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Degree Questions

Because we offer a wide range of degrees among our programs, you have many of options to choose from. On this page, you can find a few of the most common questions pertaining to our degrees. In the event that you do not find the answers you are looking for, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives.

If you think you are ready to apply to Harrison College, visit our apply online page.

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What is an associate degree?

Today, it can be difficult to advance your career without a degree. With many educational options to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? An associate degree from Harrison can help get you started in a rewarding profession while opening up your career and educational opportunities.

The main purpose of an associate program is to provide the framework for entering a specific job by teaching the basics of that job. You will learn the foundational skills, proficiencies and practices for an entry-level position in the field you choose. Upon graduation from Harrison, you should be prepared to enter a career in a number of areas, including business, information technology and health sciences. On top of this, you may also be able to use credits from associate degree programs to begin the process of gaining your bachelor’s degree in a chosen field.

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How long does it take to get an associate degree?

With a full-time job, a family and other responsibilities, it might be hard to find the time to go back to school and advance your education. An associate degree is a great choice for those who want to improve their current career but cannot spend four years—or longer—to earn a bachelor’s degree.

It takes approximately two years to complete associate degree programs at most colleges and universities, including Harrison, if attending full time. However, completion time can vary depending on a number of factors.

Transferred credits from another college can reduce the time it takes to earn your degree. Another point to keep in mind is that full-time students (those taking 12 or more credit hours a quarter) will likely earn their degrees faster than part-time students.

If you have a hectic schedule, even attending college part-time can be a huge burden if you have to commute or sacrifice time with your family. The flexibility of a college with an online division, like Harrison, can make earning your degree more convenient because you will not have to worry about getting to class on time.

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What are the benefits of an associate degree?

Traditional bachelor’s degree programs take about four years to complete. With an associate degree, you can often get started on your career in just two years—the approximate length of time it takes to complete the program while attending full time.

Associate degrees also lay the foundation for continuing your education, if you choose. Most count as the first two years of a bachelor’s program, so you could earn your associate degree, start working and then go back to school to earn your bachelor’s degree in two more years.

With our extensive online course options, you may be able to complete both degrees online, without having to forfeit time at your current job or at home.

Depending on the career path you chose, an associate degree might be the highest level of education you need to achieve. Do some research on the field you are entering to find out whether you need to continue your education after getting your associate degree. 

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What is a bachelor’s degree?

People who have worked in a job for a number of years know how it often can be difficult to advance without first having a degree. Harrison offers a number of degree options, and a bachelor’s degree in your field could help you move up to a higher position. 

But what exactly is a bachelor’s degree and how can you benefit from one? A bachelor’s degree is designed to both prepare you to begin your intended career and give you the resources necessary to advance your position. 

Typically, bachelor’s degree programs take four years to complete, though that can vary based on transferred credits, testing out of classes and whether you are studying full-time or part-time. Completion time also varies if you have earned an associate degree in the same subject because that experience may count toward the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program—meaning your bachelor’s degree could only take an additional two years to attain. 

Harrison offers bachelor’s degrees in health sciences, and nursing. We also have a wide selection of online courses to make earning your degree as convenient as possible. Learn more about our degree and course options by visiting the degrees page.

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How long does it take to get a bachelor’s degree?

If you are stuck in a dead-end job and are ready to move forward, earning your degree can set you on the right path to advancing in a rewarding career. A bachelor’s degree from Harrison provides the skills you need to pursue your desired profession and eventually move up in the field.

A bachelor’s degree commonly takes around four years to obtain, but that could change based on certain variables. Full-time students—those taking at least 12 credit hours per quarter—typically earn their degrees faster than part-time students.

Transferred credits and credits earned from past educational experience can shorten the amount of time as well. Most associate degrees at Harrison count toward bachelor’s degree credits. So if you have obtained an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree in the same field should only take around two years to earn.

Another benefit to choosing Harrison College is that you will not have to quit your current job or reduce your hours to earn your degree. Most of our degree programs are available online—which means no commuting to school or attending classes at specific times.

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What are the benefits of a bachelor’s degree?

Not only does a bachelor’s degree cover the basic knowledge you need to begin an entry-level job in your field, but it also teaches you the skills necessary for management and supervisory roles.

Bachelor’s programs tend to focus on advanced subjects like theory, psychology, teamwork and ethics—whereas associate programs involve more training for daily job responsibilities.

A bachelor’s degree has the potential to open up numerous doors in your career. In fact, some employers will not even hire someone unless they have a bachelor’s-level education or higher.

Depending on the profession you want to pursue, you might need a higher degree or you might not even need a bachelor’s degree. Our career services department can help you decide which degree option is best for your professional goals.

Whether you have been working for years or have just graduated from high school, a bachelor’s degree can provide you with the resources to grow in your career. Enroll today to let Harrison help you take your career goals to the next level.

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What degrees can I earn through online education?

Earning a degree is one of the best ways to start a professional career and improve your current job. But for those who cannot take time away from daily responsibilities, getting a degree is easier said than done. Harrison has an array of online courses to choose from to make earning the degree in your desired field a possibility.

We currently offer associate and bachelor’s degrees online in a majority of our academic programs. Visit the online programs page to view all of our online course offerings.

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What are the benefits of a college degree?

Without a degree, your career options are pretty limited and you may not have much room to grow—in your salary or your career. The opportunity for advancement and for earning a higher salary are just two potential benefits of a college degree.

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