Health Studies, A.A.S.

The Associate of Applied Science in Health Studies is designed to offer students interested in working within the health care field an opportunity to attain the associate degree. Students acquiring this degree would be able to pursue advancement opportunities within varied health care settings. Examples of positions that would be applicable include: Billing Supervisor, Patient Service Representative, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Supply Manager, and Allied Health Instructor. This program is especially advantageous for students who have completed certificates of competency and proficiency programs offered by the Allied Health and Nursing department and wish to complete a degreed course of study. The program offers a broad view of health care related topics while providing a basic liberal studies foundation.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program the student will be able to:

  • Know the terminology and bio-psycho-social foundations related to the function of the human body.
  • Discuss the bio-psycho-social and economic principles that guide and govern health care delivery systems.
  • Demonstrate the analytic and critical reasoning skills necessary to function effectively in health care settings.
  • Utilize skills and knowledge related to proficiency in health care computer applications.
  • Analyze the ethical and legal issues related to health care.
  • Explain aspects of and factors related to current trends and in health care management and delivery.
  • Advance personal career paths and interests related to employment in health care.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately in oral and written exchanges.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the issues and practices applicable to health information.

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Second Semester (15 credits)

ENG 112 - English Composition II: Writing About Literature3
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology3
AHM 140 - Professional and Communication Issues in Health Care3
Humanities Elective 3 Credits
Open Elective 3 Credits

Third Semester (15-16 credits)

AHM 104 - Body Structure/Function I
BIO 150 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
AHA 207 - Ethical/Legal Aspects of Health Care Management3
MAT 120 - Modern College Mathematics3
Allied Health Elective 3 Credits
Social Science Elective 3 Credits

 Humanities Electives include: Any courses listed as ART, DRA, ENG 113 or above, FRE, HUM, ITA, MUS, PHI, SPA, COMM

AH elective include: Courses listed as AHM, AHN, AHS,  AHU, RTH (must be a skills course related to clinical or administrative responsibilities)

Social Science electives: Any course listed as HIS, POL, ECO, PSY (above 140) or SOC (above 110)

A student must take either AHM  and AHM 105 OR BIO 150 and BIO 151. Note a student may take AHM 105 prior to taking AHM 104.

For students holding external certificates who wish to transfer credits to this program Natural Science electives will satisfy these credit requirements.

An Associate of Applied Science will be awarded upon completion of the Health Studies curriculum with a 2.0 GPA and a grade of "C" or better in all Allied Health (AH) courses.

Total Credits: 60 or 62


Health Studies - AAS-09/2010 to present