Health Studies

A.S. Degree - Transfer Program

Department: Health and Physical Education

School: Health Sciences & Physical Wellness

CIP Code: 51.9999
MCC Program Code: HS01
NYSED Code (BRI): 28560
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75% or more of this program can be completed online.

The Health Studies program prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university offering health-related degrees. The Health Studies program assists students interested in preparing for health careers including, but not limited to, community health education, school health education, substance abuse counseling, social work, health care administration, medical technology, nursing, recreation and leisure, or wellness promotion.

The program includes courses in liberal arts, biology, psychology, social science, humanities and mathematics. The core program requirements include introductory health education courses in drug use and abuse, chronic and communicable diseases, first aid and safety, as well as personal and emotional wellness.

Students planning to transfer into health education, counseling, health care administration, or other non-medical bachelor's degree programs should take BIO 134 and 135. Students who plan to transfer into a medical-related bachelor's degree program such as nursing or medical technology should take BIO 142 and 143. It is recommended that students who are undecided take BIO 142 and 143 to maximize transfer options. Students who are transferring to Brockport or into any nursing program should take BIO217. Students should meet 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 Health and Physical Education)

Program Learning Outcomes
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.

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

Distribution RequirementsCredit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
MTH 160 Statistics I or higher3
HED 118 Introduction to Safety and Emergency Care3
HED 130 Foundations of Personal Health and Wellness3
HED 209 Drugs and Behavior3
Total 15
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology3
BIO 134 Human Anatomy and Physiology I+ OR
BIO 142 Human Anatomy+
3 or higher
HED 207 Emotional Wellness3
Total 15
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
PSY 201 Developmental Psychology-Child OR
PSY 202 Developmental Psychology-Adolescence OR
PSY 212 Developmental Psychology-Lifespan
BIO 135 Human Anatomy and Physiology II++ OR
BIO 143 Human Physiology+++
3 or higher
HED 208 Chronic/Communicable Disease OR HED 210 Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Approaches to Health and Wellness3
Total 15
FOURTH SEMESTER: 18 Credit Hours
BIO 117 Basic Consumer Nutrition OR BIO 217 Nutrition3
BIO 202 Microbiology4

Prerequisite: + Grade of C or better in high school biology or BIO 120 or higher with a grade of C- or better
Prerequisite: ++ BIO 134
Prerequisite: +++ BIO 142 and high school chemistry or CHE 100 or CHE 124

* Students planning to transfer to a SUNY school must fulfill 7 of 10 of the SUNY General Education Requirements.