Health Sciences Broad Field A.S. Degree

Health Sciences Broad Field A.S. Degree

Career Description

This program provides preparation for transfer into a number of health sciences majors including 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, and more.

Program Information

This program prepares students for careers in the healthcare occupation field. It provides a broad base of general education course work relevant to health sciences in preparation for transfer to an array of health sciences majors at a college or university. This program is designed to fulfill the prerequisite requirements for health science baccalaureate requirements for specific majors at all Minnesota State universities offering related degrees through a statewide articulation agreement.

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, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Transfer Opportunities

Students should consult with both Central Lakes College and 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.

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Program Course Requirements

Required Courses:
BIOL 1431 General Biology I (Goal 3), 5 cr
BIOL 2447* Introductory Microbiology (Goals 3,8) OR
BIOL 2457* Microbiology (Goal 3), 4 cr
BIOL 2467* Anatomy and Physiology I (Goal 3), 4 cr
BIOL 2468* Anatomy and Physiology II (Goal 3), 4 cr
CHEM 1407 Life Science Chemistry (Goal 3), 4 cr OR
CHEM 1424* Chemical Principles I (Goal 3), 5 cr
COMM 2420 Interpersonal Communication (Goal 1) OR
COMM 1420 Intercultural Communication (Goals 1,7), 3 cr
ENGL 1410 Composition I (Goal 1) OR
ENGL 1420* Honors Composition I (Goal 1), 4 cr
HLTH 1520 Principles of Nutrition, 3 cr
MATH 1460* Introduction to Statistics (Goal 4) OR
MATH 1461* Honors Intro to Statistics (Goals 2,4), 4 cr
MATH 1470* College Algebra (Goal 4), 3 cr
PHIL 2420 Ethics (Goals 6,9) OR
PHIL 2421* Honors Ethics (Goals 6,9) OR
PHIL 2422 Medical Ethics (Goals 6,9), 3 cr
PSYC 2421 General Psychology (Goals 2,5) OR
PSYC 2423* Honors General Psychology (Goals 2,5), 4 cr
PSYC 2431* Human Development (Goal 5), 3 cr
SOCL 1401 Introduction to Sociology (Goals 2,5) OR
SOCL 1403* Honors Intro to Sociology (Goals 5,8), 3 cr

An A.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 credits selected from at least six of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Student must select additional MnTC credits to total 60 credits. The following course is highly recommended:
ENGL 1411* Composition II (Goal 1) OR
ENGL 1421* Honors Composition II (Goals 1,9), 4 cr
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum courses, 5 cr

*Denotes Prerequisites


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