Associate’s Degree in Health Science for Military Students

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Program at a Glance
  • Reduce the credits you need to earn your associate’s degree in health science by using your prior health care training and military experience.
  • Take the first step toward a bachelor’s degree by earning your health science associate’s degree.
  • Special transfer credit pathways available for Army, Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force occupations to shorten the time needed to complete your degree.
  • Choose a specialized preprofessional concentration.
  • Advance your military medical career with a program uniquely designed for servicemembers and veterans.
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
TUITION REDUCTION 55% for Active Duty

38% for Veterans
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Associate of Science in Health Science Overview

If you’ve received military training as an allied health professional, you are already on your way to earning your associate’s degree in health science. At Purdue Global, we believe your highly specialized military training should give you a jump start on your education.

To help you achieve your academic and professional goals, we have evaluated various military occupations to help reduce the number of courses required for your associate’s degree*:

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

Don’t see your occupation listed? Your military experience could still earn you college credit at Purdue Global. We will evaluate your military transcripts and may award credit for prior coursework and occupational training.

Program Highlights

We build on your prior military medical training to help you achieve your health science associate’s degree. Our curriculum focuses on a comprehensive framework that incorporates current research and industry advances in:

  • Health care
  • General education
  • Technical health information

Apply techniques and skills from your prior military training to real-world health science scenarios with a capstone project. You can also choose to complete a health science preprofessional concentration.

How Many Credits Have You Earned?

Maximize your military career experience and earn your degree faster with our PME2Degree program. Hundreds of occupations across each branch of the armed forces have already been evaluated for credit toward a Purdue Global degree.

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Tuition Reductions

We offer significantly reduced tuition rates for servicemembers, including Guard and Reserve, and veterans.

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Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit or call 800-621-7440.

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.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Speaking
  2. Active Listening
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Social Perceptiveness

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016–2028) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

Get a Head Start on Your Bachelor's Degree

By completing your associate’s degree online, you’ll not only earn a valuable credential to make an immediate impact on your career, but you’ll also lay the groundwork for your next degree. You can transfer your associate’s degree into a Purdue Global bachelor’s degree, covering at least half of the program’s requirements.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

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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
  • Associate's Capstone in Health Science
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In addition to the required core and major courses, you can further specialize your health science associate degree by choosing a preprofessional concentration designed to prepare you to take professional credentialing exams and/or fulfill many requirements for a professional program.

Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits45
  • Major Credits25
  • Elective Credits20
  • Total Credits90
Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits45
  • Major Credits22
  • Elective Credits18
  • Total Credits90

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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*Based on a member of the military who transfers in the maximum amount of credit toward the stated degree. Coursework reduction reflects an educational mapping based on the completion of the standard courses required for rank advancement as well as credit for occupation duties. Credit awards have service-level requirements. Exact transfer amount may vary depending on completed military courses and occupations as listed on your official Joint Service Transcript(s). State-specific requirements, as listed in the University Catalog, may apply. All credits must be validated on official transcript(s) to be eligible for transfer.

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 Assessment policy.

Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.