The top 5 MyCAA Scholarship Programs for Military Spouses that want to save our communities
In this post, see the top MyCAA programs for helping others and saving our communities.
America has a critical worker shortage.
It has created a real problem. It is not just minor inconveniences.
It’s not just having to do self check-out because there are no cashiers.
It’s not just restaurants having shorter hours.
It’s not being able to get medication from a pharmacy because they are backlogged.
It’s medical clinics that have doctors but no support staff.
It’s not being able to see a dentist.
It is affecting our communities.
And this is everywhere.
No one knows this better than spouses of National Guard that are now activated to fill in the medical worker shortages around the nation.
And separately, military spouses need mobile careers. Especially those that are in high demand.
I have a potential solution to this, and you might be able to help.
Learn about the MyCAA Scholarship:
If you are an active duty military spouse you could qualify for the MyCAA scholarship. MyCAA stands for My Career Advancement Account. It is a $4,000 one-time scholarship from the Department of Defense. But there are rules! To qualify your spouse must be on active duty and between the ranks of E1-E5, O1-O2, and W1-W2. You must be legally married to your spouse and enrolled in DEERS. Remember for your spouse to be on active duty they have to be on Title 10 orders.
Before I get into my list of top MyCAA programs you should know that it is a $4,000 scholarship. In my list I provide the most current prices for these programs, all of them are under $4,000. You will have no out of pocket costs doing any of these programs if you are an active duty military spouse using MyCAA.
Top MyCAA Programs from a Regionally Accredited University
Plus, every program is by a regionally accredited institution, Auburn University. Regional accreditation is the most prestigious and widely recognized type of accreditation. Read my review of Auburn University here.
Also, all of these top MyCAA programs are online so you can do them from anywhere, but what is unique is they can provide a hands-on, in-person externship opportunity just for you.
Here are the top MyCAA programs for getting yourself a high demand job that will save our communities:
This program by Auburn University prepares you to work in doctor’s offices, medical clinics, hospitals and outpatient facilities. It makes you really versatile in where you can go and is in really high demand. The demand will not be going away!
But what makes the program offered by Auburn University different is that within 4-6 months of self paced learning, you can take four national exams.
From the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) you can earn Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT) and Certified EKG Technician (CET).
Also, from the National Career Workforce Association (NCWA) you can earn the Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC).
There is a lot of value to this program because along with earning your certification as a Certified Medical Assistant, you can also earn certification as an EKG Technician and Phlebotomy Technician.
The Clinical Medical Assistant program will use $3,950 of the $4,000 MyCAA Scholarship.
If you haven’t needed to use a pharmacy off-base for a while, I have news for you- the situation is bad. Prescriptions are not getting filled in a timely manner at pharmacies all over America. It is not a shortage of pharmacists, it is a shortage of pharmacist technicians.
With Auburn’s self paced Pharmacy Technician online certification program you will be up and saving your community within 2-4 months. It is designed for entry level students and you do not need prior experience to be able to do the course.
This program prepares you for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). PTCB Certification is accepted in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
The Pharmacy Technician program will use $3,000 of the $4,000 MyCAA Scholarship.
Doctor’s offices, hospitals, and urgent care clinics cannot operate without support staff. Administrative assistants in healthcare need training beyond a regular administrative assistant. This program prepares you to help your community and is a very in-demand job.
Auburn University’s Medical Administrative Assistant Certification will prepare you in understanding privacy laws, medical records management, finance management, and state and federal regulations. The program prepares you to sit for two national exams that certify your expertise as a medical administrative assistant. These exams include the National Healthcare Association’s Certified Medical Administrative Assistant exam, and the National Career Workforce National Workforce Career Association’s Medical Administrative Assistant Certification.
This program also provides an optional administrative externship experience. If you want, you have the opportunity to get in-person practice of your new skills.
The Medical Administrative Assistant Certification uses $3,000 of the $4,000 MyCAA Scholarship.
You’ve dealt with Tricare, so you obviously know how important getting your insurance billed correctly is!
Working as a medical billing and coding professional is already a popular choice amongst military spouses. Medical billing and coding can be done in an office, or it can be done remotely. Oftentimes medical billing and coding certified professionals work flexible hours. It provides critical support to our medical facilities and helps others.
The program by Auburn University is set up for total beginners to be fully certified in 4-6 months. The self paced program has instructor facilitated options and in 6 months you will be ready to take three national exams:
National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) Medical Billing & Coding Specialist Certification (MBCS)
National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS)
American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
This program will have you ready with knowing how to use the ICD-10-CM for diagnostic coding, claims processes, and even get familiar with specialty medical fields such as surgery or radiology.
The Medical Billing and Coding Certification will use $3,250 of the $4,000 MyCAA Scholarship.
This is an in-demand job in a growing field. Dentist offices have regular hours and offer reliable employment. As for saving your community, as a dental assistant you are the first person a patient sees when they sit in the dental chair. Everywhere has a dentist office, and Auburn University’s Dental Assistant program even prepares you for pediatric and orthodontic clinical settings.
In this entry level program you prepare for the National Workforce Career Association’s Dental Assistant Clinical Certification (DACC) exam in 4-6 months. This program prepares you for both the administrative and the clinical parts of dentistry. You will learn anatomy, medical instruments, and sanitation protocols. You will learn the hard skills of safety and infection control, but also the soft skills of patient communication and evaluating health information.
I think this program is valuable because it provides education on pediatric and orthodontic dentistry, which other schools typically charge extra for. As with other Auburn University programs there is an optional externship opportunity that can help develop experience that paired with your national certification will get you hired quickly.
The Dental Assistant Certification will use $3,950 of the $4,000 MyCAA scholarship.
Jeanette Price, Military Spouse Education Consultant
These are the top MyCAA programs for saving your community, and getting a good job!
Auburn University is regionally accredited and these programs provide certifications and national exams that can take you wherever you may go.
If you qualify for MyCAA, always look for getting the most value out of the scholarship. You only get this scholarship once and you need to make it count. Each of these programs is all-inclusive and you will not have any out of pocket costs.
Remember the MyCAA scholarship is use it or lose it!
Just think in 6 months you could have a start in a new career field and save your community.