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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.

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    Essentials of Chemistry
                OR
PHY 111     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    Essentials of Chemistry
                OR PHY 111 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.