May 29, 2020
Type of Credential
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
The Allied Health A.A.S. degree permits students who have achieved national certificates in the health fields of surgical technology, sleep technology, pharmacy technician, and medical coding an avenue to receive both credit for prior learning and an associate’s degree.
Contacts and Additional Information
Dr. Adrienne Dougherty
CCBC-Essex, ADMN 309
443-840-1505 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This degree program is intended for students who have achieved national certificates in the health fields of surgical technology, sleep technology, pharmacy technician, and medical coding.
Opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - This degree provides articulation of credits based on prior learning assessment that is verified through completion of a national certification as noted above. Several General Education classes offer PLA. See Portfolio, Departmental Exam, CLEP, DSST, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate.
Articulation and Transfer Agreements - While there are no program-specific agreements, see other types of agreements such as guaranteed admission, block transfer, and discounts.
This is a suggested schedule for students who have earned credit for prior learning that has been verified through completion of a national certification in a workforce training certificate. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses .
Courses Needed for this Program*
General Education Requirements and Electives - 18-20 Credits
General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:
Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses .
PSYC 105 meets the diversity requirement. Students opting not to take PSYC 105 should choose another diversity course from the list of approved General Education Courses .
- Arts and Humanities (CMNS 101 recommended) 3 Credit(s).
- Biological and Physical Sciences (BIOL 109 or BIOL 110 recommended)
- Information Technology (CSIT 101 recommended)
- Mathematics (MATH 153 recommended) 3-4 Credit(s).
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (PSYC 105 recommended) 3 Credit(s).
Program Requirements and Electives - 42 Credits
Select credits from the following list of electives to attain 60 credits for the degree. The number of elective credits depends on the certificate program for which Prior Learning Assessment is awarded. Therefore, the number of Occupational Specific Theory and Practicum credits required depends on the length of the certificate program.
Electives needed beyond this list can include any courses with ALHL, ACCT, BIOL, CHEM, or MNGT course prefixes. Other courses may be taken with permission of the program director. Students should work with the program director to select electives.
Total Number of Credits Required for Degree - 60*
*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College . This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.
The Allied Health A.A.S. degree provides an option for stackable credentials permitting upward mobility. The degree permits students who have achieved national certificates in the health fields of surgical technology, sleep technology, pharmacy technician, and medical coding an avenue to receive both credit for prior learning and an associate’s degree with no duplication of prior learning content. Additional course work will be completed in the areas of management, leadership, communications, and customer service. These additional courses prepare graduates for expanded roles in leadership.
School of Health Professions Policies
Students in the School of Health Professions are expected to conduct themselves according to an honor code; exhibit professional behavior; communicate effectively in English; provide proof of health insurance, immunizations, and a tuberculosis (TB) test; and submit to a criminal background check and drug testing. Students are expected to pay the costs associated with these requirements.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- explain professionalism and adherence to ethical and legal standards in the health care environment;
- demonstrate critical thinking skills in relation to prioritizing, analyzing, and resolving issues in health care;
- evaluate leadership and management skills in the health care environment;
- explain techniques to effectively lead a team;
- communicate effectively with patients, significant others, and members of the interprofessional health care team; and
- demonstrate customer service skills with cultural sensitivity.