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 (Medical Laboratory Technician, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Respiratory Care, etc.) offered at STCC
2. Pursue enrollment in an undergraduate professional healthcare program at another institution (in areas such as Substance Abuse Counseling, Nutrition Science)
3. 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.