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*This represents the Medical Billing and Coding Undergraduate Certificate, Associate in Health Information Technology and Bachelor’s in Technical Management with a specialization in Health Information Management. The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.
Choose the Right Associate Degree Program for You
At DeVry University we are here to support you every step of the way. If you’re not sure where to start, below is an overview of each of our associate degree programs. Need help deciding which degree is right for you, or whether a hybrid or online associate degree will work better with your schedule? Contact us and we can help you explore your options.
Benefits of an Associate Degree
There are many potential benefits of earning an associate degree, which include but are not limited to:
- Greater earnings potential – Graduates of associate degree programs may enjoy higher median weekly earnings than people with only a high school education.1
- Enhanced skillsets – An associate degree can teach you the skills that employers require today. Many associate degree programs teach highly technical skills that can help set you apart from other job seekers.
- Lower likelihood of unemployment – Graduates of associate degree programs are less likely to be unemployed than someone with only a high school degree.2
- Personal satisfaction – Earning an associate degree can bring a great sense of fulfillment and satisfaction for meeting a personal goal that can help you pursue your career aspirations.
- Serving as a Steppingstone to Further Your Education - An associate degree may cover the fundamental concepts you need to help tee you up for success in your pursuit of your bachelor’s. When part of a stackable program, classes taken in one program can stack directly into the next, so you put all your credit hours to good use.
FAQs: Associate Degrees
What is an associate degree?
An associate degree is a post-secondary undergraduate degree that typically takes between one and two years to complete. It represents the first level in the tier of post-secondary degree options and is followed by a bachelor’s degree and then a master’s degree. An associate degree helps provide the foundational skills and knowledge needed to pursue a variety of careers.
What are the different types of associate degrees?
There are three types of associate degrees. An associate of arts (AA) focuses on the liberal arts and includes fields of study such as the humanities and social science. An associate of science (AS) is as the name suggests focused on more scientific fields. Both AA and AS degrees typically include general education courses that can often be applied towards a bachelor’s degree. An associate of applied science (AAS) caters to a more specific field of study, such as DeVry’s Associate of Applied Science in Electronics & Computer Technology. All of these degree types can be earned through online associate degree programs.
How long does it take to earn an associate degree?
Because DeVry offers a variety of options for our students to customize their class schedules and course loads to fit their lives, the length of time it takes to earn an associate degree can vary. There are six sessions per year, and many students take one or two classes per session. To give an example of how long it can take to earn an associate degree, DeVry’s Associate Degree in Health Information Technology can be completed in as little as 1 year and 4 months, or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.*
Can you earn an associate degree online?
Yes, you can earn an associate degree online. If you’d like the convenience of attending college online, you’re offered the same quality education, whether your degree program includes courses online or in the classroom. For hands-on technology lab work, online associate degree students purchase kits required to complete their coursework.
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