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Types of Programs

Types of Programs

There are a variety of types of programs available to people looking to start or advance a career in healthcare.

 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

This basic program helps you learn English words and conversation skills that you will need for Adult Basic Education and/or job training. Learn more.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Job Training Courses
Some healthcare jobs do not require certification, but some job training may be required, or may help you get a job without experience. These may include classroom work, simulation training or clinical training.

Certificates

Certificate programs like Medical Assistant can often be completed in less than 12 months. But not all certification programs are the same. Before you start a program, you should learn more about what certification means for your career.

Associate Degrees

Associate degrees can usually be earned in two years at a community college or some private colleges. There are many types of Associate Degree programs depending on your career interests.

Bachelor’s Degrees

Bachelor’s degrees can usually be earned in four years at a college or university. Many career paths require a bachelor degree to advance.

Graduate Degrees

Master’s and doctoral degrees are often paths to advancement and specialization in certain careers.

Professional Degrees

Earning a professional degree means completing the academic requirements to become licensed in a recognized profession, like a pharmacist. These programs require at least two years of previous college work for entrance, and at least six years of total college work for completion.

Combined Degree (or Joint Degree)

A combined degree allows you to complete a bachelor’s degree and a master’s or professional degree in less than the usual amount of time. In most programs, students apply to the graduate program during their first three years of undergraduate study, and begin the graduate program in their fourth year.

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This website was funded in part by Workforce STAT (Skills, Talent, Awareness, Training): Transforming Regional Capacity for Healthcare Education, Grant # CB18820. Workforce STAT was a $1.66 million Community Based Job Training Initiative through the U.S. Department of Labor. The website is also funded in part by a Healthcare Skills Gap Partnership grant through the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by Commonwealth Corporation.