How Careerstep Works

Find a Career That Fits
Your Life

Explore Careers >>

Complete the Training

Explore Programs >>

Get Hired!
(We'll Help)

Career Services >>

Break It Down:
Here's Your Path to a New Career

Choose Your Training Program

CareerStep’s online training programs are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you can complete the courses at your own pace. Different programs have different components (and different outcomes), so if you’re not sure which program is right for you, this is a great place to start.

Pay for Your Course

We not only make it easy to understand exactly what a given program will cost, we make the programs affordable—because we want you to get on track for professional and financial success as soon as possible. Payment plans are available to those who need it.

Plan Your Pace & Start Your First Course

Once you’ve signed up and paid for your course, you’ll get an email from your advisor inviting you to an onboarding meeting, where you’ll go over goals and requirements. You can also use the CareerStep Study Planner to track your progress and completion goals course by course.

Prep for Certification

Once you’ve completed your program study, you’ll take a final exam designed to help you pass your national certification exam. Test anxiety? Don’t stress—we offer instructor-led exam consultations, and in most cases you can take the final exam up to three times. Once you pass your national certification exam, you’re all set for your new career. Woohoo!

Get Interview-Ready & Get a Job

Don’t worry, we won’t leave you hanging here. We provide resources and career support to help you find a job, including resume reviews, interview prep, and basic life-skills training. We’re also connected to many leading healthcare providers in the U.S.


How long do courses take to complete?

All our programs vary in length and are self-paced, so how fast you move is entirely up to you. Generally speaking, less intensive courses can be completed in as little as 3–6 months, while others can take up to 12 months.

Can I get an extension on my course-completion time?

We get it: Stuff comes up. If you need to extend your time in a course, you can purchase up to six additional months. See the extension pricing here.

What skills or experience do I need to enter a CareerStep program?

For the vast majority of our programs, you must be at least 18 years old, and you must have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate. That’s it. For others, some specific skills are required to enter a CareerStep training program—review the full program or course description to ensure you qualify.

Is CareerStep accredited?

CareerStep is a training organization that prepares you to take 3rd-party certification exams that many employers acknowledge. More than 140,000 Learners have completed our courses and started exciting jobs in healthcare, administration, and technology. Our career-focused training programs are designed with employer feedback to help professionals succeed in the workforce—and are approved by a number of industry specific organizations:

  • American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
  • Association of Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI)
  • Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)
  • National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
  • Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing Technology (BONENT)
  • American Medical Technologists-Dental Assistant (AMT)
  • American Medical Certification Association (AMCA)

What are the advantages of training with CareerStep?

We’ve been providing quality healthcare training for over 25 years. Here’s why our career training gets results:

  • Employer trusted. Some of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation use CareerStep courses to train their employees.
  • Expert designed. Our programs were built by experts who have decades of experience working and teaching in their fields.
  • Flexible. Our programs are self-paced and fully online, so you can learn anytime, from anywhere.
  • Focused on learner success. With clinical training opportuntiies and a vast pool of Hiring Partners, we do everything we can to help Learners turn their training into gainful employment.

What’s the difference between an associate degree and a certification program?

A certificate program consists solely of courses focused on a specific professional or technical field. Associate degrees usually require learners to take additional courses in other subjects. Certificate programs tend to be the more streamlined approach once you know which career you want to pursue, since you can focus on career training without spending time on unrelated courses.

What kind of computer do I need to complete the course?

The courses are completely online, so your computer is an important part of your learning experience. We recommend the following minimum computer system specs:


  • Active internet connection (minimum of 512kbps)
  • 800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
  • Sound card and speakers (earphones recommended)
  • Available USB port


  • Chrome 69 and 70
  • Firefox 62 and 63 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 31 and 32 (used for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Internet Explorer 11 (Windows only)
  • Edge 42 and 44 (Windows only)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)
  • Safari 11 and 12 (Mac only)

Mobile Browsers:


  • Safari (default browser with limited Canvas support)
  • Chrome
  • Photon Flash Player (supports Flash) Android (default browser varies per mobile device)
  • Chrome (default browser with limited Canvas support)*
  • Firefox

Ready to sign up for courses?