If you have a nationally recognized certification in a healthcare field, but do not hold a degree and are looking to take the next step in your healthcare career, then this is the career path for you. Students who have successfully completed this degree have progressed to office or practice managers and to bachelor’s degree in various healthcare fields.
Healthcare Sciences (Associate of Science)
The Associate of Science in Healthcare Sciences may offer students, who currently hold a designated national certification in a field of Healthcare, a flexible degree program designed to provide a sound base of foundational credit coursework and additional career specific studies and/or competencies in a healthcare discipline. Through a combination of general education requirements, core electives, specific healthcare career education studies, credential assessment and/or portfolio review, graduates are prepared to enter the healthcare workforce in a selected discipline. Submission of credential assessment request is required. Credential assessment is approved by the Dean of Nursing and Health Professions.
Required Courses & Learning Outcomes
Refer to the college catalog for a list of required courses and learning outcomes for the Healthcare Sciences degree program.
This certificate is designed to provide a basis for further study in the health sciences field. The Health Sciences Certificate provides a course of study designed to meet the needs of students who plan to study and transfer to a college or a university that grants an Associate or Baccalaureate Degree in various areas of Health Sciences.
Required Courses & Learning Outcomes
Refer to the college catalog for a list of required courses and learning outcomes for the Health Sciences certificate program.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Healthcare Sciences degree?
The Associate of Science in Healthcare Science is a degree that is designed for the student who currently holds a national certification in a health care field, but does not have a degree. Through credential assessment and/or portfolio review at Cecil College, the student can acquire credits toward this degree.
Why would I want a Healthcare Sciences degree?
If you are hoping/planning on taking the next step in your career and need a degree to provide that "boost," then this is a great degree for you. It also can provide a stepping stone to a bachelor's degree.
What is the Health Sciences certificate?
The Health Sciences certificate is a collection of foundational coursework that supports health care studies and the pursuit of a career in health care. This certificate was reviewed and approved by the Maryland Community Colleges who are members of the Maryland Education Alliance (MEA), ensuring that students who were transferring to health care programs offered through MEA, would have the necessary foundational education to support their success.
How do I go about the credential assessment process?
It is easy. Please see an advisor, complete the form and provide the supporting documentation. It will then be sent to the appropriate reviewer with the college. You and your advisor will hear back quickly. If more information is required, you will be contacted.
Admissions & Advising
Whether transferring coursework to Cecil College or transferring your completed degree or certificate to a four-year institution, transfer is a viable option to help meet your educational goals.
Transfer information for Maryland colleges and universities is available through the Articulation System of Maryland (ARTSYS) website at www.artsys.usmd.edu. Additional transfer information can be found on the Transfer Agreements page.
Cecil College's faculty across the curriculum in the Healthcare Sciences degree program hold advanced degrees in their fields and bring a wide array of experience into the classroom.