This website is not affiliated with the U.S. government or military.

Using the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Can I Take a Degree Plan and Certificate Course at the Same Time?

Q: I am planning on taking Healthcare Management course at one school and Healthcare Information Technology at another school. One leads to a master’s degree and the other a certificate. Although the Healthcare IT program doesn’t directly give credit towards my master’s degree, they are obviously much related coursework working towards a common goal that I want to achieve. Do you know if the Post 9/11 GI Bill will pay for both programs in my case? Thank you for any information you can provide.

A: Your Post 9/11 GI Bill may pay for both programs. Your task will be to convince how getting your IT certificate will benefit you in a Healthcare Management position (which should be pretty easy to document).

I couldn’t ascertain from your question if you plan to take both courses concurrently or consecutively. If you are going to take classes at two schools at the same time, it could be a problem if your IT classes do not credit towards your management healthcare degree. The VA will only pay for classes on one degree plan at a time, so you’ll most likely have to take your IT classes after getting your master’s degree.

If your IT classes would credit toward your degree plan, then you would have had to get permission from your school that will be issuing your degree (your primary school) to take classes at another school (your secondary school). Your primary school would send a letter to your secondary school informing them of the classes you would take from them. Once finished with those classes, your secondary school would send the credits to your primary school and they would post the credits to your degree plan.

Privacy Policy | About Us | FAQ | Terms of Service | Disclaimers | Do Not Sell My Personal Information (CA and NV residents)

Copyright © 2023 EducationDynamics. All Rights Reserved.

This is a private website that is not affiliated with the U.S. government, U.S. Armed Forces or Department of Veteran Affairs. U.S. government agencies have not reviewed this information. This site is not connected with any government agency. If you would like to find more information about benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, please visit the official U.S. government web site for veterans’ benefits at

The sponsored schools featured on this site do not include all schools that accept GI Bill® funding or VA Benefits. To contact ArmyStudyGuide, email us.

Disclosure: EducationDynamics receives compensation for the featured schools on our websites (see “Sponsored Schools” or “Sponsored Listings” or “Sponsored Results”). So what does this mean for you? Compensation may impact where the Sponsored Schools appear on our websites, including whether they appear as a match through our education matching services tool, the order in which they appear in a listing, and/or their ranking. Our websites do not provide, nor are they intended to provide, a comprehensive list of all schools (a) in the United States (b) located in a specific geographic area or (c) that offer a particular program of study. By providing information or agreeing to be contacted by a Sponsored School, you are in no way obligated to apply to or enroll with the school.

This is an offer for educational opportunities that may lead to employment and not an offer for nor a guarantee of employment. Students should consult with a representative from the school they select to learn more about career opportunities in that field. Program outcomes vary according to each institution’s specific program curriculum. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. The financial aid information on this site is for informational and research purposes only and is not an assurance of financial aid.

VFW $30,000 Scholarship!
Write an essay on the annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is, “Why Is The Veteran Important?”