Health Science - HLTH.AS
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.
- 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. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to either enter a competitive professional healthcare program (Medical Laboratory Technician, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Respiratory Care, etc.) offered at STCC; pursue enrollment in an undergraduate professional healthcare program at another institution (in areas such as Substance Abuse Counseling, Nutrition Science); or transfer to a Bachelor of Science in Health Science program to prepare for graduate-level work in fields such as, for example, Physician's Assistant, Physical Therapy, or Occupational Therapy.
Upon successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Health Science will be awarded.