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

Not all programs are offered for completion at each campus or through Berkeley College Online®. Please review the academic program pages (https://berkeleycollege.edu/academics.htm) for information on where each program is offered. Additionally, all students may be required to take some courses at another campus or online. The Internship courses are only offered online.

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

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 Courses below* 

BUSINESS CORE COURSE

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.

LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CORE COURSES

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

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

Social Science Elective - 3 Credits

Free Elective - 3 Credits

60 SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

*PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN SPECIALIZATION

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

OR

*SURGICAL PROCESSING TECHNICIAN SPECIALIZATION

SPT1110 Fundamentals of Surgical Processing  4
SPT2100 Surgical Instrumentation 4
SPT2120 Endoscopic Reprocessing 3
SPT2150 Surgical Processing Clinical Practicum 8
SPT2151 Surgical Processing Clinical Seminar 2
SCI2228  Microbiology 3
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 being accepted into the program. Prior to participating in clinical rotations, applicants to this program also must  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.

For students enrolled in the Patient Care Technician (PCT) specialization, the minimum passing grade required for Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, 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.

For students enrolled in the Surgical Processing Technician (SPT) specialization, the minimum passing grade for Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology I, as well as Anatomy and Physiology II with a C.  In addition, the minimum passing grade for all SPT courses and Microbiology is a C+.

Graduates of the Health Sciences - Patient Care specialization A.A.S. program are eligible to sit for a variety of certification examinations, including:

  • Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A)
  • Certified Electrocardiography (CET)
  • Certified Phlebotomy (CPT)
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS)

To qualify for graduation, students enrolled in the A.A.S., Health Sciences – Patient Care Technician specialization  must pass Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, all PCT, and all MED courses with a minimum grade of C as well as participate in the Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) certification examination. Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania do not require individuals to earn the CPCT/A credential before becoming eligible for employment. The College has not made a determination with respect to certification requirements of other states. Employers may require the CPCT/A credential or prefer candidates who have obtained the CPCT/A credential.

Students enrolled in the A.A.S., Health Sciences – Patient Care Technician specialization must also participate in the Certified Electrocardiography - CET (NHA) and Certified Phlebotomy - CPT (NHA) examinations. Additionally, students must take and pass the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers - BLS (AHA) examination.

To qualify for graduation, students enrolled in the A.A.S., Health Sciences – Surgical Processing Technician specialization must pass Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology I, as well as Anatomy and Physiology II with a C.  In addition, they 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 administered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM).

New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut require the CRCST credential before becoming eligible for employment. As of the date of posting, Pennsylvania does not have state law requirements relating to the education and certification of central service technicians. The College has not made a determination with respect to certification requirements of other states.

Students enrolled in the A.A.S., Health Sciences – Surgical Processing Technician specialization also must take and pass the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers - BLS (AHA) exam.

Information about program costs (including tuition, fees, books and supplies) is available at: https://berkeleycollege.edu/catalogs/undergraduate-2019-2020/admissions/undergraduate-degree-program-tuition-fees-2019-2020/index.html.