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Program Details

Program specifics about earning a Health Sciences Broad Field A.S. Degree at Northland.

Northland’s Health Sciences Broad Field Associate of 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 the 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 of 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.

Program Accreditation

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

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.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. Northland has articulation agreements in place with the following schools:

Transfer ToMajor OfferedDegree
Metropolitan State UniversityIndividualized StudiesB.A.
MnSCUHealth Sciences Broad Field
Minnesota State University MoorheadExercise ScienceB.S.
Minnesota State University MoorheadHealth Services AdministrationB.S.
Northwestern Health Sciences UniversityHuman BiologyB.S.

Additional Program Resources

  • 2015-22 Health Sciences Broad Field
  • 2013-15 Health Sciences Broad Field