About the National Association for Health Professionals
Established in 1982, the National Association for Health Professionals is the premier certification body providing credentialing for healthcare professionals in the roles of administrative health assistants, EKG technicians, coding specialists, dental assistants, medical assistants, patient care technicians, pharmacy technicians, phlebotomy technicians, and surgical technicians.
As an organization of distinction, consisting of the world’s leading healthcare professionals, the mission of the NAHP is to promote and provide quality certification programs that validate knowledge in the healthcare arena for the enhancement of patient care and professional practice.
NAHP Certification Council
Governed by leading healthcare professionals in practice and academia, the Certification Council endeavors to advance healthcare education and practice by certifying competent healthcare professionals, promoting education and research, and elevating the standard of care in professional practice.
The Certification Council is solely responsible for essential decisions related to the development, administration, and ongoing maintenance of the certification programs. The Council ensures that all application and eligibility requirements, examination development and administration, scoring of examinations, renewal requirements, and all certification program policies and procedures are directly related to the purpose of the certification programs.
NAHP contracts with independent psychometric consultants to assist in the development, administration, scoring, score reporting, and analysis of the NAHP certification programs.
Examination Development Committees
The Examination Development Committees responsibilities are cyclical and include the development of content, review of content relevancy, evaluation of performance data, and expertise with the establishment of the passing standard for the examination.
Examination Development Process
The content of the NAHP examinations are based on the outcomes of a job analysis study. A job analysis is a comprehensive definition of the tasks performed by professionals currently holding the NAHP credentials. The purpose of the job analysis is to describe, in specific terms, the precise nature of the tasks performed by incumbent professionals who work in the industry for which the examination is being developed. Job analyses are conducted every 5-7 years, or more often as circumstances may warrant, to verify the content of the examination. The results of the job analysis influence to what extent the competencies are revised for the NAHP certification examinations.
The NAHP examinations are based on an explicit set of competencies. These competencies have been determined through job analyses studies conducted on practitioners. The competencies are grouped into domains, subdomains, and tasks. As the NAHP examinations may only assess knowledge pertaining to these competency statements, they serve as the outline, or blueprint for the examinations. These Content Outlines are published on the NAHP website.
The examination specifications are established or revised at the same time as the development of the examination blueprint. The specifications include the total number of test items, test item type(s), total test duration, and scoring methodology. The examination blueprint and specifications are based on the outcome of the job analysis study and are reviewed and approved by a panel of subject matter experts.
All examination items (or questions) are directly linked to the approved examination specifications and are written and reviewed by panels of trained subject matter experts. The Examination Development Committees, working with the psychometric consultant, regularly review items and approve the examinations.