Health Care Studies

While in the program, students can complete a proficiency certificate to increase their employment options. Concentrations include Clinical Assistant, Medical Insurance Billing, Ophthalmic Technician and Patient Service Representative.

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A Solid Foundation in Health Care

Interested in pursuing a career in health care, but not sure where to start? The Health Care Studies Program is designed for students who are interested in entering the health care profession, giving them the foundation courses necessary to apply to nursing or other select health care programs at the College, transfer to a bachelor's program, or complete an A.A. degree in Health Care Studies. Besides learning key concepts of human biology, students will also learn how to communicate effectively with others and develop quantitative reasoning skills.

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Dental Laboratory Technician – est. salary $42,901
Medical Assistant – est. salary $34,232
Occupational Therapy Aide – est. salary $42,196
Phlebotomist – est. salary $36,496
Radiation Therapist – est. salary $96,999*

**EMSI Data, 2019; Philadelphia County, PA; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher.

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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Health Care Studies degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
AH 101 - Introduction to the Health Care Professions 3 credits Must earn a grade of “C” or better. Major Course
Meets American/Global Diversity requirement
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 credits Must earn a grade of “C” or better. ENGL 101
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology 3 credits
Must earn a grade of “C” or better.
Technology Competency
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higher 3 credits Must earn a grade of “C” or better. Mathematics
BIOL 106 - General Biology I or
BIOL 108 - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology or
BIOL 109-110 Anatomy and Physiology I
4 credits Must earn a grade of “C” or better.
BIOL 106 prerequisite for Nursing if student has not had high school biology within the last 10 years.
Students should speak to an academic advisor to be certain course choice meets academic goals.
Natural Sciences
  • This program is designed to provide students with the option of entering the workforce or transferring to a bachelor's degree program after earning their associate degree
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 102-The Research Paper 3 credits Must earn a grade of “C” or better. ENGL 102 Information Literacy
MATH 150-Introductory Data Analysis or
MATH 251-Statistics for Science
3 credits Must earn a grade of “C” or better.
Students planning to transfer should choose MATH 251.
Major Course
BIOL 108-Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology or
BIOL 110-Anatomy and Physiology II
4 credits Must earn a grade of “C” or better.
Students should speak to an academic advisor to be certain course choice meets academic goals.
Major Course
SOC 101-Introduction to Sociology 3 credits Must earn a grade of “C” or better. Social Science Elective Fulfills all of the Major Academic Approaches (American/Global Diversity, Interpretive Studies, and Writing Intensive)
AH 116-Interpersonal and Professional Skills in Health Care or
ENGL 115-Public Speaking
3 or 4 credits
Must earn a grade of "C" or better.
Students interested in the Dental Hygiene program should take ENGL 115.
Students should speak to an academic advisor to be certain course choice meets program goals.
Major Course
Meets American/Global Diversity requirement

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
DIET 106-Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle or
DIET 111-Introduction to Nutrition
3 credits Must earn a grade of "C" or better.
Students interested in Nursing should take DIET 111.
Prerequisites for DIET 111: ENGL 101 and BIOL 109
Major Course
Humanities Elective 3 credits  Must earn a grade of "C" or better.
Students should speak to an academic advisor to be certain course choice meets program goals.
Humanities Elective
Health or Science Elective:
Choose from any AH, DH, DMI, MLT, NURS, OPH, RESP, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS or STS
1 to 4 credits   Must earn a grade of "C" or better.
Students should speak to an academic advisor to be certain course choice meets program goals.
Concentration Elective
PSYCH or Health Elective:
Choose from PSYCH 101, PSYCH 215 or any AH, DH, DMI, MLT, NURS, OPH, RESP, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS or STS
3 to 4 credits  Must earn a grade of "C" or better.
Students should speak to an academic advisor to be certain course choice meets program goals.
Major Course
  • Congratulations, this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Finalize your transfer plans:
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship
  • Visit Career Connections to learn about internships and your future career possibilities

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type

PSYCH or Health Elective:
Choose from PSYCH 101, PSYCH 215 or any AH, DH, DMI, MLT, NURS, OPH, RESP, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS or STS
3 credits Must earn a grade of "C" or better.
Students should speak to an academic advisor to be certain course choice meets program goals.
Concentration Elective
Health or Science Elective:
Choose from any AH, DH, DMI, MLT, NURS, OPH, RESP, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS or STS.
4 credits Must earn a grade of "C" or better.
Students should speak to an academic advisor to be certain course choice meets program goals.
Concentration Elective
General Electives;
Reach the degree requirement of at least 60 total credits. (3 courses)
9 credits Must earn a grade of "C" or better.
Students should speak to an academic advisor to be certain course choice meets program goals.
General/ Directed Electives
  • If this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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