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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 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 three 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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  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Graduates of the Health Sciences Associate’s degree program with a specialization in Pharmacy Technician meet the education requirements needed to apply for a Pharmacy Technician license or registration from the board or pharmacy or equivalent agency in the following states: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, 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.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed May 30, 2018] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] 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.

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.

Regional Accreditation

Rasmussen College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Credentials Offered

Health Care

Associate's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning options

  • On Campus
  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Field Experience

Intended for

Students interested in the versatile world of healthcare and serve as a valuable member of a healthcare team. Also 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

Health Care


Finish in as few as

9–12 months1

Learning options

  • 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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School of Health Sciences Blog

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 Education into a Career

We’ve made advancing in your healthcare career 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

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.3 Here are just a few examples of where a Healthcare degree can take you.

Medical Assistant

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $23,830 10th Percentile
    • $27,580 25th Percentile
    • $32,480 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2016–2026:3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Postsecondary Non-Degree Award

Medical Secretaries

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $24,240 10th Percentile
    • $28,490 25th Percentile
    • $34,610 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2016–2026:3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • High School Diploma or Equivalent

Pharmacy Technicians

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $22,000 10th Percentile
    • $25,900 25th Percentile
    • $31,750 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2016–2026:3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • High School Diploma or Equivalent
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