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Health Sciences

Associate's Degree

Here’s your chance to broaden your healthcare experience and develop career-focused skills you’ll need as an allied health professional. Our blended Associate's Degree in Health Science online and on campus is offered for Illinois students and allows you to choose among three specializations: Medical Administrative Assistant, Pharmacy Technician or Medical Assisting. You pick the specialization and we’ll take care of you from there. If you are just entering the healthcare field, you can also check out our Healthcare Certificate.

For non-Illinois residents, please visit our Healthcare Associate’s degree 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

    You’ll become proficient in the core areas of career success: critical thinking, written and interpersonal communication, patient services 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.

Health Sciences Credentials Offered

Health Sciences Associates

Associate's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning includes

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

Intended for

Illinois students interested in the versatile world of healthcare and serve as a valuable member of a healthcare team. Also ideal for Illinois students looking to gain practical experience and pursue a successful, fulfilling career specializing in Medical Administrative AssistantPharmacy Technician or Medical Assisting.

Prepares you for

Healthcare associate, medical services technician, medical registration or receptionist, medical office manager, medical coder/biller, medical administrative assistant/secretary, medical receptionist, office administrator, medical assistant, pharmacy technician

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Turn Your Health Sciences Education into a Career

We’ve made advancing in your health sciences education even easier by offering classes and credentials that fit into a busy working schedule. When you’re ready to build on the solid foundation of prior Certificate or Diploma coursework, and on your in-field experience, an Associate's degree in Health Sciences (online or on-campus) is a natural next step. Through challenging Health Sciences courses, you’ll be prepared to take on new responsibilities and advancement. As a Health Sciences 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 an Associate's degree in Health Sciences.

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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