AS in Health Sciences

The Associate of Science (AS) in Health Sciences is a degree completion program that requires successful completion of  78 credit hours, divided into three degree components:

  • Advanced Standing (60 credit hours)
  • General Education (12 credit hours)
  • Health Sciences Distance Education (60 credit hours)

Students are awarded 60 credits of academic credit for completion of an IDC "C" School. Students complete 12 credits of general education to finish the degree requirements.

Transferable Coursework (72 credit hour maximum)

For an assessment on the transferability of your previous coursework, please contact the program office. Coursework will be evaluated for transfer using the following criteria:

  • College-level
  • Academic in nature
  • Completed at a regionally accredited institution
  • Earned with a C or better (C- grades do not transfer)

Advanced Standing (60 credit hours)

During the first semester the student is enrolled in the program, advanced standing for military courses will be noted on the student’s record and applied towards the associate’s degree.

General Education (12 credit hours)

  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Mathematics or Statistics(3 credits)
  • Humanities or Social Sciences (3 credits)

If a student still needs general education coursework, GW offers online classes that satisfy all of the requirements. Students planning to apply to BSHS programs are strongly encouraged to complete general education courses at GW by following the ‘Recommended Coursework at GW’ curriculum.

Recommended Coursework at GW
(6 credit hour minimum; 3 credits each)

General Education

English Composition
  • HSCI 2112W: Writing in the Health Sciences
  • HSCI 4112W: Research and Writing in the Health Sciences
Mathematics or Statistics
  • HSCI 2115: Introduction to Biostatistics
Humanities or Social Sciences (choose one)
  • HSCI 2103: Health Policy and the Health Care System
  • HSCI 2105: Current Issues in Bioethics
  • HSCI 2107: Health Care in Literature
  • HSCI 2111: Development of the Health Care Profession

Health Sciences Distance Education (required; choose two)

  • HSCI 2101: Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness
  • HSCI 2102: Pathophysiology
  • HSCI 2103: Health Policy and the Health Care
  • HSCI 2104: Management of Health Science Services
  • HSCI 2105: Current Issues in Bioethics
  • HSCI 2108: Quality Improvement in Health
  • HSCI 2109: Trends and Innovations in Health
  • HSCI 2113: Informatics in the Health Sciences

HSCI 2013, and HSCI 2105 cannot be double-counted for a Humanities or Social Science requirement and a GW major course; they may only be used to complete one requirement.