Health Sciences Program
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Health Science is for practicing allied healthcare paraprofessionals who have graduated from an accredited postsecondary education program with a certificate and/or diploma and who are certified or licensed to practice in their chosen field. This curriculum is designed for healthcare paraprofessionals who have completed a non-credit postsecondary healthcare program culminating in a certificate or licensure. Certification or licensure must be recognized by the appropriate accrediting agencies. This program offers the general education component which, when completed and combined with credit awarded for prior postsecondary healthcare education, qualifies the student to be awarded an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in Health Science.
Applicants must meet the general admission criteria of the college and are required to submit the following documentation for review: A copy of current license and or certificate, official transcripts and diploma from the completed training program, and a current resume.
The number of credits awarded for non-credit post-secondary healthcare education will be determined after a review of the documentation. A maximum of thirty credits for certification/ licensure will be granted after completion of the required Rowan College at Burlington County degree requirements (with grades of “C” or higher) resulting in an A.A.S. Degree in Health Science.
Postsecondary accredited allied health programs consisting of a minimum of 500 hours will earn 30 college credits. Accredited allied health programs with no less than 300 and up to 499 hours will earn a minimum of 22 college credits.
Students receiving less than 30 credits for their postsecondary work should select additional courses to graduate with a minimum of 62 credits. See page 55, Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree.
It is important to note that this curriculum will not confer eligibility for advanced certification nor advanced licensure within the healthcare disciplines.
Graduates of this program should be able to:
- Practice within the parameters of individual knowledge and experience;
- Practice within the ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks of professional practice;
- Serve as a positive role model within the healthcare setting andcommunity at large;
- Recognize the impact of economic, political, social and demographic forces on the delivery of healthcare;
- Participate in lifelong learning.
For more information about this program, please contact the Health Sciences Division at (609) 894-9311, ext. 1410.