Why certify with NHA?

Why certify with NHA?

The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) is the largest allied health certification agency in the United States, with over 1 million certifications awarded since 1989.

Achieving NHA certification and having those trusted, credible credentials shows employers that you are a candidate who is serious about their career.

Whether you’re a student going through an allied health program or already employed in the field, building your healthcare career starts here.

The value of NHA certification

Healthcare institutions are experiencing a strong need for employees with validated, nationally recognized certifications. An NHA credential shows that you are dedicated to your chosen field, demonstrating not only a proven level of knowledge, but also a desire for excellence.


Employer preferred

75–93% of employers require or encourage certification for the 8 allied health professions NHA offers. (Source: NHA's 2020 Industry Outlook)


Higher wages

63% of employers said they increase pay when an employee earns professional certification. (Source: NHA's 2020 Industry Outlook)


Nationally recognized

NHA’s certification exams are portable, recognized by employers across the U.S, and accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

8 certifications, infinite opportunities

The National Healthcareer Association offers eight nationally accredited certifications that are recognized and respected by employers. With these certifications come more opportunities, better pay and increased job security.

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) ‣

60% of employers report that newly certified medical assistants are prepared for their job duties.

Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) ‣

40% of employers report that pharmacy technicians have more responsibility this year compared to last.

Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) ‣

73% of employers report that newly certified phlebotomy technicians are prepared to do their job duties.

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) ‣

67% of employers report that newly certified medical administrative assistants are prepared to do their jobs.

Certified EKG Technician (CET) ‣

75% of employers report that newly certified EKG technicians are prepared to do their jobs.

Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) ‣

One in five people surveyed in 2020 by the Kaiser Family Foundation found a mistake in their EHR.

Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) ‣

64% of billing and coding specialists are able to reduce payment delays & obtain maximum reimbursement from insurers.

Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) ‣

62% of employers report newly certified patient care technicians are prepared for their job duties.

*Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2019). Occupational Outlook Handbook.
National Healthcareer Association (2020). 2020 Industry Outlook.

I became employed within a few months of my certifications. I am so thankful that I was able to go from a job I hated to a career that I love.
Jennifer Devose - CPT, CET, CPCT/A

The NHA difference

NHA isn’t just a certification provider. We’re your certification partner—and we’re dedicated to providing tools, resources, advocacy, support, and industry connections to help you achieve success.


NCCA-accredited certification exams


Best-in-class customer support and care


Access to certification through multiple eligibility pathways


Stacked credentials and career advancement opportunities


Analytics and reporting solutions

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Is NHA certification right for you?

Do you even need a certification? Does it matter which certification? How do you begin? We’ve broken it down in this short “5 Things to Know About Certification” eBook.

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