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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 concentrations.
Please note that if you reside in the state of Minnesota, you may not enroll in the Associate of Science in Health Science program.
How It Works
We have evaluated specific allied heath specialties 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 occupations 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.
The Telemetry Concentration (Requires One Additional Course in Your Degree Plan)
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.#
Surgical Technology Course
Those who wish to take the surgical technology concentration 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 concentration, 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.