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Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health

Program OverviewCourse GuideAdditional InformationAdmissions Process
The purpose of this degree is to prepare the student for increased job responsibilities, supervisory roles and healthcare office management in physician offices, health care clinics, hospital-based clinics, hospitals and small healthcare businesses.

Allied Health Core

ALH 218 Medical Terminology 3 credits
ALH 225 Survey of Body Systems & Disease Conditions 3 credits
ALH 252 Ethical & Legal Practices in Allied Health 2 credits

 

Communications

COM 110 Interpersonal Communications 3 credits
ENG 121 English Composition I 3 credits
ENG 122 English Composition II* 3 credits

 

Social Sciences

PSY 101 Psychology 4 credits
SOC 120 Principles of Sociology 4 credits

 

Math

MATH 101 Quantitative Reasoning 4 credits

 

Natural Sciences

BIO 120 Introduction to Biology 4 credits
GEOG 142 Physical Geography 4 credits

 

Humanities

LNG 125 Spanish for Health Care Workers 2 credits
PHIL 210 Ethics 4 credits

 

To be granted an Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health Degree the student must complete one of the following Allied Health Certificates:

Coding Specialist – Physician Based (plus 1 credit hour of electives to meet degree requirement)
Medical Administrative Specialist (plus 1 credit hour of electives to meet degree requirement)
Medical Assistant
Phlebotomy Technician (plus 6 credit hours of electives to meet degree requirement)

Elective courses chosen must be 100 level or above. Courses with prefixes AGT, AUTO, CRJU, ELEC, EMT, INDS, MACH or WELD cannot be taken for elective credit

Allied Health Certificate Requirement 17 credits
Total: 60 credits
*Course has a prerequisite
♰Must take additional credit hours to fulfill the 30 credit hour minimum for certificate requirements

 

Current/Updated: 08/15/2019

Employment Information

Outlook

According to the U.S. Department
of Labor, employment of healthcare
occupations is projected to grow
19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much
faster than the average for all
occupations, adding about 2.3
million new jobs. Healthcare
occupations will add more jobs than
any other group of occupations.
This growth is expected due to an
aging population and because federal
health insurance reform should
increase the number of individuals
who have access to health insurance.

Health care careers offer job stability, often above average financial reward, and the opportunity to join one of the most exciting and fastest growing fields in the United States. In the coming years, with an aging baby boomer population, there are expected to be more jobs than there are health care professionals to fill them.

Job duties range greatly depending upon the chosen area of specialization. Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice. Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data by ensuring that it maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper files and electronic systems.

Healthcare support occupations (such as home health aides, occupational therapy assistants, and medical transcriptionists) had a median annual wage of $27,040 in May 2015, lower than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy. Those with an Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health and one or more occupational (medical-related) certificates can expect to earn between $30,000 to $40,000 and possibly more depending on additional training and responsibilities.


Program Information

This degree prepares the student for increased job responsibilities, supervisory roles and health care office management in physician offices, health care clinics, hospital-based clinics, hospitals and small health care businesses.

Is this for me?

Allied health professionals should possess good communication skills and enjoy working with people. They typically have an interest in science and must be able to utilize computer software programs. Additionally they must be a “hands-on” person with good eye/hand coordination.

To be granted the AASAH the student must obtain one of the following Occupational Certificates:
Coding Specialist/Physician-Based
Medical Administrative Specialist
Medical Assistant
Phlebotomy Technician
  1. Register for admission to the college.
  2. Meet Placement Evaluation in basic Reading, Math and English criteria:
    1. Placement into BUS 111 Contemporary Business and Technical Communications or higher or meet Corresponding ACT/SAT scores.
    2. Placement into MATH 100 Introductory Algebra or higher or meet Corresponding ACT/SAT scores.
      If course placement criteria not met, student may enroll in appropriate remedial course/s to bring skill level up to criteria.
  3. Declare interest in completing the Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health; (by filling out application and returning it to the Director of Allied Health/Medical Assisting).
  4. To be granted an Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health Degree the student must complete one of the following Allied Health Certificates:
    1. Coding Specialist – Physician Based (plus 1 credit hour of electives to meet degree requirement)
    2. Medical Administrative Specialist (plus 1 credit hour of electives to meet degree requirement)
    3. Medical Assistant
    4. Phlebotomy Technician (plus 6 credit hours of electives to meet degree requirement)
  5. Meet with Admissions and Director of Allied Health to discuss the guided pathway for successful completion of the program.
  6. A minimum of a 2.5 GPA required at all times – with no grade lower than a 2.5 in all ALH courses
  7. Apply for graduation certificates and/or degrees through the MYGOCC student portal.
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