Health Studies - Pre-Nursing Option, A.A.S.

All students interested in Nursing at DCCC should follow this course schedule

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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First Semester (16 credits)

ENG 100 - Composition I3
BIO 150 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
PSY 140 - General Psychology3
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology3
Social Science or Humanities Elective 3 Credits




Nursing Students

Students accepted into DCCC's Nursing program who have completed all of the above courses will need to complete 41 additional credits in nursing coursework (below) to complete the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.

Fall Semester
NUS110 Fundamentals of Nursing 8

Spring Semester
NUS 111 Nursing Concepts and Practice 10

Fall Semester
NUS 210 Nursing Concepts and Practice II 10

Spring Semester
NUS 211 Nursing Concepts and Practice III 10
NUS Elective  3

Health Studies Students (2nd year)

**Students not accepted into the Nursing program who opt to complete the Associate of Applied Science in Health Studies (HSTN) can do so by completing the following two semesters.

Third Semester
DPR 100 Introduction to Information Technology 3
AHM 102 Introduction to Health Care and Health Information. 3
AHM 233 Medical Terminology 3
BIO 100 Biological Science 4
*______ Social Science or Humanities Elective 3
Fourth Semester
AHM 140 Professional and Communication Issues in Health Care 3
AHA 207 Ethical/Legal Aspects of Health Care Management  3
MAT 120 Modern College Mathematics I 3
AHA 209 Philosophy of Managed Care 3
BIO 220 Nutrition and Well Being 3
_______ Allied Health Elective 3

*Health Studies students must take one social science elective and one humanities elective.

**Students not accepted into DCCC nursing program who decide to transfer to a BSN program may change major to HSCI for 2nd year.


Health Studies - AAS-09/2010 to present