Written By Miranda Booher
Hypnosis. Legal case management. Grief counseling. Stress management. Meditation. Spiritual counseling. There are many different areas of specialization when it comes to the vast realms of the healthcare industry.
Some allied health professional jobs require specific certification and others do not. However, if you happen to work in one of those positions that do not require specialized certification, do you really need it?
You are the only one who can make that decision for your career, but we are going to present you seven reasons why healthcare clinicians should achieve certification.
1. Gain advanced knowledge and skills in a healthcare sub-specialty
Physicians, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals often get into the field because they have a passion or interest in a certain field of healthcare. Perhaps you are a nurse who has always been interested in the area of spirituality. Even if you are not currently practicing as a nurse in this field, you can increase your knowledge and skills to learn more just for curiosity’s sake, or to set yourself up for an opportunity to work in that specialty in the future.
2. Healthcare employers require certification more frequently
Healthcare facilities’, hospitals’, and other companies’ policies about continuing education requirements are constantly evolving. Some employers who never required a certification for their employees in the past have changed their practices and now make certification mandatory for a variety of reasons. Furthermore, there can also be laws made at the state level meant to keep the public safe that require allied health professionals to obtain and hold certain credentials.
3. Advance or expand your healthcare practice
Maybe you are a physician who wants to expand your current general practice roster of patients. Perhaps you want to offer specialized services to a certain segment of the population. Certification opens up doors as a healthcare provider to expand your practice and services to meet a wider range of patients and treat specific conditions and ailments.
4. Gain a competitive edge and increase your marketability
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons healthcare professionals obtain a certification is to increase their employability and gain a competitive edge in the industry. Having the certification itself does not guarantee job placement, however it can definitely give you an advantage when you apply for a job in the medical industry. Even if the particular job you are applying for does not require certification, having one related to the healthcare sub-specialty, i.e. intensive care unit (ICU), geriatrics, etc., shows your dedication and demonstrates your level of expertise.
5. Be viewed as a credentialed expert in your practice specialty
Certification in a certain area exerts yourself as an expert in the field. When you are nationally-recognized for the attainment of knowledge and skills by meeting specific predetermined criteria, it demonstrates your competency as an allied healthcare professional. This recognition may help you personally or professionally, it just depends on whether it means something to you to be viewed as an expert, or if you plan on taking that position to advance your healthcare career. It can also be a combination of both. You might also use this recognition to become a part of a professional group or network with other certified healthcare specialists that practice in your specialty.
6. Show employers you stay up-to-date
By its intrinsic nature, the medical field is an industry that is constantly changing. In fact, all of the changes that have been ushered in since the beginning of this pandemic are testament to this very fact. In order to stay on your toes, it’s important to keep up with all the changes the best you possibly can. Healthcare certification is the perfect way to do just that. Most certifications not only require the base of knowledge and skills to obtain the credential, but they also include a certain number of continuing education hours annually in order to renew it. This demonstrates to employers that you are a healthcare professional who cares about continuing education and keeping up with the best practices in the industry. If you were the employer, would you not prefer to hire someone who has proven expertise in the field?
7. It speaks to who you are as a clinician
Certification in healthcare is so much more than a piece of paper. It demonstrates who you are as a person and an allied healthcare professional. It shows that you are committed to the practice, your career, and to providing the very best patient care possible. Employers look for those qualities when they are considering hiring anyone in the healthcare industry.
Want to learn more about healthcare certification?
The American Institute of Healthcare Professionals is committed to providing opportunities for clinicians to expand their skills and knowledge base to advance their career in healthcare. You can learn more about each of the different types of certifications they provide by clicking on one of the links below.
- The American College Of Hypnotherapy
- The American Academy of Grief Counseling
- The American Academy of Case Management
- The American College of Legal Nurse Consulting
- The American Institute of Funeral Service Associates
- AIHCP Fellowship Programs
- Anger Management Specialist Certification
- Attention Deficit Consulting Certification
- Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Certification
- Christian Spiritual Counseling Certification
- Crisis Intervention Counseling Certification
- EFT & Meridian Energy Health Tapping Certification
- The Emotional Freedom Technique Training Seminar
- Forensic Nursing Practice Certification
- Grief Christian Counseling Certification
- Grief Counseling Fellowship Program
- Grief Support Practitioner Certification
- Health Care Life Coach Certification
- Health Care Manager Certification
- Holistic & Integrative Health Care Practice Certification
- Meditation Instructor Certification
- Nursing Management Certification
- Nurse-Patient Educator Certification
- Pastoral Thanatology Certification
- Pet Loss Grief Support Specialist Certification
- Spiritual Counseling Certification
- Stress Management Consulting Certification
- Substance Abuse Practitioner Certification