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What is Health Sciences?

Health Sciences involve the use of technology to diagnose, treat, heal and record a wide variety of diseases and medical conditions. Patients and their health care professionals depend on these technologies to ensure proper care.

Why Study Health Sciences?

Perimeter College offers a health sciences pathway that constitutes the first two years of a four-year Allied Health degree that must be completed at a four-year university.

Within Perimeter’s Health Sciences pathway, students may focus on:

  • Health Information Administration
  • Health Science Professions (Not for pre-med, pre-dent, or pre-pharm)
  • Medical Technology
  • Radiologic Sciences
  • Respiratory Therapy

The Health Sciences pathway leads to an Associate of Science degree.

Careers in Health Sciences

Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.3 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations will add more jobs than any other group of occupations. This growth is expected due to an aging population and because federal health insurance reform should increase the number of individuals who have access to health insurance. For more information about careers in healthcare and health sciences, visit the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm

Campuses on which each is offered:
Offered on Alpharetta, Clarkston, DeKalb, Dunwoody, Newton and online (although some science courses may require on-campus attendance).

Health Sciences Pathways

Courses:

Associate of Science, Pathway – Health Sciences/Health Information Administration

This pathway constitutes the first two years of a four-year Allied Health degree that must be completed at a four-year university. Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours) Recommendations Area D:
  • Recommended courses:
    • CHEM 1151 Survey of Chemistry I (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1151 Survey of Chemistry I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • CHEM 1152 Survey of Chemistry II (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1152 Survey of Chemistry II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)
  1. Required Courses (14 Credit Hours):
    • ACCT 2101 Principles of Accounting I (3 Credit Hours)
    • BIOL 2110 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2110L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2120L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • CIS 2010 Introduction to Information Systems (3 Credit Hours)
  2. Select from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • ACCT 2102 Principles of Accounting II (3 Credit Hours)
    • BUSA 2106 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (3 Credit Hours)
    • CSC 2010 An Introduction to the Discipline of Computer Science (3 Credit Hours)
    • Any Biological Science course and lab not already used in Area D (4 Credit Hours)
    • Any Area E course not already used (3 Credit Hours)

Associate of Science, Pathway – Health Sciences/Health Science Professions

This pathway constitutes the first two years of a four-year Allied Health degree that must be completed at a four-year university. Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours) Recommendations Area B:
  • Recommended course:PHIL 1010 Critical Thinking
Area C:
  • Recommended courses:PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics
Area D:
  • Recommended courses:
    • CHEM 1151 Survey of Chemistry I (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1151 Survey of Chemistry I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • CHEM 1152 Survey of Chemistry II (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1152 Survey of Chemistry II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3 Credit Hours)
Area E:
  • Recommended courses:
    • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology is a required course in Area F. Students should chose a different course in Area E.
    • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology is recommended for students who may  pursue a career in Dental Hygiene at Perimeter College.
Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)
  1. Required Courses (15 Credit Hours):
    • BIOL 2110 Anatomy & Physiology I (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2110L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • BIOL 2120 Anatomy & Physiology II (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2120L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • BIOL 2300 Microbiology and Public Health (3 Credit Hours) andBIOL 2310 Microbiology and Public Health Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  2. Select from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • KH 2006 Advanced First Aid and Emergency Care (3 Credit Hours)
    • KH 2022 Personal Health and Wellness (3 Credit Hours)
    • PHYS 1111 Introductory Physics I (3 Credit Hours) and PHYS 1111L Introductory Physics I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • Any Biological Science course and lab not already used in Area D (4 Credit Hours)
All separate lecture and lab course combinations above are commonly offered as a combined course at Georgia State University-Atlanta (e.g., BIOL 2107K; CHEM 1211K. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are considered equivalent courses.  

Associate of Science, Pathway – Health Sciences/Medical Technology

This pathway constitutes the first two years of a four-year Allied Health degree that must be completed at a four-year university. Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours) Recommendations Area A:
  • Required course: MATH 1112 College Trigonometry (3 Credit Hours), MATH 1113 Precalculus (3 Credit Hours), or any higher-level mathematics course) (3 Credit Hours)
Area D:
  • Recommended courses:
    • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • MATH 2201 Calculus for the Life Sciences I (4 Credit Hours) or MATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (4 Credit Hours), if not already taken in Area A
Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)
  1. Carry over from Areas A and/or D (1-2 Credit Hours):
    • Students will carry one additional credit hour over to Area F for each 4-credit-hour mathematics course taken in Area A and/or Area D.
  2. Required Courses (16 Credit Hours):
    • BIOL 2107 Principles of Biology I (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2107 Principles of Biology I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • BIOL 2300 Microbiology and Public Health (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2310 Microbiology and Public Health Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • CHEM 2400 Organic Chemistry I (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 2400L Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
  3. Select the following to complete 18 hours in Area F, if needed:
    • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics
Special Note: Students should speak with a science advisor prior to taking their Human Anatomy & Physiology course. All separate lecture and lab course combinations above (e.g., BIOL 2107 and BIOL 2107L; CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211K) are commonly offered as a combined course at Georgia State University-Atlanta (e.g., BIOL 2107K; CHEM 1211K. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are considered equivalent courses.

Associate of Science, Pathway – Health Sciences/Radiologic Sciences

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours) Recommendations Area A:
  • Required course:MATH 1112 College Trigonometry (3 Credit Hours), MATH 1113 Precalculus (3 Credit Hours), or any higher-level mathematics course) (3 Credit Hours)
Area D:
  • Recommended courses:
    • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • MATH 2201 Calculus for the Life Sciences I (4 Credit Hours) orMATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (4 Credit Hours), if not already taken in Area A
Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)
  1. Carry over from Areas A and/or D (1-2 Credit Hours):
    • Students will carry one additional credit hour over to Area F for each 4-credit-hour mathematics course taken in Area A and/or Area D.
  2. Required Courses (8 Credit Hours):
    • BIOL 2110 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2110 Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
  3. Select one of the following sequences (8 Credit Hours):
    • PHYS 1111 Introductory Physics I (3 Credit Hours) andPHYS 1111L Introductory Physics I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • PHYS 1112 Introductory Physics II (3 Credit Hours) and PHYS 1112L Introductory Physics II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
or
  • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1211L Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1 Credit Hour) (If not taken in Area D)
  • CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1212L Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1 Credit Hour) (If not taken in Area D)
  1. Select the following to complete 18 hours in Area F, if needed:
    • MATH 1070Elementary Statistics (3 Credit Hours)
All separate lecture and lab course combinations above (e.g., CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211K) are commonly offered as a combined course at Georgia State University-Atlanta (e.g., BIOL 2107K; CHEM 1211K. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are considered equivalent courses.

Associate of Science, Pathway – Health Sciences/Respiratory Therapy

This pathway constitutes the first two years of a four-year Allied Health degree that must be completed at a four-year university. Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours) Recommendations Area A:
  • Required course: MATH 1112 College Trigonometry (3 Credit Hours), MATH 1113 Precalculus (3 Credit Hours), or any higher-level mathematics course) (3 Credit Hours)
Area D:
  • Recommended courses:
    • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • MATH 2201 Calculus for the Life Sciences I (4 Credit Hours) orMATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (4 Credit Hours), if not already taken in Area A
Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)
  1. Carry over from Areas A and/or D (1-2 Credit Hours):
    • Students will carry one additional credit hour over to Area F for each 4-credit-hour mathematics course taken in Area A and/or Area D.
  2. Required Courses (12 Credit Hours):
    • BIOL 2110 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2110 Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • BIOL 2300 Microbiology and Public Health (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2310 Microbiology and Public Health Lab (1 Credit Hour)
  3. Select from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • BIOL 2107 Principles of Biology I (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2107L Principles of Biology I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1211L Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3 Credit Hours)
    • PHYS 1111 Introductory Physics I (3 Credit Hours) and PHYS 1111L Introductory Physics I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • PSYC 2103 Introduction to Human Development (3 Credit Hours)
    • Any science course and lab from Area D not already used (4 Credit Hours)
All separate lecture and lab course combinations above (e.g., BIOL 2107 and BIOL 2107L; CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211K) are commonly offered as a combined course at Georgia State University-Atlanta (e.g., BIOL 2107K; CHEM 1211K. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are considered equivalent courses.  

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