Health Science (A.S.)

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 health science 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.

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About this A.S. in Health Science degree

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

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your 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 Health Sciences for evaluation prior to admission to the Health Science major.

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

The associate’s degree in Health Science may be transferred to the Health Science bachelor’s degree program at 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’s degree program in Health Science or a bachelor’s degree program in Applied Science and Technology.

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

If you do not need developmental coursework 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 required by taking courses in the summer sessions.

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 health science 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 some college-level course work in nursing or any health science discipline but who did not complete a specific degree may apply their professional credit toward the completion of this degree.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Advance to a bacchelor’s degree 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.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-1865.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

Written & Oral Communications (6 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)
ENG 102 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills (4 credits)
Choose one of the following mathematics 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 (4 credits)
BIO 122 (4 credits)

Technological Competency (3 credits)
CIS 107 (3 credits)

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)
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)

Major Course Requirements

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

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

Additional Course Requirements

If the Major Course Requirement credits 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 101 College Chemistry II, 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 Additional Course Requirements plus the number of credits awarded toward Major Course Requirement credits must total 24 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 in the same discipline.
(3) The minimum passing grade for all program-related courses is “C.” If you earn a grade below “C”, you need to repeat that course.
(4) Please meet with a Division of Health Sciences academic advisor (faculty member) to receive evaluation of professional educational program credits. (Up to 24 credits may be awarded toward the Major Course Requirements.)

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60

First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
BIO 121 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills mathematics requirement (4-credit course)
Historical Perspective requirement (one 3-credit course)

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
BIO 122 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
CIS 107 Computer Literacy (3 credits)

Third Semester
Humanistic Perspective literature requirement (one 3-credit course)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (one 3-credit course)
Humanistic Perspective art or music requirement (one 3-credit course)
Additional Course Requirements (remaining credits, if necessary)

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

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