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Associate Degree Program (359P) - Some options may be completed at all campuses & online
Not all elective courses are available at all campuses/online but with proper course selection each option can be completed online.

Required Courses (pdf) (advising check sheet) 3/26/14 - 61 credits
Estimated Expenses (pdf) rev 4/14

Flier for Board Certified Massage Therapists (pdf) rev 4/9/14
If you are an out of state resident, please check this Virtual Campus page for Out-of-State Authorization.


The Associate of Health Science is a degree completion program designed for actively credentialed or licensed health care professionals currently working in their fields. Each student must submit a portfolio for review. After portfolio evaluation, qualified applicants will be awarded 15 to 30 credits toward the Health Science degree. This is a selective admissions program. The complete program is available at the Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, Gettysburg and York campuses. NOTE: You must currently be a credentialed health care worker currently working in your field.

Entry into this program is not guaranteed with admission to the College; specific admissions criteria must be met.  Contact Vicki Gentzel (717-780-1992)  for specific program entry requirements.

Students who are NOT actively credentialed health care professionals currently working in their fields may be interested in the Health Care Management degree.

These options are available for Health Science:
  • Gerontology
  • Information Technology
  • Management/Marketing (can be done mostly on-line)
  • Social Service
If you have specific questions about the Health Science program, contact:
Vicki Gentzel
717-780-1992 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211992

The following credentials have been approved. If you have another credential, contact Vicki.
Specialty Credential Credits Approved
Activities Director
Activities Director, Certified (ADC)
Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS)
CVT Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) 30
CVT Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) 30
Dental Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) 30
Dental Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) 30
DMS Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) 30
Health Information Management Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) or
Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)
Clinical Lab Technician (CLA ASCP)
Histotechnician (HT ASCP)
Medical Lab Technician (MLT ASCP) 30

Board Certified Massage Therapist (NCBTMB) or
Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) and PA Massage License

Medical Assisting Certified Medical Assistant (CMA/AAMA - Certifying Board of the American Assn of Medical Assistants) or
Registered Medical Assistant (RMA - American Medical Technologists)
Nursing Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) 30
Nursing Registered Nurse (RN) 30
Ophthalmic Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT) 30
Ophthalmic Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) 30
Orthopaedics Orthopaedic Technologist Certified (OTC) (NBCOT) 30
Orthopaedics Orthopaedic Technologist – Surgery Certified (OTSC) (NBCOT) 30
Paramedic Registered Paramedic (NREMTP or PA EMTP) 30
Polysomnography Polysomnography Technologist (RPSGT) 21
Radiology Registered Technologist (Radiography) (RT(R)) 30
Respiratory Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) 30
Respiratory Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) 30
Surgical Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) 30

These credentials do not qualify for Health Science:
Coding - CCA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC
Medical Assisting - CCMA
Nursing - CNA
Pharmacy - CPhT

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Because health science majors are credentialed health care practitioners, this degree may help to expand the clinical role and enable the graduate to move into management, administration, or education.

EDUCATIONAL ADVANCEMENT: Franklin University offers a BS in Allied Healthcare Management; Shippensburg University offers a BS in Healthcare Administration; Lebanon Valley College offers a part-time evening BS in Health Care Management; Immaculata University offers a BA  in Health Care Management part-time evenings at HACC's Lancaster campus, Fort Indiantown Gap and on-line. Siena Heights University offers an online bachelors in applied science (BAS) in massage therapy for NCBTMB board certified MTs.

Related Websites For Additional Information About The Career
ACHE - American College of Healthcare Executives The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. You must have at least a bachelor's degree to join.
AHA - The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for Medical and Health Service Managers
Health Careers Center - Health Care Administrator

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