Associate of Science in Health ScienceAssociate of Science
Virginia Peninsula Community College
The purpose of the proposed Associate of Science (AS) in Health Science program is to provide a community college career pathway for students seeking health careers requiring a baccalaureate or higher-level degree. The program and its course of study is intended to provide students with a general course of study that parallels the freshman and sophomore years of Bachelor of Health Science programs at most colleges and universities. The proposed program will provide students an opportunity to complete a program that will articulate with baccalaureate degree programs in the high demand health science and health-related fields. The highlights of the curriculum include a core of courses emphasizing wellness and scientific inquiry, with a focus on three distinct tracks for students interested in the health science field: public health, exercise science, and/or pre-professional tracks in Health Professions. The program also contains the general education courses needed for transfer into a baccalaureate program. Students who are interested in transferring should meet with Academic Advising early to determine and discuss the requirements of their intended four-year institution.
Program Credit Requirements
Please note that some courses may count towards more than one requirement such as meeting a general education requirement and a major specific requirement. The course will be listed under the first matching requirement. Please contact the institution with questions.
A formal determination of credits awarded for your prior learning and their applicability to the degree requirements can only be made by the institution. The formal determination and resulting map may reflect higher or lower number of credits to be completed to achieve this program.
Program Overview & Guidance
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|Program Successes & Highlights||The highlights of the curriculum include a core of courses emphasizing wellness and scientific inquiry, with a focus on three distinct tracks for students interested in the health science field: public health, exercise science, and/or pre-professional tracks in Health Professions. The program also contains the general education courses needed for transfer into a baccalaureate program.|
What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
|Transfer Guidance Element||What You Need to Know|
|Associate Transfer Degree Completion||Individuals who have already completed an associates degree should submit their transcripts for evaluation and transfer credit determination. The student development course requirement (SDV 100) is waived for those individuals.
||Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School|
|Credit for Prior Learning||http://catalog.vpcc.edu/content.php?catoid=12&navoid=2128|
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College Level Information
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|Is This College Right For Me?||
Virginia Peninsula Community College makes college possible for members of our Peninsula community with affordable tuition, convenient locations, flexible schedules, and innovative programs designed in collaboration with our educational and industry partners in the region. Our outstanding faculty are renowned for high quality instruction; our small class sizes allow students to connect with faculty and receive personalized attention. We prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions as well as for sought-after careers in a variety of in-demand fields. We offer a range of scholarships, internships, articulated program agreements with four-year institutions, and we are nationally recognized for quality of service to members of our military and their families. Virginia Peninsula Community College is the first choice for students on the Peninsula for a high-quality, affordable education.
|Transfer Student Catalog Year||The student's catalog year determined by their first semester of attendance and program placement.|
|First Year Student Catalog Year||Catalog year determined by first semester of attendance and program placement|
|Applying for Guaranteed Admissions||Virginia's community colleges offer students more than the opportunity to earn a degree or certificate; they provide a gateway to the Commonwealth's four-year colleges. Through system-wide negotiated agreements, students who graduate from a Virginia community college with an associate degree and the minimum grade point average required by the four-year college are guaranteed admission to many of the Commonwealth's colleges and universities. Students should review the Guaranteed Admissions Agreement for the four-year institution they wish to attend to learn more about the process: https://www.vpcc.edu/advising/transfer|
Where Can This Degree Transfer
|Institution||Title||Degree||Award Name||Award Level||Delivery Mode|
|Brightpoint Community College||Associate of Science Degree in Health Sciences||Associate||Associate of Science||2-Year||In-Person, Online, Hybrid|
|Virginia Western Community College||Associate of Science Degree in Science - Health Sciences Specialization||Associate||Associate of Science||2-Year||In-Person, Hybrid|
|Southside Virginia Community College||Associate of Arts and Sciences with a major in General Studies-Health Science||Associate||Associate of Arts and Sciences||2-Year||In-Person, Hybrid, Online|
|Northern Virginia Community College||General Studies: Health Sciences Specialization, A.S.||Associate||Associate of Science||2-Year||In-Person, Online|
|Virginia Highlands Community College||Associate of Arts & Sciences Degree in Science Specialization in Computer Science||Associate||Associate of Arts and Sciences||2-Year||In-Person, Hybrid|
|Virginia Highlands Community College||Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Science - Specialization in Engineering||Associate||Associate of Arts and Sciences||2-Year||In-Person, Hybrid|
|Rappahannock Community College||AA&S Degree in Arts and Sciences - Health-STEM Specialization||Associate||Associate of Arts and Sciences||2-Year||In-Person, Hybrid|
|Paul D. Camp Community College||Associate of Arts & Sciences in Science||Associate||Associate of Arts and Sciences||2-Year||In-Person, Hybrid|
|Germanna Community College||Science - Biology Associate of Arts & Sciences Degree||Associate||Associate of Arts and Sciences||2-Year||In-Person, Hybrid|
|Germanna Community College||Science - Chemistry Associate of Arts & Sciences Degree||Associate||Associate of Arts and Sciences||2-Year||In-Person, Hybrid|
|Germanna Community College||General Studies - Specialization in Health & PE Associate of Arts & Sciences Degree||Associate||Associate of Arts and Sciences||2-Year||In-Person, Hybrid, Online|
Careers Where This Degree Applies
|27-2021.00||Athletes and Sports Competitors||Compete in athletic events.||Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occ|
|27-2022.00||Coaches and Scouts||Instruct or coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports for the primary purpose of competition. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. May evaluate athletes' strengths and weaknesses as possible recruits or to improve the athletes' technique to prepare them for competition. Those required to hold teaching certifications should be reported in the appropriate teaching category.||Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occ|
|39-9031.00||Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors||Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities for the primary purpose of personal fitness. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills. Develop and implement individualized approaches to exercise.||Personal Care and Service Occupations|
|25-1193.00||Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary||Teach courses pertaining to recreation, leisure, and fitness studies, including exercise physiology and facilities management. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.||Educational Instruction and Library Occupations|