Healthcare Professions

The Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Professions degree offers you a solid foundation to pursue a higher degree in a healthcare field. Whether you are considering entering the field, or are presently employed in a healthcare profession and looking for advancement, our program will help you meet your goals.

What You'll Study

Healthcare Professions Program

About the Program

Two concentrations, one with healthcare credentials and one without healthcare credentials.

The Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Professions is a degree program that provides an opportunity for credentialed allied health professionals who lack an academic degree to complete an associate’s degree. A separate option is available for entry-level students who lack a healthcare credential. 

The concentration with healthcare credentials allows students who are certified or licensed in a healthcare profession to earn credit for that prior learning and then apply it toward completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Professions.

The concentration without credentials consists of coursework that provides an academic foundation for students who are interested in a future healthcare career.

Coursework

Both concentrations require Medical Terminology (HLSC108) and Introduction to Public Health (HLSC140).  

The concentration with credentials offers flexibility in the courses that a student selects based on their academic goals.  

Students in the concentration without credentials take courses in anatomy and physiology (HLSC115 and 120), nutrition (NUTR200), biology (BIOL110), as well as an orientation to health and exercise science class that informs students about healthcare careers and the training required for each. 

HealthCare Credentials

The concentration with healthcare credentials allows students who are certified or licensed in a healthcare profession to earn credit for that prior learning and then apply it toward completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Professions. Healthcare credentials include professions such as certified nurse aide, clinical medical assistant, emergency medical technician, paramedic and phlebotomist. Commonwealth University offers training in many of these areas through it's Workforce Development Office.

Career Paths

Students who complete the with-credential option often use the degree to advance within the organization in which they are employed. Graduates of both options use the degree as an entry point into higher education. Individuals who started college at some point and then left to enter the workforce find this degree useful as a way to combine their prior college coursework and prior learning in healthcare to earn their degree. 

Alumni Placement

While many of our students complete the degree and go on to apply to other academic programs such as nursing and health science, some graduates continue to advance in their current career. Graduates of the program are employed in various healthcare settings such as hospital laboratories, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices.

Facilities 

Degree can be completed at any of our locations and in an online or blended (some online and some face-to-face) format.

Learn More

For more information, contact:

Amy Way, Professor of Health and Exercise Science
Commonwealth University
away1@commonwealthu.edu
814-768-3431

CU Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2023)

Health Professions: With Credentials

Health Professions: Without Credentials

*Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

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