Associate of Science in Health Studies

Are you interested in working in a health-related field? If so, the Associate of Science in Health Studies degree is the ideal program for you. The Health Studies curriculum allows students the flexibility to complete the entry-level general education requirements needed to enter other allied health programs at Mercyhurst North East, as well as the health-specific coursework needed to give them a well-rounded health education degree.

The Associate of Science in Health Studies can be used as a standalone degree or as an Allied Health track for students who are interested in gaining acceptance into a health program such as: Medical Laboratory Technician, Nursing, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, or Respiratory Therapist.  This degree can also be used as a completion Associate degree for those who earned a certificate degree in License Practical Nursing, Massage Therapy, or Medical Assisting.


The mission of this program is to provide students the remedial coursework needed to successfully gain acceptance into the allied health program of their choice, and give students the knowledge base to achieve their future professional goals. As program faculty, we strive to provide students with a well-rounded health education experience that focuses on critical thinking, effective communication, and collaboration that will make students highly employable.


The Health Studies program requires the following courses (39 credits):

  • MATH 102 Elementary Algebra OR
  • STAT 109 Introduction to Statistics
  • BIO 120/121 Human Biology Lecture/Lab OR
  • BIO 240/241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture/Lab
  • BIO 200/201 Microbiology Lecture/Lab OR
  • BIO 250/251 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture/Lab
  • BIO 297 Biology Capstone
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology OR
  • PSYC 211 Abnormal Psychology
  • Electives – Science or Health Science Courses (credits vary)
  • Electives – Science or Non-Science Courses (credits vary)

All students must also fulfill Mercyhurst’s REACH Curriculum core classes.

Job Outlook

In the United States, healthcare is one of the fastest-growing fields. Students who graduate from the Health Studies degree will be well equipped to pursue job opportunities in hospitals, clinics, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and insurance companies. Because of the vast number of job opportunities available in the health care field, students can cater their coursework for their ultimate career goal.

Students will be able to find jobs as:

  • Occupational, health and safety technicians
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Patient access and patient care representatives
  • Hospital unity secretaries
  • Social and human service assistants
  • Substance abuse and behavioral disorders counselors
  • Home health and laboratory aides and processors
  • Teacher aides/assistants (to help with children with special needs)
  • Childcare workers

Admissions Requirements

The Associate of Science in Health Studies program follows our standard admissions requirements for Mercyhurst North East, which include a high school diploma, a minimum GPA of 1.75, and either an ACT, SAT, or MNE Placement Test score. Official, final transcripts are required prior to the start of classes.

Transferring in from another college? Transfers are welcome in this program, assuming we get a final, official college transcript from each college you have attended. If you maintain an unpaid balance with another university/college, and cannot acquire a transcript, you will not be permitted to start classes.

Students may wish to enter the Associate of Science in Health Studies program before gaining acceptance into the allied health program of their choice. Students wishing to gain admittance into an allied health program from the ASHS program must follow that health program's admissions requirements before they can gain admission into that program's curriculum.

Program Outcomes

Students who complete the Associate of Science in Health Studies degree will be able to:

  • Accurately analyze data and communicate scientific and health-related findings using effective written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Apply critical and creative thinking skills to help develop solutions for issues and challenges that all health care facilities and individuals face.
  • Utilize knowledge gained in the social, behavioral, natural, and health sciences to serve as ethical, professional, and competent health care professionals.
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In addition to the REACH Curriculum general education courses in English and math, other coursework includes science-based courses in Human Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, and health profession-specific clinical courses

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Student will also complete courses in social sciences such as Psychology, Sociology, and Human Growth and Development

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Because this program offers students the flexibility to map their curriculum to their educational goals, they are able to seamlessly move general education credit from the Health Studies program into other allied health curricula without having to retake courses

Experience & Outcomes


Students are encouraged to complete an internship with a facility in the area in their desired field of study.

Versatile Program

Students receive hands-on training in a variety of fields, allowing them to experience a breadth of knowledge to decide which career path is best for them.

Employment Opportunities

Our recent grads work in a multitude of positions as Occupational, Health and Safety Technicians, Pharmacy Technicians, Patient Access and Patient Care Representatives, and many others.

Kari Dundore Shrout
Director, Mercyhurst North East Biology Department
Audrey Forbes-Cardinali
Tim Johnson
Kelly Lucore