Associate Degree in Health Sciences

Best Associate Degrees in Health Sciences

Health Sciences

An associate degree requires less education than a bachelor’s degree, usually two years or less, but is often required by employers for many jobs. It is also a great starting point for students who may earn a bachelor’s or higher degrees in the future.

What is an associate degree in health sciences? The health sciences encompass the applied sciences, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, for the purposes of administering health care. A health science program can be focused on a particular specialization, such as specific parts of human anatomy and physiology, patients of different ages, specific forms of disease or injury and different approaches to treating illness. The health sciences programs may include courses such as biology, chemistry and mathematics, as well as courses on medical terminology, pharmacology and practices of the health care profession.

An associate degree in health sciences opens graduates up to diverse job opportunities in nearly all areas of the medical industry. Since medical care will always be necessary, there will always be areas of public and private medical institutions where one can seek potential employment.

The cost of obtaining an associate degree in health sciences can vary depending on factors such as the country the school is located in, how prestigious the program is and how long it may take. It is wise to contact the school of choice directly for specific cost and fee information.

Since a degree in health science is a relatively broad certification, careers made possible by obtaining it also take many forms. A person with this degree could find work as a nurse, EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) or a coder. Graduates may also find employment in more clerical medical capacities such as a medical administrative assistant or a health information management technician.

If you have any interest in studying the health sciences, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Associate Degree in Respiratory Care

Butte College
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Chico

The Respiratory Care program is designed to prepare students to become licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners in the state of California. [+]

Best Associate Degrees in Health Sciences 2017. Associate Degree in Respiratory Care Respiratory Care Program Lisa Gunn, Chair (530) 895-2423 Department Office: AHPS 215 (530) 873-7533 Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378 About the Program The Butte College Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com). The Respiratory Care program is designed to prepare students to become licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners in the state of California. In addition, the program prepares the successful graduate to participate in the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Respiratory care practitioners are highly skilled allied health professionals involved in the therapy, management, rehabilitation, diagnostic evaluation and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities that affect the cardiopulmonary system. They are employed in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, physician's offices, home health agencies, specialized care hospitals, medical equipment supply companies, diagnostic laboratories, and patients' homes. They may further specialize in such areas as adult critical care, neonatal or pediatric intensive care, pulmonary function testing, transport medicine, hyperbaric medicine, home care, management or education. Graduates practicing in California are required to take a state licensure examination. *Note: A person convicted of any offense other than a minor traffic violation may not qualify to be licensed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in California. Questions regarding this should be directed to the Respiratory Care Program Director. Admission to the Program Requirements for Admission: Age 17 years or older and all prerequisites completed (with a 'C' grade or better). Prior to being officially admitted to the program students must pass a background check, drug screening, and physical exam, and verify their physical ability to perform the tasks required of a Respiratory Therapist. Students are admitted by application only. Contact the Health Occupations office or visit www.butte.edu/healthoccupations for application dates and materials. Admission to the program is based on academic and general requirements. In the event that there are more qualified applicants than spaces in the program, a computerized lottery will be used to select the individuals to be enrolled. Estimated expenses average about $4,500 - $5,000 for the entire program, including licensure. Financial aid may be available to qualified students. AS Degree in Respiratory Care (60 Units Minimum) Student Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to: Demonstrate a solid professional and general medical knowledge base. Accurately interpret pertinent clinical information from medical records and physical findings. Recommend appropriate therapeutic interventions based on physiological data and patient assessment data. Demonstrate sound clinical judgment and is proficient in the clinical skills required on the job. Competently perform the therapeutic procedures and modalities, and diagnostic procedures required on the job. Demonstrate efficient performance of an overall patient assessment. Demonstrate effective oral and communication skills. Exhibit ethical and professional manners, including timely and prepared entrance to clinic and contributing to a positive work environment. Function effectively as a member of the health care team, accepts supervision and works effectively with supervisory personnel. Demonstrate self-direction and responsibility for his/her own actions. Display respect for beliefs and values of all persons regardless of cultural background, religion, age, or lifestyle. Required courses for the major: 90.75 - 91.75 Units Introductory Chemistry Beginning Algebra Intermediate Algebra Introduction to Microbiology Human Anatomy Human Physiology Reading and Composition Principles of Psychology Public Speaking Small Group Communication Skills for the Working Professional Fundamentals of Respiratory Care Clinical Preparation for Respiratory Care Concepts in Respiratory Care Introduction to Clinical Respiratory Care Respiratory Care Pharmacology Fundamentals of Clinical Respiratory Care Fundamentals of Intensive Respiratory Care Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care Advanced Respiratory Care Procedures Respiratory Care Practicum I Respiratory Care Seminar II Respiratory Care Practicum II [-]

Associate Degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences

Butte College
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Chico

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to: identify core concepts of natural and physical sciences, including Microbiology, Human Physiology, Chemistry and Statistics; identify the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, research methods, core empirical findings, and historic trends in Psychology; etc. [+]

Associate Degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences Nutrition and Food Sciences Program Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378 Transfer Counseling Center: (530) 895-2264 Transfer information: www.assist.org Department Office: AHPS 251 (530) 895-2542 Brenda Stagner, Chair (530) 895-2923 About the Program The transfer major listed here partially reflects requirements for CSU, Chico. Students planning to transfer should contact a counselor for more information on program and transfer requirements. Comparable Nutrition and Food Sciences programs are also available at CSU, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Cal Poly Pomona, Sacramento and San Francisco. To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed in this catalog. Note that some courses have a prerequisite (P), corequisite (C), or both (P/C). Prerequisites and corequisites are listed within each course description in that catalog. Transfer majors designated as AA-T or AS-T are designed for transfer to a similar major at an unspecified CSU. Transfer majors designated as AA or AS are designed for transfer to the corresponding major at a specific CSU and are based on articulation. See a counselor for more information. Read about the difference between these types of degrees at the beginning of the Transfer section of this catalog. AS Degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences (60 Units Minimum) Student Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to: Identify core concepts of natural and physical sciences, including Microbiology, Human Physiology, Chemistry and Statistics. General Dietetics Option: Identify the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, research methods, core empirical findings, and historic trends in Psychology. Food Administration Option: Identify and apply core concepts of Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting and Microeconomics. Apply academic skills needed for success in Nutrition and Food Sciences after transfer. Required courses for the major: 24 - 32 Units Introduction to Microbiology Human Physiology Elementary Inorganic Chemistry Elementary Organic and Biochemistry Introduction to Statistics Dietetics Option at CSU, Chico Principles of Psychology Financial Accounting Managerial Accounting Principles of Microeconomics [-]

Associate Degree in Licensed Vocational Nursing

Butte College
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Chico

The Licensed Vocational Nursing program is a state approved vocational program which provides the curriculum necessary for an individual to qualify for the state board examination for licensure as a vocational nurse. [+]

Best Associate Degrees in Health Sciences 2017. Associate Degree in Licensed Vocational Nursing Licensed Vocational Nursing Program www.butte.edu/departments/careertech/healthoccupations/ Susan Craig, Chair (530) 879-4338 Department Office: AHPS 251 (530) 895-2328 Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378 About the Program The Licensed Vocational Nursing program is a state approved vocational program which provides the curriculum necessary for an individual to qualify for the state board examination for licensure as a vocational nurse. The curriculum includes prerequisite courses and the equivalent of three academic semesters of nursing theory and supervised clinical experiences. The primary role of the licensed vocational nurse is to provide bedside nursing in a variety of clinical settings. The student will study common medical-surgical conditions, their origin, prevention and treatment emphasizing the related nursing care. To help the student provide "individualized" nursing care, other courses provide basic psychology and sociology concepts relevant to the development, motivation and reactions of people healthy and ill. Career Opportunities The rapidly growing need for skilled health personnel provides good employment opportunities for the Licensed Vocational Nurse. Positions are found in general and convalescent hospitals, physicians' offices, private homes, community health agencies and in industry. To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed at the beginning of the Career and Technical Education Programs section of that catalog. Admission to the Program Contact the Nursing Department or visit www.butte.edu/healthoccupations for application dates and materials. Nursing classes are limited in size. Admission to the program is based on academic and general requirements. Applicants that have failed, more than once, from any nursing program (LVN and/or RN) are ineligible to apply. Persons with substance abuse issues or with conviction of crimes substantially related to the practice of nursing may not be granted a license by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Fingerprints are a required part of the application for licensure. Records that are expunged or sealed, and juvenile records will be accessed and reviewed. For more information, please visit the following website: http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/enforcement/enforcement_faq.shtml The Nursing Department will not accept online labs for BIOL 20 Human Anatomy, or BIOL 21 Human Physiology. To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed at the beginning of the Career and Technical Education Programs section of that catalog. AS Degree in Licensed Vocational Nursing (60 Units Minimum) Student Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to: Use the nursing process to provide nursing care to individual patients/clients and families throughout the life span. Demonstrate competency in the performance of technical nursing skills based on knowledge of nursing principles. Provide educational information for individual patients/clients, families, and groups to promote, achieve, or maintain a state of health. Initiate and maintain therapeutic communication with individual patients/clients and families. Demonstrate caring behaviors based on recognition of individual needs and cultural differences. Collaborate with other healthcare team members to provide optimum care. Demonstrate professional behaviors in the role of a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Required courses for the major: 67 - 68 Units Human Anatomy Human Physiology Reading and Composition Nutrition and Diet Therapy Nutrition Beginning Algebra Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical Nursing I Gerontology Nursing Pharmacology Nursing Musculoskeletal Nursing Role Development Clinical Nursing II Perioperative Nursing and Client Education Cardiovascular and Respiratory Nursing Gastrointestinal and Renal/Urinary Nursing Endocrine Disorders Clinical Nursing III Maternal Child Nursing Neurological and Rehabilitation Nursing Psych/Mental Health Nursing Oncology Nursing Role Development and Vocational Relations/Leadership [-]

Associate Degree in Nursing

Mid Michigan Community College
Campus Full time 5 semesters January 2018 USA Harrison Mount Pleasant + 1 more

MMCC nursing students gain clinical experiences in both acute care and long term care facilities. Students are prepared as entry-level Associate Degree Registered Nurses, ready to begin employment immediately after graduation. Upon graduation, our students are eligible to sit for licensure by taking the NCLEX-RN exam. [+]

A Legacy of Excellence Since MMCC’s first graduating class of 21 nurses in 1969, the College has conferred over 3,500 nursing credentials. The College's nursing faculty and staff are committed to developing excellent and compassionate professionals. Ask around. Our graduates serve locally and across the State. You'll find out how well-respected our program is, and how exceptionally-prepared and skilled our graduates are when they enter careers. Real Skills for Future Nurses Our state-of-the-art simulation labs in both Harrison and Mt. Pleasant allow students to practice nursing skills without leaving campus. MMCC nursing students gain clinical experiences in both acute care and long term care facilities. Students are prepared as entry-level Associate Degree Registered Nurses, ready to begin employment immediately after graduation. Upon graduation, our students are eligible to sit for licensure by taking the NCLEX-RN exam. MMCC students average 80%-90% pass rates on this test. Selective Admissions Means No Wait List In 2010, MMCC transitioned from a wait list-based nursing program to selective admissions. The college welcomes 220 nurses each year, based on the strength of their applications to the program. Career Overview Registered Nurses are nurses involved in direct patient care. These health care professionals assess patients, help to design and carry out treatment plans, monitor the results of treatments, and keep patients and their families informed about their medical options and health issues. Job/Career Outlook Earnings* National Average: $71,000/year. MI Average: $67,690/year. Employment Outlook (2014-2024)*: 16% - Much faster than average. * Information from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014 figures. Program Pathway NOTE: All NUR courses in a semester must be passed with a minimum grade of “78%” to progress to the next semester. BIO 138 (or BIO 141 & BIO 142 each) must be passed with a minimum grade of “B‐“ to enter the program. BIO 141 & BIO 142 courses must also be taken at the same institution. If students have taken BIO 138 (or BIO 141 & BIO 142) courses prior to admission to the Nursing Program, the courses must have been completed within five (5) years of the date the student formally begins the Nursing Program. Prerequisites may be repeated only once, which includes withdrawals. FALL Cohort: Fall Semester: Total (12) Credits NUR 121: Fundamentals of Nursing | (5) Credits NUR 124: Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical I |(4) Credits NUR 150: Pharmacology in Nursing | (2.5) Credits NUR 151: Assessment in Nursing | (0.5) Credits Winter Semester: Total (12) Credits NUR 125: Nursing Care of Adults I | (4) Credits NUR 128: Nursing Care of Adults Clinical II | (4) Credits NUR 152: Nutrition Across the Lifespan | (1) Credit SSC 200: The Social Sciences & Contemporary | (3) Credits America (Recommended this Semester) NUR 133: Transition for Advanced Standing Nurses | (3) Credits Fall Semester: Total (13) Credits NUR 221: Family Centered Nursing | (4) Credits NUR 222: Family Centered Nursing Clinical III | (2) Credits NUR 223: Mental Health Nursing | (2) Credits NUR 224: Mental Health Nursing Clinical III | (2) Credits HUM 200: Modernity & Culture | (3) Credits OR HUM 253: American Culture (HUM Recommended this semester) Winter Semester: Total (10) Credits NUR 225: Nursing Care of Adults II | (4) Credits NUR 226: Nursing Care of Adults Clinical IV | (4) Credits NUR 227: Leadership in Nursing | (2) Credits Spring Semester: Total (3) Credits NUR 228: Preceptorship Clinical V | (3) Credits Application & Selection MMCC has a selective admission process to the nursing program. This involves several application processes and steps. Students are only eligible to apply for the nursing program AFTER prerequisite courses are completed. Nursing Program Prerequisites: Completion of all prerequisites courses listed on the Curriculum Guide with a minimum grade of “C” with the exception of BIO 141/142 or BIO 138 which requires a minimum grade of “B-“. BIO 141 and BIO 142 must be taken at the same school. Anatomy and Physiology courses cannot be older than five years from the date the student formally begins the program. Prerequisites may only be taken twice and withdrawals count as an attempt of taking the class. Selective Admissions MMCC admits students to the Nursing Program under a Selective Admission Process. The criteria for admission will be based on: GPA in pre-requisite courses (35% of total) Entrance Test (35% of total) Number of credits taken at MMCC (10% of total) Previous earned degrees (10% of total) Previous health care experience (10% of total) Bonus points for highly recommended courses MMCC admits nursing students twice a year: a Fall semester cohort at the Harrison campus and in Winter semester cohort at the Mt. Pleasant campus. When students have their prerequisite courses completed, they are then eligible to apply to the cohort of their choice. Because course rotation may vary from locations, the student will be required to complete their courses at the location accepted at the beginning of the program. Students are NOT permitted to switch campus locations during the middle of their program. Health Requirements for Nursing Clinicals: Students in the MMCC Nursing Program are expected to maintain a satisfactory level of mental and physical stability to enable and insure a safe and competent level of functioning. [-]

Occupational Therapy Associate Degree

North Iowa Area Community College
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 USA Mason City

Occupational Therapy Associate Degree [+]

Best Associate Degrees in Health Sciences 2017. Occupational Therapy Associate Degree First Semester ENG-102 Composition & Speech I MAT-121 College Algebra* CHM-153 College Chemistry I AND 153L College Chemistry Lab BIO-202 Biology I AND 202L Biology I Lab SDV-199 College Essentials Second Semester ENG-103 Composition & Speech II PSY-111 Intro to Psychology CHM-163 College Chemistry I AND 163L College Chemistry Lab BIO-203 Biology I AND 203L Biology I Lab Third Semester BIO-206 Anatomy & Physiology I AND 206L A & P I Lab PSY-121 Developmental Psychology BCA-101 Intro to Computers HSC-120 Medical Terminology I Humanities elective (Art or music, applied course) Fourth Semester BIO-207 Anatomy & Physiology II AND 207L A & P II Lab MAT-156 Intro to Statistics PHI-105 Intro to Ethics PSY-241 Abnormal Psychology Humanities Elective *Appropriate math level needed before enrolling in any math class. See NIACC catalog for course placement information. Recommended Electives: ANT-105 Cultural Anthropology; SOC-110 Intro to Sociology; PHY-106 Survey of Physics Note: Please check with transfer institution for their specific requirements and check with a NIACC counselor/advisor for further transfer planning. Sample schedule meets AA & AS degree requirements at NIACC. Check with transfer institution for Foreign Language & Diversity Requirements. Suggested schedule dependent on entry level of student. Students are responsible for maintaining direct contact with specific professional schools for current prerequisite guidelines and admission criteria. [-]

Associate in Practical Nursing

Pittsburgh Technical Institute
Campus Full time Open Enrollment USA Oakdale

Opportunities in nursing will continue to grow as medical advancements help people live [+]

Opportunities in nursing will continue to grow as medical advancements help people live longer. PTI's PRACTICAL NURSING program combines discussions, learning experiences, lectures and hands-on training in a state-of-the-industry laboratory and clinical classrooms where students can develop the skills needed to stand out in the job market and make a difference in patients' lives. Key Benefits You will regularly learn in PTI's state-of-the-industry simulation lab where you will work with the latest equipment and technology providing hands-on practice with the tools you will use in your nursing career. Our program includes management instruction so you will be prepared to lead a department as you progress in your career. Many graduates begin their career in senior care so this is a focus throughout your PTI education. You will work in a nurturing environment with experienced instructors and student advisors. Our small class sizes mean you get the individual attention you need. PTI students learn the art and science of nursing with classes that are building blocks to lifelong learning. Articulation agreements with several colleges open doors to nursing education should you decide to pursue your associate or bachelors degree. [-]

Associate Degree in Health Sciences

RMIT University
Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Australia Melbourne

You'll develop a unique range of skills and knowledge relevant to the health industry in one of this program's two streams, health promotion or health information... [+]

Associate Degree in Health Sciences

 

You'll develop a unique range of skills and knowledge relevant to the health industry in one of this program's two streams, health promotion or health information management. The program includes an industry-based project ensuring that when you graduate you'll be work-ready.In the health promotion stream, you'll learn to promote positive health outcomes to individuals and communities.In the health information management stream, you'll learn how communications and information technology can enhance patient outcomes in the health system.

 

 

Specialised streams

The health promotion stream gives you the knowledge and skills to work with individuals and communities to improve health outcomes through education and other strategies, underpinned by analysis of the key determinants of health.The health information management stream combines an understanding of health and the health system with skills in information management and information technology. It gives you the skills and knowledge to collect, store, analyse and distribute healthcare information.... [-]