Health Sciences Broad Field

  • Credits: 60
  • Degree Type: A.S.
  • Campus: East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls, Online

Program Overview

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 Course Listings

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Required Courses

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

Area of Interest Elective Course Options

For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
G6: Humanities/Fine Arts Electives
PHIL 1102 Intro to Ethics 3
PHIL 2210 Morals and Medicine 3
Area of Interest Electives
EMTB 1101 Emergency Medical Tech 6
HLTH 1101 Intro Health Professions 3
HLTH 1105 Intro Cardiovascular Tech 3
HLTH 1108 Cultural Diversity 1
HLTH 1110 Nursing Assistant 3
HLTH 1140 Electronic Health Records 3
HLTH 2208 Pathophysiology 3
HPER 2250 Prevent/Care Athletic Inj 3
HPER 2270 Health and Wellness 3
OTAC 1001 Intro to OT 2
RADT 1110 Intro Rad Tech/Pat Care 3
RESP 1110 Adult Critical Care 4
SPCH 2205 Intercultural Communicati 3
SURT 1102 Intro to Surgical Tech 2

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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.


  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.

Program 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 Faculty

  • Erin Almlie
  • Chemistry Instructor
  • Campus: East Grand Forks
  • Tel: (218) 793-2558
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Justin Berry
  • Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director
  • Campus: East Grand Forks
  • Tel: (218) 793-2565
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Kathleen Huschle
  • Biology/HPER/First Responder & Natural Science Instr.
  • Campus: Thief River Falls
  • Tel: (218) 683-8689
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Andy Mueller
  • English Instructor
  • Campus: Thief River Falls
  • Tel: (218) 683-8705
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282

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