Associate of Arts (AA) Emphasis
Physicians and Physician Assistants (PAs) prevent, diagnose and treat disorders, diseases and injuries. There are many fields of specialty available in the medical field, but most Physicians and PAs work in primary care, which includes internal medicine, general, and family practice, and pediatrics. Take your interest in science and love for people to the next level by earning your two-year Associate of Arts (AA) degree with an emphasis in Medicine. The road to becoming a health care professional starts here, where you’ll appreciate smaller classes and valuable hands-on learning.
Admission to a medical school is competitive and requires a baccalaureate degree in science. Almost all Physicians complete at least four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school and, depending on their specialty, three to eight years in internship and residency programs.
As the health care industry continues to expand, employment of Physicians and Surgeons is expected to faster than average for all occupations through 2022. The growing and aging population will also increase the need for more Physicians, who may work in hospitals, offices or clinics employed by health services, government, or the military.
Employment of Physicians and Surgeons is expected to grow 18% through 2022, mainly due to retirements and individuals leaving the labor force. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2012 median pay for Physicians and Surgeons with a doctoral/professional degree was greater than $187,200 per year ($90 per hour).
ECC’s two-year Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree is designed to meet the requirements of colleges and universities to which students may wish to transfer for completion of baccalaureate (BA or BS) degrees. In many instances, transfer colleges accept this degree as equivalent to their own general education requirements.
Because the requirements for an AA degree change periodically, students should check with their academic advisor or the ECC Admissions Office to confirm that they have the most current information. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree they hope to obtain and for planning their schedule accordingly.
Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa
ECC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable ECC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at ECC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the ECC Admissions Office for more information!
THE ELLSWORTH EXPERIENCE
- ECC currently has the 17th highest student success rate (graduation rate + transfer rate) of any community college in the nation.
- The College offers generous scholarships and financial aid packages, which is why our graduates have one of the lowest average student debt loads of any college in Iowa, public or private, two-year or four year!
- What students appreciate about ECC is our smaller class sizes, which results in more one-on-one attention from the instructor and greater classroom success.