Associate’s Degree in Health Science for Military Students

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9 Or Less
Courses Required
55% for Active Duty
38% for Veterans
Tuition Reduction
10-Week Terms
Course Length
100% Online
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Associate’s in Health Science Overview

Get the credit you deserve and move your career forward faster. Use your military training as an allied health professional to earn your associate’s degree in health science.

  • Advance your military medical career with a program uniquely designed for servicemembers and veterans of the Army, Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force.
  • Earn your associate's in health science in as few as 9 courses when applying your allied health occupation and prior military medical training toward degree requirements.
  • Study a blend of health care, technical health information, and general education to keep up with the latest industry advances.
  • Take the first step toward a future bachelor’s degree by earning your associate’s.
  • Save on tuition — we offer significantly reduced tuition rates for servicemembers, including Guard and Reserve, and veterans. Learn more.
  • Specialize your degree with an optional preprofessional concentration.

Credit for Your Occupation

Your highly specialized military training counts at Purdue Global. We’ve evaluated various military occupations to reduce the number of required associate’s courses:

  • Air Force: 4A0X1, 4A1X1, 4A2X1, 4C0X1, 4D0X1, 4J0X1, 4N0X1, 4N1X1, 4P0X1, 4R0X1, 4V0X1, 4Y0X2
  • Army: 18D, 68A, 68C, 68D, 68E, 68EN5, 68F, 68G, 68J, 68K, 68M, 68P, 68PM5, 68Q, 68S, 68V, 68W, 68X, 68Y
  • Coast Guard: HS
  • Navy: HM
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See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Military Transfer Credit

Servicemembers and veterans, get the recognition you deserve and earn your degree faster. With our PME2Degree® program, you can turn your military and occupational training into college credit. How many credits have you earned?

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

What Courses Will I Take?

Our military medical programs provide a unique opportunity for you to excel in the health science field. Health science coursework includes a focus on anatomy and physiology, chemistry, nutrition, clinical skills, pathophysiology, health education, and health informatics.

Courses are taught by professionals with years of industry experience. Interactive technology allows you to collaborate and engage with fellow classmates.

Sample Courses

  • Principles of Nutrition
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Microbiology
  • Practices in Public Health
  • Associate's Capstone in Health Science
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No Concentration

45
Core Credits
25
Major Credits
20
Elective Credits
90
Total Credits

Pre-professional

45
Core Credits
27
Major Credits
18
Elective Credits
90
Total Credits

Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Choose the Associate’s Degree That’s Right for You

Apply your allied health occupation and military medical training toward an associate’s degree in health science. Advance your status within the military, continue toward completing a bachelor’s degree, or pursue career opportunities in the health science field.

Health Sciences Program Comparison Table

AS in Health Science AAS in Health Science
Program Objective

Designed for military servicemembers and veterans focused on earning an associate's degree and progressing toward completing a bachelor's

Designed for military servicemembers and veterans focused on earning an associate’s degree for immediate career progression

Program Duration

Earn your associate’s degree in 9 courses or less when applying credit for your allied health occupation toward degree requirements

Earn your associate's in as few as 5 courses when applying credit for your allied health occupation toward degree requirements

Transfer Credit Options

Prior military medical and health science training put you on a path toward advancing your education

View a sample transfer credit pathway

Allows greater flexibility to apply credit from prior institutions, credit by examination, and experiential learning toward degree requirements to put you on a path for career advancement

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Key Outcomes

Best option to immediately continue toward a bachelor’s and later a master’s degree in health science

Best option to immediately apply for advancement in a military or civilian career

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Get a Head Start on Your Bachelor's Degree

Completing your associate’s degree online will lay the groundwork for your next degree. You can transfer your associate’s degree into a Purdue Global bachelor’s degree, covering half of the program’s requirements.

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Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Transfer Credits

Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

Prior Work Experience Reduction

You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Military Tuition Reduction

Undergraduate tuition savings for military include a 55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and 38% per credit for veterans.

Prior Military Experience

Earn credit for your military training. The average Purdue Global military student is awarded 54% of the credits needed for an associate's and 45% of the credits needed for a bachelor's.

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Career Opportunities

Advance your status within the military with an associate’s degree in health science from Purdue Global. Additionally, military servicemembers and veterans who return to civilian life can pursue a number of entry-level careers within the growing field of allied health.

Average Salary

Low

General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

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Download our brochure to learn more about the Online Associate's Degree in Health Science for Military Students and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

Prepare yourself for success with an associate’s degree in health science for military students.

Our Students Succeed

Purdue Global is dedicated to preparing students like you for the careers of tomorrow.

Purdue Global recognizes the skills and training of our military and has developed a program in health sciences where servicemembers can earn their associate’s degree in as few as five classes. The associate’s degree bridges into one of seven bachelor’s degrees, five master’s degrees, and a doctorate in health science.

 

Richard Orona

PhD, US Army Sergeant Major (Retired), Adjunct Faculty

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Your Path to Success Begins Here

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

5-Course Determination: The 5-course determination is based on the transfer of 65 quarter credit hours toward the 90-credit AAS in Health Science. As of February 2020, of the 149 U.S. military occupation codes evaluated by Purdue Global across Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and Space Force, 40% had 5 courses remaining to complete the degree. Coursework reduction reflects an educational mapping based on the credit recommended by the Medical Education & Training Campus (METC) for occupation duties. Credit awards will vary based on occupation, skill level, completed military courses as listed on your official Joint Services Transcript(s), and applicable prior learning that can apply toward degree requirements. Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit from any of these sources. All credits must be validated on official transcript(s) to be eligible for transfer.

9-Course Determination: The 9-course determination is based on the transfer of 48 quarter credit hours toward the 90-credit AS in Health Science. As of February 2020, of the 149 U.S. military occupation codes evaluated by Purdue Global across Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and Space Force 44% had 9 or fewer courses remaining to complete the degree. Coursework reduction reflects an educational mapping based on the credit recommended by the Medical Education & Training Campus (METC) for occupation duties. Credit awards will vary based on occupation, skill level, completed military courses as listed on your official Joint Services Transcript(s), and applicable prior learning that can apply toward degree requirements. Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit from any of these sources. All credits must be validated on official transcript(s) to be eligible for transfer.

Future Programs: The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning policy.