Associate of Science in Health Science
Description and Outcomes
If you have received military training for medical and health science occupational specialties and want to earn an associate’s degree and then continue your studies to earn a bachelor’s degree, the Associate of Science in Health Science is a military-friendly path that can help you reach your educational and career goals.
Your prior military training is applied as transfer credit toward degree requirements. Combined with required general education courses that broaden your knowledge and skills, and health science courses that build upon your military training, the Associate of Science in Health Science can help put you in the best position to continue on to bachelor’s-level health science programs and later graduate professional programs such as physician assistant, physical therapist, medical doctor, etc.
The program includes a capstone experience designed to integrate the academic work completed as part of the program with your prior military training and experience. Earning your Associate of Science in Health Science could help you meet educational requirements for advancement in the military, prepare you to pursue entry-level careers in allied health science should you return to civilian life, and provide you with a solid foundation for pursuing your bachelor’s degree and beyond.
Refer to the Admissions Requirements section for details on program eligibility.
In addition to the required core and major courses, you can further specialize your degree by choosing one of two concentrations designed to prepare you to take professional credentialing exams and/or fulfill many requirements for professional programs: telemetry or preprofessional. Some concentrations are only available to students who have successfully completed a specific articulated military occupational specialty or training course.
The Associate of Science in Health Science program consists of a minimum of 90 quarter credit hours. You must complete a specific number of credit hours at Purdue Global. Refer to the Progression Requirements section for details. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded an associate of science degree.
- Integrate knowledge from behavioral and biological sciences as a basis for allied health practice.
- Use current technology in a variety of health care roles.
- Demonstrate competencies relevant to a career focus area within health sciences.
- Exhibit administration skills and management processes within the interdisciplinary health care field.
- Exhibit behavior consistent with the professional, ethical, and legal standards of allied health practice.
- Demonstrate integration of discipline-specific and general education competencies.
- Demonstrate sufficient academic acumen to go on to pursue a bachelor’s program upon graduation from the program.
General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies
In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the undergraduate School of General Education section of this Catalog.
You must meet the following admission requirement in addition to the Purdue Global general requirements.
Enrollment in the Associate of Science in Health Science is limited to active-duty servicemembers of the U.S. military, members of the Reserve or National Guard, and veterans of the U.S. military who have completed one of the articulated military occupation training courses. A list of currently articulated occupations can be obtained by contacting Purdue Global Military Admissions.
You must meet the following progression requirement in addition to Purdue Global's general requirements.
You must have a military transcript on file that shows successful completion of one of the articulated military occupational specialties or training course. You may fulfill all of the major requirements, with the exception of the capstone course, via any combination of prior learning.
In addition to Purdue Global's general requirements, you must also have a military transcript on file that shows successful completion of an occupational specialty.
Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams
Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.
Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not made a determination with respect to the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Information to determine enrollment eligibility.
You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.
|CM107||College Composition I||5|
|CM220||College Composition II||5|
|100/200 Level||Speaking and Listening Elective||5|
|Mathematics (select one of the following):||5|
|Survey of Mathematics|
|Arts and Humanities (select one of the following):||5|
|Arts and Humanities - Modern Creative Expressions|
|Humanities and Culture|
|Science (select one of the following):||5|
|Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World|
|General Biology I - Human Perspectives|
|Fundamentals of Microbiology|
|Fundamentals of Science|
|Social Science (select one of the following):||5|
|The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream|
|People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government|
|The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach|
|100/200 Level||General Education Electives||10|
|Total Core Requirements||45|
|HS290||Associate's Capstone in Health Science||5|
|Major Electives (see below) 1||20|
|Total Major Requirements||25|
|Open Elective Requirements|
|Open Electives 1||20|
|Total Open Elective Requirements||20|
Students in the Preprofessional concentration area will complete 22 credits of Major Electives and 18 credits of Open Electives.
Concentration courses are completed within the major electives requirement of the degree plan.
Students in this program are not required to select a concentration area.
|Select two of the following:||10|
|Introduction to Psychology|
|Principles of Nutrition|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II|
|Principles of Chemistry|
|Fundamentals of Microbiology|
|Select two of the following:||12|
|Research Methods for Health Sciences|
|Epidemiology and Biostatistics I|
|Practices in Public Health|
|Histology and Embryology|
|HS250||Cardiac Rhythm Analysis and Telemetry||5|