Health Science, AS

An associate's degree in health science will equip students with a knowledge of the overarching U.S. healthcare system, including its structures, incentives and ethics.

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Program Intro

Students are taught the prerequisite natural science, behavioral science and communication courses necessary to apply to professional healthcare-related degree programs. Graduates are prepared for entry into many licensure-focused healthcare degree programs or for entry-level positions in the healthcare industry.

32 Units

*31-32 Units

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4 Elective Concentrations
16 % Expected Rate of Growth in the Field

Why Study Health Science at CBU?

Gain a competitive edge

Professional schools (like medical schools or physician assistant programs) are becoming highly competitive. By having a degree in health science, students will stand out. Not only will they complete the prerequisite requirements needed but they will also have the background in health care, behavioral science and communication to be a better clinician and impact patients' lives.

A flexible degree

Whether students are interested in pursuing dental hygiene, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy assistant, radiology technician or many other allied health professions, this degree is flexibly designed so they can achieve the required academic preparation in order to pursue their goals.

What You'll Learn

Upon completion of the AS in Health Science program, graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication skills, orally and in writing.
  2. Describe and compare the professional pathways within the health professions.
  3. Demonstrate the breadth of knowledge across the quantitative and scientific environments necessary to pursue further education in health programs requiring licensure.
  4. Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge of the social and cultural environments at the local, regional and global levels.
  5. Understand the impact life choices have on overall human health and apply this knowledge to maintain healthful living appropriate to the situation.
  6. Discover how health care provides the opportunity for workers to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus in serving the community.

Program Details

HSC 101: Intro to Public Health

This course provides an introduction to public health concepts and practice by examining the philosophy, purpose, history, organization, functions, tools and activities and results of public health practice. 

HSC 210: Ethics in Health Care

This course provides grounding in ethical theories and principles as they relate to and impact current health care issues and policies.

BIO 173: Medical Terminology

The analysis of the Greek and Latin components of medical and biological terms with the objective of developing skills in word recognition and word building.

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Robert LaChausse, Ph.D.

2023 Trustee's Distinguished Scholar Award

Office Phone: 951-552-8484
Office Location: Health Science Campus H144

Melissa Wigginton, DrPH, CHES

Professor of Health Science

Office Phone: 951-552-8537
Office Location: Health Science Campus H-138


Career Possibilities

The associate's degree in health science is your entry into the health sciences industry. Many medical assistant and technician jobs require only an associate's degree, making them great gateway paths to a career in the health care industry. 

  • Pre-dental
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-pharmacy

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