Health Sciences (A.S.)

Health Sciences Course Descriptions

The Associate of Science in Health Sciences degree was developed as an entry point for students wishing to prepare for a career in healthcare. Five tracks within healthcare have been developed: 

  1. Administration with stackable certified concentrations in:      
    1. Cardiac Rhythm Analysis Technician (CRAT)
    2. Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)
    3. Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS)
    4. Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA);  
  2. General/Military
  3. Nutrition 
  4. Occupational Therapy Assistant
  5. Respiratory Therapy

Tracks 1 through 3 fully matriculate to a respective BS with a major in Health Science degree plan.

Major Requirements for the Health Sciences Major

A. University Core Curriculum

Refer to the Core Curriculum course options listed in the Institutional Policies section of this catalog.

B. Select one of the following study tracks (I through V):

I. Administration Track:

a. 10 semester hours from the following:
BIOL 1401Diversity of Life and Laboratory

HSCI 2310Health Sciences I

HSCI 2320Health Sciences II

b. 30 semester hours Health-Area-Specialization:

The Administration track is designed to provide knowledge and skills required for specific certification examination eligibility.

HSCI 2312Medical Terminology

HSCI 2315Medical Coding

HSCI 2317Medical Insurance Practice

HSCI 2327Introduction to the Electronic Health Record

HSCI 2330HIPAA Compliance and Certification

HSCI 2340Information Technology and Systems

HSCI 3305Basic Cardiac Rhythm Interpretation

HSCI 3310Healthcare Organizations and Administration

HSCI 3315Introduction to Administrative Medical Assisting

HSCI 3317Healthcare Communication

HSCI 3320Healthcare Data Management

HSCI 3340Third Party Payment Systems

HSCI 3355Healthcare Ethics and Law

II. General-Military Track:

a. 10 semester hours chosen from the following:
BIOL 1401Diversity of Life and Laboratory

HSCI 2310Health Sciences I

HSCI 2320Health Sciences II

b. Up to 42 hours of Health Area Specialization

The General/Military track is designed for the working allied healthcare practitioner who may have previously earned a recognizable specialty certification and/or completed military training and experience, but desires an associate degree.

Courses consist of transfer college work or appropriate military experience credit in an area of allied health science.  Consult with your academic adviser to determine appropriate courses.

III. Nutrition Track:

a. 10 semester hours from the following:
BIOL 1401Diversity of Life and Laboratory

HSCI 2310Health Sciences I

HSCI 2320Health Sciences II

b. 18 hours of Health Area Specialization

The Nutrition track is designed for entry-level jobs in a variety of areas with a focus on nutrition.  The AS degree with a major in Health Science and a concentration in nutrition does not meet the Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD) requirements for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

NUTR 2300Introduction to Health Professions

NUTR 2310Introduction to Nutrition Science

NUTR 2340Food Culture and Disease in America

NUTR 2350Nutrition for Health, Fitness and Sport

NUTR 3300Life Cycle Nutrition for Health Care

NUTR 3360Integrated Approach to Weight Management

IV. Occupational Therapy Assistant Track:

a. 13 semester hours from the following:
OCTA 1310Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy

OCTA 1625Client analysis and Reasoning

OCTA 2321Anatomy and Physiology for Occupational Therapy

OCTA 2121Anatomy and Physiology Lab for Occupational Therapy

b. 29 hours of Health Area Specialization

The Occupational Therapy Assistant track is only available for military students at the Medical Education and Training Campus.

OCTA 1510Client Conditions

OCTA 1620Client Evaluation/Assessment

OCTA 1720Client Interventions

OCTA 2CLNClinical

V. Respiratory Therapy Track:

a. 11 semester hours from the following:
RESP 1230Respiratory Therapy Fundamentals I

RESP 1330Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology I

RESP 1430Respiratory Therapy Fundamentals II

RESP 2250Respiratory Pharmacology

b. 21 hours of Health Area Specialization

The Respiratory Therapy track is only available for military students at the Medical Education and Training Campus.

RESP 2240Physical Assessment

RESP 1340Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology II

RESP 2220Airway Management

RESP 2310Diagnostic Monitoring

RESP 1220Mechanical Ventilation I

RESP 1350Mechanical Ventilation II

RESP 1130Community Health

RESP 1150Introduction to Research

RESP 1250Clinical/Practicum I

RESP 1260Clinical/Practicum II

C. General electives to meet 60 total credit hours for the degree

Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours at UIW where 24 of the final 30 hours are taken at UIW.  Active-duty military must take a minimum of 15 hours at UIW.

D. 22 Clock hours of Community Service is required

Specialization Curriculum Required for Certification Exam Eligibility


CEHRSCBCSCMAACRAT HSCI 2312
 Medical Terminology
    X   X     X      HSCI 2315 Medical Coding
        X    X  HSCI 2317 Medical Insurance Practice
      X    X  HSCI 2327
 Introduction to the Electronic Health Record
              HSCI 2330
 HIPAA Compliance and Certification
    X    X    X  HSCI 2340 Healthcare Data Management    X          HSCI 3305 Basic Cardiac Rhythm Interpretation      X HSCI 3310
 Healthcare Organizations and Administration    X    X     X   HSCI 3315
 Introduction to Administrative Medical Assisting      X  HSCI 3317 Healthcare Communication    X   X     X   HSCI 3320 Healthcare Data Management    X    HSCI 3340 Third Party Payment Systems     X    X  HSCI 3355
 Healthcare Ethics and the Law
    X    X    X 
CEHRSCBCSCMAACRAT HSCI 2312
 Medical Terminology
    X   X     X      HSCI 2315 Medical Coding
        X    X  HSCI 2317 Medical Insurance Practice
      X    X  HSCI 2327
 Introduction to the Electronic Health Record
              HSCI 2330
 HIPAA Compliance and Certification
    X    X    X  HSCI 2340 Healthcare Data Management    X          HSCI 3305 Basic Cardiac Rhythm Interpretation      X HSCI 3310
 Healthcare Organizations and Administration    X    X     X   HSCI 3315
 Introduction to Administrative Medical Assisting      X  HSCI 3317 Healthcare Communication    X   X     X   HSCI 3320 Healthcare Data Management    X    HSCI 3340 Third Party Payment Systems     X    X  HSCI 3355
 Healthcare Ethics and the Law
    X    X    X 

Completion of the specified courses will satisfy the minimum certification examination requirements.  Testing centers not affiliated with UIW will offer the exam and award the certification(s) following successful examination.

  CEHRS CBCS CMAA CRAT
HSCI 2312  
 Medical Terminology
    X     X     X  
HSCI 2315
 Medical Coding
         X     X  
HSCI 2317
 Medical Insurance Practice
      X     X  
HSCI 2327  Introduction to the Electronic Health Record
    X     X     X  
HSCI 2330
 HIPAA Compliance and Certification
    X     X     X  
HSCI 3305
 Basic Cardiac Rhythm Interpretation
          X
HSCI 3310  Heathcare Organizations and Administration     X     X
    X  
HSCI 3315  Introduction to Administrative Medical Assisting         X  
HSCI 3317  Healthcare Communication      X     X     X  
HSCI 3320  Healthcare Data Management      X      
HSCI 3321  Information Systems for the Health Sciences      X     X    
HSCI 3340  Third Party Payment Systems       X     X  
HSCI 3355  Healthcare Ethics and the Law       X     X     X