Online Associate Degrees in Healthcare

An online associate degree in healthcare may prepare individuals for an entry-level career in various areas of healthcare. In this two-year program, students may learn how to perform basic medical procedures, manage healthcare data, and tend to patient needs. Possible areas of concentration may include nursing, medical office management, and health information technology.

Upon graduation, students may either seek entry-level employment or pursue a healthcare baccalaureate degree. Associate-level graduates may seek employment in a number of healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, outpatient facilities, and rehabilitation centers.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 26% (2010-2020)*

Program Concentrations

The curriculum for healthcare associate-level degree programs may consist of select general education requirements and core classes specific to the student’s area of concentration. Students may take courses such as pharmacology, medical terminology, and anatomy and physiology. Possible areas of concentration for a healthcare associate degree may include the following:

  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Nursing
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Office Management
  • Cardiovascular Technology
  • Dental Hygiene

Career Options

Associate-level graduates may gain employment in hospitals, outpatient facilities, rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, and clinics. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing employment is projected to increase by 26% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Pharmacy Technician

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete an online healthcare associate degree program may wish to continue their education by transferring to a baccalaureate degree program. A healthcare bachelor’s degree may provide students with enhanced skills in patient care and hospital administration.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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