Health Sciences (AAS.HP.HLTH/SCI)
Bergen Community College
Bergen Community College offers an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Health Sciences for students who want to take the first step in a career in medicine or for individuals interested in learning about health-related careers and sciences and the fields of health and health services management. Students will develop an understanding of the different areas of expertise in health services and will develop the foundation in general studies needed for future success in the field.
The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education which will be applicable on the job. Those classes include English composition, the humanities, social science, mathematics, computer science, natural science, dynamics of health and fitness, general psychology, introduction to sociology, microbiology, general biology, anatomy and physiology, introduction to chemistry, college chemistry, introduction to physics, and epidemiology.
Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications demonstrate the student has been able to apply the principles they learned in the program into their eventual development as a functional affective professional in their field. These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to demonstrate effective communication skills at the individual and group levels, to identify the components of health sciences and external environmental factors related to the studies of health sciences, to analyze biological, chemical, and physical factors of health and learn how about health policy that impacts healthcare organizations and societies through health services delivery, to analyze the responsibility and operations of a health sciences professional, to identify and issues and learn the roles of clinical practitioners in health sciences.
Degree Level: Associate
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
In the 1960s, community members of Bergen County, New Jersey, worked to establish a higher learning facility to serve the needs of local students. In 1965, Bergen Community College was officially established and construction began. The first students enrolled in the fall of 1968. Since its founding, Bergen Community College continues to accommodate growing educational needs of the region. Today, Bergen Community College maintains the main campus at Paramus, along with additional branches at Hackensack and Lyndhurst.
Bergen Community College awards associate’s degrees and certificate programs. The associate's degrees provide students with the opportunity to transfer into four-year institutions. In order to meet the needs of students with multiple demands and time constraints, Bergen Community College offers distance learning. Classes are conducted online or through a hybrid format, and students have access to support services, such as online tutoring and the online library database. All classes meet the same standards as on-campus counterparts. Online classes feature asynchronous learning complete with tests, writing assignments, reading, discussions and other homework. At times, students may be required to complete proctored exams. Bergen Community College also offers complete online degree and certificate programs.
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