ATTN Military Spouses: For a limited time, the Department of Defense has expanded eligibility for My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) to the first 1,250 approved applicants in the ranks of E-6 and O-3. MedCerts is an approved school for the MyCAA scholarship.
When choosing from the many available military spouse education programs, you’ll want to think about three crucial things:
What careers are in high demand right now in today’s economy?
What kind of training can you receive with support options as a military spouse?
What interests you professionally and could be a life-long passion?
The top careers projected for rapid growth worldwide in the next decade are focused on healthcare. As the population ages and faces increasing health problems, many trained and qualified people are needed in a wide range of careers throughout the healthcare and medical industry.
Many of these careers start with receiving training for certificates and licenses, and military spouses can complete this online. You may be eligible for MyCAA funds, which offer up to $4,000 in financial assistance for certain qualified programs.
MedCerts is an online school with many MyCAA-approved courses that can be underwritten entirely through these military spouse programs. Here’s a roundup of some top programs to consider as you determine your passion and future career.
Certified clinical medical assistants are integral parts of any healthcare facility or office. They’re responsible for administering medications and assisting with minor procedures. They’ll take vital signs and handle specimens, along with other important medical tasks.
MedCerts offers an online program that lasts 28 weeks and costs $4,000. It will provide the skills and education needed for two certifications: Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) and Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA).
Military spouses of certain ranks, including E1-E5, O1-O2, and W1-W2. Those who plan to work in the state of Washington are not eligible for this program.
Healthcare IT techs combine an in-depth understanding of information technology with regulatory requirements, electronic health records, and medical business operations. It will be your job to secure patient records and data, whether you work in a private practice or for a large healthcare facility.
This 24-week course by MedCerts allows you to choose an IT or Healthcare focus and prepares you to pass the CompTIA A+ exam and either the CompTIA Network+ or the National Healthcareer Association’s (NHA) CEHRS, or a certified electronic health records specialist, exams depending on your chosen path. It costs $4,000.
Military spouses of certain ranks, including E1-E5, O1-O2, and W1-W2.
Dental assistants work with dental hygienists and dentists to care for patients in dental offices of all sizes. As a dental assistant, you may be responsible for greeting patients, scheduling appointments, taking vital signs and other diagnostic tests, and assisting throughout a patient visit.
MedCerts offers a 14-week course that prepares you for an RDA, or registered dental assistant, certification. The tuition is $4,000.
Military spouses of certain ranks, including E1-E5, O1-O2, and W1-W2. Those who plan to work in the states of Montana, Iowa, and Massachusetts are not eligible for this program.
Whatever one of the many military spouse education programs you choose, do your research first. Look for a school that is approved for MyCAA funds and offers a supportive network of advisors who understand your unique military life.