VCU to Offer 20 New Programs with MedCerts Partnership - MedCerts

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RICHMOND, Va.--()--MedCerts, the innovation leader in online career training in allied health and information technology and a subsidiary of Stride, Inc. (NYSE: LRN), an education company that provides online and blended education programs, announced a new partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) that will add high-demand programs to VCU’s course offerings

VCU will now offer 20 new programs from the MedCerts catalog, including Medical Assistant, Medical Coding and Billing Professional and Patient Care Technician.

“Partnering with MedCerts allows VCU to create additional training opportunities for our students and alumni as they progress in their educational and career journeys in the healthcare industry,” says Judith Kornberg, Ph.D., interim executive director for VCU Online and Continuing and Professional Education. “This partnership will not only enhance the range of noncredit programs available through Virginia Commonwealth University, but will also contribute to the growing diversity of VCU’s student population.”

VCU’s College of Health Professions programs consistently receive top rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Through the partnership with MedCerts, VCU expands their successful continuing and professional education offerings to adult learners, including VCU alumni, who are interested in short-term online certification programs in high-demand fields within the healthcare industry.

“Training through any of these programs is a great way to get into the healthcare field and energize your life in a career that will always be in need, while also offering opportunities to grow and advance,” says Alan Dow, M.D., M.S.H.A., interim division chair for the Division of Hospital Medicine and assistant vice president of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“It’s an honor to partner with VCU and contribute to their high quality, affordable, and trusted programming,” said Craig Sprinkle, CEO at MedCerts. “This partnership builds upon our shared commitment to the healthcare space and preparing the workforce of the future.”

As a leader in online healthcare, MedCerts has helped more than 60,000 students earn credentials and start new careers in the in-demand fields of healthcare and IT. MedCerts has developed more than 50 immersive online national certification training programs with best-in-class outcomes.

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About MedCerts

MedCerts is a national online training provider strengthening the workforce through innovative eLearning solutions. Focused on certifications in high-demand areas of Allied Healthcare and IT, it serves individuals from all backgrounds, including the military and their families, career changers, and the under- and unemployed. MedCerts delivers certification and career training through HD-quality video-based instruction, virtual simulations, games and animations, and on-the-job training through experiential learning solutions. Since 2009, the company has developed more than 50 career programs, trained and up-skilled more than 60,000 individuals across the country, and partnered with more than 500 American job centers and more than 1,000 healthcare organizations have MedCerts-trained employees on staff. For more information, visit

About VCU and VCU Health

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 28,000 students in 244 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Forty-one of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 12 schools and three colleges. The VCU Health brand represents the VCU health sciences academic programs, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Tappahannock Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, and MCV Physicians. The clinical enterprise includes a collaboration with Sheltering Arms Institute for physical rehabilitation services. For more, please visit and

About VCU Continuing and Professional Education

VCU Continuing and Professional Education, in partnership with the colleges and schools at Virginia Commonwealth University, provides and supports quality continuing and professional education and skills training for individual, local, regional and national impact, including lifelong learning opportunities for VCU alumni. To learn more, visit


VCU Online and Continuing and Professional Education
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Portrait of Rafael Castaneda
Vice President of Workforce Development

With more than 20 years in the postsecondary arena, Rafael has focused on workforce strategies that build programmatic pathways for unemployed and underemployed students from underserved populations.

Before joining MedCerts, Rafael was the chief academic officer and dean of education at CBD College, a private two-year allied health college in Los Angeles. He also served as a strategy and innovation leader for Jobs for the Future (JFF) crafting connections between postsecondary actors and thought leaders. He is a member of the advisory board of the University of California, Irvine’s Customer Experience Program. Rafael has worked with over 2K schools and 1K workforce organizations & employers on solutions.

He strongly believes the three-legged stool of workforce success are schools, businesses, and community organizations but they need a catalyst and that is where MedCerts comes in – as the driver of the solutions to supplement and complement the three.

A passionate believer in education as a great equalizer, Rafael joined MedCerts because the organization provides the opportunity to actively participate in bridging the digital divide and skills gap for unserved populations of students. This extremely rewarding and tangible championing of education-based initiatives alongside serving all demographics students provides a rare opportunity to not just speak, but do.

Rafael is a husband to a brilliant and talented wife, father to two ambitious daughters, and an active member of his community. You will find him at a spin class most weekday mornings and doing outside activities with his family and their French bulldog, Penny, on the weekends. He has lived and worked in all time zones and in nine states over the past 12 years. Connect with Rafael on LinkedIn.

Published on August 14, 2023


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