Health Sciences & Wellness Careers

Whether you’re interested in nursing and patient care or running a medical office, a meaningful, purpose-driven career in healthcare or wellness is just one program, one degree, one certificate away.

Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse smiling and standing with a medical device in her hands.

From hospitals to health agencies, doctors’ offices to public health organizations, Registered Nurses (RNs) work with integrated healthcare teams to recognize and assess illnesses, provide treatments, educate patients and communities, and offer care and support to patients and families.

Where You'll Work
  • Hospitals
  • Doctors’ Offices
  • Home Health
  • Nursing Care Facilities
  • Community Health
  • Schools
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) - Prepares students for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam4 semesters
  • LPN to ADN Option - Licensed Practical Nurses can advance to the Associate Degree in Nursing4 semesters
  • RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses) - Four-year partnership program with East Carolina University to earn both ADN and BSN4 semesters
  • RN to BSN STEP Center - Choose and prepare for your ideal BSN Program4 semesters
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $43,000

  • Median

    $59,000

  • Experienced

    $78,000

Job Outlook

+20%

Qualifications

An associate degree from COA will launch your nursing career, and going on to earn a BSN will make you equally or better qualified than 90.5% of current Registered Nurses.

Licensed Practical Nurse

Licensed Practical Nurse smiling and standing with her hands on her hips.

Licensed Practical Nurses monitor patients’ health and administer basic patient care like checking blood pressure, changing bandages, inserting catheters, helping patients bathe and dress, maintaining records and reporting patient statuses and concerns to registered nurses and doctors.

Where You'll Work
  • Hospitals
  • Doctors’ Offices
  • Home Health
  • Nursing Care Facilities
  • Community Health
  • Schools
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Practical Nursing Diploma - Prepares students for the NCLEX-PN licensure exam1 year
  • LPN to ADN Option - Licensed Practical Nurses can advance to the Associate Degree in Nursing4 semesters
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $32,000

  • Median

    $42,000

  • Experienced

    $51,000

Job Outlook

+25%

Qualifications

A Practical Nursing Diploma from COA will prepare you for the NCLEX-PN and launch your career as a Licensed Practical Nurse, making you equally or better qualified than 78.9% of current LPNs.

Surgical Technologist

Surgical Technician in scrubs with a patient.

Surgical Technologists are responsible for preparing operating rooms and patients for surgery, sterilizing equipment, passing surgeons supplies and instruments during procedures, and even holding retractors and sutures to ensure operations are smooth and precise.

Where You'll Work
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient Surgery
  • Doctors’ Offices
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Surgical Technology4 semesters
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $32,000

  • Median

    $39,000

  • Experienced

    $49,000

Job Outlook

+33%

Qualifications

Earning an associate degree in Surgical Technology at COA will make you equally or better qualified than 61.7% of current Surgical Technologists.

Nurse Aide

Group of Nursing Aides standing and smiling together with a doctor.

Nurse Aides play a vital role in caring for patients and extending nurses’ reach by cleaning and bathing patients, helping them toilet and dress, measuring vital signs, recording patients’ health concerns and reporting those concerns to nurses who can assess and offer critical care.

Where You'll Work
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Care Facilities
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Hospice
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Home Health
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Nurse Aide Certificate - Level I8 weeks
  • Nurse Aide Certificate - Level II1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $17,000

  • Median

    $22,000

  • Experienced

    $30,000

Job Outlook

+27%

Qualifications

Earning a Nurse Aide Certificate at COA will make you equally or better qualified than 82.5% of current Nurse Aides.

Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant disposing of hazardous waste.

Medical Assistants work directly with doctors and other health care providers by scheduling patient appointments, assisting with patient examinations, recording patient histories and personal information, measuring and recording vital signs, giving injections, drawing blood for lab tests and performing ECGs.

Where You'll Work
  • Doctors’ Offices
  • Hospitals
  • Chiropractors
  • Healthcare Systems
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting4 semesters
  • Medical Assisting Diploma2 semesters
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $22,000

  • Median

    $29,000

  • Experienced

    $38,000

Job Outlook

+32%

Qualifications

While a Medical Assisting Diploma will launch your career, earning an associate degree from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 90.6% of current Medical Assistants.

Medical Laboratory Technician

Group of Medical Lab Technicians huddled around a petri-dish.

Often working under the supervision of a medical technologist and using a variety of laboratory instruments and machines, Medical Laboratory Technicians perform routine medical lab tests on body fluids like blood, urine and tissue samples to help diagnose, treat and prevent diseases.

Where You'll Work
  • Hospitals
  • Medical Labs
  • Doctors’ Offices
  • Research Facilities
  • Pharmaceutical Labs
  • Medical Sales
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology4 semesters
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $29,000

  • Median

    $40,000

  • Experienced

    $55,000

Job Outlook

+33%

Qualifications

An associate degree from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 47.6% of current Medical Laboratory Technicians, and transferring to a four-year institution enhances career prospects.

Phlebotomist

Phlebotomist using a needle with a patient.

Phlebotomists work with patients to draw, label and store blood for tests, transfusions and donations. The best Phlebotomists are not only careful and precise in their work, they also explain the process and reassure patients in ways that calm their nerves and anxieties.

Where You'll Work
  • Hospitals
  • Doctors’ Offices
  • Medical Labs
  • Blood Donation Centers
  • Community Health
  • Nursing Care Facilities
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Phlebotomy Certificate1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $21,000

  • Median

    $28,000

  • Experienced

    $37,000

Job Outlook

+31%

Qualifications

Earning a Phlebotomy Certificate from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 76.7% of current Phlebotomists.

Health Informatics Specialist

Health Informatics Technician on the phone in front of a computer.

Health Informatics Specialists ensure hospitals and health practitioners have software installed that helps with data management and data archiving/retrieval, maintain confidential patient records that are compliant with healthcare industry coding standards, and provide technical support.

Where You'll Work
  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Doctors’ Offices
  • Dentists’ Offices
  • Transcription Services
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Healthcare Business Informatics4 semesters
  • Patient Representative Certificate1 semester
  • Healthcare Information Technology Foundations Certificate1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $23,000

  • Median

    $32,000

  • Experienced

    $52,000

Job Outlook

+22%

Qualifications

An associate degree from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 81% of current Health Informatics Specialists.

Health Services Manager

Health Services Manager

Health Services Managers plan, direct and coordinate health and medical services. They might manage an entire facility, a specific a medical department or a physician network. They direct those providing care, and implement new technology and the changes that come with healthcare regulations. This career requires you to go on to earn bachelor’s degree.

Where You'll Work
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Managed Care Organizations
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Physician Networks
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Medical Office Administration4 semesters
  • Patient Representative Certificate1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $63,300

  • Median

    $93,000

  • Experienced

    $163,100

Job Outlook

+17%

Qualifications

An associate degree from COA may launch your career, while going on to earn a bachelor’s degree will make you equally or better qualifies than 70% of current Health Services Managers.

Social Worker

Smiling social worker helping her smiling client as they paint together.

In hospitals and mental health clinics, adoption and child service agencies, community health organizations and even schools, you’ll find Social Workers striving to help people identify and solve challenging problems and improve their quality of life.

Where You'll Work
  • Mental Health Clinics
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Child Services
  • Human Service Agencies
  • Private Practice
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Human Services Technology4 semesters
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $32,000

  • Median

    $48,000

  • Experienced

    $68,000

Job Outlook

+27%

Qualifications

An associate’s degree from COA will launch your career, and going on to earn a bachelor’s degree will make you equally or better qualified than 63.1% of current Social Workers.

Dental Assistant

Dentist smiling together with her patient.

Dental Assistants work directly with dentists and patients during routine exams and procedures by preparing patients for treatments, sterilizing instruments, handing dentists instruments during procedures, maintaining patient records and coaching patients on proper dental hygiene.

Where You'll Work
  • Dentists’ Offices
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Dental Assisting Diploma - Offered in partnership with Martin Community College’s Dental Assisting program1 year
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $28,000

  • Median

    $37,000

  • Experienced

    $50,000

Job Outlook

+44%

Qualifications

Earning a Dental Assisting Diploma through the partnership program of COA and Martin Community College will make you equally or better qualified than 74.7% of current Dental Assistants.

COA Health Sciences and Wellness Programs

Associate Degrees

Associate Degrees

  • Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) - Prepares students for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam
  • LPN to ADN Option - Licensed Practical Nurses can advance to the Associate Degree in Nursing
  • RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses) - Four-year partnership program with East Carolina University to earn both ADN and BSN
  • RN to BSN STEP Center - Choose and prepare for your ideal BSN Program
  • LPN to ADN Option - Licensed Practical Nurses can advance to the Associate Degree in Nursing
  • Associate in Applied Science in Surgical Technology
  • Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting
  • Associate in Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Associate in Applied Science in Healthcare Business Informatics
  • Associate in Applied Science in Medical Office Administration
  • Associate in Applied Science in Human Services Technology
Diplomas

Diplomas

  • Practical Nursing Diploma - Prepares students for the NCLEX-PN licensure exam
  • Medical Assisting Diploma
  • Dental Assisting Diploma - Offered in partnership with Martin Community College’s Dental Assisting program
Certificates

Certificates

  • Nurse Aide Certificate - Level I
  • Nurse Aide Certificate - Level II
  • Phlebotomy Certificate
  • Patient Representative Certificate
  • Healthcare Information Technology Foundations Certificate
  • Patient Representative Certificate

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