The cost to enroll in Polaris Career Center’s medical assisting program, shown here, is far less than other institutions. But earning that certificate typically results in a lower wage compared with other allied health fields.

Health care certificate programs vary widely in return on investment

Northeast Ohio is a medical mecca, and health care is one of the biggest drivers of the local economy. But a recent analysis of federal data shows that some health care credentials don’t have much, if any, long-term economic payoff for individuals.