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February 1, 2023

Become An Allied Healthcare Professional

by Pete Dulin

Become an Allied Healthcare Professional with MedCerts training available through UMKC TalentLink.

Allied health professionals work in essential roles to deliver healthcare and related services that are distinct from medicine and nursing. Through UMKC TalentLink and MedCerts partnership, the Allied Healthcare Professional online program prepares graduates with training for a career path in multiple disciplines and in-demand jobs. 

What is Allied Health?

As many as 60 percent of the U.S. healthcare workforce may be classified as allied health, according to the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions

Allied Health professionals play key roles in the delivery of health or related services, such as the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic diseases; promote disease prevention and wellness for optimum health, and apply administration and management skills to support health care systems in a variety of settings.

Graduates from Medcerts’ Allied Healthcare Professional online program acquire a foundation of knowledge they can apply in varied roles such as insurance billing, coding, and the medication background of a pharmacy technician. Additional allied health positions recently listed on Indeed include travel surgical technician, mammographer, medical laboratory technologist, physical therapist, clinical documentation specialist, EMT, and medical transcriptionist. 

During the eight-month Allied Healthcare Professional online program, students receive cross-training in multiple disciplines, and are qualified for a variety of in-demand and high-growth careers.

After completing the program, MedCerts covers registration costs to sit for four Allied Healthcare Professional Certifications. These stackable credentials include

  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
  • Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)
  • Medical Coder & Biller Certification (MCBC) 
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)

A career pathway as an Allied Healthcare Professional can involve many roles. 

Patient Advocate
Serve as a front-line communicator for patients and the medical office. You will convey information to clinical staff that directly impacts the care patients should receive. 

Administrative Coordinator
Depending on the office role, an allied healthcare administrator may schedule appointments, update medical records, contact insurance companies, process out-of-pocket payments, and maintain supply inventory. Additional duties require attention to detail, such as processing insurance information, filing paperwork, and organizing patient files.

As part of the Allied Healthcare Professional program at MedCerts, participants study pharmacy technology and prescription processing. Graduates are able to work in roles where they support pharmacies.

Support Clinical Staff
Uphold patients’ quality of care as an “on call” office administrator who supports doctors, nurses, physicians’ assistants, and other clinical professionals. You’ll apply communication skills and other soft skills while working with patients and staff with many different personalities. MedCerts training will help you refine listening skills, build interactive skills to ask key follow-up questions, and develop collaborative skills to strengthen teamwork with care team members.

Start Training for an Allied Healthcare Career 

Students can complete MedCerts’ certification-focused Allied Healthcare Professional training program in as little as 33 weeks, approximately eight months.

After completing the program, graduates may take several practical certification exams and earn nationally-recognized credentials. The Allied Healthcare Professional program can launch your career and help you land an in-demand position in a field with ample potential to advance.

Learn more by requesting information from our partner at MedCerts.