Associate in Science in Health Science

Division of Nursing & Allied Health – Curriculum Code: 2114

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree


Why major in Health Science?

The Health Science program provides an opportunity for health care personnel and allied health program majors to complete a general health science¬†associate degree. Students receive up to 24 credits for previous post-secondary professional educational or certificate training in an allied health profession. Certificates or licenses must be current at the time of credit evaluation. Bachelor’s degree completion can lead to employment in health education or entry-level health care administration positions.

If I major in Health Science, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Associate of Science degree in Health Science may be transferred to the Bachelor of Science Health Science degree program offered jointly by Rutgers University, New Jersey City University, and Berkeley College. Also, Thomas Edison State College will apply most or all the courses you have taken toward a Bachelor of Science degree program in Health Science or a Bachelor of Science degree program in Applied Science and Technology.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Complete an application to Essex County College and indicate General Science (curriculum code 0603) as your initial major and take the placement test. Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the general education and/or core courses in your desired major. Submit a copy of your diploma and official transcript from where you received your professional training and current certificate or licensure to the Division of Nursing & Allied Health for evaluation prior to admission to the Health Science major.

Who should apply to the Health Science program?

Any health care professional who holds licensure or certification in their specialty and who received their training in any accredited or state-licensed post-secondary allied health training program. This program is particularly useful for health care professionals working in fields for which no specific degree is offered. In addition, any ECC student who completed college-level course work in nursing or any allied health discipline but who did not complete a specific degree may apply their professional credit toward the completion of this degree.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental course work and, depending on the number of credits granted for prior professional training, you can complete the degree in two years or less by taking an average of 15 credits each semester. You may shorten the time by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-1865.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Advance to a baccalaureate program specializing in health education, health care informatics, or health care administration;
  • Secure job promotions within health-related fields for which no specific degree exists; and
  • Prepare for employment based on the individualized curriculum that has been completed in fields such as health services administration, health computing, or health education.



(36 credits)

Written & Oral Communications (6 credits)

ENG 101 and ENG 102 (two 3-credit courses)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills (4 credits)

Choose one of the following math courses: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 113, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 221, or MTH 222 (one 4-credit course)

Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (8 credits)

BIO 121 and BIO 122 (two 4-credit courses)

Technological Competency (3 credits)

CIS 107 (one 3-credit course)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108 or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (6 credits)

Choose one of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (one 3-credit course)

And choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102; MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)

Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)



(24 credits)

A maximum of 24 credits from any accredited or state-licensed post-secondary allied health training program may be awarded*

*Note: College credit will be transferred as a block; technical school or other certificate credit will be weighted and awarded as a block. Credits may be awarded from professional programs of the following fields: Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Dietary Management, LPN, Military Medic, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Radiography, Respiratory Care, Ultrasound, Vision Care Technology and/or any accredited or state-licensed post-high school allied health training program, which is licensed or certified by examination.


(remaining credits)

If Major Course Requirement credits (including those awarded from a professional educational program) total less than 24 credits, the balance may be chosen from the following courses: ENG 109 Effective Speech, HSC 101 Introduction to Nutrition, HSC 102 Nutrition through the Life Cycle, HSC 109 Introduction to Medical Terminology, SOC 201 Social Gerontology, SOC 207 Understanding Death and Dying, BIO 103 General Biology I, BIO 104 General Biology II, BIO 211 Microbiology, BIO 241 Pathophysiology, BIO 251 Pharmacology, CHM 101 College Chemistry I, CHM 103 General Chemistry I, CHM 104 General Chemistry II, and/or SOC 199 Behavioral Science for Health Professions, which are all 3- or 4-credit courses. Keep in mind that the number of credits of this balance component must total to 24 credits with Major Course Requirement credits.

(1) ECC students who completed college-level course work in Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Dietary Manager, LPN, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiography, Respiratory Care, and Vision Care Technology programs but who did not complete a specific degree may apply their professional credits toward the Health Science degree.
(2) Students may not earn two degrees from the same discipline.
(3) The minimum passing grade for all courses is “C.” If you earn a grade below “C”, you need to repeat that course.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60



Meet with an academic advisor to receive evaluation of professional educational program credits (up to 24 credits may be awarded).

First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
BIO 121 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
Math requirement (4 credits)
Chemistry elective (4 credits)

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
BIO 122 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
CIS 107 Computer Literacy (3 credits)
Literature requirement (3 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Art or music requirement (3 credits)
Major Course Requirements (remaining credits, if necessary)

Fourth Semester
Major Course Requirements (remaining credits, if necessary)


(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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