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Associate's degree, Certificate

Gain foundational healthcare knowledge, including business concepts, to keep you relevant in today’s industry. A Healthcare Certificate is perfect for those entering the healthcare field for the first time. Our on campus or online Healthcare Associate’s degree includes courses in core areas of career success so you can develop the career-focused skills you’ll need for a future in the growing healthcare field. Choose among these specializations: Medical Administrative Assistant, Pharmacy TechnicianMedical Assisting or Healthcare Administration. You pick the specialization and we’ll take care of you from there.

For Illinois residents, please visit our Health Sciences Associate’s degree program page.

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  • Take Advantage of Our Credential Ladder

    If you are utilizing our ladder curriculum by transferring credits in or with a Certificate, you can complete the Associate's specialization program in as few as nine months.1 If you’re not transferring in with past education, we’ll still have you market-ready in as few as 18 months.1

  • Blend of On-Campus & Online Courses

    Gain a solid understanding of the healthcare industry with career-focused curriculum in the format best suited to your specialty. Based on which specialization you choose for your Healthcare degree, either all of your courses will be performed online, or you will have a blend of on-campus and online courses.

  • Acquire Key Skills

    Become proficient in the core areas of career success through our Healthcare program: healthcare strategies, written and interpersonal communication, customer and patient experience and diversity awareness.

  • Institutional Accreditation

    Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Healthcare Credentials Offered


Associate's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

  • On Campus
  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources

Intended for

Students interested in the versatile world of healthcare and serve as a valuable member of a healthcare team. The on-campus or online Healthcare Associate’s Degree is ideal for students looking to gain practical experience and pursue a successful, fulfilling career specializing in Medical Administrative AssistantPharmacy TechnicianMedical Assisting or Healthcare Administration.

Prepares you for

Medical office (assistant) manager, administrator or coordinator, medical secretary, administrative assistant or receptionist, patient care manager, office administrator, medical assistant, pharmacy technician



Finish in as few as

9–12 months1

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources

Intended for

Students interested in entering the Healthcare field and serving patients without a major time commitment. Also, ideal for students interested in easily laddering their credits into an Associate’s degree.

Prepares you for

Medical clerk, assistant, coordinator, agent, specialist, medical secretary, administrative assistant, receptionist, scheduler

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What Can You Do with a Healthcare Associate’s Degree? Examining 3 Career Options

Because of its necessity in human life, healthcare has grown huge and complex over the centuries. And careers as an allied health professional have grown with it. Check out a few of the amazing careers you can begin with an online Healthcare degree.

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Turn Your Healthcare Education into a Career

We’ve made advancing in your healthcare education even easier by offering Healthcare courses and credentials that fit into a busy working schedule. When you're ready to further your education, you can seamlessly transfer your Healthcare Certificate credits toward an Associate's degree in Healthcare. Build on your solid foundation of prior Certificate or Diploma coursework, and on your in-field experience, with a Health Sciences Associate’s degree. Through this challenging curriculum, you’ll be prepared to take on new career challenges. As a Healthcare 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.2

Here is an overview of your potential career field with a Healthcare degree.

Medical Assistants

  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030: 3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Postsecondary Non-Degree Award

Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030: 3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • High School Diploma or Equivalent

Pharmacy Technicians

  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030: 3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • High School Diploma or Equivalent

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