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Associate of Applied Science, Health Sciences

Associate of Applied Science, Health Sciences

This program is available at the Beavercreek, Bellefontaine and Springfield - Leffel Lane locations.

The Associate of Applied Science in Health Sciences degree enables students interested in a healthcare career to pursue a pathway aligned with multiple healthcare specialty areas. In this major, students complete general education and other core courses, and continue with technical courses to earn certificates for employment in a variety of healthcare settings or apply for a program of interest in healthcare.

This pathway allows student interested in space-limited programs such as sonography, nursing, medical laboratory technology, or physical therapist assistant to explore healthcare as a whole before applying for the space-limited healthcare program. 

Depending on the technical courses completed, students may opt to take appropriate certification or licensure exams. Among the certifications students will want to consider are medical coding, electrocardiography, phlebotomy, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and medical assisting.  Students are encouraged to discuss their choice of technical courses with an advisor to best ensure readiness for employment.

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Embedded Certificates

Embedded in the curriculum is the Nurse Aide Short-Term Technical (STNA) Certificate which introduces students to the principles and procedures of basic patient care. This course is regulated by the Ohio Department of Health and requires students to complete specific health requirements and a criminal background check at their own expense. Students will be prepared for entry level employment in long-term care, home health care, hospice, hospital settings, and many free standing clinics. Students will also receive a certificate of completion, allowing them to take the Ohio Nurse Aide state test. After passing both the written and skills components of the exam, the students will be placed on the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry and are ready for employment.

Outcomes and Curriculum

  • Utilize effective written and oral communication in a variety of contexts and formats as applicable to healthcare settings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of healthcare delivery systems and healthcare occupations.
  • Communicate using correct medical terminology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic pharmacology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic nutrition.
  • Describe the structure and function of the major human body systems.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in technical skills applicable to healthcare settings.
Course Title Credits
BIO 1110 Basic Human Nutrition 2
ENG 1111 English I 3
FYE 1101 College Success 1
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
EMS 1171 Basic Life Support: CPR 0.5
MST 1101 Introduction to Health Care 3
STT 2640 Elementary Statistics I 3
ENG 1112 English II 3
BIO 1105 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology 3
PSY 2223 Lifespan Human Growth and Development 3
MST 1181 Nurse Aide Training 4
COM 1110 Interpersonal Communication I 3
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 3
CHM 1150 Introduction to General Chemistry  
or PHY 1100 Fundamentals of Physics 4
MST 1105 Medical Terminology 2
NUR 1121 Fundamentals of Pharmacology & Dosage Calculation     1
PHL 2300 Medical Ethics 3
-- Technical Electives* 15.5
  Total credit hours 60
*Choose from MST 1160, MST 1161, MST 1171, MLT 1120, MLT 1125, PTA 1112, EMS 1100, SWK 1105, SWK 2205, SWK 2215, OAD 2301, OAD 2302, OAD 2320, ACC 1000, ACC 1100, MGT 1060, MGT 1115, MGT 1120, and EBE 1100.

Academic Requirements

Graduation Requirements

To qualify for an associate degree, a student must pass all the required courses, have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, and must have a C as a minimum grade in all the technical courses of the program