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 ( 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.


SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE - Patient Care Technician Specialization
SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE - Surgical Processing Technician Specialization

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 (24 credits) or Surgical Processing Technician (24 credits) specialization courses below* 


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

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


MED1130 Medical Emergencies and Electrocardiography 3
MED1140 Specimen Collection and Procedures 3
PCT1010 Foundations of Patient Care 6
PCT1320 Advanced Patient Care 3
PCT2320 Patient Care Practicum 3
PCT2700 Patient Care Capstone 3
HEA2310 Patient Care Communication 3


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
Additional Program Information

Students applying to the Health Sciences associate’s degree program must provide authorization for a criminal background check prior to being accepted into the program. This program requires clinical experience. Prior to participating in clinical rotations, students must satisfy all clinical clearance requirements, which include, but are not limited to, a physical assessment by a licensed medical professional; meeting immunization requirements; a secondary criminal background check at the request of clinical facilities; and drug screenings.

Students enrolled in the Patient Care Technician (PCT) specialization must purchase their own malpractice insurance.

Students enrolled in the Patient Care Technician (PCT) specialization or Surgical Processing Technician (SPT) specialization must meet the minimum passing grade requirements for certain courses.

For more information about the PCT and SPT programs, grade requirements, and clinical requirements, see:

PCT Program Supplement:

SPT Program Supplement:

Program Costs

Requirements required for clinical courses are extensive and may total several hundred dollars. The costs of these health requirements are borne by the student.

Information about program costs (including tuition, fees, books and supplies) is available at:

Professional Licensure & Certification

Information about professional licensure and/or certification requirements for this program is available online at: