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.
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 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 can usually be earned in four years at a college or university. Many career paths require a bachelor degree to advance.
Master’s and doctoral degrees are often paths to advancement and specialization in certain careers.
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.