Associate of Arts in the Health Professions

Health Professions

Associate of Arts
Foundations RequirementsCredit Hours
COM 115 Fundamentals Public Speaking 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions 3
IDS 110 Student Success 2
MTH 135 College Algebra or higher
(except MTH 197 Introductory Topics in Mathematics or MTH 297 Mathematic Topics in Globalization)
3
Total Hours: 14
Natural World RequirementsCredit Hours
Life Sciences (choose one)
  • BIO 121 General Biology I
  • BMS 110 Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences
4
Physical Sciences
CHM 160 General Chemistry I
4
Total Hours: 8
Human Culture RequirementsCredit Hours
Social and Behavioral Science
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
  • CFD 155 Principles of Human Development (Occupational Therapist Option)
  • ECO 155 Principles of Macroeconomics (Physical Therapist or Radiographer Option)
  • SOC 150 Introduction to Sociology (Physician's Assistant Option)
3
Humanities
SPN 101 Introduction to Spanish 3
The Arts
General Education Arts elective 3
Total Hours: 12
Public Affairs RequirementsCredit Hours
Cultural Competence (choose one)
3
US History (choose one)
  • HST 121 Survey of US History to 1877
  • HST 122 Survey of US History Since 1877
3
PLS 101 Political Science 3
General Education Public Issues elective 3
Total Hours: 12
Institutional RequirementsCredit Hours
CIS 101 Computers for Learning 3
IDS 297 Topics in Globalization (Capstone course) 2
Total Hours: 5
Core RequirementsCredit Hours
Total Core Requirements Hours 51

Health Professions Related CoursesCredit Hours 15-19

Emphasis Options

Occupational TherapistCredit Hours
ALH 116 Medical Terminology 3
BMS 267 Human Anatomy 4
BMS 268 Human Physiology 4
CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
  • PHY 123 Introduction to Physics I
  • PSY 200 Psychological Statistical Methods
  • QBA 237 Basic Business Statistics
3-4
Degree Total: 66-67
Physical TherapistCredit Hours
3-4
BMS 267 Human Anatomy 4
BMS 268 Human Physiology 4
CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHM 170 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 171 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
Degree Total: 67-68
Physician's AssistantCredit Hours
ALH 116 Medical Terminology 3
BMS 230 Human Genetics 3
BMS 267 Human Anatomy 4
BMS 268 Human Physiology 4
CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
CHM 170 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 171 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
Degree Total: 70
RadiographerCredit Hours
BIO 210 Elements of Microbiology 3
BMS 267 Human Anatomy 4
BMS 268 Human Physiology 4
CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
3-4
Degree Total: 66-67

Courses are selected to complete the first two years of the Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology degree offered by Missouri State University in Springfield which can be used for possible entry into the master's level health professional programs. Students planning on transferring to other institutions should seek the receiving institution's specific requirements. This degree cannot be used to enter the Associate of Science in Nursing program. Health related courses selected are dependent on which occupation the student is pursuing after the bachelor's level.

Sample Schedule (Physician's Assistant Option example)

First Year

Fall SemesterHours
IDS 110 Student Success 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
CIS 101 Computers for Learning 3
CHM 160 General Chemistry and CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory 4
4
Total 17
Spring SemesterHours
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
CHM 170 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 171 General Chemistry II (Lab) 1
BMS 230 Human Genetics 3
Public Issues, General Education Choice 3
3
Total 16
Summer SessionHours
MTH 135 College Algebra 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Total 6
Total Year One 39

Second Year

Fall SemesterHours
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
SPN 101 Elementary Spanish I 3
BMS 267 Human Anatomy 4
  • HST 121 Survey of US History to 1877
  • HST 122 Survey of US History Since 1877
3
ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions 3
Total 16
Spring SemesterHours
BMS 268 Human Physiology 4
IDS 297 Topics in Globalization (Capstone Course) 2
Arts, General Education Choice 3
ALH 116 Medical Terminology 3
SOC 150 Principles of Sociology 3
Total 15
Total Year Two 31
Degree Total 70