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Health Science | National Healthcareer Association (NHA) | CBCS

What Is the NHA CBCS Certification? (Updated for 2021)

By: Kristin Savko
May 13th, 2021

As a health science curriculum developer, we work with thousands of teachers who need to prepare their students for industry certifications every year. Many of these teachers are looking for ways to expand their offerings beyond medical assisting and CNA certifications. One of the most popular options teachers consider when expanding their programs is the NHA Billing and Coding Specialist Certification (CBCS). But did you know the NHA updated the CBCS exam in 2021?  If you’re starting a new medical billing and coding program or are planning your courses for next school year, you need to know the latest certification details!

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Health Science | Health Science Textbooks | Nurse Assisting

4 Best CNA Textbooks for CTE Health Science (Reviews)

By: John Krimmel
May 4th, 2021

Did your health science program just add a new certified nursing assistant course? Or are you looking to update your current CNA curriculum? If so, you need materials to help cover your standards, prepare students for CNA certification, and get them set for nursing assistant careers.

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Keeping Students Engaged in CTE: Part 1

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Digital Curriculum | Health Science

Paxton Patterson vs HealthCenter21: Which Health Science Curriculum Is Right for You?

By: John Krimmel
April 29th, 2021

As a health science curriculum provider, we interact with thousands of health science teachers every year. 

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Health Science | HealthCenter21 | National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

NHA Test Prep vs. HealthCenter21: What's the Difference?

By: Katie Schneider
April 15th, 2021

Are you adding a new NHA certification to your CTE health science program? If so, you need to ensure you have the right materials to prepare your students for success. While AES isn’t a certification provider, hundreds of health science programs use our system to prepare students for NHA certifications every year. Because of this, teachers and admins often wonder whether they should use our curriculum or the NHA test prep materials for their new certification offerings. Each one has its own strengths and purpose within a health science certification program. Many teachers even use them together to build a strong knowledge and skills base for students sitting for certification. In this article, you’ll learn the differences between the AES curriculum and NHA test prep materials according to three areas:

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Health Science | HealthCenter21 | Middle School

How to Teach Middle School Health Science Courses with HealthCenter21

By: Adam Durst
April 1st, 2021

Middle school health science classes are designed to introduce students to healthcare careers and encourage them to enroll in your high school program. Because of this, you need a health science curriculum that is appropriate and engaging for your middle school students. That’s why teachers like Mark Rodgers have adopted the HealthCenter21 digital curriculum for their middle school classes: “My kids use HealthCenter21 everywhere. They like it because they can do things on their own and they can be in there as long and as often as they want. They have everything they need right at their fingertips.” Mark Rodgers Jupiter Middle School, FL However, if you’re just getting started with HealthCenter21, you’re probably wondering where to even begin. With so many health science modules to choose from, how do you know which ones to use for middle school courses?

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Health Science | Soft Skills | National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Top Soft Skills Curriculum for CTE Health Science: PersonAbility vs HealthCenter21

By: Katie Schneider
March 4th, 2021

Health science teachers have told us they are facing increased pressure from employers looking for candidates with more than just technical know-how. These employers need healthcare workers who are professional, dependable, and can effectively communicate with everyone they meet.

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