifications, you only need 10 total CE credits. If you're reinstating, you only need 15 total credits. Great right? (Learn why allied health workers are earning multiple credentials here.)
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