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Earning a certificate can help you start a new career or enrich your current career. Certificate programs are available through online schools, technical schools and community colleges. The time needed to earn a certificate varies by program and by field of study. Some programs may be offered online or as hybrid options, blending hands-on training with instruction in academic subjects.

The many different types of healthcare certificates include these options:

  • Dental assistants: The most common training programs take about one year and offer a certificate or a diploma. Studies include supervised practical experience in addition to studies of oral anatomy.
  • Medical assistants: Programs typically take about one year and could lead to a certificate or diploma, although some students may opt for longer program leading to an associate degree. Training may include study of anatomy and medical terminology as well as laboratory practice.
  • Medical transcriptionists: Certificate programs usually last about one year, although longer associate degree programs are also offered. Studies could include medical terminology, anatomy and healthcare documentation.
  • Pharmacy technicians: Pharmacy technology certificate programs generally last one year or less. Coursework could include recordkeeping, pharmacy law, and names and uses of medications.

Some healthcare fields require official certification in addition to a certificate training program. Certification requirements differ, but they often include completion of an approved training program as well as professional examinations. Licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses (LPNs/LVNs) need to complete an accredited educational program and also meet licensing requirements such as a national examination, according to BLS.gov.

Healthcare Certificates: Career Outlook

Those who earn a certificate may enjoy career advantages that can come from higher educational attainment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that, on average, those who have a higher level of education see greater levels of pay and lower unemployment rates. Here is a comparison of median weekly earnings and unemployment rates for 2012:

  • Never finished high school: $471 per week, 12.4 percent unemployment
  • High school graduate: $652 per week, 8.3 percent unemployment
  • Some college, no degree: $727 per week, 7.7 percent unemployment

Employment in healthcare-related occupations is projected to expand by about 27.8 percent between 2010 and 2012 nationally, BLS.gov reports. A variety of healthcare careers may offer entry-level opportunities for those who have earned a certificate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. One career possibility for those with a post-secondary non-degree award is massage therapy, although some states may require a professional license as well as a certificate.

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Medical Assistant (10-Month Diploma Program)
UEI College , Stockton
  • Dedicated to providing  career training since 1975.
  • Has 13 campus locations in Southern California and a campus in Morrow, GA.
  • Provides flexible class times including weekends.
  • Offers curriculum that ranges from 8 month diploma programs to 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
  • Has admissions professionals available to help students decide which diploma or degree program they should pursue.
  • Gives job placement assistance strengthened by relationships with local employers.
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Medical Assisting
  • Offers programs in nursing, medical assisting, pharmacy technology, dental assisting, and more.
  • Six Campuses across Northern CA: Fremont, San Jose, Sacramento, S. San Francisco, Hayward, and Concord.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, with programmatic approvals from the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians and the Board of Registered Nursing.
  • Approved by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating since 2010.
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Medical Assistant Program
  • Offers training in various types of massage therapy, physical therapy/sports rehab, and personal fitness training & wellness.
  • Teaches in an environment that promotes learning and encourages empathetic and compassionate therapists.
  • Career service professionals work directly with students from the start of their program, and help them pursue employment in day spas, luxury hotels, cruise ships, and other locations.
  • Students can work in the SOCHI Massage Clinic to gain experience and build their career skills.
  • Financial aid representatives help students develop a personalized financial plan to finance their tuition.
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Medical Assistant
  • Offers career placement assistance services to recent graduates.
  • Approved to accept international students who wish to study in the United States.
  • Programs include Medical Office Specialist, Medical Assistant, Dental Lab Technician, and Healthcare Administration.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • Main campus is located in Van Nuys, California, north of Los Angeles.
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Medical Assistant
Mayfield College , Cathedral City
  • A Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Business, with an A+ rating.
  • Computer Support Technician program is based on guidelines set by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and Microsoft.
  • Offers free student services, including tutoring, campus internet access, career placement, and a student lounge.
  • Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
  • 2 locations in Cathedral City and Twentynine Palms, California.
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Certificate - Medical Assistant
  • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
  • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
  • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • 11 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
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