As an Army soldier, you can expand your education and earn certifications at no cost through the Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) program. One of the challenges that come with this unique opportunity is choosing the right school to use your funding. With $4000 available to active-duty Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard personnel annually, it’s important to make sure you’re picking a school that not only provides a quality education but is also understanding of your lifestyle.
MedCerts, an approved CA vendor, is a great education option to consider for Army students. With 100% online programs, you’ll be able to earn your education no matter where you’re stationed. Plus our programs are focused on relevant, in-demand healthcare and IT certifications to either grow your current skill set or to help you begin a new career after service.
MedCerts's certification programs are between three and six months, so you can become certified quickly. We even have a Military Education team made up of people with military backgrounds who know the demands active-duty service members face and can support you in your journey.
Using data gleaned from student engagement and the advances of online learning over the years, we have developed our own customized teaching model, the 12 elements of eLearning. These 12 elements keep learners stimulated and immersed throughout their programs, and cater to all learning styles. Here’s a breakdown of each element:
Instructor-led videos: Subject-matter experts teach foundational knowledge in these videos, which include graphics, animations, diagrams, and text to engage all types of learners.
3-D animated demonstrations: Immersive 3D demonstrations enable an interactive experience, so learners can observe each step of a specialized task in detail from any angle.
Scenario-Based Learning: MedCerts use virtual humans to train healthcare specialists in soft skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication. These AI-enabled virtual humans help create a safe and engaging experience and promote meaningful behavioral changes like empathy and understanding. These virtual humans are placed in a photorealistic life-like virtual environment where scenario-based learning can take place within a controlled yet dynamic setting.
Screen-Based Simulations (SBSs): These highly interactive eLearning simulations and activities engage learners within virtual settings to perform day-to-day tasks that involve movement. Within a safe and controlled setting, kinesthetic learners are free to manipulate tools, devices, objects, and equipment in a guided, prompted, and process-oriented manner. Here, learners are given the opportunity to apply and practice their newly acquired knowledge and skills.
Augmented Reality (AR): Augmented Reality enables learning that combines computer-generated objects with the real-world environment as viewed through a camera lens. The approach to using AR as a form of reinforcement element with other blended learning components can significantly improve knowledge retention by immersing the learner into the subject matter which inspires interactivity.
Industry insights: Industry experts offer real-world wisdom and advice in these interviews about their professional experience in the field.
Simulated software application: This demonstration allows you to experience industry-standard software.
Task-based demonstration: This demonstration features real-world professionals demonstrating tasks, processes, and skills in actual work settings.
Game-based learning: You can play engaging and entertaining educational games — which use the same state-of-the-art technology as Fortnite — to reinforce learning and foster mastery of your topic of interest.
Physical/virtual courseware and Worktexts: Courseware is MedCerts or vendor-published textbooks, eBooks, or PDFs utilized as resources within a course. These are provided to the learner as either a requirement or supplementary resource and allows for a deeper discovery of learning. Worktexts include activities and graded or non-graded assignments that are provided to learners to apply knowledge and retrieve stored information as a formative evaluation.
Performance-based exam prep: Designed to offer the learner feedback and support throughout the course, the assessments here are geared toward ensuring that the learner passes the certification examination at the end of the program.
Standardized assessments: These assessments appear as quizzes, tests, and exams throughout the course to confirm the learner's understanding of the material.
MedCerts is a great army school option for those wanting to learn new skills in healthcare, IT, and general professional development. Medical programs include trainings such as medical assistants, phlebotomy technicians, and medical records and billing specialists. IT programs include training in support, administration, cybersecurity, network technology, and cloud technology.
The Army, Department of Defense, and Department of the Army are not affiliated with MedCerts and do not endorse our services.
Mickey is a Platoon Leader for the Nevada Army National Guard and has been serving since September 2019. He joined the Army in an act of “now or never” as he neared his 30th birthday and had always dreamed of serving. Mickey is also an ASVAB coach and uses his education background to assist other soldiers through Gamonal Tutors.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and spent two and a half years in Morocco with the United States Peace Corps. He joined MedCerts in January 2020 and uses his combined Army and education experience to help soldiers take advantage of their Army Credentialing Assistance funding to pursue career training.
Mickey lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife Sheena, who he considers his “rock”, and enjoys teaching snowboarding in his free time. He also has completed MedCerts Project Management program and hosts the ASVAB Domination podcast.