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Health Science

Health Science

Learn about the Health Science Associate in Science Degree program for professionals who are actively credentialed and currently working.


What can I do with a health science degree?

As credentialed health care professionals, this degree can expand your clinical role and provide a degree which is often required for management positions.

How much does the program cost?

Download Estimated Expenses (pdf)


What degree will I earn? Will I be eligible for credentials? 

  • Upon successful completion you will earn a Health Science Associate in Science Degree 
  • Upon successful completion of the Radiologic Imaging option (didactic and clinical courses), students will be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist's (ARRT) post primary certification examination in CT or Mammography.  


What are the required courses and what is the suggested schedule? How long does the program take to complete?

  • Download a list of of Required Courses - 61 credits (pdf)
  • The complete program can be completed at all campuses and online (with careful course selection).
  • Options available are:
    • Cardiovascular Imaging - Vascular Sonography, Pediatric Cardiac Sonography
      • Restricted to students who Students possess one of the following credentials: Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS), Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS), or the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonography (RDMS)
    • Gerontology
    • Management/Marketing
    • Radiologic Imaging - CT
      • Restricted to students who possess, or are eligible to sit for, a primary certification from an approved medical imaging board. (Rad Tech, Nuc med, Diagnostic Medical Sonography)
      • The Radiologic Imaging option is completed online. The clinical courses can be completed at a location near you 
    • Social Service
    • COMING SOON - Paramedic and dental assisting options - coming Fall 2018

What are the program admission criteria?

  • Admission to HACC does not guarantee admission to this program.
  • To qualify, students must be actively credentialed health care professionals currently working in their fields.  (See list of approved credentials below.)
  • Verification of credential and current employment in the field are required.
  •  Qualified students will be awarded 30 credits towards a Health Science degree.
  • Students who are NOT actively credentialed health care professionals may be interested in the  Health Care Management degree.
  • Contact Vicki Gentzel (717-780-1992) for specific program entry requirements.


What credentials have been approved for the health science degree?

The following are approved credentials for this degree:


Specialty Credential Credits Approved
Activities Director
Activities Director, Certified (ADC)
Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS)
CVT Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist (RCES) 30
CVT Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) 30
CVT Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) 30
Coding Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) (CCS-P) -  (American Health Information Management Assn - AHIMA) 30
Coding Certified Professional Coder (CPC, COC, CIC, CRC, CPC-P ) (American Academy of Professional Coders - AAPC) 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) (AHIMA)
Laboratory 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 State 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) or Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA - National Healthcare Association) 30
Nursing Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) 30
Nursing Registered Nurse (RN) 30
Ophthalmic Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT) (JCAHPO) 30
Ophthalmic Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) (JCAHPO) 30
Orthopaedics Orthopaedic Technologist Certified (OTC) (NBCOT) 30
Orthopaedics Orthopaedic Technologist - Surgery Certified (OTSC) ( NBCOT ) 30
Paramedic Registered Paramedic (NREMTP or PA EMTP) 30
Physician Assistant Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) (NCCPA) 30
Polysomnography Polysomnography Technologist (RPSGT) 30
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
Nursing - CNA
Pharmacy - CPhT

Can I advance my education in this field?


Where can I get more information?

  • Download a Health Science flier for Massage Therapists (pdf)
  • Download a Health Science flier listing all approved credentials and required courses (pdf) (rev 5/5/15)
  • Visit ACHE -American College of Healthcare Executives. American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives. These executives lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. You must have a bachelor's degree to join.
  • Visit AHA - The American Hospital Association. AHA is the national organization that represents and serves hospitals and health care networks. It also serves patients and communities.
  • Download Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for Medical and Health Service Managers.
  • Visit
Who can I contact for more information?
Vicki Gentzel
717-780-1992 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211992