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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Health Studies - Pre-Nursing Option, Associate in Applied Science

Effective: Spring, 2018

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 study foundation. 

An Associate in Applied Science will be awarded upon completion of the program with a 2.0 GPA and a "C" or better in all AHESN courses.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomical structure and physiological functioning of the human body and of medical terms descriptive of body systems.
  • Perform the administrative duties required in a health care setting.
  • Describe the ethical and legal issues related to health care delivery.
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of various providers and disciplines throughout the continuum of health care.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the issues and practices applicable to health information including electronic health records.

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Second Semester (16 credits)

COMM 100 - Interpersonal Communication3
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology3
BIO 151 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
PSY 210 - Lifespan Human Development3
Any Global Understanding designated Humanities course (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 NUS 110
Spring Semester NUS 111, NUS 221
Fall Semester NUS 210
Spring Semester NUS 211
Total Program Credits: 71
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 Students:
Students not accepted into the Nursing Program who opt to complete the Associate of Associate Science in Health Studies (HSTN) can do so by completing the following two semesters.

Summer     AHM 233
Semester 3 DPR 100, AHM 130, AHM 102, AHM 140, AHA 207
Semester 4 AHM 241, AHM 185, AHM 202, BIO 100
Total Program Credits: 62

An associate degree in applied science will be awarded upon completion of the required program with a 2.0 GPA and a “C” or better in all Allied Health courses.

Total Credits: 62 or 71