When it comes to careers, the field of healthcare offers many professional paths that don’t require years of academic preparation and a hefty financial investment. And these days, many healthcare careers are fast-growing and offer stable incomes. The field is vibrant and full of diverse opportunities! For example, you can train for a job in medical assisting or medical coding (also called health information technology coding) in under 11 months.
Find the right certificate program for you
Could a certificate in a healthcare specialty be right for you? Certificates can lead to exciting opportunities for:
- Healthcare professionals who want to reboot their careers
- Adults who are re-entering the workforce, or want to switch careers
Here are just some of the choices that are open to you at St. Vincent’s College:
If you are interested in playing an important role in the health of patients, our medical assistant program can help you achieve your goal. The 30-credit program (offered during the day and weekends) is designed to provide for the development of administrative and clinical skills and the knowledge necessary for an entry-level medical assistant position. Graduates must pass the CMA (AAMA) national certification exam to be certified as a Medical Assistant. And here’s another reason to consider this career: The Medical Assistant Certificate is eligible for federal financial aid.
Health Information Technology Coding (HITC) Specialist
If you are computer and numbers oriented, medical coding may be the profession for you! The employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase 21 percent by the year 2020 according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job opportunities are available in doctors’ offices, hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers, insurance companies, accounting offices, legal offices, regulatory agencies and consulting firms. Watch our medical coding webinar to learn more:
The New Health Information Technology Coding Specialist Certificate Program (total of 30 college credits) will provide students with the skills necessary to enter or advance in billing and coding for physician practices and hospital coding services. And here’s some good news: The HITC Certificate is also eligible for federal financial aid.
The Navigator Certificate teaches a specific set of skills that allow you to help patients navigate the healthcare system and work through difficult decisions they may have to make.
- The Lay Patient Navigator is an individual who is familiar with the patients’ communities and acts as an advocate or liaison between community members and the healthcare system.
- The Patient Navigator is a trained clinical professional who will guide a patient through the healthcare maze and help to identify different patient financial resources from diagnosis to survivorship. The Patient Navigator will work with patients to identify and eliminate barriers that may be preventing a timely diagnosis or treatment. Once diagnosed, the patient and patient navigator will continue through to the health maintenance phase or sometimes prepare for the end of life.
Want to learn about other certificate programs?
St. Vincent’s College offers a wide range of certificate programs in healthcare in addition to those listed above: