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2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Sciences Concentration, A.A.S.

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The Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Sciences provides a pathway for students who are currently enrolled in or have completed a certificate-level program in a Health Sciences discipline from any accredited community or technical college, or who are currently credentialed as allied health/nursing practitioners, to continue their formal education and earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Allied Health Sciences discipline-specific core credits may be earned by current enrollment in appropriate Allied Health Sciences courses, transferring credits earned in a health science-related program or an allied health sciences certificate program from a community college, or portfolio assessment of college-level learning related to an allied health discipline.

Certificates that can be applied toward this degree include:

  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) Certificate
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate 
  • Electronic Health Record Certificate
  • Healthcare Technician (CCMA) Certificate
  • Medical Coding (CCA) Certificate 
  • Paramedic Certificate  

This major is specifically designed for students who plan to enter the workforce after graduation.

To facilitate success in this program, all students should enroll in ORN 1010 - Orientation: Learning to Succeed  during their first semester at DSCC.

Major/Concentration Codes: AHSM-AHSC

Use DegreeWorks to view a sample degree plan.

To view a sample degree map by semester for this area of emphasis, go to Degree Map.

General Education Requirements:

Professional Discipline Options:

Option 1 for students with an AEMT Certificate:


Option 2 for students with an Electronic Health Record Certificate:


Option 3 for students with an EMT Certificate:


Option 4 for students with a Healthcare Technician Certificate:

  • Guided elective to equal 30 hours **


Option 5 for students with a Medical Coding Certificate:


Option 6 for students with a Paramedic Certificate (Up to 30 hours chosen from the following:)

Additional Degree Requirement:

Total: 63-65 Semester Hours

*For lists of eligible electives, see the appropriate section of the General Education Core Curriculum Requirements.

** Guided electives selected with advisor assistance.  Guided electives must be selected from the following courses: any course with the prefixes of AHSC, EMSB, EMSA, EMSP, HIMT, and PLBT.  Specific courses: BIOL 1110, BIOL 1120, BIOL 2010, BIOL 2020, or BIOL 2230 may also be used as guided electives.

*** Students may apply credits earned in excess of 30 credit hours for an Allied Health Program or Health Sciences Certificate.  These credits can be applied for credit towards HIMT 1300 and/or HIMT 1308.  

Students with unused general elective courses - specifically BIOL 2020, a MATH elective, or a PHYS elective can take the place of HIMT 1300 and/or HIMT 1308. It is important that the credits are appropriate and add value toward the chosen career path and should be approved by the academic advisor. 

**** Where HIMT 1302 is required in the Professional Discipline Option, BUSN 2370 should be taken as the Professional Core Course requirements.

***** When HIMT 1300 is required in the Professional Discipline Option (options 2 and 5), another Guided Elective should be chosen in these options as HIMT 1300 is already required in the Professional Core Course Requirements.

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