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Health Sciences

Health Sciences at UAS offers students in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka entry level training courses and preparatory programs for careers in health care.  Students acquire knowledge, skills, and learning opportunities in supportive classroom, laboratory, and clinical environments.  Popular courses include those which enable students to sit for state certifications such as Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training.  Students wishing to enter careers such as nursing and radiologic technology can take all of the pre- and co-requisite courses needed for successful application to either in-state or state-wide programs.

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Associate of Applied Science: Health Sciences

Associate degree programs are areas of study designed to prepare students academically for admission to a bachelor degree program.

Typically an associate degree program is 60 credits (two years).

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

The AAS in Health Sciences requires a minimum of 61 credits. Of these, 31 credits are in GERs, 20 credits are in biology and chemistry, and a minimum of 10 credits make up the core Health Science courses. 20 credits must be at the 200 level or above. At least 15 credits must be taken at UAS. Minimum grade of C (2.00) is required in all courses. A grade of C- is not considered passing.

As there are a limited number of 200+ level courses eligible in this degree, including the following courses into a plan of study will help students meet the 20 credit 200 level requirement: ENGL S211 or S212, COMM S235 or S237, PSY S250, BIOL S240, HS S203, S206, S291, and advisor approved GER courses.

Minimum Credit Hours61
General Education Requirements31
Science Requirements20
Major Requirements10

General Education Requirements

Written Communication Skills

ENGLS111Methods of Written Communication3

Select one from the following (3 credits):

ENGLS211Intermediate Composition: Writing about Literature3
ENGLS212Technical Report Writing (recommended)3

Oral Communication Skills

Select one from the following (3 credits):

COMMS111Fundamentals of Oral Communication*3
COMMS235Small Group Communication and Team Building*3
COMMS237Interpersonal Communication*3
COMMS241Public Speaking*3
* Grade of C (2.00) or better

Computational Skills

MATHS105Intermediate Algebra (or higher)4

Social Science

___S___Advisor-approved Social Science courses9

Fine Arts and Humanities

___S___Fine Arts course3
___S___Humanities course6-8

Science Requirements

BIOLS111Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOLS112Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIOLS240Introductory Microbiology4

Depending on career goal, select one of the following sequences with advisor:

CHEMS103Introduction to General Chemistry4
CHEMS104A Survey of Organic and Biochemistry4


CHEMS105General Chemistry I4
CHEMS106General Chemistry II4

Major Requirements

HSS102Fundamentals of CPR and First Aid1
HSS135Medical Terminology3
Note: HS S105, HS S118, and HS S119 may be substituted for HS S102

Select two from the following (6 credits):

HSS101Introduction to Health Sciences3
HSS203Science of Nutrition3
HSS206Introduction to Environmental Health3
HSS291Health Sciences Internship3

Optional Skills Training

HSS105Certified Nurse Aide Training9
HSS118ETT — First Responder3
HSS119Emergency Medical Technician6

UAS is an open enrollment institution, this means that you do not have to be in a UAS degree program to take a class. Anyone can take our classes as long as they meet the course pre-requisites.

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HS Classes: Fall - 2015

Basic CPR techniques and First Aid for controlling bleeding, shock, seizures, obstructed airway/choking, hot and cold-related emergencies, and diabetic crisis. Signs and symptoms of stroke and heart attack are reviewed, as is use of A.E.D. Safety and prevention practices are discussed. The course meets certification requirements for child care providers, outdoor guides, lifeguards, home health aides, group homes, and certified nurse aids. Course materials are derived from American Safety and Health Institute and American Heart Association guidelines.

5:00p - 9:30p
11/20 - 11/20
8:30a - 5:30p
11/21 - 11/21

Tuition and fees: $215 (additional charges may apply)

Trains students in basic skills needed to assist nurses and to be efficient health care team members. Successful students qualify to sit for the Alaska State Nurse Aide certification exam. Minimum 75 lecture hours and 80 lab/practicum hours.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval and completed application with criminal background check, health examination, current TB test and immunizations.

78514J01Christine Urata
Tue, Thu
10:30a - 4:30p
8/31 - 10/22
5:00p - 9:30p
10/23 - 10/23
8:30a - 5:30p
10/24 - 10/24
Tue, Thu
10:30a - 4:30p
10/27 - 11/3
Thu, Fri, Sat
6:00a - 2:30p
10/29 - 11/7
Tue, Thu
10:30a - 4:30p
11/10 - 12/10

Prerequisite: Instructor approval and completed application are required to register. Pick-up and return completed applications to the Health Sciences Program Coordinator at (907) 796-6128 or e-mail Completed applications include personal data, health screening form (including TB test), and criminal background check. Please note that clinical days will be from 6:30a to 2:30p.

Tuition and fees: $2260 (additional charges may apply)

78722T01Shelley Adams
5:30p - 8:30p
9/9 - 12/2

Tuition and fees: $1873 (additional charges may apply)

79091K01Suzanne Mickelson
Mon, Fri
8:00a - 5:00p
9/14 - 11/20

Overview and orientation required before students can register. Orientation on August 11 at noon or August 12 at 5:30pm or by appointment. English assessment may be required for acceptance. Registration opens April 20, 2015. Students are responsible for additional requirements and fees not included in the university tuition and fees. Full payment is due on or before first day of class. Students must meet with UAS staff prior to first day of class to return completed packet.

Tuition and fees: $2130 (additional charges may apply)

Non-laboratory overview of human structure and function. Includes the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Applicable only to Medical Assisting Certificate.

Prerequisite: HS S135 (C- or higher) or concurrent enrollment.

78728TD1Paul Bahna
6:00p - 8:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Non-laboratory overview of human structure and function. Includes the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Applicable only to Medical Assisting Certificate. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in HS S135 (or Please consult with Student Success Advisor. Web based online meetings. Students have the flexibility of attending live sessions as well as listening to the recorded sessions in archives. There is no lab section for this class. Students must have access to a computer with a microphone and the internet. Additional information is available at the course website: Order your textbooks at MBS Direct.

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

Focused coverage of quantitative methods in health care, including arithmetic review, percentages, interest, ratio, proportion, dimensional analysis, metric system, medication calculation, graphs, charts and measurement instruments.

Prerequisite: Placement into MATH S054 or higher, or instructor permission.

78730TD1Bev Siercks
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $630 (additional charges may apply)

An introduction to root forms, prefixes and suffixes, and medical abbreviations. Focus is on terminology of body systems related to symptomatology, diseases and treatment.

Prerequisite: Placement at ENGL S110 or higher.

78521J01Cindy Cork
Mon, Wed
5:30p - 7:00p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

80232T01Shelley Adams
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $190 (additional charges may apply)

Introduction to nutrition as a health science. Students examine the basic principles of nutrition as they relate to human needs and behaviors throughout the life cycle. Some elements of clinical nutrition are explored. Meets the nutrition requirement for nursing and other health science majors.

Prerequisite: CHEM S103. BIOL S103 recommended.

78724TD1Lisa Sadleir Hart
5:15p - 7:15p
8/31 - 12/12

CHEM S103 and BIOL S103 highly recommended but not required. Go to

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

An overview of the relationship of people to their environment, how it affects their physical well-being and what they can do to influence environmental quality and to enhance public health protection. Examines health problems associated with chemical, physical and biological agents, how they impact food safety, infectious disease, air quality, water quality and land resources in community and occupational settings. Policies intended to improve public health through mitigation of environmental impacts are also discussed.

Prerequisite: ENGL S110.

78524J01Clint Farr
5:30p - 8:15p
8/31 - 12/12

Tuition and fees: $570 (additional charges may apply)

Students are employed (paid or unpaid) in either a facility or community-based healthcare setting. Students work in an approved agency, under supervision of both a qualified professional at work and a faculty sponsor. Requires 50 clock hours per credit.

Prerequisite: Admission to HS program and faculty permission via approval form.

78525J01Christine Urata
8/31 - 12/12

Available for 3 to 6 credits, to be determined at time of registration. Prerequisite: Admission to the Health Sciences program and a signed Special Course Contract required with registration.

Tuition and fees per credit hour: $190; (additional charges may apply)


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