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We offer a Healthcare Certificate for those entering the field and a Healthcare Associate's degree that provides foundational healthcare knowledge and includes business courses to keep your skills relevant in today's industry. The Associate’s degree curriculum includes a choice of four specializations: Medical Administrative Assistant, Pharmacy Technician or Medical Assisting or Healthcare Administration—so you can develop the career-focused skills you’ll need for a future in the growing healthcare field.

If you are laddering up from a Certificate or Diploma, you can complete the Healthcare Associate's degree program in as few as nine months.1 If you are not transferring in with past education, you can complete your Healthcare Associate's degree in as few as 18 months.1

For Illinois residents, please visit our Health Sciences page.

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Certificate9–12 Months
Associate's Degree18 Months

Learning Options

You can enroll and receive support from these following campus locations:

Minnesota:

Wisconsin:

North Dakota:

Florida:

Kansas:

Program specialization availability varies by state and campus.

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Gain In-Field Healthcare Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused curriculum and practical experience in your Healthcare courses, you can prepare for a successful career across a wide range of work environments. Our Healthcare program is designed to help you gain relevant skills today’s employers seek, including: 

  • Healthcare Strategies

    Practice functional finance, organizational leadership and human resources skills aimed to improve efficiencies in any healthcare environment.

  • Written and Interpersonal Communication

    Establish and sharpen written and verbal communication skills to advocate for patients and staff while ensuring confidentiality and productivity.

  • Customer and Patient Experience

    Develop and enhance the customer service and communication skills you need to improve patient experiences and your ability to perform key roles on any healthcare team.

  • Diversity Awareness

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

Advance Your Credentials

When you’re ready to build on the solid foundation of prior certificate or diploma coursework, and on your in-field experience, a Healthcare Associate’s degree is a natural next step. 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.

*Graduates of the Healthcare Associate's 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, 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.

Our Grads Work Across Industries

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

  • Health Systems
  • Hospitals and Clinics
  • Insurance
  • Local and State Government
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Public and Community Health
  • Social Services

117 Years of Successful Graduates

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

*Industry information reported by Rasmussen College graduates. This list does not constitute an endorsement of Rasmussen College by the industries shown above. Listing does not guarantee or imply that future employment opportunities within these industries will be available.

Healthcare Program Entry Requirements

In addition to meeting other admissions requirements, entrants to this program must also pass a criminal background check. To start on your path toward earning your Healthcare Associate’s degree, speak to a program manager.

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How Much Could You Earn in Healthcare?

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 2026)
Medical Secretaries$24,240$28,490$34,61023%
Pharmacy Technicans$22,000$25,900$31,75012%
Medical Assistants$23,830$27,580$32,48029%

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed June 6, 2018] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed October 24, 2017] www.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.

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