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Healthcare Specialist
Healthcare Specialist is the perfect place to begin your health care career.  The short certificates make you employable in a year and you can work while continuing towards your AAS.
Average median Healthcare Specialist graduate salary in Indiana
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4,317 Annual Job Openings
projected through 2020
Wage data taken from U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Indiana. (2020).

Ivy Tech Healthcare Specialist Program

Students in the Healthcare Specialist program are able to study a wide variety of certification options, including Dementia Care, Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Technician, Certified Nursing Aide, and more.

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Students receive clinical hands-on practice in actual healthcare settings, with a mix of classroom and time in the lab.  For example, Pharmacy technician labs use actual state-of-the-art equipment; Phlebotomy students receive hands-on training with a 100 hour externship in an approved lab setting.

The Healthcare Specialist program is also where students who would like to apply for one of the selective programs get started, and get a great foundation in the healthcare industry.  Students in this program receive individualized instruction and advising, and individual attention is given to students who are struggling, which make Ivy Tech a well-respected provider of healthcare workers in the community.

Students who are admitted to the program will be required to pay for and submit to a criminal background check, drug testing and physical exam. The details and process will be provided at an orientation. Please contact the program faculty for more detailed information.

Our Graduates

Graduates from the Ivy Tech Healthcare Specialist program are currently working in doctor’s offices, clinics, hospitals, as well as many other areas. The Healthcare Specialist program works very closely with local hospitals, pharmacies and clinics to be sure our students get the best education possible and the very best jobs possible.

Next Level Jobs

Indiana Next Level Jobs

You may be eligible for a free certificate offered through this degree program. Learn more about Next Level Jobs.

Degrees & Certificates

Please select from our list of certificates, technical certificates, and degrees below for class and location information. More information is available on each degree and certificate option in the dropdown above.

PROGRAM CURRICULA: Review the courses you will take in this program.


Central Service Technician
(21 credit hours = 2 semesters)

ASCM Certified Personal Trainer
(21 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Electrocardiography Technician
(18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Home Healthcare Tech
(16 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Long Term Care Specialist
(16 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Pharmacy Technician
(19 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Phlebotomy Technician
(18 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Short-Term Certificates

Certified Nursing Aide (CNA)
(5 credit hours = 1 semester)

Dementia Care
(3 credit hours = 1 semester)

Home Health Aide
(5 credit hours = 1 semester)

Nutrition and Wellness
(3 credit hours = 1 semester)

Qualified Medication Aide (QMA)
​(5 credit hours = 1 semester)

Technical Certificate

Healthcare Specialist - Clinical Support*
(30 credit hours = 2-3 semesters)


Associate of Applied Science - Clinical Support**
(60 credit hours = 4 semesters)


NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

*Choose a minimum of 1 certification and additional Healthcare Specialist statewide electives to meet the 30 credit hour minimum degree requirement. **Choose a minimum of 2 certifications and a minimum of 1 concentration electives to meet the 60 credit hour minimum degree requirement.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Completion Guides

Completion guides provide the recommended path to graduation, broken out by 8-week term. Courses are also numbered to show an overall number for students taking fewer classes at a time. Please consult with your advisor to determine which classes are the best option for you to take.

Associate of Applied Science  - Healthcare Specialist

Certified Nursing Aide

Certificate - Central Service Technician

Certificate - ASCM Certified Personal Trainer

Certificate - Electrocardiography Technician

Certificate - Home Healthcare Tech

Certificate - Long Term Care Specialist

Certificate - Pharmacy Technician

Certificate - Phlebotomy Technician

Short-Term Certificate - Dementia Care

Short-Term Certificate - Home Health Aide

Short-Term Certificate - Nutrition and Wellness


Program Locations

Healthcare Specialist programs offered at the Ivy Tech campuses above.