The Importance of Certification
The purpose of a credential certificate in any profession is to both protect the public and to guarantee that a person who holds the credential has met a minimum standard for professional and ethical standards.
In medical transcription, medical billing and coding, medical scribing, and medical assisting this is no different. Those individuals who have passed the credentialing examinations for the profession have exhibited that they have met those standards of practice. Credentials also speak to a commitment to the profession and a commitment to ongoing continuing education to maintain them.
Why Get Certified?
The healthcare industry is growing at a rapid pace creating many job opportunities in Allied Health occupations. Many employers prefer and often require their workers to obtain certifications. Certification indicates that you meet a certain standard of competence and can give you a competitive advantage, more job opportunities, a higher pay scale, and job security.
Whether you’re just starting the journey or well on the path of a successful career, certification is your guide to career enhancement, increased salary, and greater success in your chosen profession. The healthcare industry places a high value on degrees, credentials and professional designations
The benefits of becoming certified include:
- Provides a foundation of broad and deep understanding.
- Demonstrates your commitment to your chosen profession.
- Allows you to work anywhere in the United States because national certifications are valid credentials throughout the country.
- Enjoy a competitive edge during the job search
- Industry employers prefer hiring credentialed professionals and many provide exam preparation support, exam reimbursement and support for continuing education.
- Improves your earning potential.
- Opens the door to more opportunities for career advancement.
- Increase your job mobility and choices even in the face of a tough job market.
- Helps you reach not only your short-term job goals, but also positions yourself for long-term career success.
- Connects you with a strong network of peers.
What is the difference between Licensing & Certification?
Doctors, nurses, attorneys, and public accountants are examples of occupations that require a license to practice. Licenses are mandated through regulatory or government agencies and define the title and scope of practice. Having a certification is typically offered by an industry to uphold certain standards. A certification is the recognition of an individual who has demonstrated through a standardized assessment that they meet defined qualifications within a profession. Within the Allied Health industry, these are basic support service jobs that are overseen and supervised by a healthcare professional such as a licensed nurse, a doctor and a licensed pharmacist. Certifications are generally voluntary but, in some instances, are considered part of a licensing process.
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