Healthcare degree programs are available from the associate's through doctoral level and cover a wide range of occupations. Associate's degree programs commonly are available for aspiring emergency medical technicians, nurses, occupational therapy specialists, medical assistants, cardiovascular technicians and respiratory therapists. Dietetics, health services management and health information management are common fields for bachelor's programs, while students may find master's programs in fields such as the health sciences and nurse education.
Many health care education programs prepare students for licensure in their field, and some programs require prerequisite coursework or health care credentials to enroll. Although schools sometimes offer health care coursework online, programs may include on-site clinical experience.
Thomas Edison State College
Located in Trenton, New Jersey, Thomas Edison State College (TESC) holds five different educational accreditations and offers courses designed to fit the needs of both working and non-working students looking to obtain certificates or degrees. Associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in health care are available.
Students in the school's applied health studies associate's degree program may choose between many areas of emphasis, such as emergency medical technician (EMT), cardiovascular technician, occupational therapy specialist and dermatology assistant. Allied health professionals pursuing the bachelor's degree in health sciences can choose from four majors, including allied dental specialties, advanced imaging technologies, dietetics and health services management. There's also a business administration program in hospital health care administration for those looking for managerial positions.
Registered nurses can choose between bachelor's and master's programs in nursing, with the master's program having a nurse educator concentration. The bachelor's program consists of online courses, including those in health policies, evolving developments in technology for health care and clinical competency. Those with a bachelor's degree in nursing can enroll in the master's program, which educates students in managerial nursing and enables graduates to teach in nursing schools and healthcare environments.
Rutgers University - Newark
The School of Health Related Professions (SHRP), which is located at the Rutgers University's Newark campus, offers several associate's, bachelor's and master's programs in the health care field. Programs are available for those looking to enter the health care field or who want to advance.
The associate's degree in respiratory care requires prerequisite general education coursework to enroll and includes courses in respiratory care, cardiopulmonary pathophysiology, evaluation techniques and pharmacology. Suitable for health professionals possessing certificates or degrees in allied health, the bachelor's program in health services management and education focuses on supervision and human resources in health care, finances and budgeting in health care, health services administration and educational approach to the allied health vocation.
The school's bachelor's degree program in health information management teaches students about medical vocabulary, retention and development, pathology of disease, statistics in health, health services administration, electronic record keeping and human resources. Students can also pursue a master's degree in health sciences with an integrative health and wellness specialization. This online program includes coursework in nutrition, health care ethics, dietary supplements and integrative health care treatments.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Thomas Edison State College||4-year, public; small city|| AAS in Applied Health Studies,
BS in Health Sciences,
BS in Business Administration in Hospital Health Care Administration,
BS in Nursing,
MS in Nursing - Nurse Educator
| $7,519 (in-state),
|Rutgers University - Newark||4-year, public; large city|| AS in Respiratory Care,
BS in Health Sciences in Health Services Management and Education,
BS in Health Information Management,
MS in Health Sciences - Integrative Health and Wellness
| $14,409 (in-state),
Source: *NCES College Navigator