The Associate of Applied Science in Health Sciences is designed for students interested in or currently working in the rapidly growing healthcare industry, and for those who have completed military training in the medical and health Sciences. This program offers you the opportunity to gain basic general education and earn college credits to complement your medical knowledge and healthcare training. This AAS degree is ideal for a variety of healthcare careers; including medical assistants, laboratory technicians, dental assistants, nursing, and numerous other careers within the healthcare industry.

Note: Students that receive transfer credit for the Army Health Care Specialist (68W10), Navy Hospital Corpsman (B-300-0010/HM-0000), or Air Force Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice (L8AQJ4N031 01AA) course will NOT be awarded any additional transfer credit for National Registry for Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) Basic certification. The NREMT- Basic certification is considered duplicate regardless of certification date and location of military training.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Apply learning practices from health sciences training to associate degree level education courses.
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Integrate concepts from military health sciences training with broader general education knowledge acquired at APUS.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning and broadening skills to become eligible for increased responsibility and advancement in military medical services.
  • Demonstrate interest in pursuing higher learning opportunities generated by successful completion of the Associate in Applied Science degree.
 

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements15
Major Required28
Elective Requirements17
Total Semester Hours60

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (15 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (3 semester hours) 1
Select 1 course from the following:3
Arabic I
Arabic II
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Literature of American Encounters, Revolution, and Rebellion
From Abolition to #MeToo: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
Pivotal Figures in Early British Literature
British Literature from Wordsworth through the Wasteland
Leadership in World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Literature of the Newly Globalized World: The Individual’s Struggle to Adapt
Music Appreciation
World Music and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Thinking and Acting Ethically
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (3 semester hours) 1
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Forgotten America--Under Represented Cultures in American Literature
Four Points of the Compass: Culture and Society Around the World
Introduction to Political Science
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (3 semester hours)
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
The History and Context of STEM
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Calculus
Total Semester Hours15

Major Requirements (28 semester hours)

Military health-related courses, completed at the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC), Ft. Sam Houston, TX. Up to all 28 semester hours can be transferred based on METC course completion.

Students that receive transfer credit for the Army Health Care Specialist (68W10), Navy Hospital Corpsman (B-300-0010/HM-0000), or Air Force Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice (L8AQJ4N031 01AA) course will not be awarded any additional transfer credit for National Registry for Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) Basic certification. The NREMT- Basic certification is considered duplicate regardless of certification date and location of military training.

And select from the following APUS courses to fulfill any of the 28 semester hours remaining:

BIOL133General Biology I with Lab4
BIOL134General Biology II with Lab4
CHEM133General Chemistry I with Lab4
BIOL201Principles of Anatomy and Physiology with Lab4
PHYS133Elements of Physics I with Lab4
BIOL202Principles of Microbiology with Lab4
SCIN211Principles of Genetics with Lab4
Total Semester Hours28

Elective Requirements (17 semester hours)

Students must complete 17 semester hours comprised of lower (100-200) level courses not taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Additional general education courses may be taken to fulfill elective requirements.17
Total Semester Hours17