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  Feb 24, 2018
2017-2018 VSCC Catalog

Health Sciences - A.A.S.

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The College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree as a career ladder for persons who have successfully completed their program of study in Dental Assistant, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, EMT-Paramedic or Sleep Diagnostics.  The above certificates have credit hours that will transfer to the AAS-Health Sciences Degree.  A total of up to 32 hours from the certificate may be applied to the required degree hours.  Additional hours within that certificate may be applied to satisfy the elective degree hours as prescribed by the accrediting agency or advisor. This degree is designed to assist Health Sciences and Emergency Service workers with their general and continuing education.  For more information refer to the Health Sciences Associate of Applied Science Degrees  section in the catalog.

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile (ETSP). More information can be found at

General Education Requirements - Credits (16)

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts    Credits: (3)
  • Natural Sciences    BIOL 2010 Preferred - See Advisor.  Credits: (4)
  • One additional General Education course from any of the above categories (May include Communication, Math or Social/Behavioral Sciences)  Credits: (3)

Additional Degree Requirements - Credits (44)

  • Hours Transferred from one of the following Certificates:  Dental Assistant (48), Diagnostic Medical Sonography (49), Paramedic (43),  or Sleep Diagnostics (31)   Credits: (31-32 hours)
  • Additional Elective Hours - may be from certificate; one of the following departments: Math, Natural Sciences, or Health Sciences; or Advisor Approved. Credits: (12-13 hours)

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (60)

Students may be awarded up to 31-32 hours of credit based on their certification in Dental Assistant, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Paramedic Technology, or Sleep Diagnostics.

Computer Literacy Requirement

See for Computer Literacy Requirements

Career and Salary Information

The following is a list of some of the career choices that may be obtained upon completion of this program. Please visit the following website  or speak to an advisor for additional career opportunities, salary information and education requirements.  Salaries are not guaranteed. 

Career Beginning Salary Experienced Salary Median
Dental Assistant $23,610 $34,600
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer $43,140 $60,620
Registered Polysomnographic Technologist $31,110 $50,860


Recommended Schedule

This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.  See your advisor to create a degree plan.

Semester I - Credits (16)

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (See General Education Requirements in Catalog)  Credits: (3)
  • Natural Sciences (BIOL 2010 preferred.  See Advisor)  Credits: (4)
  • One additional course from Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, or Social/Behavioral Sciences (May include Communication or Math)  Credits: (3)

Additional Degree Requirements - Credits (44)

  • See Additional Degree Requirements Above

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