Why Accreditation Is Important For Online Schools

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Have you been looking into earning your degree online but want to be sure that the online program you choose will provide you with a quality education? Choosing an accredited institution can be a great way to ensure that your program’s curriculum is current. It also means you’ll receive the skills you need to succeed in your new career.

Read on to learn about United Career Institute’s accreditation and certifications to see if our online programs are the right fit for you!

What does accreditation mean for schools?

Accreditation is important when considering which institution to attend for multiple reasons, not only ensuring that the students are receiving a high-quality education. For example, according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, some federal and state grants or loans can only be granted to students who attend accredited programs. In addition, some employers will use accreditation status to determine the credentials of new employees or provide tuition assistance.

United Career Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), which allows the institution to award associate degrees and diplomas. ABHES is an independent accrediting agency that the U.S. Secretary of Education has nationally recognized since 1969. Attending an accredited school for an online program gives students peace of mind knowing that the courses have been evaluated by a third-party agency and are up to industry standards. Since the skills students gain from these courses will be used in their careers, it’s crucial they are held to high standards.

Earning a specialized associate degree from UCI Online offers students the flexibility of taking courses online and completing their lab and clinical rotations at local medical facilities. Along with being institutionally accredited, UCI Online’s Medical Assisting and Medical Billing/Administration programs prepare students for specific National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification* exams.

What are the benefits of obtaining certifications?

When earning an industry-specific certification, you show employers that you’ve learned the appropriate skills for various allied health positions, including medical assisting and medical billing/ administration. As a student receiving an online degree, it’s essential because it shows that you have the necessary understanding and skill level.

Another benefit of obtaining an online degree from United Career Institute is that students will complete their program in two years or less, allowing them to start their career quicker than if they would attend a traditional college for four to six years. Our graduates can complete their programs with certifications and hands-on experience through clinicals and an externship, giving them a competitive advantage in the workforce.

What programs can you take at UCI Online?

UCI Online’s Medical Assisting program allows students to learn skills, including phlebotomy, EKGs, and medical lab tests, in two years or less. By taking classes online, students can balance family and work while furthering their education. These skills are solidified during three weekend clinical days, where qualified instructors lead hands-on training at the United Career Institute campus in Irwin, Pennsylvania. United Career’s medical assisting students work toward their specialized associate degree while preparing to sit for the National Certified Clinical Medical Assistant* certification exam.

Students looking for a behind-the-scenes career in healthcare will gain a wide range of necessary skills in UCI Online’s Medical Billing/Administration program. Our online students work toward a specialized associate degree while preparing to sit for multiple NHA certification exams, including Certified Billing and Coding Specialist*, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant**, and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist**. As a result, UCI Online’s medical billing and administration students are prepared to enter the workforce with real-world knowledge of what their careers could potentially look like.

Let us help you start your dream career!

 Are you ready to take the next step to further your education at an accredited institution? Attending UCI Online will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and opportunity to be certified in the healthcare industry. We are here to assist you in your educational journey. Contact us at 866-UCIONLINE or request information today!

 *Certification is contingent upon passing this industry certification exam. Required/Included in Tuition/ Fees.

**Certification is contingent upon passing this industry certification exam. Optional at own expense.