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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Medical Assistant – est. salary $33,804
Phlebotomist – est. salary $35,174
Dental Laboratory Technician – est. salary $44,099
Occupational Therapy Aide – est. salary $31,650

EMSI Data, 2017; Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area; *these jobs may require 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   Major Course
Meets American/Global Diversity requirement
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 credits Required to receive a grade of “C” or better to register for ENGL 102 ENGL 101
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology 3 credits
Must earn a grade of “C” or better
Technology Competency
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra 3 credits Prerequisite to MATH 150 or MATH 251 Mathematics
BIOL 106 - General Biology I or
BIOL 109-110 Anatomy and Physiology I
4 credits BIOL 106 prerequisite for Nursing if student has not had high school biology within the last 10 years.
Must receive a grade of “C” or better.

Students interested in applying to DH, DMI, HSVM, Nursing or RESP. Must receive a grade of “C” or better in BIOL 109 to be considered for the RESP program.

BIOL 109 prerequisite for BIOL 110 Required in transfer programs. Refer students to use the science learning lab for support.
Natural Sciences
  • This program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program after earning their associate degree
  • Follow this course schedule each semester and you’ll earn your associate degree in two years
  • 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   ENGL 102 Information Literacy
MATH 150-Introductory Data Analysis or
MATH 251-Statistics for Science
3 credits Math placement of FNMT 118 with grade of “C” or better or Math 161 placement.
Must earn a grade of “C” or better.
Major Course
BIOL 108-Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology or
BIOL 110-Anatomy and Physiology II
4 credits Must receive a grade of “C” or better.
Students interested in applying to DH, DMI, HSVM, Nursing or RESP should take BIOL 110. 
Required in transfer programs.
Prerequisites for BIOL 110: BIOL 109 with a grade of “C” or better 
Major Course
SOC 101-Introduction to Sociology 3 credits Most transfer institutions require a sociology course.
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
4 credits
Must earn a grade of "C" or better.

Students interested in the Dental Hygiene program should take AH 116.

Use academic advisor to ensure AH 116 or ENGL 115 is the preferred elective to best meets program and/or transfer requirements.
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 Curricular Requirement: Choose either Diet 106 or Diet 111
Must earn a grade of “C” or better. Students enrolled in Clinical Assistant Proficiency certificate must take either DIET 106 or DIET 111. Either course is required for the HCS degree program.
Students interested in Nursing should take DIET 111. Nursing programs at transfer institutions require the course.
Use academic advisors to ensure DIET 106 or DIET 111 is the preferred elective to best meets program and/or transfer requirements.
Prerequisites for DIET 111: ENGL 101 and BIOL 109 
Major Course
Humanities Elective 3 credits  Curricular Requirement: 1 Humanities Ensure students have a grade of "C" or better indicating met minimum requirements of course. Humanities Elective
BIOL 241-Principles of Microbiology or
AH 113-Exam Room Procedures I  or
AH 120 - Reimbursement Methodologies in Health Care or
OPH 101 - Ophthalmic Pre‐Testing  or
OPH 102 - Ocular and Ophthalmic Concepts or
OPH 105 - Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology or
OPH 106 - Optical Dispensing or
OPH 110 - Clinical Experience I or
AH 112-Medical Administrative Procedures
1 to 4 credits   For BIOL 241: Students interested in Nursing or transfer should take BIOL 241.
Prerequisites: BIOL 106 or BIOL 108; BIOL 109 or BIOL 123 with a grade of “C” or better

For AH 113: Students pursuing Clinical Assistant proficiency certificate should take AH 113

For AH 120: Students pursuing Medical Insurance Billing Proficiency Certificate should take AH 120.

For OPH Courses: Students pursuing Ophthalmic Technician proficiency certificate should take OPH 101, 102, 105, 106 and 110.
OPH 101, 102, 105, 106 and OPH 110 are only offered in the fall semester.

For AH 112: Students pursuing Patient Service Representative proficiency certificate should take AH 112.
Concentration Elective
PSYC 101-Introduction to Psychology or
AH 103-Medical Terminology
3 credits  Students interested in transfer should take PSYC 101.

Students pursing Clinical Assistant, Medical Insurance Billing, Ophthalmic Technician or Patient Service Representative proficiency certificate should take AH 103.

Must have a grade of “C” or better.
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
PSYC 215-Developmental Psychology or
AH 115 - Exam Room Procedures II or
AH 190-Human Disease and Treatment or
AH 204-Medical Law and Ethics
3 credits Students interested in transfer should take PSYC 215.

Students pursuing Clinical Assistant proficiency certificate should take AH 115.

Students pursuing Medical Insurance Billing proficiency certificate should take AH 190.

Students pursuing Patient Service Representative proficiency certificate should take AH 204.
Concentration Elective
CHEM 110-Introductory Chemistry or
MLT 102-Phlebotomy or
AH 201-Basic ICD and CPT Coding or
AH 220-Information Management Systems in Health Care
4 credits Students interested Nursing or transfer should take CHEM 110.

Students pursuing Clinical Assistant proficiency certificate should take MLT 102.

Students pursuing Medical Insurance Billing proficiency certificate should take AH 201.

Students pursuing Patient Service Representative proficiency certificate should take AH 220.
Concentration Elective
OPH 120 - Cornea and Contact Lenses or
General Elective 
3 credits Students pursuing Ophthalmic Technician proficiency certificate should take OPH 120. General/ Directed Electives
OPH 130 - Ophthalmic Specialty Testing or
General Elective 
3 credits
Students pursuing Ophthalmic Technician proficiency certificate should take OPH 130.
General/ Directed Electives
OPH 140-General Elective or
OPH 150-Patient Relations/Practice Management And Clinical Experience II or
General Elective 
2 or 3 credits Students pursuing Ophthalmic Technician proficiency certificate should take OPH 140 and OPH 150. OPH 120, 130, 140 and 150 are only offered in the spring semester. General/ Directed Electives
  • 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

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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