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Allied Health Pre-Professional
Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

The need for allied health programs has increased in the last several years. This program was designed for students contemplating a career in nursing, radiography, dental hygiene, medical laboratory technology, and respiratory care as well as other allied health careers. Students who plan on taking this program will be able to apply to one of the selective health technology programs at MCC or will be able to transfer to a program at a four year college or university after completion of the associate’s degree.

What will students learn if they study Allied Health Pre-Professional?
Students will have a strong core of sciences and general education electives to meet the requirements for a degree and/or a certificate. Students will be able to select courses with the assistance of an advisor in their area of interest.

Are there any requirements that must besatisfied before taking courses in the major?
Algebra 1 is a prerequisite for all majors. Algebra 1 competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or completion of the appropriate course. Students considering nursing must have a “B” or better in high school biology and chemistry both with a lab. Students considering all other allied health fields must have a “C” or better in high school biology and chemistry both with a lab. There may be additional requirements that are required depending on the major chosen.

Can students who major in Allied HealthPre-professional transfer to a four-yearcollege or university?
The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree and will have completed all of the lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements with private institutions may provide similar transfer provisions. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

How long will it take to complete this degree?
Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.

Are there any other things I should considerbefore I apply?
Yes, there are practical considerations, health considerations and legal considerations that you should review before making the decision to choose an allied health career:

Practical Considerations:
The following Practical Considerations are listed so students may be better able to assess their career choice in terms of ability to succeed in the program and gain employment in the field:

  1. Have written and oral communication skills in the English language to effectively and accurately communicate with patients, peers and supervisors.
  2. Have sufficient visual acuity to accurately assess patient conditions and treat patients safely.
  3. Have motor skills capable of fine and delicate manipulation of patient equipment.
  4. The ability to transfer, lift and move patients without restrictions.
  5. Demonstrate acceptable affective behaviors required by health care employers such as maintaining excellent attendance and integrity and being able to work under pressure.
  6. Comprehend and follow clinical policies and procedures related to the profession you choose.

Health Considerations:
Due to the nature of clinical experiences in allied health, students will be participating in a work environment that has the potential of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases. All students accepted into an allied health program are provided with instruction on infection control protocols specific to the program in order to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Legal Considerations:
A student is required to have a criminal background check performed with satisfactory results acceptable by Middlesex County College, the Department and/or participating clinical facilities as a condition of admission, initial enrollment and/or continued enrollment. An offer of admission will not be final and enrollmentnot permitted until the completion of a satisfactory criminal background check. Drug testing is a requirement for some of the programs. Admission may be denied or rescinded or enrollment terminated based on the results of the criminal background check and the drug testing for certain programs in Allied Health.