Healthcare Degrees

Healthcare Degrees

Passion for Helping? Find a Great Career

Get a great start here in one of the decade’s fastest growing career fields. With your Kirkwood educational experience, you’ll qualify for high demand careers because you’ll have the skills employers are looking for.

You’ll get hands-on training in crisis situations at Kirkwood’s state-of-the-art Katz Family Healthcare Simulation Center. Plus, Kirkwood’s close affiliation with local major health care institutions means you’ll also get excellent real world clinical training.

And don't forget — we have scholarships for everyone, including nearly 25 individual scholarships specifically for students interested in health programs.

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Nursing

Combine your compassion as a helper and healer with the latest in healthcare science and technology.

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Dental Assisting

Classroom, laboratory, and hands-on experience by working with patients at the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa and in private dental offices.

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Dental Hygiene

Dental hygienists help prevent, detect, and treat diseases of the mouth, playing a key role in patient education and treatment planning. 

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Dental Technology

This accredited program prepares you in five specialty areas: dentures, partial dentures, ceramics, orthodontics, and crowns and bridges.

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Diagnostic Assistant

The Diagnostic Assistant degree is designed for Radiologic Technology students in partnership with the Mercy/St. Luke’s School of Radiologic Technology.

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Electroneurodiagnostic Technology

Record the brain's most intricate electrical activity with EEG and help doctors diagnose strokes, headaches, sleep disorders, and more.

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Exercise Science and Wellness

Learn how to help people live healthier lives through exercise, rehabilitation, and nutrition as you study the science behind human movement, exercise, and diets.

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Medical Assisting

Master a complex body of knowledge and develop specialized skills with a combination of classroom, laboratory, and computer experience.

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Medical Laboratory Technology

As an MLT graduate, you’ll be able to work in hospitals, physician’s offices, private labs, research, biotechnology, public health, and more.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

You’ll learn the skills you need to work as an occupational therapy assistant from experienced, caring instructors and utilize state-of-the-art equipment.

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Paramedic

Learn the complex knowledge and skills for patient care and transportation in an incredible learning environment.

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Physical Therapist Assistant

Learn treatments in strengthening, flexibility, aerobic conditioning, exercise, balance activities, and other therapeutic interventions.

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Respiratory Therapist

Our curriculum sets you up for success with a wide range of classroom, laboratory, and hospital-based clinical experiences at area hospitals and in-home health.

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Surgical Technology

Be an integral part of keeping patients safe in the operating room.

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Taylor Burke

“There’s something for everybody here. They genuinely care about you, they want you to succeed. What you get here is outstanding.”

Taylor Burke,
Walker, Iowa