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Catalog 2012-2013 
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Occupational Safety and Health Technology

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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Health Workforce Shortage Program

General Education - 22 Credits

General Education Electives:

(Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses . One of the 3-credit General education courses must be a Diversity course.)

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits.
  • Arts and Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits.

Program Electives:

Select one course from the following discipline:

  • Business Administration 3 Credits.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 61*

*A new college orientation requirement, completion of the one-credit ACDV 101  course, Transitioning to College, went into effect spring 2010. If you are a credit student who is new to college (meaning you have not successfully completed college coursework at another institution(s)), you are required to take ACDV 101  during your first semester at CCBC, thereby increasing the number of credits required for the degree to 62 credits. Students are required to provide an official transcript(s) to document successful completion of college coursework at another institution(s) in order for this requirement to be waived.

Program Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  1. advise organizational management regarding the establishment of an effective, cost saving occupational injury and illness prevention program via the :
    1. establishment of a safety management system,
    2. development of a positive safety culture, and
    3. application of proven safety principles and practices;
  2. provide effective safety and health training to all levels of an organization based upon recognized training methods;
  3. conduct hazard analyses to identify workplace hazards and develop cost effective control strategies for the identified hazards;
  4. apply basic industrial hygiene principles to conduct preliminary health hazard assessment to determine appropriate plans of action;
  5. function effectively in construction safety, either as a safety professional working for contractors or as safety representatives of the property owner;
  6. apply regulatory and voluntary safety standards to ensure compliance;
  7. continue on towards higher degrees in safety, industrial hygiene, science, business management, fire science, environmental management, homeland security, human resource management, and other areas of interest to the student; and
  8. sit for the terminal professional certification, after the requisite years of experience, of Certified Safety Professional.

Program Description:

This program prepares students for employment as safety and occupational health professionals in the general, construction, and service industries; in insurance accident prevention; in government agencies; and in non-profit organizations. The program provides students with a strong foundation in essential safety management principles and practices that permits them to work effectively as professionals and paraprofessionals in diverse work environments. Students interested in transferring to a bachelors program (or higher) are well prepared for success in the 4-year and graduate-level university setting.

Graduates should expect to find employment as safety and health technicians, safety and health specialists, accident investigators, and occupational safety and health program staff assistants. Such positions are found in general industry, service organizations, the construction industry, and in loss control organizations. Similar positions are found in federal, state, and local governments.

A degree in Occupational Safety and Health is the minimum educational requirement to sit for the associate safety professional and certified safety professional designation exams. The OSHT program is also excellent preparation for these and lesser certification exams.

Students who choose this curriculum and desire to transfer courses to a four-year college should check with the program coordinator and/or an academic advisor. While many courses will transfer, certain specialized courses may not. Higher level chemistry and math course work may also be advised.

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