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Gain skills in a clinically focused program from Columbia College
Through courses in the biological sciences, humanities and social sciences, this Columbia College degree provides a strong foundation for further studies or for entry into the health workforce.
Students who choose to continue their education will be well prepared for clinically focused programs and will have a solid grasp of theory-based research and writing.
Those who choose to seek employment in healthcare will have a broad understanding of professional career options in health and human services.
Opportunities to study:
- Theories of addiction
- Psychotropic medications
- Medical technology
- Demographic changes
- Human behavior
- Social psychology
Prepare for a career in health
The health science program at Columbia College gives students a strong foundation in the biological sciences, humanities and social sciences. This cross-disciplinary approach equips students with the ability to view health from many perspectives, leading to a holistic understanding of human well-being.
For this degree, the major-area requirements in biological sciences include anatomy, physiology, chemistry and microbiology. In addition, students study psychology as well as topics such as ethics, communications and social justice within the humanities.
Because the world of health is changing so rapidly, being able to put new information into a holistic context gives our graduates an advantage in their future roles.
Some possible paths include:
- Medical Receptionist
- Medical Records Clerk
- Behavioral Health Technician
- Patient Account Representative
- Treatment Coordinator
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Available program formats
- General education requirements 29 credit hours
- Core requirements 30 credit hours
- Electives 10-12 credit hours
- Multicultural requirements 0 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 60-62 credit hours
Some courses you may take
This course will provide an overview of the health care system in the United States including population health, healthcare services, payment systems, medical and information technology as well as demographic changes. Students will explore the many different health care careers that are available today.
An introduction to medical terminology with an emphasis on learning word roots, suffixes and prefixes as it pertains to the human body.
This course provides a look at mental health problems from a diagnostic perspective. Students learn diagnostic criteria for mental health disorders, psychotropic medications and the role of the family. Prerequisite: PSYC 101, sophomore standing.
Introduction to the field of psychology and the major sub-areas including the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, personality, stress, as well as abnormal, developmental and social psychology. Students majoring in Psychology must earn a grade of C or higher. G.E.
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