I'm a registered nurse. Can I apply that toward a bachelor's degree in nursing?
Yes. A number of schools offer RN-to-BSN programs. In these programs, registered nurses use their nursing experience toward requirements of a BSN program. The remaining courses can then be taken online or in the classroom, depending on what the school is offering. For more information on BSN programs see Online Education in Nursing and Nursing Degrees on NursingSchools.com.
I'm interested in becoming a Medical Assistant. What type of degree do I need?
While there is no degree required to be a medical assistant, a majority of employers seek individuals that have some type of training. The medical assistant programs provided by most schools offer certifications or associate's degrees. There's certainly no harm in pursuing such a program, as it will improve your chances of employment and can also serve as a stepping stone to becoming a nurse. The American Association of Medical Assistants can provide more information on how to become a medical assistant.
How long will it take me to get a health care degree?
The length of time it will take you to earn your degree depends on what specialty you take up. Certifications and associate's degrees take between one and two years. Bachelor's degree programs take around 4 years. If you take courses part-time, however, they may take longer. Some programs are accelerated, enabling you to complete your health care degree in a shorter amount of time, but these programs are specific to the schools that offer them.
How do I know I'm choosing a good health care degree program?
First, make sure the school suits you. Do you like the locations, facilities, and course offerings? All of these factors will have a dramatic effect on your personal educational experience. And it's vital that you attend an accredited institution. Accreditation means that the school and its programs and facilities meet or exceed the standards established by the health care industry and its professionals. The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) are two of the most reputable accrediting organizations medical-related education in the U.S., accrediting more than 600 health care programs.
Can I get a health care degree online?
Certainly! As the popularity of online education grows, more and more types of education can be pursued online. Online health care degrees are offered over a broad range of professions, including nursing, office administration, billing, medical assisting, and coding just to name a few. Read our Guide to an Online Medical & Allied Health Education and Online Health Care Degrees articles for more information on getting your health care degree online.
What types of health care degrees are available?
Over 100 careers can be classified as health care. Sure enough, there is a degree for almost each one. However, some are more popular than the others. Some examples of popular health care degrees include:
- Cardiovascular Technologist
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
- Medical Assistant
- Medical Records/Billing/Coding
Of course, we cannot forget the profession of being a physician! To become an M.D. however, a much longer education is required. For information on medical degrees, please see Degrees in Medicine from our partner site, MedicalSchools.com.