Health Science Associate in Science

Program Advisor: Chris Aylesworth, DVM

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.


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


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
 Free Electives 5
Additional As Shown
Core Competencies Portfolio (items) 4
Forum (units) 4
 Health/Fitness 30 hours
 Minimum Cumulative Average Overall 2.000
 Area of Specialization (All Program Requirements) 2.000

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

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