Programs And Courses

Health Science

Health Science

Learn about the Health Science Associate Degree program (359P). You may complete courses at all campuses and online.


What can I do with a health science degree?

Health Science degrees present multiple options. These options include:

  • Gerontology
  • Information Technology
  • Management/Marketing
  • Social Service


What is the employment outlook?

Health Science students are credentialed health care practitioners and this degree can expand your clinical role. It will present management, administrative or educational opportunities.


What is the goal of the program?

HACC designed the Associate of Health Science degree for:

  • Actively-credentialed healthcare professionals
  • Professionals currently working in the field


How do I enroll in the program?

This is a selective admissions program. Admission to HACC does not guarantee entry into this program. You must meet specific admissions criteria.

To enroll, you must be a current credentialed health care professional working in the field. You must submit a portfolio (verification of credential and current employment in the field) for review. You will be awarded 30 credits towards a Health Science degree if you qualify.

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 are the required courses?

Download a list of of Required Courses - 61 credits (pdf, rev 12/2014)


What are the additional expenses?

Download Estimated Expenses (pdf, rev 12/2014)


What credentials does HACC approve?

HACC approves the following credits:

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 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)
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
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, CCS, CCS-P, CPC
Medical Assisting - CCMA
Nursing - CNA
Pharmacy - CPhT


Where can I advance my education?


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)
  • 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 ExploreHEALTHCareers.org

Who can I contact for more information?

717-780-1992 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211992