Health Studies - A.A.S.
Looking for a career in healthcare? Find your pathway with the Associates in Applied Science (AAS) in Health Studies.
The Health Studies A.A.S. degree is highly customizable, allowing students to select courses that apply most directly to their individual health career paths.
Students can choose from among many different biology, math, science and health-related classes that meet their specific career goals and academic needs. Although the degree program is primarily designed to prepare students for employment in entry-level positions in healthcare facilities, it may also serve students who wish to transfer into health science programs at SUNY Broome or other colleges and universities.
The Health Studies A.A.S. degree also offers students the option of simultaneously earning a health-related certificate, such as Medical Transcription, Phlebotomy and Medical Administrative Skills. Students can also enroll in a course to become a Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT 110).
Unsure of how to achieve your goals? Health science advisors are available to help students design the sequence and selection of courses to complete their tracks of study.
Many of the classes in this program are available online, in a traditional classroom setting or as a blend of the two, offering greater flexibility for students to choose courses that meet their needs and learning styles. Additionally, through careful selection of courses with your advisor, the Health Studies A.A.S can be completed entirely online.
Health Studies AS or AAS?
The Health Studies AS degree is ideal for those looking to transfer to another college or university, looking to transfer into a health program here on campus, or to take advantage of the many articulation agreements we have across SUNY. The degree is designed to be customizable to allow students to select courses that apply most directly to their individual health career path.
The Health Studies AAS degree is ideal for students looking for career opportunities upon graduation in various fields of health or those looking to transfer into a competitive health program on campus. An excellent feature of this degree is that it offers students the option of simultaneously earning a health-related certificate that can be completely embedded in the degree. The degree is designed to be customizable to allow students to select courses that apply most directly to their individual health career path.
Interesting classes in this degree
The amazing Personal Success Strategies (HST 109) class, taught by specifically trained instructors who have taken a nationally recognized workshop, can transform the academic and professional lives of students by providing skills to help them visualize and achieve their goals.
Health for Haiti (HST 104) is 4 credit class, where students will explore the dynamics between poverty and healthcare, address specific health-related needs of Haitian people, and learn historical, cultural, economic, political and spiritual aspects of Haiti. Students will engage in service projects at orphanages, hospitals, health clinics and food distribution centers in Haiti. The course will foster fellowship and cultural humility, provide humanitarian assistance to the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and prepare students to participate in a dynamic, global world.
- Women's Health (HST 161) is three-credit course which will introduce students to the developmental, physical, psychological, and cultural issues related to female gender health care issues.
- Community Health (HST 162) is a three-credit class that examines health issues and problems related to individuals and communities. Included is an exploration of wellness/health promotion
- Pharmacology (HST 210) is a three-credit class that introduces students to the clinical concepts of pharmacology and the review of the classes of pharmaceutical medications, including terminology, drug category, use, side effects, contraindications, and interactions.
- Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT 110) is an eight-credit class that allows students to become CPR-certified and to learn basic life-support methods that do not require equipment. It includes both lectures and hands-on labs.
- Medical Terminology (HIT 106) is a three-credit class that teaches basic medical terms and definitions so that a student can competently understand medical language in conversation and in written documents.
- Medical Ethics, Law and Economics (MDA 208 W) is a three-credit class with a writing emphasis that discusses medical ethics, legal issues and regulation.
SUNY Broome Community College Health Studies AAS and AS degree seek to promote a learner-centered instructional environment that encourages critical thinking, facilitates problem solving, and creates a foundation for life-long learning. Faculty and graduates act as resources to the community on issues of health and in the promotion of professional growth.
- Ability to accurately communicate with members of the healthcare team using effective verbal and written communication while maintaining patient confidentiality.
- Application of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and healthcare concepts into the skills of an entry level medical professional.
- Be familiar with the principles of ethical and professional behavior that is required of a healthcare professional.
- Apply relevant knowledge of cultural awareness as it relates to healthcare.
- Perform effectively as an effective communicator in the role of a healthcare professional.
Program ContactsErin O'Hara-Leslie, Chair, Medical Assisting and Health Studies Department
Decker HS Center, 217
Department: Medical Assisting and Health Studies
Division: Health Sciences
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While you are working towards a Health Studies A.A.S. degree, students can also complete courses that would prepare them to apply and/or transfer into health science programs at SUNY Broome or other colleges and universities.
Credits earned in the Health Studies A.A.S. degree program can help students:
- Work toward gaining entry into the health science program of their choice
- Gain transferrable earned credits
- Lighten their course load in their next health science degree