Associate of Arts in the Health Professions

Health Professions (AA)

Associate of Arts
Foundations Requirements Credit 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 136 Pre-Calculus I: Algebra or higher
(except MTH 197 Introductory Topics in Mathematics or MTH 297 Mathematic Topics in Globalization)
3
Total Hours: 14
Natural World Requirements Credit Hours
Life Sciences (choose one)
  • BIO 121 General Biology I OR
  • BMS 110 Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences
4
Physical Sciences
CHM 160 General Chemistry I
4
Total Hours: 8
Human Culture Requirements Credit Hours
Social and Behavioral Science
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
  • CFD 155 Principles of Human Development (Occupational Therapist Option) OR
  • ECO 155 Principles of Macroeconomics (Physical Therapist or Radiographer Option) OR
  • 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 Requirements Credit Hours
Cultural Competence (choose one)
  • GRY 100 World Regional Geography OR
  • REL 100 Religion and Human Culture
3
US History (choose one)
  • HST 121 Survey of US History to 1877 OR
  • HST 122 Survey of US History Since 1877
3
PLS 101 Political Science 3
General Education Public Issues elective 3
Total Hours: 12
Institutional Requirements Credit Hours
CIS 101 Computers for Learning 3
IDS 297 Topics in Globalization (Capstone course) 2
Total Hours: 5
Core Requirements Credit Hours
Total Core Requirements Hours 51

Health Professions Related Courses

Emphasis OptionsCredit Hours 15-19

Occupational Therapist Credit 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 Therapist Credit 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 Assistant Credit Hours
ALH 116 Medical Terminology 3
BMS 231 Human Genetics with Laboratory 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: 71
Radiographer Credit Hours
BMS 231 Human Genetics with Laboratory 4
BMS 267 Human Anatomy 4
BMS 268 Human Physiology 4
CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
3-4
Degree Total: 67-68

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 Semester Credit Hours
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 Semester Credit Hours
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
CHM 170 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 171 General Chemistry II (Lab) 1
BMS 231 Human Genetics with Laboratory 3
Public Issues, General Education Choice 3
3
Total 16
Summer Session Credit Hours
MTH 135 Pre-Calculus I: Algebra 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Total 6
Total Year One 39

Second Year

Fall Semester Credit Hours
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 Semester Credit Hours
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