Succeed in Today's Healthcare Industry

Earn Your Healthcare Certificate or Health Sciences Associate’s Degree

Our Healthcare Certificate and Health Sciences Associate's degree programs are offered for Illinois students and allow you to broaden your knowledge and skills to serve as a valuable member of a healthcare team. The Associate’s degree curriculum includes a choice of three specializations—Medical Administrative Assistant, Pharmacy Technician or Medical Assisting—so you can develop the career-focused skills you’ll need as a healthcare professional.

Earning a Certificate or Diploma along the way to your Associate’s degree can help you get started in your healthcare career. If you are laddering from a certificate, you can complete the Associate’s specialization program in as few as nine months.1 If you are not transferring in with past education, you can complete your Associate’s degree in as few as 18 months.1

Non-Illinois residents can enroll in our Healthcare Certificate or Associate’s degree.

1Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and courses completed each term.

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

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Program specialization availability varies by state and campus.

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Gain In-Field Health Sciences Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused curriculum and practical experience in your Health Sciences courses, you can prepare for a successful healthcare career across a wide range of work environments. Our Health Sciences program is designed to help you gain relevant healthcare skills such as:

  • Critical Thinking

    Effectively gather data in order to think and act quickly in the interest of your patients' health.

  • Written and Interpersonal Communication

    Hone written and verbal communication skills to advocate for patients, ensure confidentiality and improve patient care.

  • Customer and Patient Service

    Develop the customer service and communication skills you need to fill key direct patient care roles and indirect patient care roles on any healthcare team.

  • Diversity Awareness

    Learn how to deliver 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 Health Sciences Associate’s degree is a natural next step. Through this challenging curriculum, you’ll be prepared to take on new career challenges.

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.

*Graduates of the Health Sciences 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 & Clinics
  • Insurance
  • Local & State Government
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Public & 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.

Health Sciences 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 Health Science’s Associate’s degree or Healthcare Associate’s degree, speak to a program manager.

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

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed June 6, 2018] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed December 13, 2017] 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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Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program:

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