Online Health & Medical Degrees

There are a large variety of accredited diploma, certificate and degree programs designed to prepare students for career positions in hundreds of health care and medical fields. The most common career training programs include certificates or associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees.

Certificates and Associate Degrees

From nursing to massage therapy to x-ray technician, you can obtain the requisite skills and training to launch your health career withing one to two years by obtaining a diploma, certificate or associate degree in a applied field of study. Diplomas and associate degree will prepare students for a limited number of career positions, such as vocational nurse or medical aide. An associate's degree will prepare students for entry-level support positions as medical technicians. It will also qualify students to pursue a four-year bachelor's degree.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Specialized health and medical positions such as respiratory therapist, social worker, physical therapist, etc. usually require a four-year bachelor's of science degree from an accredited college or university. Earning a bachelor's degree in an applied field of study relating to healthcare, medicine or therapy will prepare students for a wide variety of entry-level career positions. Many students will complete a four-year bachelor of science degree (usually in one of the sciences) in preparation for dental or medical school.

Graduate Degrees

Healthcare and medical specialists responsible for diagnosing and treating patients usually require graduate level education via a master's degree or other specialized professional certification. Health careers in administration, policy, regulations, and legislation, from hospital administrators to medical researchers, often require graduate level education as well. While a bachelor's degree is sometimes sufficient to qualify for administrative healthcare positions a master's degree or PhD is often required for long-term career advancement.

Online degree programs are ideal for preparing students for a large range of health and medical-related careers. Practitioner careers, however, usually require on-site training and instruction in addition to education provided via an online degree program.

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