Healthcare Certifications You Can Get in About a Year

Is 2021 going to be the year you change careers? If so, getting started now will give you a leg up on your competition. New certifications can take up to a year, so January marks a great time to get started. But what certifications can you get in that timeframe? Here are a few to consider starting in 2021 so you can pursue your next career move.

Medical Assistant

Medical assistants work with doctors in medical clinics, private practice, and outpatient care centers. They’re trained to perform both clinical and administrative work. Becoming a medical assistant requires training and a certification exam that can take as few as 9 months to achieve. It’s a fast-growing career choice with many potential opportunities.

Pharmacy Tech

Working in pharmacies and assisting pharmacists is the main role of a pharmacy tech. They will prepare and fill prescriptions and maintain patient records. Certification programs are typically less than one year and required before becoming certified by the ASHP. Course work includes the processes of filling prescriptions along with pharmacy law concepts.

Medical Office Administrative Specialist

This role handles the office organization and compliance of a clinic or practice. They will handle scheduling, insurance records, and medical reports. There are medical assistant training courses and a certification exam that can take 9 months or longer to achieve, depending on your area’s requirements. Several online courses can make it easier to obtain the certification.

Coding and Billing

Medical coding and billing is the bridge between medical offices and insurance. Records need to accurate to ensure that the insurance companies are billed properly for patient care. Along with ensuring the correct codes, coding and billing specialists will also prepare and send invoices. There are many medical coding, billing training, and certification opportunities, and most can take a year to 18 months.

Cardiac Monitor Technician

There are various specific certifications as well, including becoming a cardiac monitor technician. These professionals are responsible for preparing patients for tests such as an EKG. They may also perform stress tests. A CMT program is generally only 3 to 6 months.

Are you ready for the next step in your healthcare career?

NRI Medical Staffing is always hiring medical assistants and other medical professions in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.  Browse our online job portal or call us to find the rewarding career you have been looking for.


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