With the Associate Degree in General Studies: Health Specialization, you can earn various certificates to enter the workforce while continuing your health path to complete your associate degree. You can choose from various health program electives to meet the requirements of your specific health specialization. This program will provide you with focused advising as you pursue your degree and/or simultaneously earn a certificate to enter the workforce.
Students who attend the General Studies: Health Specialization program through iHealth&@NECC can complete their course work in hybrid/blended learning courses.Hybrid or blended learning courses combine on-line work with in-class meetings and laboratory sessions.
Depending on the specialization chosen, you may be eligible to earn credentials as licensed or certified phlebotomist, EKG technician, dental assistant, medical biller, medical coder, medical laboratory technician, registered nurse, practical nurse, sleep technologist radiologic technologist, respiratory therapist, paramedic,, emergency medical technician, ophthalmic assistant, community health workers, clinical research coordinators, or medical assistant. You will also be prepared to transfer to earn your bachelor’s degree if you choose.
Starting in the fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.
Program science courses must be completed within five (5) years prior to the anticipated start date of the program to count towards completing the certificate or associate degree. Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all career and science courses in order to graduate. A minimum of 62 credit hours are required to graduate with the Associate in Arts in General Studies: Health Specialization. The actual number of credits will vary depending on the health specialization chosen.
Students enrolled in their academic program may be required to pass a drug screening analysis.
Students are required to be CPR certified at the Health care Provider/Professional Rescuer level for specific Associate Degree and/or Certificate health specializations selected.
Students must meet both the college and the Division of Health Professions immunization requirements prior to entering specific Associate Degree and/or Certificate health specializations and/or prior to the start of any semester that has a clinical/externship component.
Student Professional Liability Insurance
Students are required to carry professional liability insurance if a course requires it. The premium is to be paid at the time of course registration.
Students interested in participating in this program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check, and a Sex Offender Record Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit the CORI/SORI/CHRI page on the NECC website
Northern Essex Community College is committed to the success of every student. Students with legal issues in their background will meet with a committee as part of the CORI/SORI/CHRI process and will receive guidance and counseling throughout the review of their records. NECC personnel make every effort to help students prepare for careers in their chosen field. Students are encouraged to seek assistance and support.
|Course #||Course Name||Credits||Comments|
|ENG101||English Composition I||3|
|ENG102||English Composition II||3||Prerequisite|
|HES102||Learning Strategies for Success in Healthcare Careers||3||Offered in iHealth only|
|HES103||RICCS: Preparing for Success in a Healthcare Career||1|
|HES108||Introduction to Healthcare Services||3|
|HES201||Healthcare Law & Ethics||3|
|Program Electives (4)||12/16||Choose 4 Program Elective courses at the level listed or higher: BIO220, CHW100, CRC101, CTA201, CLS101, CVT101, DAS101, EMT101, HES103, MAS100, MRT103, NUR110, OPT101, PNS105, PSG101, RSC100, RTA110|
|Science Electives (2)||7/8||
Choose 2 Science Elective courses at the level listed or higher: BIO101, CHM111, PHS111.
Students cannot use any of the following courses: BIO108, BIO111, BIO112, BIO117, BIO215, BIO230, BIO280, SCI100 through SCI299, or ERS100 through ERS299
|Behavioral Science Electives (2)||6||PSY101 and PSY200 recommended for CRC students|
|Math Elective||3/4||MAT120 or higher|
|History & Government Elective||3|
|Humanities Electives (2)||6|
|Free Elective||3/4||CIS110, CIS112. CIS113, or CIS210 is recommended|
Students have a great amount of flexibility in developing their course sequence depending on the certificate or Associate degree chosen.
|Year 1||Fall||ENG101, HES102, HES115, Science Elective|
|Spring||ENG102, HES108, Science Elective, Behavioral Science Elective|
|Summer||Behavioral Science Elective, Humanities Elective|
|Year 2||Fall||HES201, Math Elective, Literature Elective, Program Electives|
|Spring||HES103, History & Government (Social Science Elective), Free Elective, Program Electives|