Have you ever considered stacking credentials? It's a professional development strategy that's gaining popularity in many industries, including allied health.
The healthcare field relies heavily on allied health professionals — people who aren't in nursing or medicine but who play essential roles in patient care.
Allied healthcare workers include medical assistants, phlebotomy (blood draw) technicians, and front office administrators. They account for up to 60% of the U.S. healthcare workforce. And they're becoming harder to find.
According to a 2021 survey, 75% of hospitals have recently sought temporary allied health workers due to a staffing shortage. Facilities need professionals with qualifications. Stackable credentials offer an answer.
Stackable credentials are career certifications that stand alone but can build on each other. For example, you might start your career in allied health as a Certified Electrocardiography (EKG) Technician.
That certification can help you get an entry-level job, but you don't have to stop there. You can keep learning and earn additional credentials, like Certified Phlebotomy Technician or Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. Each increases your employment and career potential.
You can even use stackable credentials to earn a degree. Always wanted to become a nurse? Stackable credentials let you build field experience and strengthen your application.
You can keep earning credentials until you're ready for school — or stop at any point and work with the certifications you've already earned.
Stackable credentials boost your career faster than a traditional education path. They give you something to show for your efforts and can even fast-track your upward mobility.
Employers love to see certifications on a candidate's resume. They show your initiative and commitment to success, especially if you've earned more than one.
Plus, when credentials come from a recognized organization like the National Healthcareer Association, hiring companies can trust you have the skills to be job-ready.
By earning stackable credentials, you boost your resume faster than if you waited to earn a degree.
There's never been a better time to enter the allied health field. Stackable credentials can jumpstart your career and get you working in months, not years. That translates to faster earning potential and more field experience for your developing career.
If you're already working, a stackable credential can help you advance faster. Healthcare facilities aim to solve their staffing crisis by reskilling and upskilling workers. With stackable credentials, you can demonstrate those skills and move ahead faster.
Stackable credentials let you qualify for new positions at an affordable cost. At MedCerts, you can complete an entire allied program for as little as $2,000, including materials. As an out-of-state student at a public college, your cost would be $3,400 for a single course.
Talk to an education consultant today and learn how MedCerts can help you advance your healthcare career.
Jessica Thomas’ career expertise spans health education and communication, aging studies, quality improvement, and program development. In 2019, she assisted in the development of MedCerts Professionalism in Allied Health course.
Jessica holds degrees in Health Administration and Public Health Informatics. She has worked in various roles in the healthcare field and has written on healthcare-related topics since 2015. Jessica currently owns and operates a Virtual Assistant Agency, helping entrepreneurs successfully outsource various time-consuming tasks. In addition, she works with health and wellness brands as a content writer, producing search-engine-optimized blog posts and website copy.
When not indulging in a good book, Jessica is spending time with family, collecting Bath & Body Works Candles, or planning a vacation.