The Value of Accelerated Degrees for High School Students

Accelerated Degrees for HS Students e1645817993899If you’re a high school student graduating in 2022, you are probably already thinking, what will I do after high school? You could take various paths, such as attending an accelerated career training program, starting an entry-level job, or going to a traditional university.

As you choose the option that works best for you, you should consider the many benefits of enrolling in an accelerated degree program, including starting your career faster, taking career-focused classes, and preparing for certifications!*

Read on to discover how these great benefits can help you succeed in your career!

Start Your Career Faster

Making the decision to enroll in an accelerated training program can help you start your career faster. Depending on the program you choose, you can begin your career training right after high school and be ready for a new career in 12-18 months.

With an accelerated degree program, you spend less time in school than you would at a traditional university, where it can take anywhere from four to six years or more to earn your degree. If you’re a graduating high school student who has already been in school for the last 12 years, you may want to earn your degree quicker, so you can start your career sooner.

For example, our Medical Assisting program prepares students in under two years to work in doctor’s offices, hospitals, and clinics. As students complete their accelerated medical assisting degree, they learn valuable skills and gain real-world experience to help them succeed when starting their new careers.

Take Career-Focused Classes

When you choose an accelerated degree program, you get to take classes more focused on your specific career field, which helps you learn exactly what you need to know and practice the specific skills required for your career. Many people find that they learn better when they are taking classes they’re interested in and learning things they will actually use.

In comparison, at a traditional university, where it can take four or more years to earn your degree, many of the classes you take are general education classes that are not designed for your specific career.

At United Career Institute, our accelerated Practical Nursing program was created to get you the training you need to become a practical nurse in just 12 months. Students in this exciting program learn the skills required to effectively care for patients, including conducting physical assessments, caring for wounds, and performing IV therapy. While enrolled in this accelerated practical nursing program, students also prepare to sit for the NCLEX-PN° licensing exam.

Prepare for Certifications

Accelerated training programs often give students the opportunity to prepare for professional certifications as they earn their degree. These certifications are valuable because many employers require job candidates to be certified with credentials specific to their field. Even if being certified is not a requirement of the job, it can give you an advantage over candidates who do not have any certifications.

Since professional certifications are created by independent third parties and have specific standards, they are a great way to show potential employers that you know how to get the job done.

While enrolled in our accelerated Medical Billing/Administration program, students prepare for numerous professional certifications, including Certified Billing and Coding Specialist*, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant**, and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist**.

Choose An Accelerated Program With United

With the growing trend of accelerated degree programs and the great benefits of choosing this type of training, United Career Institute is here to help you get started. We offer exciting healthcare training programs that prepare you to start a new medical career quickly.

At United, you can attend school closer to home and have the support of family, friends, and our dedicated staff and instructors as you complete your career training.

Learn more about our accelerated programs in Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Medica Billing/Administration, and request information now to get started!


°Passing the NCLEX – PN exam is required to become a Practical Nurse.

*Certification is contingent on passing the corresponding certification exam. Required/Included in Tuition/Fees.

**Certification is contingent on passing the corresponding certification exam. Optional at own expense.