Degrees
Health Science Concentration, Arts & Sciences AA

HealthScienceJump-start your career as a preventive health professional.

Carroll’s Health Science program, taught by professional and certified faculty, leads you toward a rewarding career in preventive health, health education and health coaching.

Health Science is an applied science that focuses on the study of the human body's ability to maintain or restore health and well being. 

Students in the program gain knowledge and skills through multidisciplinary study of the human body and mind. Information from anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, psychology and specific program courses enables professionals to holistically treat or counsel individuals for optimal health and disease prevention.

What can I do with an AAS degree in Health Science?

Sub-disciplines in the Health Science field include community and public health, workplace health promotion, health science research, epidemiology, complementary medicine and traditional medicine.

Students who complete the required discipline, general education and highly recommended courses will be prepared to pursue a career in one or more of the above sub-disciplines or to transfer to a four-year institution's Health Science, Health Promotion, Community Health or Public Health program.

Carroll Community College is the place to complete your associate’s degree in Health Science, prepare for the ACE Health Coach certification and transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a baccalaureate degree.

Certify Your Skills: 

Earn valuable industry credentials! Coursework qualifies students to take the nationally recognized American Council on Exercise (ACE) Health Coach Certification exam.

Why choose Carroll’s AAS in Health Science program? 

  • Practical and relevant courses that prepare you for today’s Health Science field
  • Certification preparation courses
  • On-campus networking events with health professionals
  • Internships available  

Health Science Concentration, Arts & Sciences AA

Program Director: Sharon Brunner Phone: 410-386-8142 Email: sbrunner@carrollcc.edu Health Science is an applied science that focuses on the study of the human body's ability to maintain or restore health and wellbeing. Sub-disciplines in this field include community and public health, workplace health promotion, health science research, epidemiology, complementary medicine and traditional medicine. This Health Science Concentration provides students with lower level coursework needed to pursue a baccalaureate degree and career in one or more of these sub-disciplines. Students who complete the required discipline, general education and highly recommended courses will be prepared to transfer to a four-year institution's Health Science, Health Promotion, Community Health or Public Health program. Highly recommended courses listed below provide students with additional content, practical application and preparation to obtain a nationally-recognized health coaching or wellness promotion certification. These courses are highly recommended and are often part of Health Science bachelor's degree: COMM-105, Introduction to Speech Communication; HES-100, Emergency Care: First Aid, Safety & CPR; HES-230 Health Behavior & Coaching; HLTH-120, Holistic Health; HLTH-215, Human Sexuality; HLTH-225 Stress Management; MATH-115, Introduction to Statistics; PHED-101, Lifetime Fitness and Wellness; PSYC-101, General Psychology; and SOC-101, Introduction to Sociology. See the receiving institution's requirements before deciding what to take. By using ARTSYS, artweb.usmd.edu, students can plan necessary courses that will transfer to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution. Credit may be granted for a current industry-recognized certification. See page 198 for information. Send credentials to the Records office. The following courses are required for this concentration; some courses fulfill General Education requirements: BIOL-101, BIOL-210, BIOL-211, HLTH-101, HLTH-201, and HLTH-210.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

Health Science Concentration Electives

  • Take 15 elective credits: Refer to ARTSYS and the receiving institution's catalog to select transferable courses as necessary to meet the 60 credit degree total.

General Education Diversity Requirement

  • Take 2 Diversity-designated General Education courses (courses used to satisfy other requirements may also satisfy this requirement):

Sharon Brunner, MS, ACSM-CPT

Education: MS, Towson University; BS, Ithaca College

Sharon Brunner has been teaching and managing the Health Science and Exercise Science program since 2008. She was an Adjunct Instructor and Program Coordinator for the department for almost a decade prior to her current full-time position. Mrs. Brunner, a Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Medicine Level I Professional through the American College of Sports Medicine, has over 25 years of experience as an exercise specialist, wellness coach and freelance health and fitness writer. She is known for her engaging teaching style in HES-105, HES-200, HLTH-101, HLTH-201, PHED-101 and HLTH-210. She also teaches many of the health online courses for the department.

Katelyn Dillon, MEd, LAT, ATC

Education: MEd, Auburn University; BS, James Madison University

Katelyn Dillon, a certified and licensed athletic trainer in Maryland, is an Instructor for Health Science and Exercise Science. She is the Athletic Trainer for Carroll’s intercollegiate sports program coming in Fall 2019. Prior to Carroll, she worked as an athletic trainer for Catholic University and Damascus High School and as a field services representative for DJO Global, a provider of orthopedic brace services. She brings significant knowledge and experience in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine. She teaches HLTH-101, HLTH-210, PHED-101 and HES-110.

Advisory Boards

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Business and Accounting Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.

Transfer

This program provides students with the background necessary for transfer into a four-year institution’s Health Science or Health Promotion program. 

Because four-year institutions vary in their requirements, Carroll Community College students are expected to check with their chosen transfer institution and consult a Carroll academic advisor and ARTSYS to select courses that will transfer toward their bachelor's degree. Most bachelor's degree institutions will accept 60 credits at transfer.

Additionally, this program provides students with preparation courses to earn the ACE Health Coach certification to begin working in the industry.

Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools in Maryland and across the country. Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by area of study.

Where Can You Go?

Careers in the Health Sciences include nutritionists, dietitians, community health educators and wellness coaches. Health Science graduates can find jobs in corporate wellness companies, state and local health departments, clinics, hospitals and as health coaching consultants.

According to the most recent salary report by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), Certified Health Coaches earn an average full-time salary of $52,000 per year. Most health science professionals have earned a bachelor degree or higher for career advancement. Nutritionist licensure requirements vary by state. On average, licensed nutritionists earn $56,000 annually.

To find jobs, search job seeker websites like simplyhired.com or glassdoor.com using the key words: health coach, wellness specialist, nutritionist, community health or health promotion.

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What does the AAS – Health Science Concentration program cost?

Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for the latest rates.  

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Which program course electives will transfer to a 4-year institution?

These following courses are highly recommended and are often part of a Health Science bachelor’s degree: COMM-105, Introduction to Speech Communication; HES-100, Emergency Care: First Aid, Safety & CPR; HES-230 Health Behavior & Coaching; HLTH-120, Holistic Health; HLTH-215, Human Sexuality; HLTH-225 Stress Management; MATH-115, Introduction to Statistics; PHED-101, Lifetime Fitness and Wellness; PSYC-101, General Psychology; and SOC-101, Introduction to Sociology. 

By using ARTSYS, students can best plan the necessary courses that will transfer to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution. Credit may be granted for a current industry-recognized certification.

Is financial aid available for the Health Science program?

The Financial Aid Office assists eligible students with meeting their college expenses. Financial assistance is provided through scholarships, grants and employment opportunities.

Mission

Health Science is an applied science that focuses on the study of the human body's ability to maintain or restore health and wellbeing. Sub-disciplines in this field include community and public health, workplace health promotion, health science research, epidemiology, complementary medicine and traditional medicine. This Health Science Concentration provides students with lower level coursework needed to pursue a baccalaureate degree and career in one or more of these sub-disciplines. Students who complete the required program, general education and highly recommended courses will be prepared to transfer to a four-year institution’s Health Science, Health Promotion, Community Health or Public Health program.  

HealthScienceImageGoals

  1. Students will identify the chronic disease risk factors.
  2. Students will apply health assessment methods.
  3. Students will examine cultural differences that influence health.
  4. Students will critique scholarly health science research.
  5. Student’s will interpret an individual’s readiness to change health behaviors.

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