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2023-2024 Southern Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Southern Academic Catalog

Health Care Professional, A.A.S.

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Individuals desiring to be selected for an AAS degree in Allied Health or Nursing are initially placed in the AAS Health Care Professional Degree to pursue health care pathways for certification and/or skill sets until the individual is accepted into an AAS Allied Health or Nursing program. No application or admission process is required for the AAS Health Care Professional Degree.

The Health Care Professional Degree prepares individuals to work in a multitude of healthcare backgrounds with qualifications and credentials. Individuals seeking an occupation in allied health may be employed in medical centers, hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, and physician offices. Upon degree completion, the Health Care Professional graduate will acquire a strong foundation of professional health care skills combined with distinct health care pathways of value.

The full Health Care Professional Program is available on the Logan Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only.

The Health Care Professional Program includes 15 credit hours of general education courses and 45 credit hours of skill sets, certificate(s), and restricted electives.

Program Level Outcomes:

  1. Critically think in a variety of healthcare settings.
  2. Apply mathematical reasoning in an array of healthcare settings.
  3. Effectively communicate within variety of healthcare settings.
  4. Be mindful of diverse populations in healthcare.

Restricted Electives: Maximum 35 credit hours

Restricted electives are used in combination with the General Education credits, Skill Set(s), and Certificate(s) to equal 60 credit hours. The restricted electives include the following courses.

*If the AH course is contained within the health care skill set or certificate pathway, the course may not be used as a restricted elective.

Skill Set(s) or Certificate(s) Pathways: Up to 30 credit hours

The Health Care Professional AAS Degree student must choose individual skill set(s) or certificate pathway(s) relevant to their desired health care professional field (up to 30 credit hours): Phlebotomy, Medical Laboratory Assistant, Central Sterile Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Coding, Medical Assisting, Behavioral Health, and Allied Health Business and Leadership.

Total Credit Hours: 60

~ Designates courses on the statewide Core Coursework Transfer Agreement.

^ Denotes course equivalency.

This degree program provides students the opportunity to receive credit for their high school EDGE courses ( as designated by the (E) within the program sequence.

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