Healthcare Programs

Career-Oriented Programs in Some of the Fastest-Growing Fields

Certificate Programs

Becoming a part of the medical field doesn't have to take years and years of school. The healthcare certificate programs that we offer at Northwestern College are directly derived from degree programs and redesigned so that you can get complete, focused career education in a year or less. If you're interested in acquiring job-related skills in as short a time as possible, NC's certificate tracks might be the right choice for you. There are no general education credits required — just courses that are directly applicable to the work you want to do.

You can choose from programs like:

Medical Assisting

Prepare to become a registered medical assistant and perform the wide range of clinical and administrative skills needed to be an important member of a healthcare team.

Dental Assisting

Increase the delivery and quality of oral health care by becoming part of a dental care team at private practices; dental clinics; or federal, state, or local government health agencies.

Coding Specialist

Enhance your coding knowledge and gain skills for entry-level coding positions by learning about current classification systems and how to use them in both acute and ambulatory care settings.

If you already have previous college and/or work experience, these certificate programs can often boost your career opportunities. You can also build on many of our certificate programs, applying the credits you earn in them toward future degree programs.

If you're interested in talking to an advisor about whether Northwestern College's certificate programs are right for you, contact us today.


Associate Programs

An associate degree is an excellent way to receive a well-rounded college education that still gets you out of the classroom and into the workforce as quickly as possible. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, earning your associate degree can mean taking home an extra $141 every week (over $7,300 annually) compared to those who just have a high school diploma. Associate degree holders also experience an unemployment rate a full percentage point less. At Northwestern College, our associate degrees combine quality, hands-on training in the career skills you'll need with strategic general education courses that help you realize your full potential.

You can choose from programs like:

Radiologic Technology

Learn the radiology techniques, procedures, and equipment that can help in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, diseases, illnesses, and more.


Become a part of caring for your community by studying the foundational knowledge and skills and combining that with principles of logic, ethics, and human compassion in a career as a nurse.

Health Information Technology

Combine skills in healthcare, administration, and information management in order to collect, analyze, and report on medical data used for patient care and reimbursement.

If you already have previous college and/or work experience, some or all of those previous credits and experience might be transferrable toward your chosen program. On top of that, you can use an associate degree as a building block, applying it toward bachelor degree programs in the future.

If you're interested in talking to an advisor about whether Northwestern College associate degree programs are right for you, contact us today.


Bachelor's Program

Earning your bachelor degree can change the whole trajectory of your career, opening up new opportunities for growth and development. While they often mean a little extra time spent in school and the classroom, the return on investing in a bachelor degree can well be worth it. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that bachelor's degree holders had median earnings of $1,248 per week — that $502 more than those with a high school diploma and $361 more than associate degree holders. It makes an impact in unemployment as well, with bachelor degree holders seeing unemployment rates of just 2.2%, compared to 3.7% (high school diploma) and 2.7% (associate degree).

All of this adds up to big gains for you, the student, who are looking to make the most of your future.

Currently, Northwestern College offers:

Health Information Management

Offered fully online for the flexibility and convenience of our students, this program is specifically designed for those who already have previous education or experience in the area of health information technology and want to take what they know to the next level. Learn how to competently manage patient health information and information systems while also meeting the American Health Information Management Association’s standards of quality, integrity, respect, and leadership.

We combine practical, hands-on career training with general education courses that aim to teach you how to communicate effectively, leverage critical thinking skills, demonstrate awareness of and respect for individual social and cultural differences, and conduct yourself in a way that contributes to your personal and professional success. It is this 360-degree approach to your education that gets you on the right path for your future.

If you're interested in talking to an advisor about whether Northwestern College bachelor degree programs are right for you, contact us today.