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Earn a Healthcare Certificate Online

Written by Ashworth College on Friday, 30 June 2017. Posted in Healthcare

Earn a Healthcare Certificate Online

As the healthcare industry continues to grow, now is a great time to consider a career in this in-demand field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19 percent between 2014 and 2024 resulting in 2.3 million new jobs—more than any other group of occupations. Ashworth College offers a number of online programs for healthcare professionals. If you’re interested in exploring careers in healthcare, here some online certificate programs to consider.  

Launch a New Career: Professional Certification Programs

For individuals who are looking to jump-start a new career in healthcare, Ashworth College offers a variety of online professional certifications. These online programs focus on training professionals for in-demand careers by giving them the skills and knowledge they need to be successful, while also preparing them for any certification exams they may need to apply for jobs in their field. Ashworth College’s accredited programs help students keep up with industry standards by ensuring that they are prepared for the certification exams that are most relevant.

The benefit of completing a career certificate program is you’ll be ready to jump into a new career quickly—Ashworth’s programs can be completed in as little as four months. Some of the most popular programs include:

  • Pharmacy Technician

    The Pharmacy Technician program prepares students for the National Health Career Association's ExCPT Pharmacy Technician certification exam and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), in addition to teaching the professional skills they will need through online coursework and a professional externship with one of the school’s company partners.
  • Medical Billing and Coding

    The Medical Billing and Coding certification program teaches students how to accurately code diagnoses and procedures using industry-standard coding systems, process and submit insurance claims, and follow government-mandated privacy and security regulations. Instruction also includes preparation for the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam from the National Healthcareer Association, the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), and the Certified Coding Associate (CCA®) exam from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
  • Medical Office Assistant

    The Medical Office Assistant online program helps prepares students to perform routine clerical and organizational duties to keep their practices running smoothly in this in-demand role. Coursework also covers everything students need to know to take the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) certification exam from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Step-By-Step: Degree Certificate Programs

If you’re looking to achieve long-term career goals, but want to take your education step by step, a degree certificate program might be right for you. These certificate programs provide base knowledge that can help you in your career, while also serving as building blocks to earn advanced degrees over time.

An undergraduate degree certificate can serve as the starting point for your career as well as your education path in healthcare. Ashworth College’s healthcare management undergraduate certificate includes courses in medical office management, medical coding and medical terminology, giving you a foundation to start an entry-level career, while also giving you the option to transfer credits to an associate or bachelor’s degree program to grow your career options.

Similarly, Ashworth College’s graduate certificate programs allow students who are interested in pursuing a full master’s degree, but not ready to fully commit to a program, to gain marketable skills to further their career, while leaving the option open to transfer credits to a master’s program. The graduate healthcare management certificate program focuses on real-world topics that include healthcare marketing, medical sociology and managed healthcare.

The key to success is to find the program (or set of programs) that are right for you and your career goals. When paired with the flexibility and affordability of online education, the opportunity to forge your own path can be a rewarding experience academically and professionally.

Interested in a healthcare career? Learn more about programs offered by Ashworth College online.

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