Welcome to National Healthcare Workers Association
Established to recognize healthcare professionals who have attained a standard of knowledge through structured programs or work experience. The National Healthcare Workers Association (NHCWA) is one of the largest private independent, third-party certification agencies. To ensure appropriate stakeholder involvement the NHCWA is governed by an independent certification board, which includes specially trained practicing professionals with extensive experience representing the following groups: Curriculum consultants, physicians, nurses, educators, subject matter experts, Practitioners, employers, the general public, those who have earned Medical Degrees and Medical credentials. These professionals are all working towards common goals associated with excellent health care, and safe business practices in both clinical care and administrative operations. The board is responsible for providing expertise oversight and guidance to the processes by which NHCWA examinations are developed, and for setting the direction of the certification program.
All certification programs are developed, and evaluated by industry-experienced professionals with the best education and advance degree such as MS, Ph.D., MBA, MD, DCRA, MS/Ph.D. (Nurse).
Responsibilities of the board include overseeing:
- Standards by which the program will operate
- Decisions related to granting, maintaining, renewing, and suspending certifications
- Administration and scoring of examinations
- Fee structure
- Grievance and disciplinary procedures
- Allocation of adequate program resources
Why Take a Certification Exam?
Certification is a demonstration of your mastery in your chosen medical career. And since certification is voluntary, it represents not only compliance with established medical standards, but also highlights your personal commitment to quality and professionalism.
Being certified not only establishes your competence and commitment to continuing professional education but also demonstrates to employers that you are capable of more advanced job responsibility. Allied health certification programs help the medical industry make these distinctions by establishing a standard of competence in specific job roles.
Employers are looking for ways to distinguish among employees and job applicants. Certification tells the employer that you have the solid foundation of skills needed for effective performance and a commitment to staying current to the rapidly changing medical health care field.
What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a non-governmental, voluntary system of self-regulation. Its core is the concept of self-evaluation. There is currently no requirement for certifying bodies to be accredited.
What is Certification?
Certification is a voluntary credentialing process, typically national in scope, and sponsored by a non-governmental, private sector entity.
What is Competency?
Competency is”a measurable pattern of fundamental knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, or expertise, and other characteristics that an individual needs to perform work roles or occupational functions for a specific subject area or skills set successfully.
The NHCWA Certification Program is a voluntary certification program .The purpose of the National Healthcare Workers Association program is to bridge the gap between healthcare professionals and patients within the healthcare community. This is done by providing a mechanism for individuals to obtain professional recognition after demonstrating their knowledge of and competency within the healthcare industry. Certification will be issued to each qualified person upon meeting NHCWA’s required education, experience, and examination requirements.
We believe that all patients have a right to the highest-quality care, and we’re dedicated to serving the interests of the public.
We also believe that all medical facilities should have access to trained and certified staff in order to provide the best care possible – and that all trained healthcare workers should be able to present an official certification of their competency as a care provider.
Standards of Certification
Standards of certification are distinct from those of licensure. While state licensure provides the legal authority and is required or mandatory for an individual to practice patient care, private voluntary certification is a statement that one has completed a course of study, passed an examination, or otherwise met specified criteria for certification. In addition Certification is obtained through individual patient care certifying organizations and reflects achievement of a standard beyond licensure for patient care practice. Possession of a Board certificate does not indicate total qualification for practice privileges, nor does it imply exclusion of other healthcare professionals not certified.
Certification/Licensing: Each individual state decides licensing requirements for Phlebotomy Technicians, but most states do not at this time.
Check the state’s requirements if you live in California or Louisiana before you register for the phlebotomy Exam.
California and Louisiana requires all Phlebotomy Technicians to be certified and to have a state license.
Purpose of the NHCWA Exam
The purpose of the NHCWA examination is to ensure that healthcare professional’s demonstrate the necessary level of competence for entry into the healthcare profession. Critical to the validity of the examination process is the premise that the exam content truly reflects the nature and scope of professional practice. This vital link of assurance is established through the exam development process, which includes the job analysis study, determination of test specifications, and construction of the exam content outline.
Our exemplary certification programs evaluate competencies and require the pursuit of life-long learning and improvement. In this way, we seek to serve the healthcare community by certifying healthcare professionals who are able to provide quality care. Which will help hospitals, practices, outpatient care facilities, and schools improve the quality of patient care that they provide.
The NHCWA’s mission is to provide a valid, uniform process to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent practice by healthcare professionals throughout their careers. We do this by developing competency assessment exams for healthcare professionals and healthcare graduates who have successfully completed an approved training program, and by maintaining a registry of certification status as well as providing the highest quality certification services for healthcare professionals who care for patients. In today’s healthcare environment, it is extremely important for medical organizations to feel confident in the capabilities and competency of their staff.
Our goal is to transform healthcare by certifying qualified healthcare professionals and students who have completed approved training programs that focus on improving patient care in the allied health field.
The NHCWA Credential
The NHCWA certification is an objective measure of knowledge, which validates that a healthcare professional is qualified to provide patient care. We passionately believe that all healthcare professionals are essential members of the health care delivery team. Our certification programs exemplify a commitment to excellence unparalleled among certifying organizations.
Healthcare consumers should be knowledgeable of the qualifications and credentials of the Healthcare Professionals caring for them.
Employers should seek certified healthcare professionals for their workforce, support these individuals seeking and maintaining certification, inform patients and the public about the certification status of their workforce, encourage the display of the healthcare professionals’ certified credentials on identification badges, and market the accomplishments of certified healthcare professionals.
Our vision is to transform the delivery of quality healthcare by ensuring that hospitals, practices, outpatient care facilities, and schools have access to competent and well-trained healthcare professionals.
Why Become NHCWA-Certified?
Employers in the healthcare industry know that an NHCWA certification means that a candidate is properly trained in his or her field and well prepared to fulfill the responsibilities required of them. In addition the NHCWA certificate holder is also required to complete a minimum of 8 clock hours of continuing education biannually to maintain active status on the NHCWA certification registry, which provides employers with an assurance of their commitment to remain up-to-date in their professions. An NHCWA certification sets a candidate apart from a crowd.
Certification provides individuals with:
- Public recognition of professional achievement
- Credential that demonstrates expertise in healthcare
- Enhanced credibility to clients and employers
- Competitive advantage over non-certified individuals
- Improved likelihood of employment and advancement within the field
Employers use certification to make informed decisions. Certification provides employers with a means to:
- Identify potential new hires that already possess your company’s required expertise
- Promote your company’s capabilities by employing certified healthcare professionals
- Enhance services provided from both a quality and financial perspective
- Maintain a more productive human asset
- Ensure ongoing professional development and proficiency of employees
- Motivate employees to expand their knowledge and skills
Healthcare Workers Certification Bridge Program Eligibility
Are you a healthcare worker with experience performing patient care duties in one of the medical professions listed below, Your work experience may qualify you for our healthcare workers certification bridge program.
Candidates who meet the requirements listed below will not be required to sit for the full 100-question exam to become certified.
Here’s how the healthcare Workers Certification Bridge program works
Applicants applying for certification must fill out an online or paper application and return it with a work verification form, or a signed letter of verification from their supervisor verifying the length of their employment, and a description of the applicant’s job duties. Please enclose the $299.00 application fee with the application when you turn it in. This process can also be done online.
You may qualify from your work experience alone. Your employer must fill out the NHCWA work verification form that can be downloaded from our website athttp://nationalhealthcareworkersassociation.com/forms/ or a signed letter of verification from your supervisor verifying the length of your employment, and a description of the applicant’s job duties. This letter must be on company letterhead, and signed by your supervisor.
Experience may be substituted in lieu of a NHCWA certification exam, and will be evaluated by the NHCWA on an individual basis as criteria for meeting the exam eligibility requirements.
If your experience alone does not qualify you for a waiver on the written exam you will be asked to complete an online exam, which consists on 25- multiple choice questions that can be completed at your convenience. You will receive an email with a link that will give you access to the online timed exam. You will have 2 hours to complete the online exam. If a candidate receives less than 70 percent on an exam, he or she will be asked to retake the exam 1 time at no additional cost.
Candidates that don’t have computer access will have the option to have the exam emailed to them. The exam must be completed, and mailed back to NHCWA in 10-day from receipt of the email.
- The fee for the healthcare Workers Certification Bridge program is $299.00
- Please enclose the $299.00 application fee with the application when you turn it in or you may pay the application fee on-line.
- Experience must be either paid or volunteer. Clinical experience does not count.
Guidelines/ Requirements for the healthcare Workers Certification Bridge program.
*** Please read the following guidelines in order to complete the process.
- Applicants applying for certification must fill out an application and return it with a work verification form, or a signed letter of verification from their supervisor verifying the length of their employment, and a description of the applicant’s job duties. This letter must be on company letterhead, and signed by your supervisor. Candidate must also include your NHCWA proficiency skills competency exam form signed by your supervisor.
- Please enclose the $299 application fee with the application when you turn it in or you may pay the application on-line.
- Experience must be either paid or volunteer. Clinical experience does not count.
Download our work verification form.
*** Please read the following guidelines in order to complete the process.
* Patient Care Tech – must have 1 year of paid or volunteer experience
* EKG Tech – must have 1 year of paid or volunteer experience
* Medical billing and coding – must have 1 year of paid or volunteer experience
* Veterinary Tech – must have 1 year of paid or volunteer experience
* Medical Laboratory Tech – must have 1 year of paid or volunteer experience
* Phlebotomy Tech – must have 1 year of paid or volunteer experience
* Pharmacy Tech – must have 1 year of paid or volunteer experience
* Medical Assistant – must have 1 year of paid or volunteer experience
* Residential Healthcare Technician – must have 1 year of paid or volunteer experience
* Medical Administrative Assistant – must have 2 years of paid or volunteer experience
Upon receipt of your application, and all required documentation. Your application will be processed, and completed in 7 business days. Your certification will then be mailed to you in 7 business days. If you are required to take the online exam NHCWA will email you the 25 question multiple-choice exam. You must score 70% or higher on the exam. Your NHCWA certification will then be mailed to you in 7 business days.
Schools training students for positions in the healthcare profession can participate in NHWCA certification by registering their students for exams. This offers their students a unique opportunity to enhance their potential to be hired and contribute to positive change in healthcare.
If your school or medical facility is interested in arranging for your students or team members to take a certification exam, please contact us.
Healthcare technology changes very quickly, making it somewhat difficult for professionals to stay up-to-date. Pursuing Continuing Education courses gives healthcare workers the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the medical field and improving the quality of care for patients.
Most professional certifications require that certificate holders complete a certain number of hours of continuing education annually or biannually in order to remain current. The number of hours varies by state and field.
CEU stands for Continuing Education Unit. A CEU is a unit of credit equal to 10 hours of participation in an accredited program designed for professionals with certificates or licenses to practice various professions.
Benefits of earning Continuing Education Units through these courses include renewing certifications, learning a new healthcare specialty or technology, getting a “refresher” on a familiar topic, or for career advancements.
Continuing Education to maintain your NHCWA certification is done through any approved NHCWA testing vendor that offers an continuing medical education workshop or seminar.
The NHCWA certificate holder must successfully complete eight (8) hours of in-service/CE hours every 2 years. (At least four (4) of the eight (8) hours of in-service/CE hours shall be completed each year.)
**All skills competency reviews must be hands-on. No online skills practice can be applied towards CEU’s for certification or recertification. Skills can also be done through your employer, you can download the work verification form and skills verification form to be completed by you direct supervisor.
As an employer, you can feel confident that a candidate with an NHCWA certification on their resume has completed a rigorous training program and has demonstrated their adeptness in their field by taking our certification exams. Hiring an NHCWA-certified healthcare professional can help your healthcare organization work toward improved care quality, higher levels of patient safety (and lower levels of risk), a more efficient team, lower turnover, and a more positive environment for patients and staff.
Employers may also benefit from arranging for their non-certified staff to take one of our certification exams. This can help ensure that all current staff is providing care in line with your hospital, care facility, or practice’s standards.
For more information on arranging for your team members to take an exam, please contact us.
Download our handbook.