Health Sciences A.S. Degree Prepares you for a health care career

Our Health Sciences Associate in Science Degree and embedded certificate in Health Care Services prepare you to work in the health care field.

This degree also offers specific focus areas for each lower division limited enrollment health program. This lets you focus on the required prerequisites for your chosen program by taking the courses you need to be considered for admission. If you are not selected for admission to the focus area you choose, you may remain in Health Sciences A.S. degree or choose from other options. Consult with a career specialist at the Health Education Center to explore your options. 

The Health Sciences A.S. Degree transfers to our Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Health Services Administration.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Medical Secretaries

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What you learn in SPC's Health Sciences Associate in Science Degree

  • Basic knowledge of health care delivery, medical language, anatomy and physiology, disease process and pharmacology within a health care organization
  • Administrative functions required of an entry-level health services manager, including the management of medical supplies, departmental budgets, IT and reimbursement systems
  • How to comply with legal and governmental requirements related to health services management
  • How to implement appropriate management strategies as an entry-level professional to effectively lead a safe and ethically responsible health care team.

Health Sciences: General Health Sciences Focus Associate in Science


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2018 (540)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2018 (540), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

Dr. Katherine Woods
Academic Chair

Program Summary

The following program of study lists the requirements to receive an Associate of Science degree in Health Sciences. Students who graduate from this program are prepared for entry level positions in healthcare services. Students who wish to continue their education after completing their Associate of Science degree can articulate into the Health Services Administration Bachelor of Science Program at SPC.

A minimum grade of "C" is required in all courses.

Academic Pathway
The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1351070101: Health/Health Care Administration

Federal CIP Code

51.0701: Health/Health Care Administration/Management.

Communications - Composition

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree. 3

Communications - Speech

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

Humanities and Fine Arts

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3


Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

Computer/Information Literacy Competency

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

SUPPORT COURSES: Anatomy & Physiology
Complete 4 credits

BSC 1084C Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology 4
BSC 2085 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BSC 2085L Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I 1

SUPPORT COURSES: Anatomy & Physiology/Chemistry
Complete 4 credits

CHM 1025 Introductory Chemistry 3
CHM 1025L Introductory Chemistry Lab 1
BSC 2086 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BSC 2086L Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II 1

Complete 10 credits

1 CGS 1100 Computer Applications 3
2 PHI 1600 Studies in Applied Ethics 3
Complete any Natural Science lecture and lab course with AST, BCH, BOT, BSC, CHM, ESC, EVR, EVS, GLY, MCB, OCB, OCE, PCB, PSC, PHY or ZOO prefix. 4

Complete 27 credits

ACG 2021 Financial Accounting 3
CGS 1515 Spreadsheet Techniques and Programming 3
HIM 2012 Health Law Concepts and Practices 2
HIM 2223 Introduction to Coding and Reimbursement Systems 2
HIM 2510 Quality and Performance Improvement 2
HIM 2652 Electronic Health/Medical Record Systems 2
HSA 1100 Healthcare Delivery Systems 3
HSA 1102 Current Issues in Health 2
HSA 2001 Interprofessional Team Based Health Care 2
HSA 2182 Health Services Management Concepts 2
HSC 1149 General Pharmacology for Health Professionals 1
HSC 1531 Medical Terminology I 2
HSC 2721 Evidence-Based Healthcare Practice 1

1 Completion of this course satisfies the Computer Competency General Education requirement for an AS degree. Equivalent courses (i.e. Honors, IDS) may also be an option.
2 Completion of this course satisfies the Ethics General Education requirement for an AS degree. Equivalent courses (i.e. Honors, IDS) may also be an option.

Total Credits 60

Continue your education at SPC

SCP's Health Care Services Certificate is part of and transfers to our Health Sciences Associate of Science Degree. The A.S. degree transfers to our Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Services Administration.


We also offer health continuing education through the Workforce Institute.

Health Care Services Certificate