Associate of Arts

This program is an appealing option to students who want to work in a healthcare setting but do not necessarily desire to pursue a given specialization (e.g., nursing or radiologic technology). Such students could be full-time, part-time, traditional college age, working adults, transfer students, or military personnel. Additionally, it would be helpful to have this option available on the rare occasion when students in the specializations either opt out or fail to meet College expectations. Also, many students have to wait as many as two years to begin their specialization studies, and this degree option might be an attractive option to some students, especially those who transfer in several courses, to complete while waiting until their cohort begins the specialization curriculum.

Curriculum

Communicating (9 hours required)

  • COM 100 Oral Communications - 3 hours
  • ENG 100 English Composition - 3 hours
  • ENG 200 Expository Writing - 3 hours

Valuing (2 hours required)

  • FYS 101 College Seminar - 1 hour
  • AH 201 Diversity in Healthcare - 1 hour

Humanities (3 hours required)

  • AH 230 Medical Ethics and the Law - 3 hours
  • FA 200 Art Appreciation - 3 hours

Life and Physical Sciences (14 hours required)

  • BI 151 Anatomy & Physiology I - 4 hours
  • BI 152 Anatomy & Physiology II - 4 hours
  • BI 200 Microbiology - 3 hours
  • CH 100 Chemistry - 3 hours

Mathematics (6 hours required)

  • MAT 150 College Algebra - 3 hours
  • AH 200 Introduction to Statistics - 3 hours

Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 hours required)

  • GOVT 100 Government & Politics in the United States - 3 hours (required)
  • HST 105 American History - 3 hours
  • PSY 100 Psychology or PSY 200 Life Span Development - 3 hours
  • SOC 102 Sociology - 3 hours

Electives (21 hours required)

  • AH 104 Medical Terminology I - 1 hour
  • AH 204 Medical Terminology II - 2 hours
  • BI 306 Immunology - 3 hours
  • INT 200 Internship in Allied Health - 3 hours
  • NUT 200 Nutrition - 3 hours
  • Approved elective - 3 hours
  • Courses from Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences not chosen previously - 6-9 hours
  • Allied health electives approved by the Dean of General Education and the Registrar - 1-9 hours

Total credit hours required: 64

Eligibility Requirements

  1. GPA requirement (one of the following):
    • If 18 or more semester hours of college-level courses are completed, overall college GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale plus completion of a high school diploma or approved high school equivalency exam
    • If less than 18 semester hours of college-level courses are completed, overall college GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale plus high school GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale or completion of an approved high school equivalency exam
    • If a current high school student, completion of at least the junior year with a high school GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale
  2. Exam requirement (one of the following):
    • ACT composite score of 19 or higher taken less than 5 years ago
    • ATI TEAS score of 54% or higher (if age 23 or older)
  3. Completion of all immunization requirements
  4. Clearance on various background checks

Mission, Vision & Values

The Mission, Vision, and Values statement of the program parallels the College’s statement:

Mission

Institution

  • To respond to the health care educational needs of the region by preparing qualified health care professionals.
General Education
  • To provide a framework, a scaffold, on which to layer instruction in the specializations and in clinical practice while preparing students for success in the workforce as well as for additional educational success after graduation. To ensure the facts, theories, concepts, and principles learned in general education complement and reinforce learning in the specializations and experiences in clinical practice.

Vision

Institution

  • To provide an environment supportive of student learning instilling knowledge, professional values, competency as a beginning practitioner and a belief that learning is a lifelong process.

General Education

  • Having postsecondary credentials signals a level of sophistication and knowledge of the world, and general education provides the breadth and scope of learning to realize hopes of lifelong learning and community engagement. Progress toward achievement of general education student learning outcomes ensures advancement toward becoming not only well-prepared health care professionals but also better community members. Education in each of the specializations evolves from a combination of courses in general education, the specialization, and clinical practice, an amalgamation that provides the framework necessary for an individual to acquire the knowledge, values, principles, and skills essential for the provision of health care and development into a productive member of society.

Values

Institution

  • In order to graduate entry-level practitioners who demonstrate ability to think critically, communicate effectively, accept human diversity and deliver ethical and safe healthcare as members within the disciplines of their profession.

General Education 

  • Not surprisingly, general education values mirror institutional values: to graduate entry-level practitioners who demonstrate ability to think critically, communicate effectively, accept human diversity, and deliver ethical and safe healthcare. Additionally, graduates of the College know how to use technology to their advantage in their personal and professional lives and they know how to draw on all their knowledge, not just technical skills in their chosen specializations, in order to solve problems and provide leadership.


Student Learning Outcomes

There are six skills specific to the program, namely, the six general education objectives of the College (presented in alphabetical order by title/theme), as follows: 

  1. Communications: Demonstrate effective communication skills both in person and in print.
  2. Critical Thinking: Demonstrate effective critical thinking skills, including but not limited to, judging evidence, synthesizing information, constructing arguments, and solving problems.
  3. Diversity - Demonstrate the ability to adapt interactions to meet cultural and/or psychosocial needs of clients/patients and co-workers.
  4. Ethics - Demonstrate an understanding of ethics and the role they play in health care providers’ personal and professional lives.
  5. Integration - Demonstrate the ability to integrate the principles, theories, concepts, and facts learned in general education courses, including the ability to apply the scientific method to solve problems, into the specializations and in clinical practice.
  6. Technology - Demonstrate the ability to use technology to find, evaluate, and apply information and subsequently to communicate that information to others accurately and concisely.

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