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HSC 110: Health Sciences Careers at PCC

Resources and tutorials for students enrolled in HSC 110: Orientation to Health Careers.

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Associate Degree Programs

Use the tabs in the navigation bar under "Associate Degrees" to get information about each program, basic career information, and featured professional organizations. If you have specific questions about admissions or degree requirements, contact your advisor or the health sciences admissions office.

Degree Definitions

For more complete and up-to-date information regarding the degree options offered by the NC Community College System, visit their Find a Program page.

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) programs are designed to provide entry level employment training and are offered at all System colleges.
AAS programs range from 64 to 76 semester hour credits. A full time student can typically complete one of these programs within two years. In addition to major course work, associate in applied science degree programs require a minimum of 15 semester hour credits of general education. General education requirements include course work in communications, humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences and natural sciences/mathematics. Certain courses in associate degree programs may be accepted by a four year college or university for transfer credit in an associated field.
NCCC System Education Catalog, July 12, 2018 update, pg. 9

Associate in General Education (AGE)

The Associate in General Education program is designed for individuals wishing to broaden their education, with emphasis on personal interest, growth and development. The two year AGE program provides students opportunities to study English, literature, fine arts, philosophy, social science, science and mathematics at the college level. All courses in the program are college level courses. Many of the courses are equivalent to college transfer courses; however, the program is not principally designed for college transfer. Successful completion of 64-65 semester hour credits leads to an associate in general education degree.
NCCC System Education Catalog, July 12, 2018 update, pg. 11

Associate in General Education Nursing

The Associate in General Education (AGE) Nursing is designed for students who wish to begin their study toward the Associate in Nursing degree and a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing as based on Blocks 1 through 3 of the Uniform Articulation Agreement between the University of North Carolina’s Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs and the North Carolina Community College Associate Degree Nursing Programs which was approved by the State Board of Community Colleges and the UNC Board of Governors in February 2015. The AGE Nursing shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit (SHC) of courses.
NCCC System Education Catalog, July 12, 2018 update, pg. 12

Associate in Arts & Associate in Science

The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) addresses the transfer of Associate in Arts and Associate in Science students between institutions in the North Carolina Community College System and the constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina. The Associate in Arts (A10100) degree and the Associate in Science (A10400) program are approved to be offered at all of the 58 community colleges.
NCCC System Education Catalog, July 12, 2018 update, pg. 9

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