Industry Recognized Credentials for Health Assisting

Essential Safety IRC(s)

All programs must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve Essential credentials to all students in the program.  Credentials on the essential list are included based on the following criteria:

  1. The certification must have high-value currency in the market, which can be gained through various processes including transparency initiatives, general awareness, endorsements and validations, regulations, hiring policies and practices, and/or procedures that can be used to translate the credential into academic credit.
  2. Must lead to improved hiring outcomes and/or increased earnings for students who attain the credential.
  3. Credentials required for employment in program field must be included.


For this Program area, students must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve earn at least one of the listed Essential Program credentials.

CertificationCertifying Organization
OSHA 10 General IndustryOSHA
First Aid CertificationAmerican Red Cross or American Heart Association
CPR for Health ProvidersAmerican Red Cross or American Heart Association

Essential Industry IRC(s)

All programs must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve at least one of the listed Essential Program Credentials.
  1. The certification must have high-value currency in the market, which can be gained through various processes including transparency initiatives, general awareness, endorsements and validations, regulations, hiring policies and practices, and/or procedures that can be used to translate the credential into academic credit.
  2. Must lead to improved hiring outcomes and/or increased earnings for students who attain the credential.
  3. Credentials required for employment in program field must be included.
For this Program area, students must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve earn at least one of the listed Essential Program credentials.
CertificationCertifying Organization
Certified Nurse AideCommonwealth of Massachusetts

Supplemental IRC(s)

Programs may choose to differentiate and expand upon their program by offering additional credentials. Credentials listed as Supplemental/Specialized may include:  

  • Credentials that are endorsed by local or regional industry associations or workforce boards
  • Must be attainable for students in the program who master the competencies outlined in the relevant Career Technical Education Framework such as an advanced/stacked credential above the essentials
  • May be equipment, tool, software or process specific if valued by industry.
CertificationCertifying OrganizationPostsecondary
EKG TechniciansNational Healthcareer Association
Certified Patient Care Technician/AssistantNational Healthcareer Association
Nationally Certified Patient Care TechnicianNational Center for Competency Testing
Patient Care Technician CertificationAmerican Medical Certification Association
Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing AssistantHospice and Palliative Nurses AssociationX
Certified Wound Care AssociateAmerican Board of Wound ManagementX
Seating and Mobility SpecialistRehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North AmericaX
Patient Care TechnicianAmerican Phlebotomy AssociationX
Assistive Technology ProfessionalRehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North AmericaX
Medication Aide Certification"National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc."X
Certified Alzheimer CaregiverNational Certification Board for Alzheimer Care
Certified Alzheimer EducatorNational Certification Board for Alzheimer CareX
Intravenous Therapy Certification"National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, Inc."X
Functional Training Specialty CertificationAmerican Council on ExerciseX
Certified Licensed Practical Nurse in Long Term CareNational Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term CareX
Bloodborne PathogensAmerican Red Cross
National Nurse Aide Assessment Program"National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc."X