Our Healthcare Certification programs provide comprehensive training that equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to pass nationally recognized certification exams. Upon successful completion of one of our programs, graduates will be qualified and/or eligible to sit for exams offered by organizations such as the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), and the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC).
CMAA - Certified Medical Administrative Assistant
The Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) credential is offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). CMAAs are responsible for various administrative duties and often have direct patient contact. It demonstrates the ability to perform routine administrative tasks in a physicians' office, nursing home, hospital or clinic to keep it running efficiently.
As CMAA you may perform some of the following tasks:
- Operate computer systems or other types of technology to accomplish office tasks
- Greeting patients and helping them fill out forms
- Answer calls, schedule appointments, and maintain files of patients
- Update and maintain patient and other practice information
- Coordinate the collection and preparation of operating reports such as time and attendance
By attaining CMAA certification, students validate their training and competence, and assure allied health employers that they are qualified for entry-level positions. Furthermore, hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities may give preference to candidates with medical administrative assistant certification.
A Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) is the nationally recognized certification for Electronic Health Record Specialists. This program prepares students to use and understand electronic records in a medical setting. The CEHRS is responsible for maintaining the integrity and protecting the privacy and security of patient information.
As a Certified EHR Specialist, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:
- Audit patient records for compliance with legal and regulatory requirements
- Documenting examination information, scheduling treatments, and process laboratory tests
- Abstract clinical information for inclusion in reports such as quality improvement studies
- Perform basic coding to submit claims for reimbursement for insurers
- Process release of information (ROI) requests for medical records
- Review patient records to ensure they are complete, and collect patient demographic and insurance information
Attaining certification as an Electronic Health Records Specialist shows potential employers that the student has the competence and expertise to succeed in this role. Certification will improve job opportunities and the locations for employability, as well as increasing the pay scale.
CBCS - Certified Billing and Coding Specialist
Certified medical billing/coder specialists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient and inpatient clinics, surgical centers, and dental offices. Any place that provides medical services requires the services of a certified medical billing/coder specialist. Certified medical billing/coder specialists work in conjunction with physicians and other medical providers and, in addition to coding services, provide education to providers regarding medical record requirements and conduct chart reviews for completeness.
As a CBCS you may perform some or all of the following tasks:
- Accurately locate documentation in the patient record to support coding and billing process
- Assign codes for diagnoses and procedures
- Submit claims for reimbursement based on payer policies and procedures
- Coach providers on the best documentation practices to support quality coding and optimal reimbursement
Certified specialists are prepared for entry-level employment as an insurance billing specialist and related occupations in the medical industry. Graduates of this program will be employable by private health care practices, clinics, government agencies, insurance companies and other health care facilities.
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) is a nationally recognized certification offered by the PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board). The PTCE content was developed by experts in pharmacy technician practice based on a nationwide Job Analysis Study that the PTCB’s Certification Council and Board of Governors used to approve the blueprint for the current PTCE. Those who pass the exam will be recognized as a nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).
As a CPhT, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:
- Receive and process prescription requests from patients, and those sent electronically from doctors’ offices
- Accurately count, weigh, pour and mix medications
- Prepare accurate prescription labels
- Prepare and Process insurance claim forms and manage inventory
- Establish and maintain patient profiles as well as computerized patient records
Licensed pharmacies depend on skilled pharmacy technicians to prepare prescription medications with accuracy and to provide good customer service. Learning these professional skills and passing the national certification exam qualifies graduates for entry-level pharmacy technician jobs in a variety of healthcare settings.
The CPC examination consists of questions regarding the correct application of CPT, HCPCS Level II procedure and supply codes and ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes used for billing professional medical services to insurance companies. Examinees must also demonstrate knowledge on proper modified use, coding guidelines and regulatory rules.
Key knowledge areas and skill sets measured by the AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification exam also include the ability to:
- Identify the purpose of the CPT®, ICD-10-CM Volumes 1 & 2, and HCPCS Level II code books
- Understand and apply the official ICD-10-CM coding guidelines
- Identify differences between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM guidelines
- Apply coding conventions when assigning diagnoses and procedure codes
- Identify the information in appendices of the CPT® manual
- Explain the determination of the levels of E/M services
- Code a wide variety of patient services using CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II codes
- List the major features of HCPCS Level II Codes
- Provide practical application of coding operative reports and evaluation and management services
National Healthcareer Association (NHA) is one of the nation’s largest allied health certification providers. Since 1989 NHA has helped thousands of schools across the nation to produce better professionals and better program outcomes. Individuals who pass the certification exam will be recognized as Nationally Certified Allied Healthcare professionals. With this certification, you will earn credentials to use with your name, a certification ID card and a certificate.
To be eligible to earn an NHA certification, a candidate must:
- Possess a high school diploma or the equivalent
- Be at least 18 years of age
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) was established in 1995 and has certified over 525,365 pharmacy technicians through the examination and transfer process. PTCB develops, maintains, promotes, and administers a nationally accredited certification and recertification program for pharmacy technicians to enable the most effective support of pharmacists to advance patient safety.
To be eligible to earn a PTCB certification, a candidate must:
- Possess a high school diploma or the equivalent
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Able to pass a criminal background check with no felony record
AAPC (formerly American Academy of Professional Coders) was founded in 1988 as a professional organization providing training, certification, ongoing education, networking, and job opportunities to medical coders, medical billers, auditors, compliance managers, and physician practice managers in the United States. Currently, AAPC has a membership base over 156,000 worldwide, of which nearly 104,000 are certified.