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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

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

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:

1952.10 Health Information Administration Pathway

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.
RecommendationsArea D:
  • Recommended courses:
    • CHEM 1151 Survey of Chemistry I (3) and CHEM 1151 Survey of Chemistry I Lab (1)
    • CHEM 1152] Survey of Chemistry II (3) and CHEM 1152 Survey of Chemistry II Lab (1)
Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18)
  1. Required Courses (14):
    • ACCT 2101 Principles of Accounting I (3)
    • BIOL 2110 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3) and BIOL 2110L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1)
    • BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3) and BIOL 2120L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1)
    • CIS 2010 Introduction to Information Systems (3)
  2. Select from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • ACCT 2102 Principles of Accounting II (3)
    • BUSA 2106 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (3)
    • CSC 2010 An Introduction to the Discipline of Computer Science (3)
    • Any Biological Science course and lab not already used in Area D (4)
    • Any Area E course not already used (3)
 

1952.20 Health Science Professions Pathway

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) 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) and CHEM 1151 Survey of Chemistry I Lab (1)
    • CHEM 1152] Survey of Chemistry II (3) and CHEM 1152 Survey of Chemistry II Lab (1)
    • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3)
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)
  1. Required Courses (15):
    • BIOL 2110 Anatomy & Physiology I (3) and BIOL 2110L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1)
    • BIOL 2120 Anatomy & Physiology II (3) and BIOL 2120L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1)
    • BIOL 2300] Microbiology and Public Health (3) and BIOL 2310 Microbiology and Public Health Lab (1)
    • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3)
  2. Select from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • KH 2006 Advanced First Aid and Emergency Care (3)
    • KH 2022 Personal Health and Wellness (3)
    • PHYS 1111 Introductory Physics I (3) and PHYS 1111L Introductory Physics I Lab (1)
    • Any Biological Science course and lab not already used in Area D (4)
All separate lecture and lab course combinations above are commonly offered as a combined course at Georgia State University-Atlanta (e.g., BIOL 2107KCHEM 1211K. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are considered equivalent courses.

1952.30 Medical Technology Pathway

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) Recommendations Area A:
  • Required course: MATH 1112 College Trigonometry (3), MATH 1113 Precalculus (3), or any higher-level mathematics course) (3)
Area D:
  • Recommended courses:
    • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3) and CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1)
    • CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II (3) and CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1)
    • MATH 2201 Calculus for the Life Sciences I (4) or MATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (4), if not already taken in Area A
Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18)
  1. Carry over from Areas A and/or D (1-2):
    • 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):
    • BIOL 2107 Principles of Biology I (3) and BIOL 2107 Principles of Biology I Lab (1)
    • BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3) and BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1)
    • BIOL 2300 Microbiology and Public Health (3) and BIOL 2310 Microbiology and Public Health Lab (1)
    • CHEM 2400 Organic Chemistry I (3) and CHEM 2400L Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)
  3. Select the following to complete 18 hours in Area F, if needed:
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 2107LCHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211K) are commonly offered as a combined course at Georgia State University-Atlanta (e.g., BIOL 2107KCHEM 1211K. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are considered equivalent courses.

1952.40 Radiologic Sciences Pathway

Associate of Science, Pathway – Health Sciences/Radiologic Sciences

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42) Recommendations Area A:
  • Required course: MATH 1112 College Trigonometry (3), MATH 1113 Precalculus (3), or any higher-level mathematics course) (3)
Area D:
  • Recommended courses:
    • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3) and CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1)
    • CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II (3) and CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1)
    • MATH 2201 Calculus for the Life Sciences I (4) or MATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (4), if not already taken in Area A
Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18)
  1. Carry over from Areas A and/or D (1-2):
    • 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):
    • BIOL 2110 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3) and BIOL 2110 Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1)
    • BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3) and BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1)
  3. Select one of the following sequences (8): or
    • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3) and CHEM 1211L Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1) (If not taken in Area D)
    • CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II (3) and CHEM 1212L Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1) (If not taken in Area D)
  4. Select the following to complete 18 hours in Area F, if needed:
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 2107KCHEM 1211K. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are considered equivalent courses.

1952.50 Respiratory Therapy Pathway

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) Recommendations Area A:
  • Required course: MATH 1112 College Trigonometry (3), MATH 1113 Precalculus (3), or any higher-level mathematics course) (3)
Area D:
  • Recommended courses:
    • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3) and CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1)
    • CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II (3) and CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1)
    • MATH 2201 Calculus for the Life Sciences I (4) or MATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (4), if not already taken in Area A
Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18)
  1. Carry over from Areas A and/or D (1-2):
    • 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):
    • BIOL 2110 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (3) and BIOL 2110 Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1)
    • BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (3) and BIOL 2120 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1)
    • BIOL 2300 Microbiology and Public Health (3) and BIOL 2310 Microbiology and Public Health Lab (1)
  3. Select from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • BIOL 2107 Principles of Biology I (3) and BIOL 2107L Principles of Biology I Lab (1)
    • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3) and CHEM 1211L Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1)
    • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3)
    • PHYS 1111 Introductory Physics I (3) and PHYS 1111L Introductory Physics I Lab (1)
    • PSYC 2103 Introduction to Human Development (3)
    • Any science course and lab from Area D not already used (4)
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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