Health Sciences


About This Program

This program provides students a broad base of general education coursework relevant to the field of health sciences, in preparation to transfer to a broad array of health sciences majors at a college or university. This degree program is designed to fulfill health science baccalaureate requirements at all Minnesota State system universities offering related degrees.

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Degrees & Credits

A.S. Degree (60 credits)

Mesabi Range - Virginia
Rainy River

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Program Features

  • Identify anatomical structures of the human body and describe the physiological processes that occur in health and disease states, including metabolism, nutrition, pathogens and immunity.
  • Explain processes that occur within cells that affect body function, including biochemical reactions, membrane transport, and cell communication
  • Demonstrate mathematical computational and reasoning skills, and ability to analyze data appropriately
  • Explain the roles of society, culture, and psychology to an individual’s mental and physical health throughout life
  • Develop and demonstrate skills needed in today’s work environment, including written and verbal communication, understanding diversity, and applying ethics to decision making

Additional Information


This degree is designed to transfer to all system universities offering related baccalaureate programs through a statewide articulation agreement. The Health Sciences Broad Field Statewide articulation agreement has been approved by all system universities. Even with this agreement, students must consult with both Itasca Community College and transfer university counselors/advisors early and often, for guidance and planning regarding the requirements of the various health sciences baccalaureate programs. This will help to facilitate the most efficient transition and transfer.

The AS Health Degree is designed to transfer to various health science related baccalaureate programs including, but not limited to:

Bemidji State University

  • Community Health BS
  • Exercise Science BS
  • Nursing BS

Metropolitan State University

  • Nursing BSN

Minnesota State University, Mankato

  • Communications Disorders BA/BS
  • Corrections BS
  • Dental Hygiene BS
  • Family Consumer Science Education BS. Emphases: Dietetics;Food and Nutrition
  • Food Science Technology BS
  • Nursing BS
  • Psychology BA/BS
  • Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services BS. Emphasis: Therapeutic Recreation
  • Social Work BSSW

Minnesota State University Moorhead

  • Exercise Science BS
  • Health Teacher Education BS

St. Cloud State University

  • Athletic Training BS
  • Community Health BS
  • Social Work BS

Southwest Minnesota State University

  • Exercise Science BS

Winona State University

  • Biology BS. Emphasis: Allied Health
  • Exercise and Rehabilitative Science BS. Emphases: Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation; Exercise Science
  • Health Promotion BT
  • Health Promotion: Community Health BS
  • Nursing BS