Military Medical - Associate of Science in Health Science

If you received military training as an allied health professional, you are already on your way to earning your associate’s degree.* See below for a list of evaluated occupations and examples of how they may transfer into the degree plan. If you wish to continue your education after your associate’s degree, we have also evaluated various occupations and applied additional credit to reduce the courses needed to earn a bachelor's degree.† We also offer master’s degree programs within health sciences.

We have identified some key areas within your associate’s degree studies that can help you in your career aspirations in very specific areas of health care. These include telemetry, medical assistant, and surgical technologist concentrations.

Please note that if you reside in the state of Minnesota, you may not enroll in the Associate of Science in Health Science program


How It Works

We have evaluated specific allied heath specialties and mapped them to our Associate of Science in Health Science degree plan. This helps ensure your prior military training transfers into Purdue Global as college credit. Additional opportunities to earn credit, including challenge exams, could bring your goal even closer.‡  

The Telemetry Concentration

As part of the Associate of Science in Health Science program, you may be able to take an in-depth course in telemetry, a growing career field within health sciences. 

Telemetry technicians monitor the heart rhythms of patients in cardiology or intensive care unit settings. You will have the opportunity to study basic cardiac terminology, anatomy related to the heart, and electrophysiology, as well as regulatory and compliance standards to include patient safety, documentation, and interaction skills. This course is designed to prepare you to take the Certified Rhythm Analysis Technician Examination offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International.§

Surgical Technology Course

Those who wish to take the surgical technology concentration will take a course that covers the regulatory standards and recommended practices for surgical technologists. Emphasis is placed on the principles of aseptic and sterile technique, encompassing decontamination and disinfection, and their pertinence in safe patient care practices. Core concepts such as preparation, packaging, and surgical instrumentation are addressed. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology and medical terminology are reinforced from the perspective of surgical technology.

Associate of Science in Health Science Concentrations and Transfer Credit Opportunities

Click on the below tabs to see transfer credit opportunities for your branch. Maximum credit awards include any anticipated Common Core credit.

  • Skill Level Maximum Credits Awarded Credits Remaining Estimated Classes Remaining Course Reduction for Training
    68A Biomedical Equipment Specialist - 10, 20, 30, 40 45 45 9 50%
    68A Biomedical Equipment Specialist - 50 60 30 6 67%
    68D Operating Room Specialist - 10, 20, 30, 40 41 49 10 46%
    68D Operating Room Specialist - 50 56 34 7 62%
    68E Dental Specialist - 10 30 60 12 33%
    68E Dental Specialist – 20, 30, 40 40 50 10 44%
    68E Dental Specialist - 50 55 35 7 61%
    68EN5 Dental Laboratory Technician – 10, 20, 30, 40 40 50 10 44%
    68EN5 Dental Laboratory Technician – 50 55 35 7 61%
    68F Physical Therapy Specialist – 10, 20, 30, 40 43 47 10 48%
    68F Physical Therapy Specialist – 50 56 34 7 62%
    68G Patient Administration Specialist – 10 30 60 12 33%
    68G Patient Administration Specialist – 20, 30, 40 40 50 10 44%
    68G Patient Administration Specialist – 50 55 35 7 61%
    68J Medical Logistics Specialist – 10 24 66 13 27%
    68J Medical Logistics Specialist – 20, 30, 40 35 55 11 39%
    68J Medical Logistics Specialist – 50 50 40 8 56%
    68K Medical Laboratory Specialist – 10, 20, 30, 40 55 35 7 61%
    68K Medical Laboratory Specialist – 50 67 23 5 74%
    68M Nutrition Care Specialist – 10, 20, 30, 40 38 52 10 42%
    68M Nutrition Care Specialist – 50 53 37 7 59%
    68P Radiology Specialist – 10, 20, 30, 40 55 35 7 61%
    68P Radiology Specialist – 50 67 23 5 74%
    68PM5 Clinical Nuclear Medicine Specialist – 10, 20, 30, 40 61 29 6 68%
    68PM5 Clinical Nuclear Medicine Specialist – 50 67 23 5 74%
    68Q Pharmacy Specialist – 10, 20, 30, 40 40 50 10 44%
    68Q Pharmacy Specialist – 50 55 35 7 61%
    68S Preventative Medicine Specialist – 10, 20, 30, 40 49 41 9 54%
    68S Preventative Medicine Specialist – 50 64 26 6 71%
    68V Respiratory Specialist – 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 67 23 5 74%
    68W Combat Medic Specialist – 10, 20, 30, 40 40 50 10 44%
    68W Combat Medic Specialist – 50 55 35 7 61%
    68X Mental Health Specialist – 10, 20, 30, 40 51 39 8 57%
    68X Mental Health Specialist – 50 66 24 5 73%
    68Y Eye Specialist - 10 37 53 11 41%
    68Y Eye Specialist – 20, 30, 40 40 50 10 44%
    68Y Eye Specialist - 50 55 35 7 61%

  • Skill Level Maximum Credits Awarded Credits Remaining Estimated Classes Remaining Course Reduction for Training
    HS3, HS2, HS1, HSC, HSCS, HSCM Health Services Technician 40 50 10 44%

    HM-8416
    Nuclear Medicine Technologist
    61 29 6 68%
  • Skill Level Maximum Credits Awarded Credits Remaining Estimated Courses Remaining Course Reduction for Training
    HM-8410
    Biomedical Equipment Technician
    54 36 8 60%
    HM-8416
    Nuclear Medicine Technologist
    61 29 6 68%
    HM-8432
    Preventative Medicine Technician
    49 41 9 54%
    HM-8452
    Advanced X-Ray Technician
    60 30 7 67%
    HM-8466
    Physical Therapy Technician
    44 46 10 49%
    HM-8482
    Pharmacy Technician
    49 41 9 54%
    HM-8483
    Surgical Technologist
    41 49 10 46%
    HM-8485
    Psychiatry Technician
    41 49 10 46%
    HM-8506
    Medical Laboratory Technician, Advanced
    55 35 7 61%
    HM-8701
    Dental Assistant
    14 76 15 16%
    HM-8752
    Dental Laboratory Technician, Basic
    40 50 10 44%
    HM-8753
    Dental Laboratory Technician, Advanced
    40 50 10 44%
    HN+
    Hospitalman
    50 40 8 56%

  • Skill Level Maximum Credits Awarded Credits Remaining Courses Remaining Course Reduction for Training
    4A0X1 Health Services Management – 3 26 64 14 29%
    4A0X1 Health Services Management –5, 7 40 50 10 44%
    4A1X1 Medical Materiel – 3 15 75 15 17%
    4A2X1 Biomedical Equipment – 3 45 45 9 50%
    4C0X1 Mental Health Service – 3 43 47 10 48%
    4D0X1 Diet Therapy –3 24 66 14 27%
    4J0X2 Physical Medicine – 3 44 46 9 49%
    4N0X1 Aerospace Medical Service – 3, 5A, 5B, 5C 40 50 10 44%
    4N1X1 Surgical Service – 3 22 68 13 24%
    4P0X1 Pharmacy Technician – 3 37 53 11 41%
    4R0X1 Diagnostic Imaging – 3 55 35 7 61%
    4R031A Diagnostic Imaging Apprentice, Nuclear Medicine – 3 61 29 5 68%
    4V0X1 Optometry – 3 30 60 12 33%
    4Y0X2 Dental Laboratory – 3 40 50 10 44%

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Program Overview and Objective

The objective of the Associate of Science in Health Science is to further the educational and career goals of military students who have already received military training for medical and health science occupational specialties. The curriculum focuses on the important role of professionalism in health care, general education, and industry-related technical information and builds on students’ prior military medical training to help them achieve an associate’s degree. Enrollment in the Associate of Science in Health Science is limited to servicemembers of the U.S. military, including members of the Reserve or National Guard, and veterans of the U.S. military.

The program provides a broad education and allows students to select coursework in health science subjects including anatomy and physiology, chemistry, nutrition, pathophysiology, clinical skills, health education, and health informatics. The program includes a capstone experience designed to prepare students for work in various health science fields within the military and could help students meet educational requirements for advancement. Graduates may also pursue a number of entry-level careers within the broad field of allied health should they return to civilian life.#

What's Next

Once you have completed your associate’s program you can transfer all those credits into one of our bachelor's degree programs, including the Bachelor of Science in Health Science. Click here to review all of our bachelor’s level offerings.

Longer Term—Once you have completed your bachelor’s degree program, Purdue Global also offers a wide range of master's level programs, including: 

  • Master of Health Care Administration
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science in Health Education 
  • And many others 

Click here to review our master's level programs.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Access gainful employment information, including program length, tuition costs, financing options, and success rates.*

*Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.

Challenge Exams

Challenge exams allow you to demonstrate proficiency in the learning outcomes of specific Purdue Global courses by passing a comprehensive test. These exams can be used to waive prerequisites, determine class placement, and earn college credit. Not all courses provide this option, and challenge exams taken at other colleges or universities will not be accepted. Click here to view available challenge exams. 

Reduced Tuition and Fees for Military

Tuition for all undergraduate programs is reduced 55% for servicemembers, including members of the Guard and Reserve. The tuition rate is $165 per quarter credit hour. Tuition is reduced by 38% for veterans. 

Learn More

To learn more about military tuition and benefits, contact a Military Advisor at 877-809-8445.


NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*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.

While many of Purdue Global's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any graduate or doctoral programs.

Purdue Global does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

§Although certain programs at Purdue Global are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those 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. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.

#Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.