Mar 28, 2023  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Pre-Medical and Health Sciences: AS

Associate of Science | 61 credits

Biology Department
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
SI 341
Jordan Campus JHS 248
General Information and Appointments 801-957-4922 or 801-957-4923
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Professors - Tim Beagley, William Tanner
Associate Professors - Kathy Bell, Jedediah Doelling, Melaney Farr, Eric Green, Mary Jane Keleher, Rebecca Sperry, Kristen Taylor, Melissa Tillack
Assistant Professors -  Nancy Barrickman, Jessica Berryman, Dan Carpenter

Program Description
This program prepares students who are interested in medical and health professions at Salt Lake Community College or at any other institution. This program provides the structured courses for students who need to complete the required pre-requisite courses for admission to programs in SLCC’s School of Health Sciences (Dental Hygiene, Respiratory Therapy, Mortuary Science, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiology Technology, Advanced Practice Medical Assisting, Nursing, Surgical Technician, and Nursing). It also provides the structured courses for students who need to complete the required pre-requisite courses for admission to medical schools, dental schools, schools of pharmacy etc. Under the guidance of program advisors and teaching faculty, students can make informed choices about their health-related career choices and structure their experience and courses in this program.

Career Opportunities
This AS is intended to be a transfer program into one of many health science or medical programs.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Students completing the AS degree in Pre-Health Science at SLCC are well prepared to apply to Health Sciences certification programs and to transfer to any of the four year institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE). This program also prepares students to transfer to public institutions in other states as well as most private colleges and universities.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Tuition and student fees: $7600.00-$9500.00
Books: $ 600.00
Course Fees: $ 150.00

Program Entry Requirements
Preparation Note: Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program. The semesters during which courses are taught are listed below. Students should check the semester class schedule for day/evening availability, locations and modifications caused by varying enrollment. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to plan their course schedules and course taking pathway.

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow suggested sample schedules, time to completion is four semesters.

Licensure Information
The Pre-Medical and Health Science AS program alone does not lead to professional licensure.  This program prepares students for application and transfer to other programs of study that could eventually lead to professional licensure.  Professional licensure requirements vary from state-to-state.  Here is one suggested website for researching state licensure requirements: License Finder sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

If you have difficulty finding the licensure requirements for your state or intended profession, please contact your academic advisor or SLCC’s state authorization coordinator for help.

Program Student Learning Outcomes    Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy

Demonstrate an understanding of foundational biological principles and the human body that will prepare them for studies in a health science field.

1, 3, 4, 7

Demonstrate an understanding of and proficiency with mathematical principles that will prepare them for studies in a health science field. 

1, 3, 4, 7

Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in general education that is broad based and will make them desirable employees when they complete the pre-health science or other health science program.

2, 5, 6

Demonstrate: critical reading, writing, and listening skills; an understanding of and use of the elements of effective communication in interpersonal, small group, and mass settings and  the ability to organize and present ideas and information orally and in writing according to standard usage. 

1, 3, 4, 6

Complete an AS degree.  This will ensure that all of their General Education credits are transferable to four year institutions.

4, 5, 6, 7


General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Institutional Requirements

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 course

International & Global (IG) 1 course

Distribution Areas

Complete the following Life Science (LS) distribution course:

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas. One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Complete ONE of the following Social Science (SS) distribution courses:3

Physical Science (PS)   this general education distribution area is satisfied through pre-major coursework.


Elective Courses (20 credits)

Select from the following:

Advising Notes

It is strongly recommended that students meet with an advisor during their first semester to plan the appropriate pathway for the ultimate goal that they would like to achieve.  Students aspiring to obtain a BS or higher in biology, should obtain the AS in BIOLOGY degree rather than this AS in pre-Health Sciences degree.  Prospective pre-professional (e.g. pre-medicine, pre-veterinarian, pre-pharmacy, pre-OTD, pre-MOT etc.) students choosing to earn an AS in Pre-Health Sciences should take the highest MATH, CHEMISTRY, and PHYSICS classes offered.  Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program.

Students also earning an AAS in any allied health field should consult with financial aid to determine how earning an additional degree may affect their aid eligibility.

Additional Program Notes

1 ENGL 2100  is the preferred writing course and COMM 1010  or COMM 1020  are the preferred IN courses for most programs to which a student might transfer.

2 Appropriate math placement should be considered given that some programs may require a higher level Math than MATH 1040 .  Students should consult with a Program Advisor for best fit.

3 Students should consult the list of pre-requisite courses for the program they are interested in (1) before selecting  Social Science (SS) and Intensive (IN) distribution courses and (2) before selecting electives.  Some programs require BIOL 2420  (Human physiology) while others require  BIOL 2060  (Microbiology)

4 Students must choose whether to use the CHEM 1110  and CHEM 1120  (one year of chemistry) pathway or the CHEM 1210 , CHEM 1220 , CHEM 2320 , CHEM 2325  (two years of chemistry plus a semester of biochemistry after transfer to a 4-year institution) pathway.  The two-year pathway opens up more options.  The suggested schedules above reflect these choices.

5 BIOL 2420  (Human Physiology) is required by many but not all health science programs. BIOL 2020  (Cell Biology) AND BIOL 2030  (Genetics) are accepted by the University of Utah.  BIOL 2060  (Microbiology) and BIOL 2420  (Human Physiology)  are  pre-requisites for the University of Utah’s BSN program.

6 HLTH 1050  (Life, Society, and Drugs) and HLTH 1500  (Lifetime Wellness/Fitness) are required for the USU BS degree (Health Education and Promotion: Health Science Emphasis)