Allied Health

Health care workers who hold a certification can take their career to the next level with the allied health associate degree. This program is designed specifically for those who have already earned some form of health care certification or licensures, such as a certified nurse assistant, who want to obtain an associate degree to further their education or employment opportunities.

Students may choose an area of focus: health management, science, psychology/human behavior, and entrepreneurship. 

  • This program can be a stepping stone to promotion in one’s career.
  • Individuals can bring a credential and build their core program.
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Associate in Applied Science

The Associate in Applied Science in Allied Health program is specifically designed for those who have completed a Health Sciences Certificate, courses from Jackson College that lead to a credential, or have earned a third-party certification or licensure in an allied health profession and are looking to obtain an associate degree in order to further their education or employment opportunities. Up to 33 credits must come from approved third-party certifications and/or licenses (students can submit multiple certifications/licenses if applicable), and additional courses in a specific focus area: Health Management, Science, Psychology or Entrepreneurship.

Sample Courses

This lecture/discussion course provides an evidence-based approach to the concepts of public health. Topics covered include infectious and non-infectious diseases along with genetic and environmental factors in health and disease. Students will explore local and national public health resources with an emphasis on how public health data can be used to inform decisions about their own health.

This course will prepare students to provide basic bedside care in a patient home setting. Students who complete this course may find positions as a Patient Companion or Homemaker/Home Health Aide. Topics include an overview of common diseases and conditions of home care patients, infection control, vital signs, providing personal care, and collecting specimens for testing. This course alone does not prepare students for an industry recognized credential, but is a requirement of the Patient Care Tech Certificate program.

Principles and concepts of medical law and bioethics, as well as an overview of health care financing through third party payers are the main focus of this course. Topics include: medical practice management, medical law, liability and malpractice prevention, health information management, HIPAA and confidentiality of patient information, employment practices, consent, billing collections, insurance and government health care programs, codes of ethics and contemporary bioethical issues.

Associate Degree Details


  • Earnings for medical and health services managers range from $60,000 to $101,000 annually.
  • Psychiatric technicians & aides, about $36,230 per year.
  • Health educators, from $46,000-$61,000 per year.


  • Medical and health services managers, 32 percent growth in the coming years.
  • Psychiatric technicians & aides, 11 percent growth in the coming years.
  • Health educators, 17 percent growth in coming years.

Associate in Applied Science

Jackson County

If you reside in Jackson county, Michigan.


In Michigan

If you reside in the state of Michigan.


Out of Michigan

If you reside outside the state of Michigan.


Estimated program costs include tuition, fees and digital textbooks based on 2022-2023 tuition rates. Please note that these costs are only estimates and an individualized financial plan will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.


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