Health Studies

Take a big step toward a bachelor’s degree — and a career in health.

Monroe Community College’s Health Studies AS degree offers a great foundation for various health-related careers. You’ll get a broad, practical education in multiple domains of health, enabling you to explore different career paths in the field of health.

MCC’s Health Studies classes are taught by experienced professors who have spent many years working in their health specialty. You’ll build high-quality credits that you can apply toward health-related bachelor’s degrees.

Health-related careers continue to grow at a faster than average rate. Chronic disease, an aging population, and rising healthcare costs have created the need for a strong workforce that is able to address prevention, treatment, and coordination of care. The Health Studies program offers different track options with coursework that is tailored to your interest and career goals. Whether you picture yourself working in the community, a corporate facility, or a health-related organization, the health studies degree from MCC is a solid foundation for your career.

Health Studies Degree - Three Program Track Options:

  • Clinical (Healthcare Careers): The Clinical track offers a pathway to apply for programs in clinical healthcare careers. The Clinical track includes quality point courses for competitive health-related programs at MCC, as well as courses that are needed in order to apply for BSN and other health-related programs at transfer schools.
  • Community Health: The Community Health track offers the flexibility to prepare for transfer into a number of health-related career programs such as Counseling, Healthcare Studies, Health Education, and Public Health.
  • Healthcare Administration: For students who have interest in management within healthcare, there is also a Healthcare Administration track that prepares students for transfer into Bachelor's degree programs in Healthcare Administration.

By working closely with advisors at MCC, electives can be tailored to optimize transfer into your desired program at your transfer school.

MCC’s Health Studies Associate Degree Gets You Halfway Toward a Bachelor’s Degree

The health studies associate degree at Monroe Community College includes courses in liberal arts, biology, psychology, social science, humanities and mathematics. The core program requirements include introductory health courses such as foundations in personal health and wellness, and other health courses tailored to the needs of the career path chosen.

Graduates from our health studies associate degree program have an outstanding record of continued education and career success. Our students have gone on to pursue health care bachelor’s degrees in many leading health sciences programs, including Ithaca College, the University of Rochester, multiple SUNY campuses, and the St. James School of Radiological Science.

Graduates with the Health Studies degree will be prepared to apply to transfer programs and complete bachelor’s degrees that can lead to health-related careers such as:

  • Community Health
  • Counseling
  • Health care administration
  • Medical and health services
  • BS Nursing
  • Public Health/Global Health
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Wellness promotion/Health coaching

For more information about the health care career opportunities you can pursue with a health studies associate degree, contact Monroe Community College’s admissions office at (585) 292-2200 or admissions@monroecc.edu.


HEALTH STUDIES

A.S. Degree - Transfer Program

Department:Health and Physical Education

School(s): Health Sciences & Physical Wellness

CIP Code: 51.9999
MCC Program Code: HS01
NYSED Code (BRI): 28560

75% or more of this program can be completed online.

Description
The Health Studies program includes courses in liberal arts, biology, psychology, social science, humanities and mathematics, and prepares students for transfer into a variety of health-related career paths. The program offers three different track options from which students may choose; Clinical, Community Health and Healthcare Administration.
The Clinical Track is designed for students interested in preparing to apply to healthcare career programs, such as nursing, or for select clinical careers. This track includes point-bearing courses, such as anatomy and physiology, microbiology, nutrition, and chemistry, that may be needed for application to competitive health-related programs.

Students interested in careers in Community Health, Healthcare Studies, Health Education, Counseling, or Public Health could utilize the Community Health Track as a foundation for transfer to programs leading to these health-related careers. Students who plan to transfer into career programs involving management in healthcare can complete the Healthcare Administration Track. Both the Community Health and Healthcare Administration Tracks include natural science electives and other courses tailored to the needs of the career path chosen.

Students should consult regularly with their program advisor to make certain that their course selections meet the requirements of the four-year college and major to which they plan to transfer.
(Housed in the Department of Health and PE within the School of Health Science and Physical Wellness)

Program Learning Outcomes
PLOs for Health Studies, Clinical Track
1. Describe specific personal health behaviors that align with the dimensions of health as outlined by the National Wellness Institute. 
2. Identify and access resources that provide accurate, evidence-based health information. 
3. Use critical thinking skills to analyze information related to health and wellness. 
4. Describe strategies to identify, prevent, or control common injuries, addictions, diseases, disabilities, or death. 
5. Respond appropriately to people’s needs within diverse cultures and communities. 
6. Communicate effectively in various formats, which may include written, oral, and technology-related methods.
7. Evaluate healthcare/community issues or options related to quality of life, chronic disease, and death. 
8. Demonstrate skills for addressing life threatening situations. 

PLOs for Health Studies, Community Health Track:
1.Describe specific personal health behaviors that align with the dimensions of health as outlined by the National Wellness Institute. 
2. Identify and access resources that provide accurate, evidence-based health information. 
3. Use critical thinking skills to analyze information related to health and wellness. 
4. Describe strategies to identify, prevent, or control common injuries, addictions, diseases, disabilities, or death. 
5. Respond appropriately to people’s needs within diverse cultures and communities. 
6. Communicate effectively in various formats, which may include written, oral, and technology-related methods.

PLOs for Health Studies, Healthcare Administration Track
1.Describe specific personal health behaviors that align with the dimensions of health as outlined by the National Wellness Institute. 
2. Identify and access resources that provide accurate, evidence-based health information. 
3. Use critical thinking skills to analyze information related to health and wellness. 
4. Describe strategies to identify, prevent, or control common injuries, addictions, diseases, disabilities, or death. 
5. Respond appropriately to people’s needs within diverse cultures and communities. 
6. Communicate effectively in various formats, which may include written, oral, and technology-related methods.
7. Identify approaches to managing healthcare within the U.S. Health Care System.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry (or Math 104 at MCC). Biology and Chemistry recommended.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
HEALTH STUDIES: HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION TRACK:
FIRST SEMESTER: 14 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
MTH 160 Statistics I3
HED 130 Foundations of Personal Health and Wellness 3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE 2
Total 14
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - HUMANITIES ELECTIVE3
HED 209 Drugs and Behavior3
MTH 104 Intermediate Algebra OR ELECTIVE3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3
Total 15
THIRD SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
CRC 125 Microsoft Office 4
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - AMERICAN HISTORY OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE OR OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS OR THE ARTS OR WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS ELECTIVE from category not completed3
ACC 101 Accounting Principles I4
HED 207 Emotional Wellness 3
Total 17
FOURTH SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
ACC 102 Accounting Principles II4
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - AMERICAN HISTORY OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE OR OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS OR THE ARTS OR WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS ELECTIVE from category not completed3
HEALTH EDUCATION/HEALTH EDUCATION GLOBAL ELECTIVES6
ELECTIVE3
Total16
TOTAL CREDITS62
HEALTH STUDIES: COMMUNITY HEALTH TRACK:
FIRST SEMESTER: 14 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
MTH 160 Statistics I OR Higher3
HED 130 Foundations of Personal Health and Wellness 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE 2
Total 14
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - HUMANITIES ELECTIVE3
HED 115 Death and Dying OR
HED 209 Drugs and Behavior
3
BIO 134 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I OR
BIO 133 Human Biology AND
BIO 132 Laboratory to Accompany Human Biology
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3
Total 15
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
PSY 212 Developmental Psychology-Lifespan 3
BIO 135 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology II OR
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCE
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - AMERICAN HISTORY OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE OR OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS OR THE ARTS OR WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS ELECTIVE from category not completed3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - AMERICAN HISTORY OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE OR OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS OR THE ARTS OR WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS ELECTIVE from category not completed3
HED 207 Emotional Wellness 3
Total 15
FOURTH SEMESTER: 18 Credit Hours
MTH 104 Intermediate Algebra OR
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - AMERICAN HISTORY OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE OR OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS OR THE ARTS OR WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS ELECTIVE from category not completed3
HEALTH EDUCATION/HEALTH EDUCATION GLOBAL ELECTIVES6
ELECTIVES6
Total18
TOTAL CREDITS62
HEALTH STUDIES: CLINICAL TRACK:
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
MTH 160 Statistics I3
HED 130 Foundations of Personal Health and Wellness 3
SOC 101 Introtduction to Sociology3
BIO 133/132 Human Biology/Laboratory to Accompany Human Biology OR
CHE 100 Preparatory Chemistry OR
MTH 104 Intermediate Algebra OR
HEALTH EDUCATION/HEALTH EDUCATION GLOBAL ELECTIVE
3
Total 15
SECOND SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology3
PHL 103 Introduction to Ethics 3
HED 115 Death and Dying3
BIO 144 Human Anatomy and Physiology I OR
BIO 142 Human Anatomy
4
HEALTH EDUCATION/HEALTH EDUCATION GLOBAL ELECTIVE3
Total 16
THIRD SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
PSY 212 Developmental Psychology-Lifespan 3
BIO 145 Human Anatomy and Physiology II OR
BIO 143 Human Physiology
4
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - FOREIGN LANGUAGE OR THE ARTS ELECTIVE3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - AMERICAN HISTORY OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE OR OTHER WORLD CIVILIZATIONS OR THE ARTS OR WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS ELECTIVE from category not completed3
ELECTIVE 3
Total 16
FOURTH SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
CHE 124 General Organic and Biochemistry OR Higher4
BIO 202 Microbiology4
BIO 217 Nutrition3
HED 118 Introduction to Safety and Emergency Care3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE2
Total16
TOTAL CREDITS63
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