You’re thinking seriously about a career in healthcare. But as a working adult, you can’t commit to a traditional college program. Now, however, thanks to modern technology, many certificate and degree programs are available online. Online learning gives you the flexibility to set your own schedule. You can attend class when and where you choose - late at night, early in the morning or on weekends. And there’s no commute so you don’t have to worry about traffic or weather conditions.

Minnesota Online

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities offer a wide variety of healthcare programs (see Minnesota Online). You can seek a diploma or certificate in basic medical coding, dental or medical assisting, phlebotomy or medical transcription. Students can also complete a two-year degree in nursing, radiologic technology, pharmacy technology or medical laboratory technology.
Programs such as nursing, phlebotomy and dental assisting, which prepare students for direct patient care, also include periodic on-campus work, field experience or clinical rotations.

Before you can register for courses listed on Minnesota Online, you must be admitted to a participating college or university. Applications can be submitted online. Once you’re admitted, don’t forget to check out financial aid - you may be eligible.

CEUs For Home Care

Healthcare professionals who work in hospice and home care can upgrade their skills and earn continuing education units (CEUs) by taking courses from, a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. offers a comprehensive program of online courses for home health nurses, aides, nursing assistants, personal care workers and hospice providers. Topics include communication, legal issues, caring for individuals with dementia, diabetes care, skin and wound care, basic infection control and more.

Nancy Giguere is a freelance writer from St. Paul who has written about healthcare since 1995.