Explore the rewarding world of health care professions with an associate degree in Health Sciences from Dean College.

Program Overview

As the demand for skilled healthcare professionals continues to grow, the Health Sciences program at Dean combines a strong foundation in health-related fields with broad-based coursework in the liberal arts. You’ll study anatomy and physiology, microbiology and chemistry, as well as taking courses in composition, psychology, statistics, sociology and ethics. Coursework has been specially designed to facilitate a smooth transition to a four-year degree in health sciences.

You will also focus on physical, cognitive, psychological and social development throughout the human life cycle. You’ll be introduced to health care careers from the very beginning, you’ll use case studies to apply what you’re learning to real health care environments and you’ll gain a solid foundation in the allied health field. 

Dean College professor working with a student

School of Liberal Arts Faculty

Gain valuable insights from our school of liberal arts faculty, who are here to help you every step of the way.

Health Science Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
HSCI 111 Introduction to the Health Sciences 3
BIO 172 Anatomy and Physiology ll 4
BIO 211 Microbiology 4
CHM 151 Chemistry l 4
CHM 152 Chemistry ll 4
MTH 130 Introductory Statistics 3
PHL 115 Ethics 3
PSY 111 General Psychology 3
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
Total Credits 31

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
BIO 171 Anatomy and Physiology l 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
Total Credits 28

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Electives 3
Total Credits 3

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Beyond the Classroom

Dean College students working with equipment in a lab Immerse yourself in real-world learning in and out of the classroom.

Gain hands-on experience in labs using our synthetic cadaver, and participate in student-led programs and initiatives on campus. You’ll also have the chance to learn from allied health practitioners who visit campus to answer questions, offer career advice and provide professional connections.

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to continue your education with a bachelor’s degree at Dean College or another four-year institution. And you’ll prepare to launch a rewarding career in health education, public health, medical office management, health care administration, medical record administration, health information and beyond. Graduates from bachelor’s degree programs can also choose to pursue an advanced degree in the applied health sciences, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician’s assistant, pharmaceutical school and more.


Uniquely Dean

A Dean College student with a professor in a lab. Take advantage of unique programming through the Dean College Health Sciences program.
  • Integrate theoretical learning with hands-on opportunities in the health care field.
  • Learn from supportive faculty who have real-world experience in health careers.
  • Hear from allied health practitioners who come to campus to share their experiences and offer career advice.



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