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Health Sciences Broad Field A.S. Degree

About the Department

• Perfect for the student who is interested in health sciences but isn’t sure which career field to pursue.

• Seamless transfer to all MnSCU universities through a statewide articulation agreement.

• Build a broad foundation of knowledge in biology, chemistry and the liberal arts.

• Opens the doors to many health-related careers.

So you want a career in the health sciences field, but you don’t know exactly which one? This is the degree for you. It gives you a solid base of general education in the field of health sciences and prepares you to transfer to any MnSCU university that offers related bachelor’s degrees. With this general introduction to the health sciences, it will prepare you for many careers, including: community health, dental hygiene, nutrition, health education, exercise science and many other high demand, health-related fields.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

Required Courses:
BIOL 1420 Nutrition (3 cr) OR HLTH 1520 Principles of Nutrition (3 cr)
BIOL 1431 General Biology I (5 cr)
BIOL 2457* Microbiology (4 cr)
BIOL 2467* Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr)
BIOL 2468* Anatomy & Physiology II (4 cr)
CHEM 1407 Life Science Chemistry (4 cr) OR CHEM 1424 Chemical Principles I (5 cr)
ENGL 1410 Composition I (4 cr)
MATH 1460 Introduction to Statistics (4 cr)
MATH 1470 College Algebra (3 cr)
PHIL 2420 Ethics (3 cr)
PSYC 2421 General Psychology (4 cr)
PSYC 2431* Human Development (3 cr)
SOCL 1401 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr)
COMM 2420 Intercultural Communication (3 cr) OR COMM 1420 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr)
TOTAL REQUIRED: 51-52 credits

General Education:
Students must complete an additional 8-9 credits from the MN General Education Transfer Curriculum. (ENGL 1411 Composition II is highly recommended.)

NOTE: Total credits must include courses from at least 6 of the 10 Minnesota General Education Transfer Curriculum Goal Areas.
*Denotes Prerequisite

Program Information: This program prepares students for a career in the healthcare occupation field. It provides a broad base of general education course work relevant to health sciences in preparation for transfer to a broad array of health sciences majors at a college or university. This degree program is designed to fulfill the prerequisite requirements for health science baccalaureate requirements for specific majors at all MnSCU system universities offering related degrees through a statewide articulation agreement. (please refer to the articulation agreement for a listing of majors and MnSCU universities). Even with this agreement in place, students should consult with both Central Lakes College and the transfer university advisors early in the process for guidance and planning regarding how to best meet the requirements of the various health sciences baccalaureate programs.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Develop as writers and speakers who use the English language effectively and who read, write, speak, and listen critically;
  • Develop capacity to identify, discuss and reflect upon social and behavioral issues;
  • Demonstrate comprehension of human and biological systems;
  • Increase knowledge about mathematical and logical modes of thinking; and
  • Improve their awareness and understanding of health, wellness and liberal arts.

Special Program Requirements:

In addition to the program requirements listed, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  • College Cumulative GPA Requirement: The cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0.
  • Residency Requirement: students must complete one third (20) of their credits at Central Lakes College.


Transfer Opportunities: All courses in the degree program transfer and count toward the selected MnSCU university health sciences baccalaureate degree program requirements per the MnSCU Statewide Health Sciences Broad Field Articulation Agreement. (Refer to the Articulation Agreement for specific majors and MnSCU universities)

Career Opportunities: This program provides preparation for transfer into a number of health sciences majors: physical therapist, occupational therapist, rehabilitation specialist, nurse, nurse educator, athletic trainer, clinical social worker, health educator, nutritionist, dietitian, medical sonographer, radiologic technician, surgical technician, dental hygienist, psychologist, cardiovascular technologist, orthodontic technologist, exercise physiologist, health center manager.


sandraSandra Kaplan
Watching students meet their academic and career goals fuels Sandra Kaplan’s joy of teaching. It’s what has kept her leading the classroom for more than 20 years at both public and  private colleges. Kaplan earned a Master’s Degree in Cell Biology and Physiology from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Bemidji State University, where she double majored in Environmental  Studies and Biology. When not teaching biology, Kaplan is leading classes in health and yoga. Email Sandra for more information

Kirby Scott
Kirby Scott’s passion in life is to make chemistry fun and easy to understand for his students. He does that through incorporating the latest technologies into the classroom and laboratory. Scott graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1989 with a Master’s Degree in Chemistry. He’s since taught at Normandale and Anoka Ramsey Community Colleges, the University of  Minnesota and CLC since 1995. Outside the classroom, he likes spending time with his family, attending sporting events and being at the lake. Email Kirby for more information

DSC_0061Karen Pikula
Karen Pikula’s goal is to make sure each of her students is successful, while cultivating a comfortable, yet challenging learning environment. She has a Master’s degree in Education as well as a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching from Bemidji State University. She is currently completing her PhD in Educational Psychology  at Capella University. Email Karen for more information

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