Military Medical - Associate of Science in Health Science

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 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.

  • Associate of Science in Health Science Concentrations and Transfer Credit Opportunities

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  • Army MOS
    Skill Level Credit Hours Transferred* Credit Hours Remaining Estimated Classes Remaining
    Army Dental Specialist–10, 20 19 71 14
    Army Dental Specialist–30 46 44 9
    Army Dental Specialist–40 59 31 6
    Army Dental Specialist–50 65 25 5
    Behavioral Health Technician–10, 20 27 63 13
    Behavioral Health Technician–30 54 36 7
    Behavioral Health Technician–40 64 26 5
    Biomedical Equipment Specialist–10+ 65 25 5
    Dental Laboratory Advanced-10+ 65 25 5
    Dental Laboratory–10+ 65 25 5
    Health Care Specialist–10+ 65 25 5
    Medical Laboratory Specialist–10+ 65 25 5
    Medical Logistics Specialist–10 (Post July 22, 2015) 22 68 12
    Medical Logistics Specialist–20 (Post July 22, 2015) 36 54 10
    Medical Logistics Specialist–30 (Post July 22, 2015) 59 31 6
    Medical Logistics Specialist–40+ (Post July 22, 2015) 65 25 5
    Medical Logistics-10, 20 (Pre July 22, 2015) 18 72 14
    Medical Logistics–30 (Pre July 22, 2015) 40 50 10
    Medical Logistics–40 (Pre July 22, 2015) 50 40 8
    Medical Logistics–50 (Pre July 22, 2015) 54 36 8
    Nutrition and Diet Therapy–10, 20 21 69 14
    Nutrition and Diet Therapy–30 60 30 6
    Nutrition and Diet Therapy–40 64 26 5
    Nutrition and Diet Therapy–50 65 25 5
    Ophthalmic Technician–10 (Post Oct. 1, 2013) 34 56 11
    Ophthalmic Technician–10+ (Pre Oct. 1, 2013) 65 25 5
    Ophthalmic Technician–20+ (Post Oct. 1, 2013) 48 42 8
    Patient Administration Specialist–10 27 63 11
    Patient Administration Specialist–20 41 49 9
    Patient Administration Specialist–30+ 65 25 5
    Pharmacy Specialist–10+ 65 25 5
    Physical Therapy Assistant–10 (Post Oct. 1, 2013) 48 42 8
    Physical Therapy Assistant–10+ (Pre Oct. 1, 2013) 65 25 5
    Physical Therapy Assistant–20+ (Post Oct. 1, 2013) 65 25 5
    Preventive Medicine–10, 20 34 56 11
    Preventive Medicine–30, 40, 50 65 25 5
    Radiology Specialist-10+ 65 25 5
    Surgical Technologist–10, 20 39 51 10
    Surgical Technologist–30 55 35 7
    Surgical Technologist–40, 50 65 25 5
    Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist–10, 20 18 72 14
    Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist–30 40 50 10
    Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist–40 54 36 7
    Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist–50 59 31 6
  • Coast Guard MOS
    Skill Level Credit Hours Transferred* Credit Hours Remaining Estimated Classes Remaining
    Health Service Technician–HS1-HS3,
    65 25 5
  • Navy Occupation
    Skill Level Credit Hours Transferred* Credit Hours Remaining Estimated Classes Remaining
    Basic Medical Technician Corpsman 41 49 10
    Basic Medical Technician Corpsman–HN (or higher) 65 25 5
    Behavioral Health Technician 65 25 5
    Biomedical Equipment Maintenance 65 25 5
    Dental Laboratory 65 25 5
    Dental Laboratory Advanced 65 25 5
    Dental Specialist 53 37 7
    Medical Laboratory Technician 65 25 5
    Nuclear Medicine Technician 44 46 9
    Pharmacy  Specialist 65 25 5
    Physical Therapy Assistant 65 25 5
    Preventative Medicine 65 25 5
    Radiology Specialist 65 25 5
    Surgical Technologist 65 25 5
  • Air Force Occupation
    Skill Level Credit Hours Transferred* Credit Hours Remaining Estimated Classes Remaining
    Biomedical Equipment Maintenance 65 25 5
    Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice 44 46 9
    Radiography 65 25 5
    Pharmacy–Air Force 42 48 10
    Dental Laboratory Advanced 65 25 5
    Dental Laboratory–Air Force 61 29 6
    Ophthalmic Technician–Air Force 30 60 12
    Independent Duty Medical Technician 38 52 11
    Physical Therapy Assistant–Air Force 45 45 9
    Surgical Technologist–Air Force 38 52 10
    Behavioral Health–Air Force 38 52 10
    Nutrition and Diet Therapy 21 69 14
    Medical Material Management Apprentice (Pre July 22, 2015) 16 74 15
    Medical Material Supervisor 11 79 16
    Health Services Management Apprentice 24 66 13
    Medical Material Apprentice (Post July 22, 2015) 14 76 15


Program Overview and Objective

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

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 level offerings.

Longer Term—Once you have completed your bachelor’s degree program, Kaplan University also offers a wide range of master's level programs, including: 

  • Master of Health Care Administration
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science in Health Education 
  • and many others 

Click here to review our master's level programs.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

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Challenge Exams

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.  

Challenge Exam


Passing Score


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


Kaplan University offers the following benefits to servicemembers and veterans:

Kaplan University also provides books and course materials at no additional cost.

Reduced Tuition and Fees for Military

Tuition for all undergraduate programs is reduced 55% for servicemembers, including members of the Guard and Reserve. The tuition rate is $165 per quarter credit hour. Tuition is reduced by 38% for veterans. 

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To learn more about military tuition and benefits, contact a Military Advisor at 877.809.8445.

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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, 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 graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any graduate or doctoral programs.

Kaplan University does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. 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 National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

#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 be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Kaplan University program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible 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.