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Associate Degree Programs at Northwestern College

Earning an associate degree can be an excellent way to begin your studies in higher education, and it also can be a springboard to a more fulfilling job or a career that is more highly paid. At Northwestern College in Bridgeview, Illinois, and serving the greater Chicago area, students who graduate with an associate degree in Radiologic Technology, Nursing, or Health Information Technology are ready to join the skilled workforce in a relatively short time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers with an associate degree earned more money each week than those with no degree.

Our associate degree programs include:

Radiologic Technology

Receive hands-on training in the use of diagnostic imaging equipment, as well as classroom studies in radiologic-specific subjects such as physics and anatomy. After graduation, students are qualified for licensing examinations and starting their new careers in radiography.


In the Violet L. Schumacher School of Nursing at Northwestern College, students in the associate degree program can take advantage of the growing demand for nurses in healthcare. The program welcomes applications by students who currently work as LPNs, as well as those who are new to the field.

Health Information Technology

Students who are attracted to work in the healthcare industry – and enjoy statistics and digital technology – can train for high-demand information technology careers. Graduating students are qualified to work as medical records technicians and health information technicians. Previous experience in healthcare can be helpful when entering this online program, though it is not required.

Transfer Previous Experience and Credits

Often, students have previously studied and earned college credits, or they have work experience in a related field that might be relevant to their new course of study. Some or all credits already earned on a college transcript, or applicable work experience, can be transferable when students are accepted into an associate degree program. Ask our Admissions Department for specific information about transfer credits and whether you can gain credit for previous coursework.

Apply to an Associate Degree of Applied Science Program in Illinois

Advisors are available to answer any questions about programs at Northwestern College in Oak Lawn, IL, serving the greater Chicago area. If you have been considering a career in healthcare, applying to an associate of the applied science degree program in Radiologic Technology, Nursing, or Health Information Technology might be the first step on a journey toward finding well-paid work that you love. Contact us today for more information about our associate degree programs at Northwestern College.