Jun 14, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Science, Associate of Science

The Health Science Degree option is designed for students contemplating a career in health care.

  • Students who pursue this degree can:

(a) advance their current employment opportunities or transfer to a four-year college/university to complete a baccalaureate degree.  PLEASE NOTE:  Each college/university’s eligibility requirements may vary.  Students are encouraged to contact individual college/university’s for these specifications.

(b) transition to an RN - Associate Degree in Nursing, upon achievement of selective admission criteria requirements and ranking of clinical applications.  Seats are limited and competitive.  Please visit the Health Science Education website at www.raritanval.edu/healthscience for more information on the selective admission process at RVCC.

(c) transition to an Allied Health Joint Degree Program with Rutgers University, upon achievement of Rutger’s required admission requirements. http://shrp.rutgers.edu/

Students who have completed previous coursework from an accredited post-secondary program with health science related credits may be able to transfer up to 9 credits.  These credits will be reviewed by the RVCC Registrar for eligibility to meet the RVCC Health Science degree requirements.  The Director of Allied Health and/or the Health Science Education Department chairperson may be consulted about the eligibility of these credits.

Graduates are able to:

  • enhance education and career opportunities through the general and liberal arts education component of the program
  • develop a foundation in the health sciences
  • acquire competencies in organizational management, computer application, medical terminology and other areas relevant to the profession
  • communicate effectively, think critically and problem solve across disciplines with consumers, providers, employees and other health care professionals with diverse cultural and/or educational backgrounds

Raritan Valley Community College Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree programs are designed to comply with the New Jersey Community Colleges General Education Foundation which supports transfer of courses to NJ Public four-year colleges and universities.  Students who intend to transfer to a NJ college or university can further improve the transfer of courses by using the Recommended Transfer Program (RTP) feature in NJTransfer.org.

NOTE: In addition to earning credit through the successful completion of RVCC courses, a student may be awarded credit toward an RVCC degree or certificate through alternative means.  For additional information please refer to our Alternative Academic Credit policies  .



Curriculum – A.S. Degree

Total Credits 60

1 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education  list. It is recommended to check with your intended transfer school for additional math, science or language requirements.

2 Health Science Specialization Electives:  Students must complete BIOL 142 Introduction to Nutrition  , HLTH 107 Pathophysiology  , and HLTH 150 Medical Terminology  .  Contact program coordinator for specifics and with any questions.

3 Math Proficiency:  Students must meet a minimum math proficiency of MATH 030 Intermediate Algebra  to register for MATH 110 Statistics I  .  Students wishing to apply to the nursing program must meet a minimum math proficiency of MATH 020 Elementary Algebra  .

*First and second semesters satisfy academic prerequisites for applying to the Nursing Program at RVCC. It is recommended that students pursuing the nursing program come to a Nursing Information Session and complete the ATI TEAS test no later than the end of the second semester, prior to any application deadlines. See www.raritanval.edu/healthscience for more details.