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Health Science

Learn about the Health Science Associate in Applied Science Degree program. Health Science is for working health care professionals who hold an approved credential. Download a Health Science flier (pdf). If you do not have a credential, check out the Healthcare Management Associate in Applied Science.
 
What can I do with a health science degree?
 
This degree can expand your clinical role. A degree is often required for management positions.
 
How much does the program cost?
 
Download Estimated Expenses (pdf)
 
 Will I be eligible for credentials?
  • Radiologic Imaging option students will be eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist's (ARRT) post primary certification examination in CT or MRI.
  • EFDA option students will be eligible to take the EFDA examination and apply for certification.
 
What are the required courses How long does the program take to complete?
 
  • You can complete the program at all campuses and online and at your own pace
  • Options available are:
  • Social Services - open to anyone
  • Management/Marketing - open to anyone
  • Radiologic Imaging - CT- Restricted to students who possess, or are eligible to sit for, a primary certification from an approved medical imaging board. (ARRT - American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (Radiography, Radiation Therapy or Nuclear Medicine) NMTCB - Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board
  • Complete the didactic part online. Do the clinical courses at a location near you. Contact Tami Burkholder if you have questions.
  • Radiologic Imaging - MRI - Restricted to students who possess, or are eligible to sit for, a primary certification from an approved medical imaging board. (ARRT - American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, NMTCB - Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, ARDMS - American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography)
  • Complete the didactic part online. Do the clinical courses at a location near you. Contact Tami Burkholder if you have questions.
  • Download (MRI has its own).
 
 
How Do I Get Started?
 
  • Apply to the college and list Health Science (3456) as your major.
  • Contact Vicki Gentzel (vlgentze@hacc.edu) to start the process for your 30 credits.
    • We will verify your credential and current employment. You must have an approved healthcare credential and be currently working. (See list of approved credentials below.)
  • Once approved, you will get 30 credits towards the Health Science degree.
 

 

Specialty Approved Credentials
Activities Director
CVT
Activities Director, Certified (ADC)
Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS)
CVT Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist (RCES)
CVT Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS)
CVT Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)
Coding

Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) (CCS-P) -  (American Health Information Management Assn - AHIMA)

Coding Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS) National Healthcare Association
Coding Certified Professional Coder (CPC, COC, CIC, CRC, CPC-P ) (American Academy of Professional Coders - AAPC)
Dental Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)
Dental Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
DMS Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)
EEG Registered Electroencephalographic Technologist (R.EEG.T  ABRET)
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 )
Massage

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)
Nursing Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Nursing Registered Nurse (RN)
Ophthalmic Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) (JCAHPO)
Ophthalmic Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT) (JCAHPO)
Ophthalmic Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) (JCAHPO)
Ophthalmic Ophthalmic Scribe Certified (OSC) (JCAHPO)
Orthopaedics Orthopaedic Technologist Certified (OTC) (NBCOT)
Orthopaedics Orthopaedic Technologist - Surgery Certified (OTSC) ( NBCOT )
Paramedic Registered Paramedic (NRP or PA EMTP)
Physician Assistant Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) (NCCPA)
Polysomnography Polysomnography Technologist (RPSGT)
Radiology Registered Technologist (Radiography) (RT(R))
Research

Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA)

Respiratory Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)
Respiratory Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
Surgical Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)


These credentials do not qualify for Health Science:
Coding - CCA
CVT - CCT, CCDS, IBHRE
Nursing - CNA
Orthopedics - ROT
Pharmacy - CPhT
Phlebotomy

Can I advance my education in this field?

Articulation Agreements for Health Science exist with:  Central Penn College, Eastern Mennonite University, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, Siena Heights University

  • Bloomsburg University offers a  Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership
  • Franklin University offers a BS in Allied Healthcare Management.
  • Immaculata University offers a BS in Health Care Management. It holds part-time evening classes at HACC's Lancaster campus, Fort Indiantown Gap and online. 
  • Siena Heights University offers an online bachelor's in applied science including a BAS in massage therapy for NCBTMB board certified MTs.
  • Articulation Agreements for Health Science exist with:  Central Penn College, Eastern Mennonite University, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, Siena Heights University

Where can I get more information?

  • 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
  • Visit  https://discoverhealthadmin.org/careers/
 
Who can I contact for more information?
Vicki Gentzel