Health science covers a diverse number of medical careers. In fact, there are approximately 200 recognized health science professions in the nation, making up to 60% of the US healthcare workforce!
As a result, many patients interact with at least one health science professional when they visit their healthcare provider. As an health science student at Eastwick College, you will be trained in a specialized concentration, allowing you to provide specialized services to patients.
There is a shortage of trained personnel in many allied health professions, creating excellent opportunities for individuals with backgrounds in the field. The associate degree in allied health is designed to fill this need, providing you with a wide range of skills that allow you to fill positions in many different areas of the healthcare industry such as patient care technician, EKG technician, phlebotomist and unit clerk.
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The objective of the AAS in Health Science program is to prepare an individual to enter the medical field in the capacity of medical assistant, medical office manager, or medical secretary. Other opportunities exist in the hospital setting as a patient care technician, EKG technician, stress test technician, phlebotomist, unit secretary, or ward clerk. Upon successful completion of the program, Eastwick College will award the student an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Health Science.
While we strive to provide students with the best tools to prepare for their careers, we cannot and do not guarantee employment. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [05/01/11] [www.bls.gov/oes/].Credentialing organization may change requirements without notice.
Frequently asked questions about health science.
What is health science?
Health science refers to a large group of disciplines related to the delivery of health care to humans through the application of science, mathematics and technology. In other words, it is the field in which knowledge is taken from pure science and other related sources and applied to practical and clinical practices to maintain and improve the health of living beings. The branches of health science are virtually endless, spanning traditional and conventional Western medicine as well as alternative and folk medicine.What do students learn for health science?
- Scheduling patient appointments
- Maintaining medical records, and billing and coding information for insurance
- Preparing patients for examination
- Helping physicians with patient examinations
- Taking and recording vital signs, such as blood pressure
- Drawing blood
- Preparing blood samples for laboratory tests
- Giving patients injections or medications as directed by a physician (in some states)
- Patient care
- Vital signs measurement
- Appointment setting
- Patient preparation
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Electronic medical records
- Medical terminology
- Record patient history and personal information
- Measure vital signs, such as blood pressure
- Help physicians with patient examinations
- Give patients injections or medications as directed by physicians and as permitted by state law
- Schedule patient appointments
- Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
- Enter patient information into medical records
Medical Assistant Certification, Phlebotomy, EKG certifications.What kind of person would do well health science?
Self motivated, passionate and good communicator.