The Health Science program introduces students to interdisciplinary topics in healthcare and provides the opportunity to explore specialty areas for a career in healthcare. This program offers flexible options: students are able to gain preparation for clinical careers and specialties, such as Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, etc., as well as administrative and supportive roles. The Health Science program offers a window to the range of possibilities in the healthcare field, with job prospects in hospitals, clinics, government agencies, or non-profit organizations. For more information, contact Dr. Raja Staggers by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Estimated Length of Program: 2 years
- Credential Awarded: Associate in Science in Health Science
The Health Science program is designed for students who wish to explore career opportunities in healthcare. Students in this program will learn about the multifaceted aspects of healthcare while they develop skills in patient care and safety, and receive hands-on training and professional certification in an area such as Sterile Processing, Patient Care Technician, or Emergency Medical Technician. While immersing themselves in the physical environment (the sights, sounds and smells) of healthcare, through the College's SIMS Medical Center (a nationally recognized patient simulation facility), students will also pursue essential coursework in math, physical science and social science-coursework that is considered foundational for any health career.
Program of Study
Year 1 - Program of study includes coursework designed to provide students with early exposure to health career information and opportunities; a broad understanding of medical terminology; "soft skill" essentials such as professional behavior and communication, workplace safety, and punctuality; the "sights, sounds and smells" of a simulated health care environment; and basic first aid and CPR. The 1st year also incorporates professional certification experience that will provide students hands-on experience as well as skills that make them immediately employable in a healthcare environment. All 1st year students will also be expected to gain technical proficiency in basic computer skills and applications.
Year 2 - Students build upon research skills learned in English composition courses to study research methodology and topics including scientific method, hypothesis formulation and testing, and the objective and ethical evaluation of data. Students will also study legal and ethical principles applicable to health information, patient care and health records.
Three Pathways Approach
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to:
1. Enter a competitive professional healthcare program offered at STCC ( https://www.stcc.edu/explore/programs/)
2. Pursue enrollment at a two-year, four-year or professional healthcare program at another institution
3. Transfer to a Bachelor of Science in Health Science program to prepare for graduate-level work in fields such as, Physician's Assistant, Physical Therapy, or Occupational Therapy (Westfield State University Health Science degree)
Upon successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Health Science will be awarded.