Associate of Arts in Health Professions

Health Professions (AA)

Associate of Arts
The Associate of Arts in Health Professions is a transfer degree and contains the Missouri Higher Education Core Transfer Curriculum (Core 42), including specific general education and science courses needed to facilitate transfer to professional programs. This academic guide is based on the 2022-2023 Missouri State University–West Plains Catalog. The time to complete the degree will vary, depending on the degree option taken, remediation, summer enrollment, number of classes taken per semester, etc. Consult with your academic advisor to determine if additional coursework is necessary for your target transfer program.


Written Communication Credit Hours
ENG 110 Writing I 3
ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions 3
Oral Communication
COM 115 Fundamentals Public Speaking 3
Mathematical Science

MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics (recommended for nursing majors only) OR
MTH 136 Pre-Calculus I: Algebra or higher
(except MTH 197 Introductory Topics in Mathematics or MTH 297 Mathematic Topics in Globalization)

Natural Sciences

BIO 121 General Biology I OR
BMS 110 Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences (recommended)

CHM 116/CHM 117 Fundamentals of Chemistry / Lab OR
CHM 160/CHM161 General Chemistry I / Lab (recommended)
US History (choose one)
  • HST 121 Survey of US History to 1877 OR
  • HST 122 Survey of US History Since 1877
PLS 101 Political Science 3
Social and Behavioral Science
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Humanities & Fine Arts
PHI 115 Introduction to Ethics 3
SPN 101 Introduction to Spanish 3
Choose one additional Core 42 Humanities and Fine Arts course 3
Additional Core 42 Requirements
Choose one additional Core 42 course to reach a total of 42 hours (see the Career Pathway for recommendations) 3
Program Requirements
BMS 267 Human Anatomy 4
BMS 268 Human Physiology 4
Institutional Requirements
IDS 110 Student Success 2
IDS 115 Career Exploration 1
Program Electives
Choose at least 7 credits from the approved Science electives appropriate for your career pathway. 7
Total Hours: 60