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If you received military training as an allied health professional, you may be within five courses of earning your associate’s degree.* If you wish to continue your education after your associate’s degree, we have also evaluated various occupations and applied additional credit to reduce the courses needed to earn a bachelor’s degree.† Click here to learn more. We also offer master’s degree programs within health sciences.
We have identified some key areas within your associate’s degree studies that can help you in your career aspirations in very specific areas of health care. These include telemetry and surgical technologist specializations.
Please note that if you reside in the state of Minnesota, you may not enroll in the Associate of Science in Health Science program.
We have evaluated specific allied heath specialties (MOSs/NECs) and mapped them to our Associate of Science in Health Science degree plan. This helps ensure your prior military training transfers into Kaplan University as college credit. Additional opportunities to earn credit, including challenge exams, could bring your goal even closer.‡ See below for a list of evaluated MOSs and NECs and examples of how they may transfer into the degree plan.
If you transfer in the maximum number of credits (65 quarter credit hours toward the 90 quarter credit hour degree) the remaining courses could be completed in just three 10-week terms (taking two courses each term). This could put you within 8 months of earning a degree.
As part of the Associate of Science in Health Science program, you may be able to take an in-depth course in telemetry, a growing career field within health sciences. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in medical assisting are expected to grow 23% during the decade ending in 2024.§
Telemetry technicians monitor the heart rhythms of patients in cardiology or intensive care unit settings. You will have the opportunity to study basic cardiac terminology, anatomy related to the heart, and electrophysiology, as well as regulatory and compliance standards to include patient safety, documentation, and interaction skills. This course is designed to prepare you to take the Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician Examination offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International.#
Those who wish to take the surgical technology specialization will take a course that covers the regulatory standards and recommended practices for surgical technologists. Emphasis is placed on the principles of aseptic and sterile technique, encompassing decontamination and disinfection, and their pertinence in safe patient care practices. Core concepts such as preparation, packaging, and surgical instrumentation are addressed. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology and medical terminology are reinforced from the perspective of surgical technology.Please note that if you decide to take either the telemetry or surgical technology specialization, another course above those identified in the tables below will likely be required.
Another program that might interest you is the Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology. Click here to learn more.
Associate of Science in Health Science Career Focus Areas and Transfer Credit Opportunities
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Career Focus Area
Credits Hours Transferred*
Biomedical Equipment Specialist - 10+
Medical Laboratory Specialist - 10+
Credits Hours Transferred
Basic Medical Technician Corpsman - HN
Nuclear Medicine Technician
*Credit hours transferred does not include any military learning obtained outside of the occupation training (ex. Basic Training).
Air Force Occupation
Pharmacy - Air Force
The objective of the Associate of Science in Health Science is to further the educational and career goals of military students who have already received military training for medical and health science occupational specialties.** The curriculum focuses on the important role of professionalism in health care, general education, and industry-related technical information and builds on students’ prior military medical training to help them achieve an associate’s degree. Enrollment in the Associate of Science in Health Science is limited to servicemembers of the U.S. military, including members of the Reserve or National Guard, and veterans of the U.S. military.
The program provides a broad education and allows students to select coursework in health science subjects including anatomy and physiology, chemistry, nutrition, pathophysiology, clinical skills, health education, and health informatics. The program includes a capstone experience designed to prepare students for work in various health science fields within the military and could help students meet educational requirements for advancement. Graduates may also pursue a number of entry-level careers within the broad field of allied health should they return to civilian life.**
What’s Next—Once you have completed your associate’s
program you can transfer all those credits into one of our bachelor's degree programs, including the Bachelor of Science in Health Science. Click here to review all of our bachelor’s
Longer Term—Once you have completed your bachelor’s degree program, Kaplan University also offers a wide range of master's level programs, including:
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Challenge exams allow you to demonstrate proficiency in the learning outcomes of specific Kaplan University courses by passing a comprehensive test. These exams can be used to waive prerequisites, determine class placement, and earn college credit. Not all courses provide this option, and challenge exams taken at other colleges or universities will not be accepted. Available challenge exams for this degree program are listed below.
CM 107: College Composition I
CM 220: College Composition II
HA 255: Human Resources for Health Care Organizations
HS 120: Anatomy and Physiology I
HS 130: Anatomy and Physiology II
HS 220: Medical Coding and Insurance
HS 230: Health Care Administration
HS 240: Medical Office Accounting
MM 150: Survey of Mathematics
MM 212: College Algebra
MO 250: Medical Records Management
MO 260: Medical Office Applications
MR 105: Keyboarding I—Fundamentals
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Tuition for all undergraduate programs is reduced 55% for
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* Based on a member of the military who transfers in 65 quarter credit hours (the maximum amount of credit). Coursework reduction reflects an educational mapping based on the completion of the standard courses required for rank advancement as well as credit for occupation duties. Credit awards have service-level requirements. Exact transfer amount may vary depending on completed military courses and occupations as listed on your official Joint Service Transcript(s). State-specific requirements, as listed in catalog.kaplanuniversity.edu, may apply. All credits must be validated on official transcript(s) to be eligible for transfer.
† While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate-, or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.
‡ Kaplan University cannot guarantee transferability of credit. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.
§ Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-assistants.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or
short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job
# Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.
** Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
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