Degrees from a trade school can span a wide variety of career choices, anything from art to computers to air conditioning repair. Degree offerings from trade schools include associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.
Medical assistant majors, for example, can earn an associate's degree in a two-year program, or pursue a faster track with a diploma or certificate program. An associate's degree program in any major generally offers career-oriented training courses paired with a balanced liberal arts curriculum. It also offers a solid foundation for one to pursue a bachelor's degree later.
Diploma or certificate programs offer short-term training exclusively focused on career preparation. Medical assistant students spend a significant amount of time learning hands-on in a lab setting and in externship positions, as well as time spent learning theory in a classroom situation. Such programs are great for students who want to move quickly from school to entry-level employment.