Health Science | Pierpont C&TC
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Findley, Vickie

Professor of Health Information Technology
304-367-4716
Room 200B Advanced Technology Center
500 Galliher Dr., Fairmont
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Program Purpose: 

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Health Science provides students with the opportunity to build upon the knowledge gained in a professional skill set or certificate degree program and earn an associate’s degree.  Students may complete some of the requirements toward the A.A.S. degree while enrolled in the skill set or certificate degree curriculum. Students with prior national certification in a health care field may also be able to transfer credits to fulfill the required area of emphasis in the curriculum. The credits earned through national certification can be from a variety of careers, including but not limited to medical office management, phlebotomy, laboratory assistant, and licensed practical nurse.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
Upon successful completion of the A.A.S. degree in Health Sciences, graduates will be able to do the following: 
1. Demonstrate knowledge of and competence in a chosen field of state or national certification.  
2. Communicate verbally and in writing with patients, clients, health care delivery personnel and peers in an effective, appropriate, and capable manner.
3. Use critical thinking, technological, and mathematical skills to complete work assignments and solve work problems.
4. Demonstrate professional behavior that meets legal, ethical, responsible, and safe standards with respect for individuals and cultures.
Opportunities: 

The associate’s degree can provide students with greater flexibility in their professional field of study as well as opportunities for job advancement.  Graduates of the Health Science A.A.S. degree have a wide range of career options within the healthcare setting, including hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, and physician offices as well as scientific, sales or technical services firms within the health science industries. 

Program Specific Admission Requirements: 
All students entering the A.A.S degree Health Sciences must meet the following criteria:
1. Have completed or be enrolled in a health care related skill set or certificate program in order to fulfill the area of emphasis requirement in the curriculum.  Admission to a specialty area is not guaranteed. 
2. Must pass a criminal background clearance, meet health and immunization requirements and essential functions, and provide their own transportation to assigned clinical sites, if accepted into a skill set or certificate program, students. 
 
NOTE:  Completion of all or part of the A.A.S. degree in Health Sciences does not guarantee selection into any of the other health careers associate degree programs offered at Pierpont Community & Technical College.
Program Total Credit Hours: 
60 CHs
Support Coursework: 
18 CHs

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)

GNED SCIE

General Studies Science
4
CH(s)

ENGL 1104- "C" or higher for graduation
ENGL 1108 can be taken in place of ENGL 1109
ENGL 1108 & ENGL 1109 Pre Requisite: “C” or higher in ENGL 1104 
“C” or higher in ENGL 1108 or ENGL 1109 for graduation

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
23 CHs

EMMS 1109

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Workplace Safety
1
CH(s)

FOSM 1110

Nutrition
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1100

Medical Terminology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1101

Introduction to Health Careers Programs
1
CH(s)

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1171

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
1
CH(s)

HLCA 1200

Health Assessment and Physical Examination
3
CH(s)

HLCA 2210

Bioethics
3
CH(s)

HLCA 2995

Healthcare Management Capstone
2
CH(s)

HLCA 2200

Interpretation of Diagnostic Data
3
CH(s)
HLCA 1102 may be substituted for HLIN 2200
HUMN 2200 or INTR 2200 or HLIN 1110 may be substituted for HLCA 2210
FOSM 1120 may be substituted for FOSM 1110
 
Health Care Related, Business, Social Science or General Science Electives: 16 credits (minimum)
Students may choose to fulfill part of the 16 required elective credits from the following courses: EMMS 1100-1110; EMMS 2200-2202; EMMS 2207-2216; EMMS 2995; HLIN 1100-1110; HLIN 2200-2209; HLIN 2995: HLCA 1110; HLCA 2205; LABA 2206-2207; MLAB 1101-1105; MLAB 1160; MLAB 1180; MLAB 2217-2224; MLAB 2995; RESP 1101-1109; RESP 2200-2270; RESP 2995; LPNC 1101-1134; PHTA 1100-1109; PHTA 2200-2207; PHTA 2995; VETT 1100; VETT 1113-1116; VETT 1122; VETT 1130; VETT 1170; VETT 1180; VETT 2210; VETT 2212; VETT 2271-1173; VETT 2995; RADI 1100-1161: RADI 2200-2299; CHEM 1101-1101-2205; BIOL 1104-1106: BIOL 2205;  SCIE  1100; SCIE 1103; ENTR 1100; ENTR 1103; ENTR 1120; PSYC 1101; SOCY 1110. Prerequisite and selective admission requirements must be met for all courses used as electives. 

 

Skill Set/Certificate Requirements: 6 credits (minimum)
Only Specific courses from a skill set will satisfy this section of the degree requirement. If completing the skill set and/or certificate simultaneously with the AAS Degree, students must adhere to the model schedule for their respective skill set or certificate. 
 
Courses from existing skill sets that satisfy this requirement include: 
Medical Office Administration HLIN 1100 and HLIN 1101
Phlebotomy  HLCA 1110 and HLCA 2205
Emergency Medical Technician-Basic EMMS 1103
 
Courses from existing certificate programs that satisfy this requirement include: 
Laboratory Assistant HLCA 1110, HLCA 2205, LABA 2206, LABA 2207
Licensed Practical Nurse LPNC 1101 and LPNC 1103
Model Schedule
Fall Semester

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

PROG ELEC

Program Specific Elective
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
16 CHs

ENGL 1104- “C” or higher for graduation

*Health Sciences Core 4-6
*Discipline specific skill set or certificate course 3-4
Depending on classes taken semester may be 13-16 credit hours.
Spring Semester

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)

PROG ELEC

Program Specific Elective
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
ENGL 1108 can be substituted for ENGL 1109
PR: “C” or higher in ENGL 1104
“C” or higher in ENGL 1108 or ENGL 1109 required for graduation
 
MATH: MTH 1207 is a 3 credits course. Math ACT of 19, SAT Quantitative score of 460, COMPASS Math score of 36, Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 85, or ASSET Elementary Algebra score of 38. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be required to enroll in a 2-hour support class.
*Health Sciences Core  6 credits
* Discipline specific skill set or certificate course
Depending on classes taken semester may be 12-15 credit hours.
Fall Semester

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

PROG ELEC

Program Specific Elective
3
CH(s)

GNED SCIE

General Studies Science
4
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
17 CHs
General Science Elective 3-4 
*Health Sciences Core 6
* Discipline specific skill set or certificate course
Depending on classes taken semester may be 15-17 credit hours.
 
Spring Semester

HLCA 2995

Healthcare Management Capstone
2
CH(s)

PROG ELEC

Program Specific Elective
3
CH(s)

PROG ELEC

Program Specific Elective
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
*Health Sciences Core 6
*Health Care Related, Social Science or General Science Electives 3-6 credits
Depending on classes taken semester may be 12-15 credit hours
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