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Health Care

Associate's Degree

Next start date

January 02, 2019

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning options

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

Develop the foundational healthcare knowledge and business proficiency with a Healthcare degree to keep your skills relevant in today's industry. With this Healthcare program, you choose among three specializations: Medical Administrative Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assisting or Healthcare Administration. You pick your specialization, then take Healthcare courses in core areas of career success in order to stay relevant in today’s industry.

For Illinois residents, please visit our Health Sciences Associate’s degree 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 Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Employment conditions in your area may vary.

After this credential

What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?

Launch a Healthcare Career

Begin your exciting and fulfilling career in the healthcare industry as an allied health professional utilizing your online Healthcare degree, from healthcare support and medical secretaries to pharmacy technicians and medical assisting.2

Advance Your Education

If you want to continue your education with Rasmussen College, you can smoothly transfer your Associate's degree in Healthcare credits into our Health and Wellness Bachelor’s degree-completion program.

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential between 2016 and 2026 for medical secretaries is 23%, pharmacy technicians is 12% and medical assistants is 29%.3 A Healthcare degree from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.

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Skills

What Skills Will I Gain?

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.

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

    Customer Service in Healthcare

    • HSA1050
    • Online
    • 1 Credit

    Prepares students to deliver outstanding customer service in a healthcare setting. Provides an understanding of the factors that influence the perceptions of external and internal customers. Topics covered include the psychology of patients, customer service in a diverse world, listening skills and effective communication techniques.

    U.S. Healthcare Systems

    • HSA 2117
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Provides an overview of the United States healthcare system. Explores the influence of reimbursement methodologies and finance on healthcare delivery, as well as the role of local, state and federal government in healthcare delivery. Introduces a variety of provider models and service delivery systems found in both private and public healthcare facilities, including different types of healthcare facilities.

    Medical Law and Ethics

    • HSC 2641
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Studies the United States legal system and court process with emphasis on legal and ethical issues within the healthcare environment. Covers fraud and abuse, patient privacy and confidentiality and professional practice law and ethics. Includes a project that is specific to the student's program of study.

22–25 Courses to Complete (Varies by Specialization)

91 Credit Hours

Enrollment

What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

Entrance Requirements

Entrance requirements for the School of Health Sciences vary by program. To learn more and receive help planning your healthcare career path, contact a program manager who will speak to you about: immunizations, background checks and TEAS scores.

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Transfer Student

We believe in giving credit where it’s due. Talk to a program manager today or explore our Transfer Policy page to review our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.

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Help Paying for College

Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to a program manager and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with Flex Choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts.

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Class Locations

Where Will I Take These Classes?

At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available for your schedule; not the other way around. Many of our programs are available on campus or online. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources.

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