Health Sciences graduates discussing health care policy in a meeting

Associate in Science in Health Sciences

Transfer up to
53 Credits
A median of 23 credits accepted
Receive credit for certain health care licenses and certifications

Advance Your Health Care Career with an Associate Degree

If you’re looking for a degree that can help you obtain employment or advance your career in health care, this fully online Associate in Science in Health Sciences degree program will expand your medical vocabulary, improve your communication skills, and provide you with a solid understanding of the U.S. health care system.

In the core associate in health science courses, you gain skills needed for entry-level jobs in medical office administration, health insurance member services, community health services, medical billing management, and human resources. Instruction covers topics in private, nonprofit, and public (Medicaid and Medicare) health insurance and financing; health provider education and licensing; federal health care legislation and regulation compliance; health care delivery settings; and electronic medical records.

This online health science associate degree program is especially suited to veterans and servicemembers with some military medical education; licensed practical nurses or vocational nurses (LPNs or LVNs) looking to earn a non-nursing health science associate degree; people working in medical billing and medical coding in health insurance organizations; and allied health professionals who need a degree to further their career.

You can apply all the credits from this associate degree to Excelsior College’s Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a total of 50 credits toward Excelsior College’s Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management.

Fast Facts:

2.4 million new health care jobs are expected to be added by 2026 (Source: BLS)


Health care occupations earn 58 percent more than the average median wage (Source: BLS)


AS degree holders are prepared for entry into a variety of health care career paths


60

credit hours

Online AS in Health Sciences Program Details

You can transfer up to 30 credits toward this online AS in Health Sciences program, and depending on the health care licenses and certifications you have, you could potentially be awarded 6–30 credits. Learn more about credit for health care credentials.

Of the 60 credits required for the Associate in Science in Health Sciences, students must complete 30 credits in the arts and sciences and 30 credits in health sciences.

  • Written English Requirement: 3 credits
  • Humanities: 6 credits
    • Ethics
    • Humanities elective
  • Social Sciences: 6 credits
    • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
    • Social science elective
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 6 credits
    • Natural science supportive of health sciences (minimum 2 credits)
    • Mathematics (minimum 2 credits)
    • Additional courses to reach 6 credits
  • Information Literacy: 1 credit
  • Arts and Sciences Electives: 8 credits
  • Applied Professional and/or Additional Arts and Sciences Courses: 27 credits
  • Capstone Course: 3 credits

The Health Sciences Component (30 credits) provides you with a solid knowledge base in the health sciences field.

Core Health Science Courses: 9 Credits

Medical Terminology

This course introduces you to the medical language that’s necessary to every career in health care. As you become familiar with medical reporting style guidelines established by the American Association of Medical Transcription (AAMT), you learn how to read and pronounce medical terms. After this course, your working vocabulary will include terminologies of disease, pharmacology, and biological systems in human anatomy and physiology, and you’ll know how to use these terms correctly while writing and talking in health care settings.

Health Care in the United States

Learn how the U.S. health care and health insurance systems work, and how your work fits into the bigger picture. This course covers the ways public, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations deliver, finance, and manage health care services. Topics include: federal regulations such as the Affordable Care Act; access disparity; Medicaid, Medicare, and private health insurance systems; electronic medical records and medical office information technology; quality and safety in health care settings; and careers in licensed and non-licensed health care professions.

Professionalism in Health Care

Learn best practices for communicating with co-workers, clients/consumers, and families; resolving workplace conflict; planning your professional development; improving your cultural competence with diverse populations; and responding to fraud, malpractice, safety, and negligence. Instruction also covers organizational policy, patient rights, informed consent, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Health Science Electives: 18 Credits

You may be able to satisfy your health sciences electives requirement with credit awarded for your health care license or certification or prior coursework/transfer credits in a health science discipline. Visit the Credit for Health Care Credentials page to learn more.

Sample health science electives at Excelsior College include courses such as:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (I and II)
  • Introduction to Health Care Management
  • Spanish Communication for the Health Care Professions
  • Why We Overeat: Perspectives on Nutrition
  • Sex, Gender, and Health
  • Addictions in America
  • Health in the News
  • Biology of Health and Disease

Associate Health Sciences Capstone: 3 Credits

This course assesses the knowledge you gained through the associate health science program curriculum. Explore the health care delivery system as it relates to specific health care professions, and exercise and refine your communication skills through activities such as resume writing and responding to interview questions.

Demonstrate effective oral and written communication.


Demonstrate critical thinking skills for guiding decision making in various health care scenarios.


Describe the structure and function of the health care delivery system in the United States.


Explain the various roles and responsibilities of health professionals.


Critique current trends and opportunities that improve the provision of health care.


View additional details about programs and courses:

Download the Undergraduate Studies Catalog

Common Careers with an
Online AS in Health Sciences

Billing Coordinator

Billing Supervisor

Health Information Specialist

Human Resource Specialist

Medical Office Manager

Patient Relations Manager

“Excelsior gave me the opportunity to follow my dreams … there’s no time frame on getting your education.”
Caleen Oliver
Bachelor of Science, 2015

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Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000).

All of Excelsior College's academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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