Health Sciences Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

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Course Requirements


HEA1101 Foundations of Health Services

3 Credits

Provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the American healthcare system. This course explains the structures and operations of healthcare organizations, explores the forces responsible for shaping the system, and considers the policies influencing the system’s current and future performance.

HEA2200 Medical Terminology

3 Credits

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals through the introduction, reinforcement, and combination of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphasis is placed on word building, analysis of word parts, spelling, special endings, plural forms, correct pronunciation of terminology related to procedures, and diseases of the various body systems. Commonly used abbreviations and symbols will also be introduced.

HEA2203 Ethical and Legal Aspects of Health Services

3 Credits

An introduction to the principles of law as applied to the healthcare field. Students learn ethical standards and issues as related to healthcare.

Select Patient Care Technician or Surgical Processing Technician Specialization 24 Courses below* - 24 Credits 


CIS1115 Computer Applications

3 Credits

Provides an introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn to use software, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.


ENG1105 Writing and Research

3 Credits

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

ENG2205 Writing Through Literature

3 Credits

Further develops the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG1105 through critical engagement with literary texts from a myriad of genres.

Prerequisite: ENG1105

SCI1100 Anatomy and Physiology I

3 Credits

Study of the structure, function, and pathology (disease) of the human body. Students are introduced to various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the special senses.

SCI2100 Anatomy and Physiology II

3 Credits

Study of the structure, function, and pathology (disease) of the human body. Students are introduced to various body systems including the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: SCI1100

SCI2228 Microbiology

3 Credits

The morphology and function of microorganisms, especially viruses and bacteria, are studied. The characteristics of microorganisms, the disease process, and the immune response are discussed.

SOC2225 Introduction to Psychology

3 Credits

Survey of the basic principles of psychology and their direct application to the understanding of human behavior so as to allow students to gain an understanding and awareness of their own everyday existence. Topics include human development, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, creativity, motivation, emotion, adjustment, perception, abnormal behavior, and therapy.

Humanities Elective- 3 Credits

Science Elective- 3 Credits



MED1130 Medical Emergencies and Electrocardiography 3
MED1140 Specimen Collection and Procedures 3
PCT1010 Foundations of Patient Care 6
PCT1320 Advanced Patient Care 3
PCT2310 Patient Care Communication 3
PCT2320 Patient Care Practicum 3
PCT2700 Patient Care Capstone 3



SPT1110 Fundamentals of Surgical Processing  4
SPT2100 Surgical Instrumentation 4
SPT2110 Basic Infection Control 3
SPT2150 Surgical Processing Clinical Practicum 8
SPT2151 Surgical Processing Clinical Seminar 2
Free Elective 3


Governing regulations may disqualify individuals from obtaining professional certification in this field based upon health or criminal records. Therefore, in addition to meeting the immunization requirements of Berkeley College and the State of New Jersey, students applying to the Health Sciences program must provide authorization for a criminal background check prior to registration and submit a physical assessment by a licensed medical professional prior to participating in clinical rotations. Students enrolled in the Patient Care Technician specialization are required to purchase their own malpractice insurance.

Extensive criminal background checks may be repeated after admission at the request of clinical facilities, and positive findings may prevent students from completing the clinical portion of the program, graduating, and participating in certification exams. Health requirements required for clinical courses are extensive and may total several hundred dollars. The costs of these health requirements are borne by the student.

The minimum passing grade required for Patient Care Technician (PCT) and Medical (MED) courses is a C. Any grade below a C is a failing grade. In order to pass a PCT course that consists of both didactic and clinical/laboratory portions, students must receive at least a C for the didactic portion of the course and a P for the clinical/laboratory portion. A failure in either the didactic or clinical/laboratory portion of a PCT course will result in a failing grade for the entire course. Therefore, only a PCT course in which students receive at least a C will satisfy the course requirements for the Patient Care Technician program.

To qualify for graduation, students enrolled in this specialization must pass all PCT and MED courses with a minimum grade of C as well as participate in the Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) certification examination. Although certification is not required to work in most states, employers prefer to hire certified Patient Care Technicians.

To qualify for graduation, students enrolled in the Surgical Processing Technician (SPT) specialization must pass all SPT courses and Microbiology with a minimum grade of C+, as well as participate in the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification examination. Passing this examination is required to work as a Surgical Processing Technician in some states, including New Jersey and New York.

The A.A.S., Health Sciences - Patient Care Technician program also requires students to obtain specific supplies. Detailed information describing the required supplies and listing typical prices for each such item is available at

The A.A.S., Health Sciences - Surgical Processing Technician program also requires students to obtain specific supplies. Detailed information describing the required supplies and listing typical prices is available at

Any required traditional textbooks and/or some required supplies are included as part of the charge for tuition and fees and will be distributed to students. Please note, however, that students have the right to obtain traditional textbooks, and/or certain required items, from other sources. Students who demonstrate that they have obtained required item(s) from another source may return the items distributed by the College and receive a refund of the amount charged by the College for the specific item.