Medical Field Careers and Certification

According to Mosby's Medical Dictionary, certification is "a process in which an individual, an institution or an educational program is evaluated and recognized as meeting certain predetermined standards…the purpose of certification is to ensure that the standards met are those necessary for safe and ethical practice of the profession or service" (2009). Why is it important? When a patient sees a "C" on the name tag of a person working in a medical field career (for example, John Smith, PA-C), it says to the world that the practitioner has received extra training or board certification in their specialty.

Obtaining certification in medical field careers proves to the public the health practitioner's credibility and competency - it helps secure the public's trust in medical practitioners. For the health care providers, it also means career growth, professional respect, and increased salary potential. Different certifying boards exist for the different subspecialties in the medical field; and while the boards are different, they serve the same purpose: to validate the practitioners' advanced education and training. The certification boards also see to it that practitioners maintain certification status by completing continuing education hours that help keep them better informed and abreast of the latest medical developments - all to better serve the health care consumers.

Medical Field Careers and Certification

Last Updated: 05/21/2014

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