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Associate of Applied Sciences

A.A.S. Health Sciences

The associate of applied science degree is a two-year degree awarded in a specific career or occupational field of experience. Residency requirement is 15 UAS semester credits.

The Associate of Applied Science in Health Sciences prepares students to enter direct care careers and to apply (transfer) to a variety of health care training programs. The degree provides the foundation needed to understand modern health care delivery, and includes a base in GER options as well as a science core.

Program Assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted on the Program Assessment website.

Students need to consult with a Health Sciences advisor before registering for courses. Meeting with an advisor will help students develop a plan of study for specific career goals.

Associate degree programs are areas of study designed to prepare students academically for admission to a bachelor degree program.

Typically an associate degree program is 60 credits (two years).

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

The AAS in Health Sciences requires a minimum of 61 credits. Of these, 31 credits are in GERs, 20 credits are in biology and chemistry, and a minimum of 10 credits make up the core Health Science courses. 20 credits must be at the 200 level or above. At least 15 credits must be taken at UAS. Minimum grade of C (2.00) is required in all courses. A grade of C- is not considered passing.

As there are a limited number of 200+ level courses eligible in this degree, including the following courses into a plan of study will help students meet the 20 credit 200 level requirement: ENGL S211 or S212, COMM S235 or S237, PSY S250, BIOL S240, HS S203, S206, S291, and advisor approved GER courses.

Minimum Credit Hours61
General Education Requirements31
Science Requirements20
Major Requirements10

General Education Requirements

Written Communication Skills

ENGLS111Methods of Written Communication3

Select one from the following (3 credits):

ENGLS211Intermediate Composition: Writing about Literature3
ENGLS212Technical Report Writing (recommended)3

Oral Communication Skills

Select one from the following (3 credits):

COMMS111Fundamentals of Oral Communication*3
COMMS235Small Group Communication and Team Building*3
COMMS237Interpersonal Communication*3
COMMS241Public Speaking*3
* Grade of C (2.00) or better

Computational Skills

MATHS105Intermediate Algebra (or higher)4

Social Science

___S___Advisor-approved Social Science courses9

Fine Arts and Humanities

___S___Fine Arts course3
___S___Humanities course6-8

Science Requirements

BIOLS111Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOLS112Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIOLS240Introductory Microbiology4

Depending on career goal, select one of the following sequences with advisor:

CHEMS103Introduction to General Chemistry4
CHEMS104A Survey of Organic and Biochemistry4


CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4

Major Requirements

HSS102Fundamentals of CPR and First Aid1
HSS135Medical Terminology3
Note: HS S105, HS S118, and HS S119 may be substituted for HS S102

Select two from the following (6 credits):

HSS101Introduction to Health Sciences3
HSS203Science of Nutrition3
HSS206Introduction to Environmental Health3
HSS291Health Sciences Internship3

Optional Skills Training

HSS105Certified Nurse Aide Training9
HSS118ETT — First Responder3
HSS119Emergency Medical Technician6

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Sitka, AK

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