Specialized Health Sciences Degree Designed To Provide Niche Skills

Health Sciences Associate’s Degree

Our Health Sciences Associate’s degree provides critical hands-on curriculum that can be completed in as little as 18 months.* The curriculum includes a Phlebotomy Certificate so you can develop the specialized skills, written and interpersonal communication, customer service and diversity awareness you need to succeed as a healthcare professional.

If you already hold a healthcare Certificate or credential, you may be able to transfer your credits through our block transfer policy and complete your Associate's degree even faster.* Earning a certification can help you start your career sooner while you continue to earn your full degree—so you can graduate with a degree and a certificate in Phlebotomy.

Curriculum Aligned with National Credentialing Exams

Our degree curriculum is designed to help you prepare for and pass the national credentialing exams associated with each Certificate track. Course curriculum is delivered in a hands-on format by industry-experienced instructors to help maximize your understanding and retention, so you can immediately apply the relevant and critical classroom knowledge you earn to your career.

We also place you in an externship at a healthcare facility so you learn how to apply your classroom knowledge and skills in a real-world setting.

To help you find the healthcare career that is right for you, our SUPPORT+ team of career services advisors works one-on-one with you to develop your resume, conduct mock interviews, and research job opportunities.

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 Healthcare Management Bachelor's degree program.

To learn more about our Health Sciences Associate's degree, complete the contact request form on the right, or call us at 888-549-6755. One of our program managers will be happy to answer all your questions.

*Completion time is dependent on number of courses completed per term and number of transfer credits awarded.

Program Highlights
  • Blended courses—both on campus and online
  • Hands-on technical skill development
  • Curriculum aligned with national credentialing exams
  • Complete the credentialing exams at no additional cost*
  • Transfer policies to maximize your previous health sciences credits

*Rasmussen College will cover the application fee for each first attempt of all of the industry certification exams for which you qualify to take. 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.

Health Sciences Courses

With a combination of on campus and online courses, you receive the hands-on skill development needed to succeed in today’s healthcare industry, while also enjoying the flexibility of online courses.

Course skill development:

  • Critical-thinking skills
  • Written and interpersonal communication
  • Customer/patient service
  • Diversity awareness

Sample Course List

US Healthcare Systems
This course provides an overview of the United States healthcare system. The history of the evolution of healthcare will be explored, along with the role of local, state, and federal government in healthcare delivery. An introduction to a variety of provider models and service delivery systems found in both private and public healthcare facilities will be covered, including different types of healthcare facilities. The influence of reimbursement methodologies and finance on healthcare delivery will be explored.
Students will learn basic concepts and terminology related to diseases and disorders of the human body. Focus is on the structure, nature, causes, diagnostic procedures, pharmacology and treatment of common diseases of selected human body systems.
Pharmacology for the Allied Health Professional
This course is designed for a variety of allied health programs requiring an understanding of pharmacology. It attempts to present a basic rationale for understanding current drug therapy. This course presents drugs according to their therapeutic applications. Pertinent physiology and related diseases are reviewed before the pharmacology of the drug is discussed. The approach by body system in this course serves to provide the necessary background information and to refresh the student's memory of previously learned material through which the therapeutic action of the drugs can be clearly understood.
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Estimated Program Cost

  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $310
  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
  • Estimated Tuition Price

    Estimated Tuition Price

    Price if you are continuously enrolled in your program of study until graduation. Estimated price does not include $150 course resource fee.

  • Grants

    None Partner Success
  • Discounts and Scholarships

    None Corporate Military Scholarship


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  • Net. Estimated Price

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    Price if you are continuously enrolled in your program of study until graduation. Estimated price does not include $150 course resource fee.

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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

National Average Lifetime Earnings**
Unemployment Rate**
Bachelor's Degree
Associate's Degree
Some College
High School Diploma

**http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf, http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Healthcare Support Workers, All Others$20,820$26,390$34,150

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, bls.gov/ooh/

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, bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

Salary data includes earnings of June 2012 – March 2013 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

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Seamless Transfer Policies

If you previously earned a healthcare-related Certificate, our transfer policies allow you to block transfer many of those credits and minimize your time to graduation as you earn your Health Sciences Associate's degree.

Plus, with the design of our degree curriculum, you can complete and stack an additional Certificate onto your Health Sciences Associate's degree in as little as six months—helping to expand your career opportunities even more.

As a Health Sciences Associate's degree graduate, you can seamlessly and efficiently further your education by transferring your Associate's degree credits into our Healthcare Management Bachelor's degree.