There are several different types of certifications and certification programs available, here at ABC Training Center, which will help you enhance your existing medical career or help you launch a new career in the healthcare industry. In today’s job markets, there are specific fields, trades, and industries like healthcare that are continuing to experience growth and offer new employment opportunities for those with the right education and training.
Healthcare Certification Program Versus a Degree Program
There are several advantages to completing medical training programs in NYC at ABC Training Center or in your local area, compared to enrolling into a college or university degree program. One of the best benefits is that certificate programs take less time to complete, and most students complete their course work and training in a year or less, which means they start working in their preferred healthcare field faster.
Another benefit is the tuition costs between certificate and degree programs. Since certificate programs are shorter in duration, it means your total tuition costs will also be significantly less. Rather than worrying about excessive student loan debt for a degree program, most students who do take out student loans to help pay for their programs find they are able to pay them off much faster. Plus, the monthly payments are significantly lower and easier to manage.
Additionally, most of the growing job opportunities in the healthcare industry only require a certificate program to get started. In fact, many of our students pursue and complete their initial certificate program, start working to gain experience, and then continue to augment their education by either completing another medical certificate program to complement their existing career or taking classes related to their existing field to further enhance their knowledge and skills.
Healthcare Certification Career Training Programs
There are all sorts of certification programs to choose from in healthcare, from working directly with patients to working behind the scenes and providing valuable services. Let’s take a look at some of the different career paths you could pursue.
Certified Nurses’ Aides (CNAs)
CNAs work in a variety of settings, typically hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. They provide general care and perform housekeeping duties, such as assisting patients to get in and out of bed, changing clothes, bathing, changing sheets, and so on.
CNAs are also responsible for monitoring a patient’s vitals, like their temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, as well as ensuring patients take their prescribed medications at the proper times and the correct dosages. Most CNAs develop long-term relationships with their patients because they provide ongoing care for years.
Home Health Aides (HHAs)
HHAs care for patients in their own homes. Patients can be disabled or elderly, have mobility issues, or be recovering from surgery. HHAs provide the same functions and tasks as CNAs, but may also provide additional services, like giving massages, performing skin care, changing simple dressings, and providing assistance with various medical equipment the patient needs.
EKG and phlebotomy technician work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, cardiology departments, and private practices. In most settings, the technician will perform both EKG and phlebotomy functions. EKG techs provide assistance to nurses and doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of heart, blood vessel, and cardiac irregularities.
Phlebotomy technicians also work in a variety of settings, including laboratories and testing centers. They are responsible for performing blood draws on patients, collecting patient information, and submitting collected samples for testing.
Medical Billing and Coding Specialists
Medical billing and coding specialists are responsible for verifying the codes are correct on patient forms, and then using this information to complete and submit insurance billing forms with various insurance agencies and providers. You also have to be able to appeal denied claims, update patient accounts, and perform collection duties. Most interactions with patients are done over the phone or through email.
Certified Professional Coders
Certified professional coders determine which codes to put on patients’ forms based on the doctor’s diagnoses, and provide completed forms to medical billing and coding specialists. Many people who start as coders eventually complete further training to move into medical and billing, and even go on to start their own medical coding and billing service business.
Pharmacy techs work alongside pharmacists and help prepare patients’ prescriptions. Since most of their interactions with patients are limited, they must be able to educate patients on the proper ways to take their medications, alert them to any adverse side effects, and provide other such relevant details. There are job opportunities in hospitals, healthcare facilities, nursing homes, and retail pharmacies.
As you can see, there are numerous medical certification training programs to choose from to help enhance your existing medical career or start a new career in healthcare. To learn more about these and other program options, please feel free to contact ABC Training Center at (718) 618-5589 today!