Health studies degree helps workers take their career to the next level
As more health care organizations seek workers who possess at least a college associate degree, Jackson College offers a unique associate degree designed for workers looking to take the next step.
About the Program
For those who hold a certification or licensure in an allied health profession, the Associate in Applied Science degree in Allied Health can help them further their opportunities.
“There is a need in the health care community as many employers are requiring their employees to have at least an associate degree,” said Dr. Kristin Stockbridge, program director. “This degree is like a one-size-fits-all, as individuals can bring in a credential and build their core program from there.”
A current health care professional with an existing credential may receive up to 33 credits toward their degree requirements. Each credential will be evaluated, so credits are awarded on a case-by-case basis. If a student doesn’t have an existing credential, they can take a group of courses or certificate program that leads into the associate degree program.
Consider this degree as a stepping-stone for further study or promotion in one’s current career. Students may focus in one of four areas:
- Health management – Students looking for more management expertise or continuing with a bachelor’s degree in health management or human relations.
- Science – For students interested in further education in the sciences.
- Psychology/Human behavior – For students interested in further study in psychology and social sciences.
- Entrepreneurship – For students interested in gaining skills and knowledge to open their own health-related business, such as an assisted living facility.
Possible careers are many, but some potential job titles include:
- Medical and health services managers – 18 percent growth in field, wages start in range of $55,000 annually.
- Health educators – 13 percent growth, starting wages in range of $32,000 annually
- Psychiatric technicians – 6 percent growth, starting wages in range of $24,000 annually
For more information, contact Dr. Kristin Stockbridge .