Pima Medical Institute has recently expanded its online Healthcare Administration (HCA) associate degree program, allowing students without prior higher education to enroll and begin their medical career.
“We realized that many students want to move into the healthcare field, but they may not have had the required credits to enroll in the degree-completion program,” said Pima Medical Online Education Director, Deborah Ayers. “The new Healthcare Administration program removes this obstacle, making the program available to anyone with a high school diploma or GED. This gives more people the opportunity to move into this developing field that helps manage the growing administrative side of healthcare.”
The new Healthcare Administration program still includes courses in anatomy and physiology, healthcare management and medical law and ethics, while several of the new course offerings introduce content in health information technology (HIT), including electronic health records, coding and insurance.
“Learning skills in health information technology can help make a graduate more marketable as more healthcare providers seek ways to use HIT to improve healthcare quality and efficiency,” Ayers said.
The HCA program is also a great pathway for those who have graduated from several of Pima Medical’s certificate programs and want to further their educations. Graduates from the Dental Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Practical Nursing or Sterile Processing Technician programs may be eligible to transfer up to 28 credits for an accelerated start. Students who have attended programs at other schools may also be eligible to transfer credits for an accelerated start.
The program, normally 18 months for those with no transferred credits, may be shortened to up to 12 months, depending on the number of transferred credits accepted.
Here are some pathways students may take to further their careers through the HCA online associate degree.
Stephan Pangkee followed the pathway, earning his associate degree in Healthcare Administration from Pima Medical. Read first-hand how his experience was in school and where it took him.