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Health Sciences, A.S.

The Health Sciences A.S. degree is designed as a generalized health degree with primarily introductory courses for students who want to explore different academic aspects of health as well as careers in health-related fields.

The degree provides opportunities for students who have not determined an area of specialization in the health field, for students to gain an entry-level position in health care or the health field upon degree completion, and for incumbent health field workers seeking to advance their career.

Courses focus on fundamental knowledge in health care services and health communication, critical thinking skills related to basic health concepts and application of health care practices, and identification of personal values and ethical standards of practice within the field. In addition, the degree provides opportunities to attain microcredentials in Health Coaching, and  Basic Life Support and First Aid, upon completion of relevant certifying exam(s).  The degree provides opportunity for transfer to baccalaureate programs.


Health coaching

Health coaches collaboratively work clients and patients to help them create and achieve personal health goals. They assist clients and patients with identifying barriers to success and developing strategies to overcome those barriers using motivation through practical guidance and support.

Basic Life Support and First Aid

Training in Basic Life Support provides the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to life-threatening cardiac and breathing emergencies in adult and pediatric patients. First Aid teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of physical injuries such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, and back injuries, as well as heat and cold related emergencies.

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  • Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • Chairperson:
    Dr. Donald Hume
  • Program Director:
    Dr. Jose Nanin

  • Executive Administrative Assistant:
    Diane Guido
  • Phone: 718-368-5696
  • Fax: 718-368-4866
  • Room: G-201