3 Valuable Healthcare Degrees You Can Get Online


By Staff Writer Published on April 18, 2014

Here’s what one recent online graduate said: “The online learning format really allowed me to complete my education. With my work schedule, I would not have been able to complete my education in a traditional setting. It’s an ideal format if you don’t have time to go to a traditional university.”[1]

You know what else is awesome, if you want a good career? The healthcare industry. If you enjoy helping other people, healthcare offers many higher-paying career opportunities. And no, you don’t have to go to school forever to get your healthcare degree. Some healthcare positions require only an associate’s degree, which you could finish in as little as 22 months.

So, here’s the best of both worlds: online healthcare degrees. Let’s look at three healthcare degrees that you could do online from the comfort of your own home.

Respiratory Therapy (Associate of Science)

Would you like to earn a good living by helping patients with their breathing problems? By completing this 26-month online degree program in respiratory therapy, you could qualify to work as a respiratory therapist in a hospital or other healthcare center.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), respiratory therapy positions are projected to grow 19% by 2022, with over 22,700 new positions created. Median annual pay for respiratory therapists was $55,870 in 2012.[2]

In this degree program, you’ll learn how to use high-tech equipment to deliver sophisticated diagnostic, therapeutic, and life-support services. This could include providing ventilatory life support, administering medical gases and aerosols, and performing cardiopulmonary assessment and monitoring.

Respiratory therapy is an exciting field. You could really make a difference in patients’ lives—in fact, you could even help save their lives!

Medical Specialties (Associate of Occupational Studies)

If you want to work in healthcare, a 22-month online Medical Specialties degree could open many different employment doors for you, such as:

  • Home health aide
  • Medical assistant
  • Medical billing/coding specialist
  • Medical lab technician
  • Medical records technician
  • Nursing assistant
  • Pharmacy technician

For example, let’s look at the position of medical lab technician. According to the BLS, jobs in this field are growing much faster than average, with 22% growth projected by 2022. That’s over 70,000 new positions—one of them could be yours! In 2012, the median annual wage for medical laboratory technicians was $37,240.[3]

The Medical Specialties program keeps your employment options open by including courses for medical assisting, medical billing and coding, laboratory procedures, phlebotomy, nursing assisting, and pharmacy technology. As part of your degree objectives, you could prepare for possible certification or licensing in various medical skills.[4]

Health Information Management (Bachelor of Science)

With the healthcare industry moving toward electronic information management, this field needs qualified workers like you.

In just 36 months or less, you could get your online bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management. That’s a lot less time than a traditional 48-month bachelor’s degree program!

This healthcare degree prepares you for entry-level positions such as health information technologist, inpatient/outpatient coder, coding data coordinator, and clinical information systems technologist. With the right skills, you could help manage health records in hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, health departments, governmental agencies, and other healthcare places.

As an example, let’s consider the position of health information technologist. According to the BLS, jobs in this area are growing much faster than average, with 22% growth projected by 2022. That’s over 41,000 new positions! In 2012, the median annual wage for health information technologists was $40,380.[5]

Online Healthcare Degrees at Independence University

All three healthcare degrees described above are available online at Independence University, which also offers several additional degree programs. Here’s what recent graduates are saying about IU:

  • “What I liked most about Independence University was the flexibility of courses and schedule. Also, the staff and faculty responded quickly to my questions and gave solid, practical advice.”[6]
  • “The faculty was very helpful and accessible. As a result of enrolling and graduating from Independence University, I earned a degree for the very first time and increased my gross income. I obtained an advanced credential for my profession and more recognition.”[7]
  • “At Independence University, I was able to work and attend school at the same time. Now I have greater self-respect and confidence. School helped me to get out of a rut and back to self-improvement.”[8]

At Independence University, we tailor our online healthcare degrees to meet your needs as a busy student. With our effective, convenient, online education system, you can still work at your job while getting your degree. And then you could start a higher-paying, more-rewarding career!

Find out more about online healthcare degrees at Independence University. Speak with an Admissions Consultant at 1-800-972-5149.


[1] Terrance Showers, Online Branch Campus, Respiratory Therapy
[2] http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/respiratory-therapists.htm
[3] http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm
[4] Certifications/licenses may require additional study and cost and are not awarded by the college.
[5] http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm
[6] Ramar Jette, Online Branch Campus, Health Services Management
[7] Kathleen Smith, Online Branch Campus, Allied Health
[8] Timothy Wolfe, Online Branch Campus, Respiratory Therapy


Author Bio
Christopher Bigelow is a copywriter for Independence University, with over twenty years of experience in marketing and corporate communications.

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