Certificate of Applied Science • 60 Credit Hours
The Health Science program is a unique opportunity for students holding a national certification in an allied health professional field by building on that experience to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.
The associate degree often allows students greater flexibility in their chosen field of study and opportunities for advancement in their jobs. The A.A.S. Health Science Degree includes a minimum of 21 general education credits, at least 9 allied health and/or life science credits and a maximum of 30 credit hours earned through national certification.
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
2019 Median Pay
$40,350 per year
Number of Jobs
215,500 in 2018
Much faster than average employment.
The college adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Applicants with neither a high school diploma nor GED may be admitted on a conditional basis.
Health Science A.A.S. graduates have a wide range of career options within the health science industries.Graduates work in professional, scientific or technical services firms. Health Science graduates also work in education services, federal, state, and local governments, or pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing. The credits earned through national certification can be from a variety of careers, including but not limited to: medical records, phlebotomy, patient care technician, certified nurse assistant, massage therapy, cardiovascular technician, EKG technician, DOT drug testing and many more.
Employment of medical records and health information technicians is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
An aging population will require more medical services, and health information technicians will be needed to organize and manage the older generations’ health information data. This will mean more claims for reimbursement from insurance companies.