Healthcare Associate Programs

With a large number of positions becoming more and more available in hospital settings, physicians offices, laboratories, ambulatory care centers, hospice care centers, or even health insurance companies, the health care industry currently has a dire need to quickly – and thoroughly – train entry level medical professionals.

What is this degree/program of study about?

A truly large number of healthcare associate’s degree programs exist today, with scope varying with expected specialty or desired area of training. Such programs may include associate of science or associate of applied science degrees in applied health, medical assistant, medical office management, or radiologic technologist, among a laundry list of other areas of expertise.

What does it take to earn this degree, and what will it result in for graduates?

Students aiming to receive their healthcare associate degree can expect the program generally to take between 18 and 24 months to complete. For students studying such options as the associate of science in medical assisting, relevant coursework offered may include the study of medical terminology, health care law and ethics, principles of pharmacology, and computerized medical practice management, to name a few. Career opportunities, such as that of a medical assistant, bring forth large expected job growth (17 percent increase expected through 2018) and a median entry-level salary approaching $30,000 annually (BLS.gov).

Associate Degrees in Healthcare

Top Online X-Ray Tech Programs

Kaplan University Kaplan University — The Certificate in medical assisting program provided by Kaplan University provides an entry-level education that concentrates on helping students acquire knowledge and develop skills in performing laboratory, clinical, and medical office procedures. In addition to the online A.S. or B.S. program in Health Science, you complete an unpaid clinical instruction experience and an unpaid externship in an ambulatory setting to complete your course of study as an x-ray technician. Click Here
Ultimate Medical Academy Ultimate Medical Academy — Ultimate Medical Academy offers a AS in Healthcare Management degree program that trains students in management of healthcare services from hospitals to clinics to doctors' offices, and more. Graduates of this program will be well suited to enter managerial careers within the healthcare industry. Click Here

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