Healthcare Schools in Rochester
Students looking for programs in the healthcare field have several options in the Rochester, MI area. A few schools offer certificate and degree programs in specialized fields such as healthcare administration and registered nursing. Students have the option to enroll in a certificate program, which offers a brief but intensive course of study, or a more comprehensive degree program, which examines a broader range of topics. The article below profiles some schools in the area offering such programs.
- Baker College is a private school offering multiple certificate and degree programs in several fields of study.
- Oakland University features several bachelor's degree programs, as well as a graduate option.
- Rochester College offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences, which allows students to concentrate in either physical therapy or pharmaceuticals.
The table below contains a side-by-side look at some of the most pertinent figures about these schools, such as tuition, admissions information, and student population.
|Baker College||Oakland University||Rochester College|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||12,018||19,333||1,168|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$9,360||$11,970 (in-state), $23,873 (out-of-state)||$22,312|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||96%||86%||72%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||Open admissions||84%||100%|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)*||45% (full-time students)||77% (full-time students)||65% (full-time students)|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students who began in 2011)*||13%||46%||42%|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
With a campus located in nearby Auburn Hills, Baker College offers a certificate and several associate's degree programs in healthcare fields, as well as a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration.
Associate Degree in Nursing
This program has a curriculum designed by working nurses and also offers small class sizes. Students can finish their degree in 12 months after meeting the prerequisites and will be eligible for licensing examinations to become a registered nurse. The degree requires a total of 73 credits for graduation. Major requirements include topics like nutrition, child and family nursing, nursing pharmacology and maternal child nursing.
Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology
Subjects covered in this program include anatomy, disease care and basic medical terminology. Graduates will be eligible to take the National Certification Exam to earn the Registered Health Information Technician credential.
Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
This program covers the basic use of diagnostic ultrasound equipment. Students also learn about anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.
Certificate in Medical Assisting
Aspiring medical assistants learn to perform clinical and clerical tasks in a medical office setting. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant exam given by the American Association of Medical Assistants.
Bachelor of Healthcare Administration
Students learn to schedule, assess, budget and supervise day-to-day activities in a health care setting. This program also can be completed entirely online.
Students at OU, set in Rochester Hills, have several undergraduate degree programs to choose from, and more advanced students can pursue a graduate degree as well.
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
This degree aims to provide students with a solid grasp of essential topics by combining courses from a variety of disciplines. Students can expect to take courses in liberal arts, social science, basic science, and, of course, health science. The program also offers six concentrations, each in a unique health discipline: exercise science, integrative holistic medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-health professional, nutrition and health, and pre-physical therapy.
Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Sciences
This program is mostly aimed at students who have already earned an associate's degree in a healthcare field. Students may transfer up to 65 credits in areas such as medical/dental assisting, pharmacy technician and surgical technology.
Master of Public Health
The 44-credit MPH program at Oakland includes a required core of courses in addition to choices among many electives. Students may take courses in subjects such as epidemiology, environmental health sciences, and health care program administration.
Students looking to enroll in a pharmacy or physical therapy graduate school should consider enrolling in Rochester's undergraduate program, which is designed to equip graduates with the essential skills and knowledge that is needed to gain admission into such programs. This school is affiliated with Churches of Christ and also situated in Rochester Hills.
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Rochester College offers a 120-credit program that allows students to specialize in one of two fields: pharmaceuticals or physical therapy. Regardless of concentration, students in this program will need to complete a series of core courses in fundamental topics such as microbiology, genetics, and physics. After mastering these subjects, students then move on to the track of their choosing. Physical therapy students will learn about lifespan development and exercise physiology, while pharmaceutical students will learn about biochemistry and statistics. Depending on their chosen track, students also complete several electives.