The Associate of Science in Health Sciences degree prepares students for a variety of job opportunities in health care. Students will gain foundational knowledge in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, as well as a variety of specialized concentrations. Multiple entry-level roles exist for associate degree-prepared professionals to meet the demand of this continually expanding industry. Potential career opportunities include health information management or clinical documentation, care management assistants, patient navigators, personal trainers, wellness coordinators, managers for fitness businesses, medical practices or other health care organizations.
The 2-year 100% online Associate of Science in Health Sciences includes foundational knowledge from general education math and science courses that provide the groundwork for several concentrations and certificates within the College of Health Professions and Natural Sciences. Importantly, this degree provides a basis for students to continue their education into the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and further into graduate programs.
The Associate Degree in Health Sciences offers multiple concentrations including:
• Health Information Technology
• Health Promotion: Fitness
• Healthcare Practice Management
• Interdisciplinary Care Management
Students completing the Associate of Science (A.S.) in Health Sciences will be able to:
1. Utilize and apply knowledge and skills from the humanities and sciences as a foundation for practice to recognize, research, and form conclusions to problems within healthcare.
2. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication using a variety of communication tools and techniques and terminology appropriate to the discipline of study within the field of healthcare.
3. Use evidence-based information critically and incorporate appropriately into existing knowledge.
4. Apply medical law and ethics principles to individuals and communities.
5. Appraise diversity and differing belief and value systems to provide cultural competent health care.
6. Effectively leverage information technology to contribute to the improvement of the health of patients.
7. Recognize the patient as a partner in providing care responsive to their preferences, patient-centered needs, and values
Students will achieve additional competencies within the four concentrations.
Sixty-one (61) credit hours are required for degree completion.
Students should meet regularly with an academic advisor or Program Chair to plan their course sequence. The program of study will vary depending on transfer credits, part-time or full-time status, and credit earned via alternative pathways. Students who do not have healthcare experience are encouraged to enroll in a Work Integrated Learning Opportunity. Numerous healthcare opportunities in a wide variety of settings are available. Students should discuss their interests with the HSC Program chair early in their degree program.
CTA 206 Computer Applications
ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics
ENG 121 English Composition I
ENG 122 English Composition II
ENG 131 Public Speaking
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
POL 300 American Politics
MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics
BIO 253 Anatomy and Physiology I (with Lab)
HSC 200 Medical Terminology
HIT 301 Healthcare Informatics
HIT 302 Healthcare Database Systems
HSC 313 Ethical and Legal Issues of Healthcare
ISM 450 Project Management and Practice
ISM 430 Systems and Business Process Analysis for Healthcare Professionals
HSC 340 Information Technology for the Care Management Professional
HSC 205 Principles of HealthCare Billing/Coding
HSC 425 Data Analytics and Visualization in Healthcare
FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar
HSC 320 Care Management Across the Health Care Continuum
HSC 330 Healthcare Quality & Reimbursement
HSC 355 Pharmacology for Health Care Professionals
HSC 337 Understanding Human Disease
HLT 322 Strength Training Essentials and Theory
HLT 326 Nutrition for Healthy Living
BIO 254 Anatomy and Physiology II (with Lab)
PSY 451 Health Psychology
HLT 321 Personal Wellness
HRM 201 Foundations of People Management
HSC 335 Foundations of HC Practice Management
Students with less than 16 transfer credits are required to take FYE 101.
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2023-2024 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2022 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.