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The Healthcare Industry consists of numerous clinical and/or clerical occupations that function together, to keep the Healthcare delivery system running smoothly.

For the safety of the patient and the medical staff, it is important that health care providers have the necessary skills set and capabilities to properly perform their job duties. Failure to do so could result in serious injury or death.

Certification vs. Licensing

Certification is  a standardized method for knowledge assessment to help determine occupational competency. It has come about to help minimize malpractice and other grave error in the workplace.

National certification is an intricate part of any medical career, as it demonstrates a commitment to excellence. Multiple states have already made certification mandatory by law. In these instances, certification is referred to as licensing–because it is required by the State.

The main difference between certification and license is whether or not credentialing is mandatory. When required by State Law, occupational credentialing is referred to as a license. When it is not required by law, but by an employer and is obtained voluntarily, it is called a certification.

Getting Certified & Licensed Through NMLA

National medical certification & licensing is available through the National Medical Licensing Association® for clinical and clerical professionals. Credentials are nationally accredited and recognized worldwide.

The United States Government, NHCI®,  and employers strongly recommend that all qualifying professionals obtain certification and licensing as soon as possible. This is due to the fact that more and more states are anticipated to begin requiring these credentials in the near future.