Associate Degree in Health Care

Best Associate Degrees in Health Care

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An associate degree is awarded by a university for completing a program of study that lasts between one and three years. It is a great way to get basic training in an area and requires less education than a bachelor’s degree.

What is an associate degree in health care? A program in health care teaches students about the maintenance or improvement of health through the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries and illnesses both mental and physical.  There is a large number of specializations within health care, focusing on certain age groups, specific parts of the body or particular types of disease or illness. Health care systems are divided into primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary care, with professionals in each different part of the system playing a different role in the overall process. The general study of health care may include biology, anatomy, chemistry and other sciences alongside courses on medical law, medical history and modern practices.

Health care is a necessity in every society and community in the world. There will always be a need for health care professionals. A person trained and educated in health care will most likely be able to find many options for employment.

Since the cost of obtaining a degree can vary greatly depending on a number of factors, it is a good idea for students to contact their school of choice before applying.

Qualified health care professionals may find themselves employed at a facility that provides immediate medical care, such as a hospital or doctor’s office. Jobs may also take them to a long-term care institution such as a retirement home or mental health facility. Health care professionals are also needed for consulting purposes by many entities both public and private in a variety of different capacities.

If an education in health care interests you, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Associate Degree in Respiratory Care

Butte College
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Chico

The Respiratory Care program is designed to prepare students to become licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners in the state of California. [+]

Best Associate Degrees in Health Care 2017. Associate Degree in Respiratory Care Respiratory Care Program Lisa Gunn, Chair (530) 895-2423 Department Office: AHPS 215 (530) 873-7533 Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378 About the Program The Butte College Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com). The Respiratory Care program is designed to prepare students to become licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners in the state of California. In addition, the program prepares the successful graduate to participate in the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Respiratory care practitioners are highly skilled allied health professionals involved in the therapy, management, rehabilitation, diagnostic evaluation and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities that affect the cardiopulmonary system. They are employed in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, physician's offices, home health agencies, specialized care hospitals, medical equipment supply companies, diagnostic laboratories, and patients' homes. They may further specialize in such areas as adult critical care, neonatal or pediatric intensive care, pulmonary function testing, transport medicine, hyperbaric medicine, home care, management or education. Graduates practicing in California are required to take a state licensure examination. *Note: A person convicted of any offense other than a minor traffic violation may not qualify to be licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in California. Questions regarding this should be directed to the Respiratory Care Program Director. Admission to the Program Requirements for Admission: Age 17 years or older and all prerequisites completed (with a 'C' grade or better). Prior to being officially admitted to the program students must pass a background check, drug screening, and physical exam, and verify their physical ability to perform the tasks required of a Respiratory Therapist. Students are admitted by application only. Contact the Health Occupations office or visit www.butte.edu/healthoccupations for application dates and materials. Admission to the program is based on academic and general requirements. In the event that there are more qualified applicants than spaces in the program, a computerized lottery will be used to select the individuals to be enrolled. Estimated expenses average about $4,500 - $5,000 for the entire program, including licensure. Financial aid may be available to qualified students. AS Degree in Respiratory Care (60 Units Minimum) Student Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to: Demonstrate a solid professional and general medical knowledge base. Accurately interpret pertinent clinical information from medical records and physical findings. Recommend appropriate therapeutic interventions based on physiological data and patient assessment data. Demonstrate sound clinical judgment and is proficient in the clinical skills required on the job. Competently perform the therapeutic procedures and modalities, and diagnostic procedures required on the job. Demonstrate efficient performance of an overall patient assessment. Demonstrate effective oral and communication skills. Exhibit ethical and professional manners, including timely and prepared entrance to clinic and contributing to a positive work environment. Function effectively as a member of the health care team, accepts supervision and works effectively with supervisory personnel. Demonstrate self-direction and responsibility for his/her own actions. Display respect for beliefs and values of all persons regardless of cultural background, religion, age, or lifestyle. Required courses for the major: 90.75 - 91.75 Units Introductory Chemistry Beginning Algebra Intermediate Algebra Introduction to Microbiology Human Anatomy Human Physiology Reading and Composition Principles of Psychology Public Speaking Small Group Communication Skills for the Working Professional Fundamentals of Respiratory Care Clinical Preparation for Respiratory Care Concepts in Respiratory Care Introduction to Clinical Respiratory Care Respiratory Care Pharmacology Fundamentals of Clinical Respiratory Care Fundamentals of Intensive Respiratory Care Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care Advanced Respiratory Care Procedures Respiratory Care Practicum I Respiratory Care Seminar II Respiratory Care Practicum II [-]

Associate Degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences

Butte College
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Chico

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to: identify core concepts of natural and physical sciences, including Microbiology, Human Physiology, Chemistry and Statistics; identify the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, research methods, core empirical findings, and historic trends in Psychology; etc. [+]

Associate Degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences Nutrition and Food Sciences Program Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378 Transfer Counseling Center: (530) 895-2264 Transfer information: www.assist.org Department Office: AHPS 251 (530) 895-2542 Brenda Stagner, Chair (530) 895-2923 About the Program The transfer major listed here partially reflects requirements for CSU, Chico. Students planning to transfer should contact a counselor for more information on program and transfer requirements. Comparable Nutrition and Food Sciences programs are also available at CSU, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Cal Poly Pomona, Sacramento and San Francisco. To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed in this catalog. Note that some courses have a prerequisite (P), corequisite (C), or both (P/C). Prerequisites and corequisites are listed within each course description in that catalog. Transfer majors designated as AA-T or AS-T are designed for transfer to a similar major at an unspecified CSU. Transfer majors designated as AA or AS are designed for transfer to the corresponding major at a specific CSU and are based on articulation. See a counselor for more information. Read about the difference between these types of degrees at the beginning of the Transfer section of this catalog. AS Degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences (60 Units Minimum) Student Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to: Identify core concepts of natural and physical sciences, including Microbiology, Human Physiology, Chemistry and Statistics. General Dietetics Option: Identify the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, research methods, core empirical findings, and historic trends in Psychology. Food Administration Option: Identify and apply core concepts of Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting and Microeconomics. Apply academic skills needed for success in Nutrition and Food Sciences after transfer. Required courses for the major: 24 - 32 Units Introduction to Microbiology Human Physiology Elementary Inorganic Chemistry Elementary Organic and Biochemistry Introduction to Statistics Dietetics Option at CSU, Chico Principles of Psychology Financial Accounting Managerial Accounting Principles of Microeconomics [-]

Associate Degree of Dental Hygiene

College of Southern Idaho
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Twin Falls

The Dental Hygiene program will educate students to provide patient dental care to the public. Didactic, clinical and laboratory instruction is designed to develop students to be valuable members of the Dental Health Team. [+]

Best Associate Degrees in Health Care 2017. Associate Degree of Dental Hygiene The Dental Hygiene program will educate students to provide patient dental care to the public. Didactic, clinical and laboratory instruction is designed to develop students to be valuable members of the Dental Health Team. Program graduates will become licensed Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH). They use educational theory and methodology to analyze oral health needs. Educational services learned will develop promotional strategies and delivery of oral health for individuals and groups. As clinicians they will assess, plan and implement treatments for prevention, intervention and control of oral diseases while practicing in collaboration with other professionals. Hygienist provides routine patient care and treatment for beginning to advanced stages of periodontal disease. [-]

Associate Degree in EMT-Paramedic

Butte College
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Chico

The Paramedic program is designed to prepare the student to become a licensed paramedic in the State of California. It meets all California requirements. [+]

Associate Degree in EMT-Paramedic EMT-Paramedic Program www.butte.edu/departments/careertech/healthoccupations/ Mike Smith, Chair (530) 895-2321 Department Office: AHPS 215 (530) 893-7533 Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378 About the Program The Paramedic program is designed to prepare the student to become a licensed paramedic in the State of California. It meets all California requirements. The program is also accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP). Licensure examinations may be taken upon completion of the two-semester program. To be successful in this program, the student must be able to work with a wide variety of people, have a good knowledge of anatomy and physiology, have good math and English skills, be able to adapt to new situations, and be in good physical condition. It is also recommended that the student have experience as an Emergency Medical Technician, a medical corpsman, or have a background in other emergency medical services. Students who are still in high school and are considering a career as a paramedic should take courses in mathematics, anatomy, physiology, and first aid. Career Opportunities Working under the supervision of physicians and nurses, students who successfully complete the program will be able to evaluate and treat a wide variety of medical and trauma emergencies in the pre-hospital setting. They will be able to administer medications, start intravenous lines, interpret EKG rhythm strips, defibrillate patients in cardiac arrest, and administer many other advanced life support procedures. Employment opportunities for licensed paramedics are available within the State of California. These opportunities are expected to continue in the foreseeable future. Admission to the Program Requires special application for admission. Prerequisites must be completed at a Regionally Accredited institution of higher education or COAEMSP. Requirements include: High school graduate or equivalent, Current National Registry (NREMT) certification or EMT II certificate, Current Basic Cardiac Life Support Healthcare Provider certificate from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross or equivalent (no online CPR), BIOL 20 Human Anatomy (no online labs), BIOL 21 Human Physiology (no online labs), (BIOL 10 Survey of Human Systems may be taken in lieu of BIOL 20 and BIOL 21) and Butte College assessment levels (English Level IV, Reading Level IV, Math Level IV). To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed at the beginning of the Career and Technical Education Programs section of that catalog. AS Degree in EMT - Paramedic (60 Units Minimum) Student Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to: Demonstrate in the pre-hospital setting the ability to comprehend, apply, analyze and evaluate information relevant to their role as an entry level EMT-P. Demonstrate in the pre-hospital setting technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry level EMT-P. Demonstrate in the pre-hospital setting personal behavior consistent with professional and employer expectations of an entry level EMT-P. Required courses for the major: 36 Units Paramedic-Theory Paramedic Clinical and Field Internship [-]

Associate Degree in Nursing

Mid Michigan Community College
Campus Full time 5 semesters January 2018 USA Harrison Mount Pleasant + 1 more

MMCC nursing students gain clinical experiences in both acute care and long term care facilities. Students are prepared as entry-level Associate Degree Registered Nurses, ready to begin employment immediately after graduation. Upon graduation, our students are eligible to sit for licensure by taking the NCLEX-RN exam. [+]

Best Associate Degrees in Health Care 2017. A Legacy of Excellence Since MMCC’s first graduating class of 21 nurses in 1969, the College has conferred over 3,500 nursing credentials. The College's nursing faculty and staff are committed to developing excellent and compassionate professionals. Ask around. Our graduates serve locally and across the State. You'll find out how well-respected our program is, and how exceptionally-prepared and skilled our graduates are when they enter careers. Real Skills for Future Nurses Our state-of-the-art simulation labs in both Harrison and Mt. Pleasant allow students to practice nursing skills without leaving campus. MMCC nursing students gain clinical experiences in both acute care and long term care facilities. Students are prepared as entry-level Associate Degree Registered Nurses, ready to begin employment immediately after graduation. Upon graduation, our students are eligible to sit for licensure by taking the NCLEX-RN exam. MMCC students average 80%-90% pass rates on this test. Selective Admissions Means No Wait List In 2010, MMCC transitioned from a wait list-based nursing program to selective admissions. The college welcomes 220 nurses each year, based on the strength of their applications to the program. Career Overview Registered Nurses are nurses involved in direct patient care. These health care professionals assess patients, help to design and carry out treatment plans, monitor the results of treatments, and keep patients and their families informed about their medical options and health issues. Job/Career Outlook Earnings* National Average: $71,000/year. MI Average: $67,690/year. Employment Outlook (2014-2024)*: 16% - Much faster than average. * Information from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014 figures. Program Pathway NOTE: All NUR courses in a semester must be passed with a minimum grade of “78%” to progress to the next semester. BIO 138 (or BIO 141 & BIO 142 each) must be passed with a minimum grade of “B‐“ to enter the program. BIO 141 & BIO 142 courses must also be taken at the same institution. If students have taken BIO 138 (or BIO 141 & BIO 142) courses prior to admission to the Nursing Program, the courses must have been completed within five (5) years of the date the student formally begins the Nursing Program. Prerequisites may be repeated only once, which includes withdrawals. FALL Cohort: Fall Semester: Total (12) Credits NUR 121: Fundamentals of Nursing | (5) Credits NUR 124: Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical I |(4) Credits NUR 150: Pharmacology in Nursing | (2.5) Credits NUR 151: Assessment in Nursing | (0.5) Credits Winter Semester: Total (12) Credits NUR 125: Nursing Care of Adults I | (4) Credits NUR 128: Nursing Care of Adults Clinical II | (4) Credits NUR 152: Nutrition Across the Lifespan | (1) Credit SSC 200: The Social Sciences & Contemporary | (3) Credits America (Recommended this Semester) NUR 133: Transition for Advanced Standing Nurses | (3) Credits Fall Semester: Total (13) Credits NUR 221: Family Centered Nursing | (4) Credits NUR 222: Family Centered Nursing Clinical III | (2) Credits NUR 223: Mental Health Nursing | (2) Credits NUR 224: Mental Health Nursing Clinical III | (2) Credits HUM 200: Modernity & Culture | (3) Credits OR HUM 253: American Culture (HUM Recommended this semester) Winter Semester: Total (10) Credits NUR 225: Nursing Care of Adults II | (4) Credits NUR 226: Nursing Care of Adults Clinical IV | (4) Credits NUR 227: Leadership in Nursing | (2) Credits Spring Semester: Total (3) Credits NUR 228: Preceptorship Clinical V | (3) Credits Application & Selection MMCC has a selective admission process to the nursing program. This involves several application processes and steps. Students are only eligible to apply for the nursing program AFTER prerequisite courses are completed. Nursing Program Prerequisites: Completion of all prerequisites courses listed on the Curriculum Guide with a minimum grade of “C” with the exception of BIO 141/142 or BIO 138 which requires a minimum grade of “B-“. BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken at the same school. Anatomy and Physiology courses cannot be older than five years from the date the student formally begins the program. Prerequisites may only be taken twice and withdrawals count as an attempt of taking the class. Selective Admissions MMCC admits students to the Nursing Program under a Selective Admission Process. The criteria for admission will be based on: GPA in pre-requisite courses (35% of total) Entrance Test (35% of total) Number of credits taken at MMCC (10% of total) Previous earned degrees (10% of total) Previous health care experience (10% of total) Bonus points for highly recommended courses MMCC admits nursing students twice a year: a Fall semester cohort at the Harrison campus and in Winter semester cohort at the Mt. Pleasant campus. When students have their prerequisite courses completed, they are then eligible to apply to the cohort of their choice. Because course rotation may vary from locations, the student will be required to complete their courses at the location accepted at the beginning of the program. Students are NOT permitted to switch campus locations during the middle of their program. Health Requirements for Nursing Clinicals: Students in the MMCC Nursing Program are expected to maintain a satisfactory level of mental and physical stability to enable and insure a safe and competent level of functioning. [-]