The healthcare industry is growing fast. Experts predict that by 2029, there will be 2.4 million more healthcare jobs than there were in 2019. That’s a 15% rate of growth, much higher than what most other career fields can expect to see.
If you’re a military spouse, My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) can help you develop the skills you need to enter this growing field. This Dept. of Defense grant provides up to $4,000 to fund training for careers that are in demand and portable— including MyCAA approved programs like the Patient Care Technician or Medical Assistant programs offered by MedCerts.
These programs can be entry points into a promising healthcare career, even for people with no experience in the medical field. They introduce you to key concepts through engaging online learning, while also providing hands-on work experience.
Both of these programs are designed to get you ready for the workplace. From there, you can choose whether to stay in the position you trained for or use it as a leg up for nursing or physician assistant school.
Working as a patient care technician is a great way to make a difference in the lives of others.
Patient care technicians work in a variety of settings, including nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. They provide essential support to doctors and nurses and provide day-to-day care like bathing, feeding and medication assistance.
When you train as a patient care technician at MedCerts, you learn how to help doctors and nurses perform routine procedures and how to keep the care environment sanitary. Plus, you’ll cover the essentials of phlebotomy and EKG.
As a graduate of the Patient Care Technician program, you can apply these skills immediately in the workplace. They’re also an excellent foundation in basic caregiving for students who choose to go on to study nursing.
Like other MyCAA-approved programs, this one is geared toward nationally recognized certification. In as few as 23 weeks, you could be ready to apply for credentials like the Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT).
If you’d prefer to work in a doctor’s office or hospital, medical assisting might be the career move for you. Medical assistants take medical histories and vital signs, prepare patients and rooms for exams and help physicians perform basic procedures.
The Medical Assistant program teaches many of the same skills as the Patient Care Technician program, but with a focus on both medical office and clinical work.
Learning these skills will prepare you to apply for credentials like the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) or Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA). They’re also foundational skills for the aspiring nurse or physician assistant.
The more you develop your medical assisting skills in training and on the job, the better prepared you’ll be for your next career move.
With so many job seekers applying for medical assistant positions, applicants with multiple national certifications tend to stand out. Today's Medical Assistants are expected to take on additional responsibilities – chief among them related to and around the practices of Phlebotomy and Electrocardiography (ECG/EKG). At MedCerts, we offer multiple programs where you can earn more than one certification. If you're hoping to move into a career as a Medical Assistant, we offer three online Medical Assistant programs depending on what certifications you are interested in.
Through these MyCAA approved programs, you can gain patient care skills and knowledge that will serve you well in the years to come.
No matter where you want to go—medical assisting, patient care technician work, physician assisting or nursing—you can begin your journey today by talking with a MedCerts representative.