Succeed in Today's Healthcare Industry

Earn Your Health Sciences Associate's Degree

Our Health Sciences Associate's degree allows you to broaden your healthcare experience to serve as a valuable member of a healthcare team. The curriculum includes a choice of two Certificate specializations or one Diploma specialization—a Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate, Pharmacy Technician Certificate, or Medical Assisting Diploma—so you can develop the career-focused skills you’ll need as a healthcare professional.

Earning a Certificate or Diploma along the way to your Associate’s degree can help you start your career in as few as nine to 12 months.1 If you already hold a healthcare Certificate or Diploma, you may be able to transfer your credits and complete your Associate's degree in as few as nine months.1 And if you want to advance your education even further, you can check out our Health and Wellness Bachelor’s degree.

1Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and courses completed each term.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Associate's Degree18 Months

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Gain In-Field Health Sciences Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused curriculum and practical experience, you can prepare for a successful healthcare career across a wide range of work environments. Our program is designed to help you gain relevant healthcare skills such as:

  • Critical Thinking

    Effectively gather data in order to think and act quickly in the interest of your patients' health.

  • Written and Interpersonal Communication

    Hone written and verbal communication skills to advocate for patients and ensure confidentiality.

  • Customer and Patient Service

    Develop the customer service and communication skills you need to fill key roles on any healthcare team.

  • Diversity Awareness

    Learn how to deliver care effectively and respectfully to patients from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

Practical Experience

Our degree curriculum is designed to help you prepare for and pass the national credentialing exams associated with each Certificate specialization. Rasmussen College will cover the application fee for your first attempt of the industry certification exam for which you qualify to take². Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees.

As an Associate's degree graduate, you can choose to enter the workforce or you can continue your education by seamlessly transferring your credits into our Health and Wellness Bachelor's degree-completion program.

*Graduates of the Health Sciences Associates degree program with a specialization in Pharmacy Technician meet the educational requirements needed to apply for a Pharmacy Technician license or registration from the board of pharmacy or equivalent agency in the following states: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WV, WI, WY. Other eligibility requirements may apply, please check with the board of pharmacy or equivalent agency in your state of residence. This program may not meet the educational requirements needed to apply for a Pharmacy Technician license or registration in states not listed above, please check with the board of pharmacy or equivalent agency in your state of residence for further information.

Our Grads Achieve Career Success

Graduates from our School of Health Science programs are working for leading employers, including:*

  • Mayo Clinic Health System
  • University of Minnesota Physicians
  • Target Clinic
  • MN Oncology Clinic
  • Park Nicollet Health Services
  • Allina Health
  • Fairview
  • ThedaCare
  • Diabetes Care Center
  • Lifetime Family Urgent Care
  • Red Cross
  • Marshfield Clinic
  • Ocala Oncology

115 Years of Successful Graduates

At Rasmussen College, we’ve been dedicated to our mission of preparing students for career success since 1900.

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Program Entry Requirements

Minnesota campus applicants to this program must successfully complete and pass a Minnesota Department of Human Services background check.

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In-Demand Career Options for Your Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.* Here is the average salary and projected job growth for healthcare professionals:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile Job Growth (By Year 2022)
Healthcare Support Workers, All Others$21,170$26,820$34,62016%
Medical Secretaries$22,270$26,580$32,24036%
Pharmacy Technicans$20,730$24,470$29,81032%

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years,,

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook,

How Much Will it Cost?

At Rasmussen College, we’re committed to helping make higher education more affordable for you. That’s why we offer straightforward tuition costs locked in place until you graduate, so you know your tuition will not increase through graduation if you are continuously enrolled.

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