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Sciences & Humanities

General Education in sciences & humanities provides essential skills and knowledge that help students succeed in their chosen field.

PA College believes that a strong general education curriculum in the sciences and humanities provides the foundation for any educational program. In addition, students use the skills learned in the sciences and humanities courses to further their intellectual, personal and professional growth.

Curriculum

Associate Degree: Sciences and Humanities Core Curriculum

HumanitiesCredits
ENG 100English Composition3
PHI 210Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences1
Total Credits4
MathematicsCredits
MAT 150 OR MAT 160Clinical Mathematics for the Health Sciences OR College Algebra3
Total Credits3
ScienceCredits
BIO 175Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 176Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
BIO 185 OR CHE 100 OR PHY 150Microbiology OR General Chemistry OR Physics3
Total Credits11
Social ScienceCredits
SOC 100 OR SOC 200Introduction to Sociology OR Cultural Diversity3
Total Credits3
Total Combined Credits21

(Starting Fall 2021) Associate Degree: Healthcare Professional Core Curriculum

Sciences & Humanities CoursesCredits
College Studies Seminar3
Communication (ENG)3 (includes ENG composition)
Ethics1
Math3
Sciences8 (at least one course with a lab)
Social Sciences3
Total Credits21
IntensivesCredits
Writing Intensive3
Problem Solving3
Diversity3
Digital Literacy 3
Total Credits12

Baccalaureate Degree: Healthcare Professional Core Curriculum

Sciences & Humanities CoursesCredits
College Studies Seminar3
Communication (ENG)6 (includes ENG 100-3 credits and any other ENG course)
Humanities 6 (includes an ethics course-3 credits)
Math6 (includes one statistics course-3 credits)
Sciences6-8 (at least one course with a lab)
Social Sciences9 (from two different disciplines, must include American Health Care System-3 credits)
Electives6
Total Credits42-44
Interprofessional Collaboration CoursesCredits
Total Credits10
IntensivesCredits
Writing intensive6
Critical Thinking & Analysis 6
Community Engagement3
Diversity6
Digital Literacy3
Total Credits24

Disciplines

Sciences and humanities education at PA College is offered through four distinct disciplines: Humanities, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. Each discipline has its own goals that contribute to the students’ overall learning, supporting both the sciences and humanities and College educational outcomes.

Humanities

The goals of Humanities are to foster opportunities that help students to:

  • Stimulate intellectual and imaginative curiosity
  • Critically and creatively evaluate personal and professional experiences.
  • Communicate thoughtfully and effectively
  • Reflect on ways to appropriately engage in global citizenship

Humanities courses offered at PA College include the following:

  • CMP 150 Digital Learning in the 21st Century
  • CSS 101 College Studies Seminar
  • ENG 202 Advanced Communication
  • ENG 300 Advanced Composition for Health Care
  • ENG 310 Business Communication
  • ENG 350 Telling the Stories of Medicine
  • HUM 210 World Religions
  • HUM 310 Death, Dying & Bereavement
  • PHI 210 Ethical and Legal Dimensions in the Health Sciences
  • PHI 330 Ethical Issues in Health Care
  • SPA 150 Introduction to Medical Spanish
  • WRI 100 Introduction to College Writing

Subjects that may transfer in as Humanities electives include art, literature, history, music, philosophy, communications, theatre, foreign languages and religion.

Mathematics

The goals of Mathematics are to:

  • Mold students into confident users of mathematics.
  • Develop students as critical mathematical decision makers.
  • Enable students to become lifelong learners who continue to grow in their chosen professions and
    function as productive citizens.

Mathematics courses offered at PA College include the following:

  • MAT 100 Quantitative Reasoning & Skills
  • MAT 150 Clinical Mathematics for the Health Sciences
  • MAT 160 College Algebra
  • MAT 260 Statistics

Subjects that may transfer as mathematics courses include mathematics, computer science (not computer
applications) and statistics

Science

The goal of Science is to provide a learner-centered foundation in the elements of scientific method, theory, applicability and laboratory practice that will encourage the student to:

  • Acquire an in-depth appreciation of the scientific endeavor.
  • Evaluate the quality of scientific information and its interpretation.
  • Apply this knowledge in evidence-based practice decisions.

Science courses offered at PA College include the following:

  • BIO 105 Human Biology/Laboratory
  • BIO 175 Human Anatomy & Physiology I/Laboratory
  • BIO 176 Human Anatomy & Physiology II/Laboratory
  • BIO 185 Microbiology/Laboratory
  • BIO 230 Immunology
  • BIO 250 Nutrition for Life
  • BIO 376 Pathophysiology
  • BIO 380 Epidemiology
  • CHE 100 General Chemistry I/Laboratory
  • PHY 150 Physics/Laboratory
  • SCI 100 Survey of Science

Subjects that may transfer in as science electives include biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy and
geology.

Social Science

The goals of Social Science are to use the social sciences to:

  • Promote intellectual and personal growth.
  • Expand cultural and global awareness.
  • Foster understanding and sensitivity to diversity.
  • Encourage individuals to make enlightened judgments that are informed by theoretical, empirical
    and practical understandings of the social world.

Social Science courses offered at PA College include the following:

  • ECO 150 Survey of Economics
  • ECO 310 American Health Care System
  • ECO 350 The Economics of Health Care
  • HLT 150 Wellness for Life
  • PSY 100 General Psychology
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 200 Cultural Diversity
  • SOC 300 Social Problems

Subjects that may transfer in as social science electives include anthropology, criminology, cultural
studies, economics, education, health, human geography, political science, psychology, sociology and
social work.

Intensives Requirements

In order to advance the student’s knowledge in key competencies required of healthcare professionals students are expected to fulfill the requirements in the following areas. These are not additional required courses, but rather courses from the healthcare professional core or programmatic specific coursework that meet identified criteria for the intensive. Courses meeting an intensive requirement are identified as WI (writing intensive), CT (critical thinking & analysis), PS (problem solving), DV (diversity), or DL (digital literacy) in the College catalog and on the Portal. The associate level intensives are designed to scaffold skills necessary for further development at the baccalaureate level.

 

Approved Intensive Courses:

Writing Intensive (WI)

  • ENG 100 English Composition
  • ENG 202 Advanced Communication
  • ENG 300 Advanced Composition for Health Care
  • ENG 310 Business Communication
  • ENG 350 Telling the Stories of Medicine

Critical Thinking & Analysis (CT)

  • IPC 401 Research in Health Care
  • MAT 260 Statistics

Digital Literacy (DL)

  • CSS 101 College Studies Seminar

Community Engagement (CE)

  • IPC 450 Capstone
  • NUR 410 Issues and Trends in Nursing

Diversity (DV)

  • HUM 210 World Religions
  • NUR 310 Human Diversity and Health Care
  • NUR 311 Cultural Care in Nursing
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 200 Cultural Diversity
  • SOC 300 Social Problems

Problem Solving (PS)

  • MAT 100 Quantitative Reasoning and Skills
  • MAT 150 Clinical Math
  • MAT 160 College Algebra

Intensive requirements may be transferred in as follows:

  • Community engagement (bachelor only) and digital literacy courses must be taken at PA College.
  • Writing Intensive courses may be transferred in if the course transfers in as one of our own writing intensive designated English courses.
  • Diversity intensive courses may be transferred in if the course transfers in as one of our own diversity intensive designated courses.
  • Critical Thinking & Analysis courses (bachelor only) may be transferred in if the course transfers in as our Research or Statistics courses.
  • Problem solving intensive courses (associate only) may be transferred in if the course transfers in as one our our own problem solving intensive designated Math courses.