The benefits of a career in the health care industry are many. Health care is not going away and neither is the ongoing need for qualified, dedicated people that keep clinics, hospitals and doctor’s offices operating smoothly while giving patients optimum care. A career in clinical service is a good choice for those who care about helping people in need, are skilled in their subject and interested in doing something worthwhile with their lives. Following are three dynamic career choices (Clinical Medical Assistant Certification, Medical Laboratory Assistant Certification, Certified Patient Care Technician/Associate/Nurse Technician) that will fulfill many of your desires in working in the health care industry.
The Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA)
The clinical medical assistant is not a licensed practitioner, but is nonetheless a multi-skilled health care practitioner who has the ability to be highly competent in both clinical and laboratory procedures. They also take on many administrative duties.
Some of your duties as a CCMA will be to interview patients and obtain their vital signs, prepare the treatment rooms by cleaning and sterilizing the necessary medical equipment, administer injections and conduct venipuncture and laboratory tests. This is a great career for anyone seeking a rewarding and non-routine working life.
Certified Patient Care Technician/Associate/Nurse Technician
The certified patient care technician/associate/nurse technician assists doctors, nurses and other members of the health care profession in providing direct patient care in any number of health care environments. This could include among others, clinics, hospitals, doctors’ offices both general and specialty and nursing homes.
Duties of this position include such basic patient care necessities as feeding, bathing or moving the patient and changing their linens. The CPCT/CPCA/CNT will also set up required medical equipment, escort patients to their procedure areas, administer injections and provide venipuncture laboratory tests. They may also be responsible for obtaining EKGs. This cumbersomely titled person is indispensable to any health care setting.
Medical Laboratory Assistant Certification (CMLA)
The medial lab assistant is responsible for assisting in performing analytical tests that are critical tools to detect, diagnose and treat diseases. The CMLA works in the laboratory helping other laboratory personnel in examining and analyzing body fluids and cells.
This position ca be an excellent start to an ever-advancing career in many health care disciplines. It opens doors to advanced skills, paychecks and knowledge to put you steadfastly in many other areas of the health care industry.
The importance of certification in all three of these career options cannot be stressed enough. The certification on your resume or CV in the health care industry is like an MBA on the resume of a budding business executive. Both open so many doors for the person who has attained them that it is utterly to your advantage to present yourself apart from the madding crowd by obtaining the necessary credential of the certification.. The certification proves to the employer that you are dedicated enough to your career choice to have gone through the rigorous certification process and have learned the personal and technical skills to put you way out in front of the non-certified candidate who chose not to do so.