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Health Sciences Broad Field

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Northland's Health Sciences Broad Field Associate in Science program prepares students for transfer to a variety of health and human service related baccalaureate degree programs. Examples include, but are not limited to nursing, social work, nutrition, corrections, health education, and exercise science. This program positions a student for pursuit of these and other high demand health and human service careers.

The curriculum includes instruction in the basic sciences and aspects of the subject matter related to various health occupations. Students completing the Health Sciences Broad Field Associate in Science degree can take advantage of several statewide articulation agreements with Minnesota State Universities and should work with an advisor in identifying these opportunities. In addition, if a student were to decide prior to their final semester of enrollment that an Associate of Arts degree would better fit their transfer needs, they may be able to complete this degree by making minor changes to their curriculum.

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Program Accreditation

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College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

While the Health Sciences Broad Field does not require it, some health sciences programs may require a C or better in all coursework in order to graduate from that program. Check specific program for requirement details.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
ANTH 2202 Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
BIOL 1111 Biological Prin I 4 credits
BIOL 2131 Nutrition 3 credits
BIOL 2221 Microbiology 3 credits
BIOL 2252 Anatomy & Phys I 3 credits
BIOL 2254 Anatomy & Phys II 3 credits
BIOL 2256 Advanced Physiology 2 credits
CHEM 2205 Survey Gen/Org/Bio Chm 4 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
HLTH 1106 Medical Terminology 2 credits
HLTH 2002 Pharmacology 2 credits
MATH 1110 College Algebra 3 credits
MATH 2203 Statistics 4 credits
PSYC 1105 Intro to Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 2201 Developmental Psychology 3 credits
SOCI 1101 Intro to Sociology 3 credits
SPCH 1101 Intro to Public Speaking 3 credits
  G6: Human/Fine Arts Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3 credits
  Program Specific Electives ( *See Elective Course Options Listed Below ) 6 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 60 credits

Program Specific Elective Course Options


Electives for this program may be selected from the following list of courses below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
EMTB 1101Emergency Medical Tech 6 credits
HLTH 1101Intro Health Professions 3 credits
HLTH 1105Intro Cardiovascular Tech 3 credits
HLTH 1108Cultural Diversity 1 credits
HLTH 1110Nursing Assistant 3 credits
HLTH 1140Electronic Health Records 3 credits
HLTH 2208Pathophysiology 3 credits
HPER 2250Prevent/Care Athletic Inj 3 credits
HPER 2270Health and Wellness 3 credits
OTAC 1001Intro to OT 2 credits
RADT 1110Intro Rad Tech/Pat Care 3 credits
RESP 1110Adult Critical Care 4 credits
SPCH 2205Intercultural Communicati 3 credits
SURT 1102Intro to Surgical Tech 2 credits

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives

PHIL 1102Intro to Ethics 3 credits
PHIL 2210Morals and Medicine 3 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

  1. Student will demonstrate effective critical thinking skills to solve a variety of problems.
  2. Student will use proper written and oral communication skills in a variety of situations.
  3. Student will examine cellular biology and genetics, human anatomy, physiology, and nutrition, and the role microorganisms play in our environment.
  4. Student will apply the general principles of organic and inorganic chemistry to human health and everyday life.
  5. Student will demonstrate practical problem solving using algebraic principles.
  6. Student will apply descriptive and inferential statistical methodologies.
  7. Student will examine and evaluate the varied human condition through cultural, social, psychological, and philosophical perspectives.
  8. Student will develop sound decision-making skills through studying essential social, psychological, scientific, and humanistic frameworks.
  9. Student will prepare for continued study in health science fields.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Job Openings

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Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Justin Berry
  • Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director
  • (218) 793-2565

Thief River Falls Campus

  • Kathleen Huschle
  • Biology/HPER/First Responder & Natural Science Instr.
  • (218) 683-8689