The Health Sciences Associate Degree program is designed to provide students the opportunity to achieve an associate degree in health sciences which may include courses required for preparation for transfer to a CSU or for employment in areas such as emergency medical technician, medical assistant, medical insurance billing and coding, nursing assistant, paramedic or phlebotomist.
Transfer Health Sciences majors should complete the general education certificate to meet general education requirements (37-39 units), either the California State University General Education (CSU-GE) requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Curriculum (IGETC).
Refer to ASSIST.org or to the catalog of the intended college of transfer. Courses selected to fulfill requirements for this area of emphasis should reflect requirements of the college or university to which the student plans to transfer. Consult with a counselor for assistance in planning a transfer program in Health Sciences.
This program is not the associate degree in nursing and does not meet the State Board of Registered Nursing requirements for licensure in the state of California. Students interested in achieving a degree in Nursing should see the Nursing Associate Degree.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete this program will be able to:
- Recognize and define the terminology of various health sciences.
- Differentiate between various health science jobs and job requirements.
- Demonstrate scientific and critical thinking skills related to the field of health science.
Select 18 units from the following related disciplines
BIO 11*, 12*, 15*, 112*, 113
CHEM 1A*, 108
EMT 207* & 207C*, 210*, 219*
HIT 200, 204*, 207*, 209*, 216*, 219*, 221*
HLTH 1, 2, 3
HSC 201, 217*, 222, 223*, 226*, 227*, 228, 291
MA 211A/B, 212A/B, 213A/B, 214B, 217A*/B*/C*, 218B
N 160*, 161, 162*, 165, 170*, 171*, 172*, 173*, 174*,
176*, 202*, 238*, 245*, 263, 264*, 265*
PM 220*, 230*, 240*
Total Units for the Major: 18
*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.
Associate in Arts Degree
Complete a minimum of 60 units including the total number of units described above and the General Education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 to qualify for the Associate in Arts degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.
General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees
Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements.