Health Science

The Associate of Science Health Science Degree is a general introductory program in health sciences and includes instruction in the basic sciences and subject matter related to various health occupations. The AS Health Science Degree is designed to transfer to various health science related baccalaureate programs at all seven Minnesota State Universities:

  • Communications Disorders
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Dental Hygiene (limited seats available on a competitive basis)
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Dietetics
  • Nursing (limited seats available on a competitive basis)
  • Corrections
  • Psychology
  • Health Science
  • Social Work
  • Health Education
  • Exercise Science
  • Community Health
  • Athletic Training
  • Community Health
  • Social Work
  • Exercise Science
  • Health, Exercise, and Rehabilitative Sciences
  • Movement Sciences
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Promotion
  • Nursing (limited seats available on a competitive basis)
  • Biology - Allied Health

Program Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Identify anatomical structures of the human body and describe the physiological processes that occur in health and disease states, including metabolism, nutrition, pathogens and immunity.
  • Explain processes that occur within cells that affect body function, including biochemical reactions, membrane transport, and cell communication.
  • Demonstrate mathematical computational and reasoning skills, and ability to analyze data appropriately.
  • Explain the roles of society, culture, and psychology to an individual’s mental and physical health throughout life.
  • Develop and demonstrate skills needed in today’s work environment, including written and verbal communication, understanding diversity, and applying ethics to decision making.