Darton State College Health Sciences Department | A.S. for Health Career Pathways (0063)
A.S. for Health Career Pathways (0063)
The purpose of our Associate of Science (0063) degree is to prepare graduates to apply to one of our career programs or pursue further education in a variety of advanced health careers by way of transfer to another institution beyond the two-year degree at Darton State College. Students that wish to apply to any of the health career programs offered at Darton must declare Associate of Science for Health Career Pathways (0063) as the intended major. An advisor will be assigned to guide the student along the academic plan that best meets the requirements for the chosen pathway. The courses to be completed for the degree will vary based on the student’s career program of choice.
The A.S. degree gives a student the opportunity to complete any prerequisites required before applying to the career program of choice. If a student gains acceptance to a career program, the major will be changed accordingly. If a student is not accepted into the program of choice, he or she will continue taking courses to complete the Associate of Science.
The Associate of Science for Health Career Pathways is transferable to other institutions of higher learning. A student wishing to pursue a degree in a health related field requiring an advanced degree may complete the two-year degree at Darton State College then transfer to an institution of higher learning that offers advanced degrees for his or her desired area of study. Working under the guidance of an advisor, the courses to be completed for the degree will be tailored to meet the student’s educational goals.
Students that wish to pursue any of the following career programs offered at Darton State College will initially be pursuing the Associate of Science for Health Career Pathways (0063):
- The courses to be completed for the degree will vary based on the student’s preferred area of study which is referred to as the “pathway” for the career program of choice. Therefore, it is important to meet with an advisor to map out the best academic plan to achieve his or her goal. The student should first focus on taking the prerequisites required for the program for which they will be applying.
- All career programs have a selective admissions process. This means that a seat in any program is awarded only to the top applicants. Simply meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to a program.
- The general education courses required for each career program are summarized in the comparison chart for all 2-year health career programs at Darton State College on the last page of the packet.