Bachelor's Degrees

The four-year degree offers those interested in medical field careers a broader range of medical career options. Those pursuing a medical career in a four-year program should expect a course load heavy in the sciences: biology, microbiology, chemistry (organic and biochemistry), and human anatomy and physiology, all with corresponding labs. Baccalaureate students should also expect to spend some time outside the classroom in clinical rotations and community experiences. One difference between the associate's and bachelor's degrees in nursing, for example, is that those in four-year programs will spend more time studying nursing theory and family and community-centered nursing. Another advantage to having a bachelor's degree is earning potential. Nurses, medical sonographers, and technicians like cardiovascular "techs" who hold bachelor's degrees can expect to earn slightly more in the workplace than those with an associate's degree.

Prerequisites for baccalaureate programs differ; you will need to investigate the particular admission requirements for the school to which you apply. Many careers in medicine, including psychology and medical administration, demand a bachelor's degree as the entry-level requirement for employment. This is a trend that doesn't seem to be diminishing. As the health care climate continues to change, more is going to be demanded of health care professionals, and baccalaureate programs seem to be the place to start one's career in the medical field.

Last Updated: 05/21/2014

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