Dec 01, 2022  
2018-19 Academic Catalog 
2018-19 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Science - HLTH.AS

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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 (Explore STCC Health 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

Upon successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Health Science will be awarded.

Applying to this Program

  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling admission, this program has open enrollment.
Admission Prerequisites
  • Proof of High School diploma, GED, or HiSet required.


Additional Requirements for Accepted Students

Mandatory Health Records: All required health records, immunizations, and physicals MUST be filed in the STCC Health and Wellness Center by the first day of classes.  The Health and Wellness Center is located in Building 19, Room 177, the phone number is 413 755-4230.  Additional information and required forms can be found on the Health and Wellness Center website The college/program reserves the right to rescind the admission status of any student not meeting, as well as not submitting, all post-admission requirements in a timely manner. 

Background Check: College programs involving potentially unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly, including fieldwork (a clinical affiliation, internship, externship, or field placement) with a private or public healthcare provider or daycare provider, will be required to undergo state-wide and/or national criminal background checks, including but not limited to: Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI), Seven (7) year residential Search, and FBI Fingerprinting checks. The purpose of the background check is to ensure a safe and protective environment for all clients, particularly members of vulnerable populations.

Students choosing not to consent to the required background checks will be ineligible to participate in fieldwork involving vulnerable populations. Ineligibility to participate in fieldwork may affect a student’s ability to successfully complete the program.

Based upon the results of the background checks, a student may be deemed ineligible to participate in academic or clinical activities, which may impact a student’s ability to successfully complete program requirements. Background checks are reviewed by the College’s CORI Board. The CORI Board determines eligibility to participate in academic and/or clinical activities. Students have the right to appeal the determination of the CORI Board by filing a written appeal with the Vice President of Student and Multicultural Affairs within 10 business days of receiving the CORI Board’s determination.

Furthermore, please be advised that eligibility to participate in College academic and/or clinical activities following a background check does not guarantee eligibility to sit for a professional credentialing examination(s) or for employment upon program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the certification or licensure board for a particular healthcare or other service profession to determine the standards that must be met for credentialing, licensing and/or employment in that field.



(HLTH.AS) Curriculum

Department Personnel

Name Title Office Phone Email
Raja Staggers Department Chair/Assistant Professor 20/302L 413-755-4827
Cindy Fuller Professor 20/302N 413-755-4859


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