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Health Science Option

Program Advisor: Anna Foss, 413-236-2107

 

The Health Science option is designed for students who are track­ing toward a Nursing or Allied Health programs or who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in health care as a generalist. This option also makes it possible for students to complete an Associate degree in Health Science and provide a basic foundation for transfer to a four-year institution.

 

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of the Health Sciences option should be able to:

  • use communication effectively to provide information to clients in the health care environment;
  • be employed in entry level, non-technical health areas;
  • identify skills and knowledge necessary for the health care worker;
  • apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in health care environments;
  • acquire skills and information to make them better health care consumers;
  • transfer to a four-year institution in areas of health care admin­istration, health or nursing program at Berkshire Community College or elsewhere;
  • use communication effectively to provide information to clients in the health care environment

Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete all program credits and the additional requirements shown below.

                      

Program  

35 Credits

AHS 111   

Patient Skills/Career Exploration

3

AHS 129

Medical Terminology

3

AHS 150

Introduction to Nutrition

3

BIO 201

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO 202    

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

PSY 107

Introductory Psychology

3

SOC 105   

Introductory Sociology

3

 

Specialized Electives (see footnote 1.)

12

General Education                                  

29 Credits

COM

Communication

3

ENG

English Composition/Writing

6

MAT 136

Mathematics for the Health Sciences  
              OR
other MA designated math course

3

CHM 150

PHY 111 

Essentials of Chemistry

             OR

The Ideas of Physics (see footnote 2.)


3

   

General Education Electives (see footnote 3.)

9

 

Program/Free Electives

5

Additional

As Shown

 

Core Competencies Portfolio

6 items

 

Forum

12 units

 

Health/Fitness

30 hours

 

Minimum Cumulative Average Overall

2.000

 

Area of Specialization (All Program Requirements)

2.000


Suggested block for program completion

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in four semesters. The actual time needed to complete the program will vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester                                                

 

15 Credits

AHS 111

Introduction to Patient Care Skills & Health Career Exploration

3

AHS 129

Medical Terminology

3

CHM 150 

 PHY 111

Essentials of Chemistry
             OR
Ideas of Physics  (see footnote 2)


3

ENG 101

English Composition I

3

PSY 107 

Introductory Psychology

3

Second Semester

16 Credits

ENG 102

English Composition II

3

MAT 136 

Mathematics for Health Sciences

3

SOC 105  

  Introductory Sociology

3

 

General Education Elective  (see footnote 3.)

3

 

Program Elective

4

Third Semester

16 Credits

AHS 150 

Introduction to Nutrition

3

BIO 201 

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

 

General Education Electives (see footnote 3.)

6

 

Specialized/Program Elective

3

Fourth Semester

17 Credits

BIO 202 

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

 

Communication

3

 

Specialized/Program Elective

7

 

General Education Elective

3

 

 

Footnotes:

1.  Specialized electives can be taken from departments in Health and Sciences. It is recommended that you consult with your advisor for appropriate selection of courses.

2.  Students interested in the Physical Therapy Assistant program should take PHY 111.

3.  General education electives chosen from two or more of the following: History, Humanities and Fine Arts, or Environmental Studies