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Health Sciences Broad Field

The 60-credit A.S. degree delivers a comprehensive base of coursework that will prepare you to pursue a more advanced degree on a wide range of career paths in healthcare-related fields.

Health Sciences Broad Field

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The Health Sciences Broadfield Associate of Science (A.S.) degree provides you with a broad base of coursework relevant to the field of health sciences. You may use the degree to transfer to a variety of upper-division majors at a four-year university. The degree is ideal if you haven’t yet decided on a specific field in the health sciences.

According to Public Health Online: "Health science refers to a large group of disciplines related to the delivery of health care to humans and animals through the application of science, engineering, mathematics and technology. Health science encompasses a broad range of occupations and specializations. And with an ever-growing and aging population, the need for skilled professionals is booming in almost every area of the field."

"Health science is an unusually broad field with an almost unlimited range of professional and occupational choices, which means there are plenty of options for those seeking a less conventional career path. In fact, the growing need for greater specialization allows almost anyone to leverage a particular skill, talent or interest in a satisfying and lucrative health sciences career."

A statewide articulation agreement for the Health Sciences Broadfield A.S. degree exists with 26 programs at six universities within the Minnesota State system.1 Visit Transfer (see tab above) to learn more.

1 An articulation agreement is a formal agreement between two or more educational entities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program.


A.S., Health Sciences Broad Field – 60 credits

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Required Health Sciences Curriculum – 53-55 credits

Course Number Title Credits
ENG 1108 Writing and Research Skills 4 cr
COMM 1100 OR
COMM 1110 OR
COMM 2230
Interpersonal Communication OR
Public Speaking OR
Small Group Communication
3 cr
BIOL 1120 OR
BIOL 1154
Exploring BiologyOR
Principles of Biology I
4 cr
BIOL 2201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 cr
BIOL 2202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 cr
BIOL 2205 OR
BIOL 2305
Microbiology OR
Principles of Microbiology
4-5 cr
CHEM 1010 OR
CHEM 1061
Introduction to Chemistry OR
Principles of Chemistry
4-5 cr
MATH 1103 Statistics 4 cr
MATH 1118 College Algebra I 4 cr
PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology 4 cr
PSYC 1210 Lifespan Development 4 cr
SOC 1100 Introduction to Sociology 4 cr
PHIL 1112 Ethics 3 cr
HLTH 1110 Nutrition 3 cr
Total Credits: 53-55 credits

General Electives - 5-7 credits

Electives may be courses numbered 1000 level or higher from any discipline. It is recommended to consult with a counselor or advisor on the best choices for your intended goals. Some of the following courses may be chosen to compliment the degree or satisfy transfer requirements for your intended career or major choice.

Course Number Title Credits
Courses that fulfill additional MnTC requirements (Goal 1b, 6, 8, & 10)  
BIOL/HCM 1111 Medical Terminology 2 cr
COMM 2240 Intercultural Communication 3 cr
NURS 1001 Nursing Assistant 5 cr
ANTH 2130 Introduction to Medical Anthropology 3 cr
Total Credits: 5-7 credits

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Health Sciences Job Options and Career Paths

Health sciences majors have a huge selection of career paths to follow. Employment opportunities range from direct contact with patients in a clinical setting to team-based endeavors in a corporate environment.

Healthcare is a tremendously diverse industry. That means health sciences grads have the capacity shift gears to find their ideal position as life goals and interests evolve.

Minnesota State CAREERwise lists nearly 100 potential career paths.

Potential careers

Below are just a few examples of possible career paths that can start with completing the Health Care Core Curriculum at Inver Hills.

Why Inver Hills?

Completing your Health Sciences Broadfield A.S. degree obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. You will receive an excellent education with one-on-one interactions with expert, student-focused faculty in the areas of chemistry, biology, psychology, mathematics, sociology, philosophy, communications and more
  2. You will get hands-on experience developing the skill set you need to continue your education as a junior at a four-year university in the health-sciences major that interests you the most
  3. You will be prepared to pursue career options in a wide range of healthcare fields
  4. You will save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt

On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.56 trillion with 44.7 million borrowers. Minnesota is ranked ninth in the nation with an average student loan debt topping $32,000.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs less than $5,500. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. faculty and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars.

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