Health Careers: Stackable Certificates

Healthcare professionals can earn certificates while they work. Certificates add expertise, improve healthcare delivery, and lead to career advancement.

Stackable certificate programs are a series of short-duration trainings that can be “stacked” together leading to a degree. This way, professionals continue working while furthering educational goals. Some examples of certificate programs are listed here:

Telehealth Coordinator Training Programs

Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center and the University of Alaska Southeast both offer a series of courses leading to Telehealth Coordinator Certification.

National Telehealth Training Opportunities

The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers lists several training programs on their website with a brief description about each training offered.  The trainings listed include formal classroom training, on-site training programs, and on-line distant learning programs.

Accredited Training Programs

Alaska Federal Health Care Access Network (AFHCAN) is a non-profit division of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, providing telehealth training accessible nationwide.  Courses include general telehealth orientations, software and hardware training and specialized education for telehealth coordinators.

The American Telemedicine Association website includes a Speech Pathology Telepractice Training Course as well as Arizona Telemedicine Program and Thomas Jefferson University each offer introductory trainings useful in establishing new telehealth programs.

The Southside Telehealth Training Academy and Resource Center (STAR) offers a Certified Telehealth Coordinator and Technology Professional program along with other certification courses.

Health Information Technology Certificates

HIMSS is a global, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information and technology. As part of their effort to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology, their website offers a curriculum on Health IT available nationwide and internationally.

Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) Department of Medical Informatics offers an on-line course for certification in Health Information Technology (HIT) and healthcare data analytics. Course material is derived from he U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Physicians may apply for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit.