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Certification Preparation

NCLEX-RN
The NCLEX-RN tests application and analysis using the nursing knowledge you learned in school. You will be tested on how you can use critical thinking skills to make nursing judgments.

NCLEX-PN
The NCLEX-PN is often referred to as "The Boards" or "State Boards." The NCLEX-PN has only one purpose: To determine if it is safe for you to begin practice as an entry-level practical/vocational nurse.

ACSM
ACSM Certified Professionals are making a difference across the globe every day - improving lives whether they're personalizing a workout course, leading a community health initiative, or making rounds in a clinic. Earning your ACSM Certification means you'll have the respect of both your fellow health fitness professionals and clients. You'll gain the credibility that you need with employers, universities, and respected institutions across health-related fields.

CCMA-NHA 
The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant is an unlicensed, multi-skilled healthcare practitioner who is competent in both clinical and administrative procedures. As a CCMA you may perform some or all of the following tasks: Interview patients, measure and record vital signs, and prepare exam rooms.

CMA-AAMA
The Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) credential represents a medical assistant who has been credentialed through the Certifying Board (CB) of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

RMA-AMT
Registered Medical Assistants perform a large number of varied tasks during the course of a normal working day. While these duties vary greatly from one office to another, many Registered Medical Assistants handle both the clinical and administrative duties of a practice and work under the supervision of a physician or office manager. 

NCMA-NCCT
Medical assistants are allied healthcare professionals responsible for various clinical and/or administrative duties. They perform clinical functions including but not limited to direct patient care and preparation, ECG, phlebotomy, and pharmacology while maintaining patient safety and confidentiality. They may also perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining patient records, bookkeeping, and billing and insurance processing. 

CPHT 
The CPhT is the gold standard of credentialing for pharmacy technicians. PTCB® offers the CPhT certification to individuals who wish to distinguish themselves in the pharmacy technician field. PTCB’s certification program enables technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. Most employers prefer, and many require, that their pharmacy technicians be CPhTs

CST 
The National Certifying Examination for Surgical Technologists and Surgical First Assistants covers the knowledge and skills common to competent entry-level Surgical Technologists and Surgical First Assistants in varied settings and geographical locations. NBSTSA committee members designed the examinations to assess the skills that comprise the core body of knowledge for all surgical technologists and surgical first assistants. The CST and CSFA examinations examine practical knowledge.

 

Top Ranked and Accredited Hospitals

Schaumburg

St Alexius Medical Center
St. Alexius Medical Center is a 339-bed community hospital located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois that has provided outstanding healthcare to the residents of the northwest suburbs for over 30 years. Our medical staff includes more than 1050 physicians representing more than 80 medical and surgical specialties.

Alexian Brothers Medical Center
Alexian Brothers Medical Center has been providing comprehensive, quality healthcare to the northwest suburbs of Chicago for more than 40 years. With more than 900 physicians on our medical staff representing over 80 medical and surgical specialties, we have the expertise to serve you and your family with award winning healthcare.

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington is an acute care facility with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. Highly skilled physicians and clinical professionals offer a comprehensive range of services. For more than 35 years, Good Shepherd Hospital has provided quality, compassionate healthcare to its patients and communities. It is a leader in delivering the most advanced technologies and services available in the northwest suburbs.

Advocate Sherman Hospital
Advocate Sherman Hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital in Elgin, IL, with 255 beds. Survey data for the latest year available shows that 57,681 patients visited the hospital's emergency room. The hospital had a total of 14,519 admissions. Its physicians performed 4,744 inpatient and 10,885 outpatient surgeries.

Presence St. Joseph Hospital
Presence St. Joseph Hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital in Chicago, IL, with 310 beds. It is also accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is the leading health care provider in Chicago’s North and Northwest suburbs offering a Level I Trauma Center, access to national clinical trials and advanced medical technologies. As a nationally recognized academic and research hospital, patients have access to the most advanced treatment in the areas of cardiology, cancer, neurosciences, orthopedics and women’s health.

 
DuPage

Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is a nationally recognized, 333-bed acute-care facility located in Winfield, Ill. CDH is a leading center for medical technology and one of the busiest surgical hospitals in Illinois. With more than 1,040 physicians on the medical staff in 90 specialties, CDH is a regional destination for oncology, neurology, orthopedic, pediatric and cardiology care. In 2010, CDH earned Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center

Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
Elmhurst Hospital features 259 private inpatient suites in an aesthetically pleasing, easy-to-navigate environment. Built from the ground up to incorporate the latest trends in healthcare design, the Hospital offers a healthcare experience that is less intimidating and more comforting.

 
Orland Park

Palos Community Hospital
Palos Community Hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital in Palos Heights, IL, with 362 beds. Survey data for the latest year available shows that 47,415 patients visited the hospital's emergency room. The hospital had a total of 17,960 admissions. Its physicians performed 3,761 inpatient and 4,520 outpatient surgeries.

Advocate Children's Hospital Oak Lawn
Advocate Children's Hospital is your hospital. Everything we do here is designed to make children and their families feel supported and at home. We combine the expertise of a dedicated team of pediatricians, board-certified pediatric specialists and subspecialists, with exceptional, compassionate care—from the simple to the most complex cases—focused on kids. Designated as a Pediatric Critical Care Center, we offer the highest level of specialized pediatric critical care and emergency care services. Advocate Children's Hospital is also a recipient of the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet designation, the highest honor in the nation for nursing excellence

Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Christ Medical Center is part of Advocate Health Care, one of the nation’s leading health care networks. A not-for-profit, 749-bed, premier teaching institution with more than 1,200 affiliated physicians, Christ Medical Center is one of the major referral hospitals in the Midwest for a number of specialties, including cancer care; cardiovascular services; heart, kidney and lung transplantation; neurosciences; orthopedics; and women’s health.

Amita Health Adventist Hinsdale Hospital
Amita Health Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital in Hinsdale, IL, with 291 beds. It is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Survey data for the latest year available shows that 26,083 patients visited the hospital's emergency room. The hospital had a total of 12,839 admissions. Its physicians performed 2,767 inpatient and 4,245 outpatient surgeries.

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital is committed to providing clinically excellent, compassionate care. Through strong partnerships with outstanding physicians and nursing staffs, we are improving the health of residents in our communities and meeting the highest standards for patient care. The hospital is also home to the only highest level trauma center in DuPage County and the highest level neonatal intensive care services.

MacNeal Hospital
MacNeal Hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital in Berwyn, IL, with 371 beds. It is also a teaching hospital. Survey data for the latest year available shows that 64,568 patients visited the hospital's emergency room. The hospital had a total of 16,903 admissions. Its physicians performed 2,942 inpatient and 6,252 outpatient surgeries.

 

Chicago

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Northwestern Memorial Hospital is a 885-bed general medical and surgical facility with 51,006 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 13,050 annual inpatient and 19,383 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 83,805 visits. Northwestern Memorial Hospital is a teaching hospital.

Rush University Medical Center
Rush University Medical Center is a 677-bed general medical and surgical facility with 30,810 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 10,780 annual inpatient and 9,537 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 55,519 visits. Rush University Medical Center is a teaching hospital. It is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Loyola University Medical Center
Loyola University Medical Center is a 509-bed general medical and surgical facility with 23,871 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 8,528 annual inpatient and 9,259 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 48,086 visits. Loyola University Medical Center is a teaching hospital. It is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

University of Chicago Medical Center
University of Chicago Medical Center is a 624-bed general medical and surgical facility with 24,218 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 11,515 annual inpatient and 11,329 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 76,461 visits. University of Chicago Medical Center is a teaching hospital.

Ann and Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago is a 288-bed children's general facility with 10,997 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 4,926 annual inpatient and 13,342 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 61,767 visits. Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago is a teaching hospital.

 
Peoria

UnityPoint Health-Methodist Hospital
UnityPoint Health-Methodist Hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital in Peoria, IL, with 288 beds. It is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Survey data for the latest year available shows that 56,545 patients visited the hospital's emergency room. The hospital had a total of 15,548 admissions. Its physicians performed 2,819 inpatient and 7,748 outpatient surgeries.

OSF St. Francis Medical Center
OSF St. Francis Medical Center is a 609-bed general medical and surgical facility with 33,747 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 16,107 annual inpatient and 25,374 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 86,341 visits. OSF St. Francis Medical Center is a teaching hospital. It is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Kindred Hospital Peoria
Kindred Hospital Peoria is a acute long-term care hospital in Peoria, IL, with 50 beds.

Proctor Hospital
Proctor Hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital in Peoria, IL, with 174 beds. Survey data for the latest year available shows that 20,575 patients visited the hospital's emergency room. The hospital had a total of 6,661 admissions. Its physicians performed 2,652 inpatient and 6,078 outpatient surgeries.

 
Springfield

St John's Hospital
St. John's Hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital in Springfield, IL, with 431 beds. It is also a teaching hospital. Survey data for the latest year available shows that 53,696 patients visited the hospital's emergency room. The hospital had a total of 19,487 admissions. Its physicians performed 5,281 inpatient and 9,171 outpatient surgeries.

Memorial Medical Center
Memorial Medical Center has 473 beds. The hospital had 25,436 admissions in the latest year for which data are available. It performed 8,879 annual inpatient and 11,572 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 69,559 visits. Memorial Medical Center is a teaching hospital. It is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

 

Medical Associations and Groups

American Nurses Association (ANA)
The American Nurses Association (ANA) advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)
The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. STTI has recognized the value of scholarship and excellence in nursing practice. In 1936, STTI became the first U.S. organization to fund nursing research. Today, STTI supports these values through its numerous professional development products and services that focus on the core areas of education, leadership, career development, evidence-based nursing, research, and scholarship. These products and services advance the learning and professional development of members and all nurses who strive to improve the health of the world’s people.

National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA)
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Founded in 1950, the NATA has grown to more than 43,000 members worldwide today. The majority of certified athletic trainers choose to be members of NATA to support their profession and to receive a broad array of membership benefits. By joining forces as a group, NATA members can accomplish more for the athletic training profession than they can individually.

Board of Certifications (BOC)
The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) was incorporated in 1989 to provide a certification program for entry-level Athletic Trainers (ATs). The BOC establishes and regularly reviews both the standards for the practice of athletic training and the continuing education requirements for BOC Certified ATs. The BOC has the only accredited certification program for ATs in the US.

ACE 
At ACE, our team members and health and fitness professionals are united by an overarching goal: to help people live their most fit lives. As a dedicated 501(c)(3) organization, we seek to accomplish that goal by providing unbiased, evidence-based health and fitness information to the public; through educating and certifying well-qualified fitness professionals, health coaches and other wellness experts worldwide; and by building bridges and forging relationships with others inside our industry and across the healthcare and workplace wellness spectrum that share our perspective.

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)
The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) was formed in 1991 to fill a void that has existed in sports medicine from its earliest beginnings. The Founders, most recognized and expert sports medicine specialists, realized that while there were several physician organizations which supported sports medicine, there was not a forum specific for primary care non-surgical sports medicine physicians.

National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFTP)
As the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT), it is our intention to qualify personal fitness trainers through a legally defensible assessment of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) that legitimizes and solidifies the Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) title and achievement. As an agency that offers a professional and accredited certification program, we will continue to establish and promote quality standards for fitness professionals, and encourage ongoing professional development through recertification requirements. NFPT supports industry efforts that further public and government respect, trust and confidence in the fitness training certification industry.

Women’s Sports Foundation 
The Women’s Sports Foundation was established in 1974 to advance the lives of women and girls through sports and physical activity. Our mission today - we are dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring girls access to sports. We provide financial fuel to aspiring champion athletes. We fund groundbreaking research. We educate. We advocate. And we help communities get girls active. Sure, there's a long way to go. But, it's gratifying to see our hard work make sure a difference.

American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)
The American Association of Medical Assistants' (AAMA) mission is to help medical assistants obtain education, certification, networking opportunities and scope-of-practice protection. Members receive benefits such as a medical assisting magazine subscription, certification exam discounts and access to volunteer opportunities.

American Registry of Medical Assistants (ARMA)
The American Registry of Medical Assistants (ARMA) is a national registry of medical assistants with members in every state. The goal of this organization is to advance the level of status and professionalism of medical assistants.

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) was founded in 1904 as a way to progress health and safety via pharmacist assessments. This association offers a variety of education and networking opportunities for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA)
The National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) is the largest healthcare organization specifically for pharmacy technicians. The organization aims to help others appreciate the value of pharmacy technicians. Members receive a bi-monthly magazine, a monthly newsletter and help with continuing education.

Association of Surgical Technologists (AST)
The Association of Surgical Technologist's (AST) main goal is to help surgical technologists attain the necessary skills and knowledge to help patients. AST hosts educator events, state assemblies and advocates for public policy changes in regards to surgical technology legislation.

National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (BNSTSA)
The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) focuses on the certification of surgical technologists and surgical first assistants. The board tests practical and theoretical knowledge of those medical professionals and requires continuing education so they stay up to date even after becoming certified.

National Healthcare Association(NHA)
The National Healthcare Association (NHA) was formed in 1989 to help healthcare professionals obtain training and certification. This organization offers several certifications for allied health professionals, including the medical administrative assistant certification (CMAA), the phlebotomy technician certification (CPT) and the EKG technician certificate (CET.)

American Association of Medical Administrators (AAMA) 
The American Association of Medical Administrator's (AAMA) vision is to help healthcare administrators strive for leadership positions. Membership benefits include a job board, potential to publish work in AAMA publications and an online directory of other members. The AAMA also offers exam and experience-based credentials.

Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) offers student resources, information about healthcare management careers and accredits health care management programs. Use this site to find accredited programs to help you advance your career in healthcare.

American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM)
The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) assists members with professional development, networking, professional certification and conference opportunities. They also produce a webinar series and have published a handful of helpful blog articles.

Association for Healthcare Administrative Professionals (AHCAP)
The Association for Healthcare Administrative Professionals (AHCAP) is an organization that is dedicated to providing leadership opportunities to healthcare administrative professionals. Members have access to professional resources including job postings and educational event discounts. AHCAP also hosts an annual conference focused on education and networking.

Health Care Administrators Association (HCAA)
The Health Care Administrators Association (HCAA) focuses on educational opportunities for third-party health administrators. They aim to improve the quality and cost effectiveness of healthcare. The association offers certification and continuing education opportunities.

 

  

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