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If you want to pursue a career in the healthcare field, there are many options to choose from. In many cases, students come to South University knowing they’re interested in healthcare but not sure exactly which program or career is right for them. Or, sometimes students start with one goal in mind and, after taking a few classes, realize that a different path is right for them. Either way, we are here to help.

At South University, students interested in our undergraduate healthcare programs receive a dedicated academic counselor experienced in offering guidance on healthcare degrees and career opportunities. Our faculty will be also available to offer advice and guidance as you consider your options for the future. Depending on what healthcare pathway you choose, you may even be able to earn both an associate and bachelor’s degree along the way! Choose one field and then discover a different healthcare path is a better fit for you? Our faculty can help guide you with options.

Associate Degree Programs in the Healthcare Professions

South University undergraduate programs in the health professions or nursing* generally start with the same core courses. These courses cover areas like anatomy, physiology, psychology, medical terminology, and more. Depending on program availability at your campus, these foundational courses can put you on your way to earning one of the following four associate degrees.

*Excludes the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion program.

Allied Health Science (Associate of Science)

This program provides a strong foundation for pursuing an entry-level career or continued education in the healthcare field. Based on academic performance, Allied Health Science program graduates may be eligible to continue on into a bachelor’s degree program in Nursing, Psychology, Public Health, or Healthcare Management at South University.

Medical Assisting (Associate of Science)

Our Medical Assisting program is designed to help you to develop the communication skills and technical knowledge to effectively perform clinical and administrative duties in the physician’s office.

Occupational Therapy Assistant (Associate of Science/Associate of Applied Science)

This Occupational Therapy Assistant program can prepare you to help people of all ages recover from or adjust to loss so that they can complete their daily activities with independence and dignity.

Physical Therapist Assistant (Associate of Science/Associate of Applied Science)

The Physical Therapist Assistant program can prepare you to help physical therapists by implementing a plan of care, performing interventions using special equipment, and educating patients on how to complete exercises and activities of daily living.

Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Healthcare-Related Fields

At South University, we offer several bachelor’s degree programs that can prepare you to pursue a career in healthcare and make a difference in your community. If you choose to first earn an Allied Health Science associate degree at South University, your degree credits may also qualify to be applied to these bachelor’s degree programs.

Nursing (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

Our BSN program is designed to prepare you to sit for Registered Nurse (RN) licensure exams* and apply skills in patient care, critical thinking, prioritization and more to support both your patients and coworkers.

Psychology (Bachelor of Arts)

This program can provide you with well-rounded psychology training and knowledge of human behavior, so that you can pursue entry-level positions or advanced degrees in this fascinating field. While a psychology bachelor’s degree does not lead to any professional licensure or certification, earning first a bachelor’s and then a master’s degree can help you pursue that goal.

Public Health (Bachelor of Science)

This Public Health program gives you the opportunity to develop the skills to assess, plan and support the delivery of essential public health services in government, community-based, and private sector health agencies.

Healthcare Management (Bachelor of Science)

The Healthcare Management program can provide you with the knowledge and skills to make health services organizations more efficient and effective for the benefit of patients and employees alike.

Take the Next Step

If you’re considering a career in healthcare and what educational opportunities may be right for you, our Admissions team can help. Beyond the undergraduate programs listed here, South University also offers a number of graduate programs in the healthcare field. Request information or call 855-884-2408 to talk with a South University representative and learn more today.

*South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice.