VA Ready conducted research to identify in-demand occupations across three broad industry categories that are eligible for the program. These industry categories are: Technology, Healthcare, and Skilled Trades. Below are the programs we support in the Healthcare industry.

We focused on occupations with the most need for skilled workers, the skills that can be acquired through short-term programs, and programs that are already part of Virginia’s FastForward initiative. We have also partnered with other education partners for additional credentials not supported through FastForward.

Credential training programs vary by location.





Healthcare Medical Assistants Medical Assistant
Nursing Assistants Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
Medication Aide
Phlebotomists Phlebotomy Technician
Pharmacy Technicians Pharmacy Technician
Medical Records and Health Info Technicians Billing and Coding Specialist
Professional Coder
EMT and Paramedics Emergency Medical Technician
Medical Secretaries Medical administrative assistant
Medical Scribe
EKG Technologies Technician

*Program certifications and occupation requirements may vary by college.

Although this is the current list of eligible programs, the list is subject to change. No other courses qualify as part of this initiative at this time.

Ready to earn a new credential to get a job and launch your new career? Enroll in a VA Ready eligible FastForward course and then sign up to become a VA Ready Scholar.