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4 Credentials That Can Supercharge Your Allied Health Teaching Career

Credentials can set you apart and unlock career-building resources.

Whether you are a current or future allied health instructor, certification is a great way to set yourself apart and elevate your career. 

Why Get Certified?

  • Like the students they teach, allied health instructors are in demand. As one of the fastest-growing job markets, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts healthcare jobs will continue to grow by 15% over the next decade. Filling those positions will be dependent on the strength of the healthcare education pipeline.
  • There has never been a greater need for top-notch healthcare faculty. The health of our nation and our communities is directly tied to the quality of the education students are receiving. Allied health education programs seeking instructors who have mastered their subject matter and demonstrated their commitment to excellent education .rely on objective measures like respected credentials.

The nationally recognized credentialing agency AMT offers employers and schools the assurance of proven skills and knowledge with the highest level of rigor and integrity. When you certify with AMT, you also gain member access to continuing education (CE) designed for your job role and a community of your professional peers, giving you inside access to opportunities and strategic connections. 

AMT offers instructor routes to four certifications that can enhance your professional growth: 

1. Allied Health Instructor Certification (AHI)

A certified Allied Health Instructor (AHI) is an educator who brings a critical combination of healthcare subject matter expertise and significant teaching experience to the classroom. Earning this credential establishes your mastery of the subjects you teach in practical and educational settings. 

Achieving AHI certification demonstrates readiness to deliver on a critical role as an instructor: mentoring future practitioners and setting an example as an expert in your field.

AMT’s AHI credential is portfolio-based and requires no exam. It is earned with work experience. Once you are credentialed, you’ll enjoy full membership benefits from AMT, including discounts on CE education like the REACH Certificates, professional contacts among your local State Society and much more.

2. Patient Care Technician Certification (PCT)

Patient Care Technicians are a fast-growing subset of the healthcare workforce, and allied health schools are now offering dedicated courses for this role. Show prospective employers that you have mastered this in-demand focus area with a PCT certification.

With AMT, you can qualify for PCT certification as an instructor as long as you: completed a PCT program or related program that encompassed PCT competencies and have taught at least one year of PCT programming or a related subject that covers PCT components in the last three years.

3. Phlebotomy Technician Certification (RPT) 

Add to your credential stack with a phlebotomy technician certification. This growing field provides excellent career opportunities and is a good adjunct to other credentials, such as medical assistant.

You are eligible to test for the RPT certification with AMT if you are instructing in an approved allied health program that encompasses phlebotomy and have completed a course of instruction in a healthcare discipline related to or encompassing phlebotomy. 

Alternatively, if you have at least three years of teaching experience encompassing a range of competencies representative of core phlebotomy knowledge and skills, you are also eligible.

4. Medical Assistant Certification (RMA)

Medical assistants (MAs) account for an even faster-growing subset of the labor market than the healthcare industry overall. For this reason, many employers are partnering with schools to train MAs to fill these in-demand positions. Instructors with an RMA certification are sought-after by schools because they give students the best chance at a quality education that will help them get hired and excel in the workforce.

You can qualify for RMA certification with AMT if you:

  1. Are currently instructing in an accredited medical assisting program,
  2. Have completed a course of instruction in a healthcare discipline related to medical assisting,
  3. Have a minimum of five years of full-time teaching experience in a medical assisting field that encompasses both clinical and administrative competencies broadly representative of core medical assisting duties.

Alternatively, you can qualify if you have more than one year of teaching experience and at least three years of full-time clinical work experience in a healthcare profession that met or exceeded the medical assisting scope of practice.

Ready to Stand Out?

Take the first step toward growing your career by checking your eligibility for these certifications. Review the eligibility requirements and fees, which include your first year of membership, and submit your application for a prompt review.

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