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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog: Programs of Study

Health Science  
Career Studies Certificate AL, AN, LO, MA, WO, MEC, ELI


Purpose: The growth and development of health professions as well as the changes in health care requires the health care provider be multi-skilled and well prepared. This program is designed for those individuals interested in entering the health professions. The program will enable students interested in health care professions to acquire an academic foundation to continue their education in one of the A.A.S. degree program offered at the Medical Education Campus and to explore a range of Allied Health careers. Students should consult an academic advisor in selecting electives to this curriculum.

Recommended Preparation: Admission to the College.

Occupational Objective: Prepare students to enter allied health programs which in turn prepare students for entry into the health professions.

One Year Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
HIM 111 Medical Terminology I 3
5___ Elective 4
2___ Social Science Elective 3
SDV 101 Orientation to Health Professions 1
Total   18
2nd Semester
1BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
3___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
4MTH 151 Math for Liberal Arts I 3
Total   10
Total credits for the Health Science Career Studies Certificate=28

1 BIO 141-142 must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher with the exception of the Radiography Program, which requires a “B”.

2 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.

3 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

4 Math 151 or higher-level math course.

5 Electives may be chosen from general education program requirements and/or open enrollment major course headings. Program-specific courses required for admission to the following programs:

Dental Hygiene  BIO 205 - General Microbiology
Diagnostic Medical Sonography DMS 100 - Introduction to DMS
Diagnostic Medical Sonography PHY 101 - Introduction to Physics
Health Information Management CST 229 - Intercultural Communication
Medical Laboratory Technology CHM 111 - College Chemistry I
Radiography         RAD 105 - Introduction to Radiology, Protection and Patient Care
Respiratory Therapy

RTH 120 - Fundamental Theory for Respiratory Care