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Health Science Associate in Science

Program Overview

This general healthcare degree track provides an introduction to fundamental concepts in the sciences, various healthcare disciplines and the skills preparing students for entry into other Health Sciences programs, for entry-level positions in the healthcare field, or to continue into a bachelor's degree in Business Management with a Healthcare Management Concentration or Rehabilitation Sciences.


Associate in Science Degree

The Associate in Science in Health Science program is an introduction to the health sciences and the job opportunities that are available in healthcare fields for associate degree graduates.  The program does several things:  first, it introduces students to fundamental concepts in the sciences and acquaints them with healthcare disciplines and the skills that are germane to each discipline through a general healthcare degree track; and, second, it prepares students for entry into the following Health Sciences programs:

  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Respiratory Care
  • Surgical Technology
  • Veterinary Technology

The program includes studies in core areas of health sciences with introductory courses in anatomy and physiology, biology, medical terminology, electronic medical records and healthcare informatics.  Students will take courses that expose them to the experiences of practitioners involved in healthcare fields.

Upon completion of the program, some students will graduate and assume responsibilities in entry level positions in the healthcare field.  Graduates are prepared and encouraged to continue their education in one of our bachelor’s programs, such as Business Management with the Healthcare Management Concentration or Rehabilitation Sciences, both of which prepare graduates for positions in a variety of healthcare settings; or to advance their education to apply for an entry level doctorate in Physical Therapy, or Master of Public Health.

Associate in Science Degree

Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission

The mission of the Health Science program is to introduce students to the core areas of health sciences and to help them relate the scientific theory to a variety of practices in the healthcare field.  The program prepares students for positions in a variety of healthcare settings or to further their education. 

Program Goals

The Health Science Associate Degree Program will provide students with the skills:

  1. To relate basic science to functions necessary in health science professions.
  2. To develop the ability to think critically.
  3. To recognize the importance of culture in health.
  4. To develop an understanding of healthcare informatics.
  5. To understand the complexities of healthcare systems.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the basic health sciences.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of healthcare informatics and its importance across the healthcare system.
  3. Demonstrate professional communication skills, both written and oral.
  4. Work collaboratively within the healthcare environment.
  5. Discuss/apply the key aspects of the practice of healthcare according to ethically sound principles.

Associate in Science Degree

  • HS 107 Medical Terminology
    HS 103 Introduction to Careers in Healthcare
    HS 105 Successful Study Skills for Healthcare Professionals
    HS 201 Introduction to Medical Ethics and Bioethics
    HS 240 Health Promotion and Wellness
    HS 242 Public Health Topics
    HS 250 Cultural Aspects of Health Care
    HS 252 Disability Studies
    HS 254 Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences
    HS 260 Healthcare Informatics
    HS 262 Electronic Medical Records
    BIO 100/101 Anatomy & Physiology I & Lab or BIO 107 Comprehensive Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab
  • BIO 114 General Biology
    BIO 120/121 Anatomy & Physiology II & Lab or BIO 127 Comprehensive Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab
    EN 100 Introduction to College Writing (COM Core)
    EN 110 Healthcare Communications (COM Core)
    Humanities (or Arts/Foreign Language) Core Electives (2)
    MA 109 Math for Life Science or MA 110 Introduction to College Math 
    MGM 105 Effective Teams and Projects
    MGM 111 Workplace Technology
    PS 140 Life-Span Development (SS Core)
    PS 202 Psychology of Healthcare (SS Core)