Jun 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Catalog

Healthcare Professions, A.A.S.


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In the face of an aging population with new treatments and technologies, allied health careers are on the rise. Our healthcare professions’ degree program positions you for success in a variety of medical fields. Our program acquaints you with medical knowledge and terminology and refines your communications and life skills, social awareness, and critical and analytical thinking abilities.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate appropriate verbal, non-verbal, therapeutic, professional, and technological communication skills in their practice.
  • Facilitate collaboration among all health care team members and the patients in their care.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using sound clinical decision making to plan safe and effective client care.
  • Perform an informed discussion about the moral, ethical, and legal aspects of the healthcare profession. 

Career Opportunities

Upon achieving a degree, you may seek employment in hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, or physicians’ offices. If you seek a more specific career path in fields such as nursing, medical assisting, paramedicine, or physical therapist assisting, explore other health science degree programs here.

Disclaimer: Are you pursuing this degree to apply to a selective entry program or transfer to a different school?  Work with an advisor to create a customized academic plan.  You may want to prioritize certain courses over others to avoid taking unnecessary credits or delay application to your desired program.  Also, transferability of courses is at the discretion of the receiving institution and are subject to change without notice.  It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to confirm your course selections with the receiving institution’s admissions team, program coordinator and/or advisors. 

Curriculum for an Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Professions


General Education Core 15-20
Technical Core 16
Concentration 24-29
Total Credit Hours Required 60

 

Concentrations


Health Sciences Concentration


The concentration in Health Sciences provides students with the foundational knowledge, skills and abilities to pursue and enhance career opportunities in various healthcare disciplines.  With a broad understanding of the health sciences, you’ll be prepared to start your career immediately after graduation, apply to selective entry healthcare programs at Blue Ridge CTC, or transfer to other colleges or universities.

  • Restricted Electives: CAHS, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, NURS, PTA, EMSP, HIM, MAST, PLBT, ENGL 102, ART 103, SOC 203, MATH 114 (19 -24 credits)

        Subtotal Credit Hours Required                      24-29

Healthcare Leadership Concentration


This interdisciplinary program integrates the health sciences with business management theory to prepare graduates to be industry leaders in the healthcare field.  With a broad understanding of the health sciences, you’ll be prepared to start your career immediately after graduation, apply to selective entry healthcare programs at Blue Ridge CTC, or transfer to other colleges or universities.

Medical Administrative Assistant Concentration


Medical Administrative Assistants perform valuable administrative duties on the healthcare team. Our program prepares you for an entry-level job in healthcare administration.  The program is comprised of non-clinical components, with the lecture as well as competency-based experiences in performing administrative procedures.  Students who successfully complete this concentration may be able to sit for certification exams. 

Program Disclaimer


This curriculum includes a list of courses required for this program of study for this calendar year. Your Academic Plan can be found on DegreeWorks once you become a degree-seeking student. 

Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive.

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