Foundations of Health: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Foundations of Health and how do I navigate this program?
How do I find my advisor?
What classes should I take first?
What is HTH 101?
If I tested into developmental English, are there any courses I can take in this major?
What is HTH 210?
Do I have to take HTH 210 if I already have my CNA license?
If I already know which selective degree program I want, do I have to take all these courses?
How do I know what courses to take as electives if I choose the Transfer Option?
What kind of jobs can I get with an Associate Degree in Foundations of Health?
What is a Direct Care Worker?
What is a Community Health Worker?
Are there transfer options associated with this degree?
Is HTH 101, Introduction to Health Careers required for Selective Programs?
What Elective courses can I take in this program?

What is Foundations of Health and how do I navigate this program?

The Foundations of Health major offers two degree tracks designed to allow students direct entry into a healthcare field upon graduation or preparation to transfer to a bachelor's degree program. The FOH major also includes required courses for students planning to apply to a selective program at HCC including Nursing, Practical Nursing and Radiologic Technology.

How do I find my advisor?

Every student who is enrolled in Foundations of Health will be assigned an advisor. You can log onto self-service using your username and password. Choose "advisor" from the menu. Your advisor should be listed here. If not listed or if you don't have computer access, you can go to Academic Affairs in Frost 317 and ask the Administrative Assistant. She can also be reached by calling (413) 552-2036.

What classes should I take first?

It is recommended that you begin with Introduction to Health Careers (HTH 101). This course will give you information about many options in Healthcare, give you strong support and advising in regard to your personal journey at HCC. Depending on how you score on the Computerized Placement Test (CPT) as well as whether you choose the Career of Transfer track will determine what other courses you should enroll in. 

What is HTH 101?

Introduction to Health Careers (HTH 101) is the ‘Foundation' of this program. This is a 3-credit course in which students explore the wide range of health-related fields, including those within Allied Health, Mental Health and Public Health. Some projects in this course include interviewing healthcare professionals and researching health topics that impact local communities.

If I tested into developmental English, are there any courses I can take in this major?

Yes. Although many courses require English 101 eligibility as a pre-requisite, there are several course in FOH that you can take, including HTH 101, SPA 111, HTH 114, GRT 101 and HTH 210

What is HTH 210?

HTH 210 is a 6-credit Field Experience course designed to give students hands-on experience in healthcare while earning college credits. The HTH 210 course is linked with GRT 110, Introduction to the Study of Aging, with the option of taking GRT 110 before the field experience or at the same time. Within HTH 210 is the curriculum for a Certified Nurse's Assistant/Aid and at the end of the course students take the exam that certifies them as a nursing assistant (CNA).  Students will become proficient in basic nursing assistant skills through lecture, small group activities and hands-on experience. The benefits for this course are numerous because students gain exposure to hands-on healthcare, earn college credit and can receive financial aid if eligible. These are skills that are highly valued by all three selective programs at HCC (Nursing, Radiologic Technology and Vet Tech) as well as by healthcare facilities and 4-year healthcare programs .

Do I have to take HTH 210 if I already have my CNA license?

No. Students who enroll at HCC with a current Certified Nurse's Aide license will receive 3 credits for already having a certification. Students will then take a 3-credit course to supplement their CNA training titled "Beyond CNA: Selected Case Studies" to give them the equivalent amount of credits to the HTH 210 course. Students should contact Kathy Santos at ksantos@hcc.edu in the office of the dean of Health and Natural Sciences if they are interested in taking this supplemental course.

If I already know which selective degree program I want, do I have to take all these courses?

No, you do not need to complete the entire Foundations of Health degree program prior to applying into a selective program. However, the FOH Career or Transfer tracks are great supports for the hundreds of students each year who are not accepted into the selective programs. It is recommended that students who are not at the top of their class take advantage of these other offerings in order to keep their options open.

How do I know what courses to take as electives if I choose the Transfer Option?

If you look at the curriculum sheet in the course catalog for the Transfer Option, a list of courses that will fulfill the requirements for specific healthcare programs at several local colleges and universities are listed.

What kind of jobs can I get with an Associate Degree in Foundations of Health?

With the Foundations of Health Career track, a student will earn an Associate Degree as well as a Certificate in one of four areas: Medical Assisting, Medical Billing, Direct Healthcare Worker or Community Healthcare Worker in addition to being able to sit for the Certified Nurses exam. Graduating with an Associate Degree in addition to having a Certificate in a healthcare field are very desirable attributes for a potential employer.

Students in the Foundations of Health Transfer track are well aligned to transfer to four year schools for Bachelor's degrees in Public Health, Occupational Therapy, Health Administration and many other allied health majors. 

What is a Direct Care Worker?

A Direct Care Worker helps patients with their healthcare needs in a variety of settings including nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, rehabilitation centers and assisted living facilities. A DCW combines the specialized training that meets both state and federal standards with academic coursework that students need to successfully apply for entry level positions.

What is a Community Health Worker?

A Community Health Worker performs activities to promote, support and protect the health of individuals, families and communities through client advocacy, health education and assistance in navigating the health system. Students will also gain experience towards the required hours to apply for state certification through a 3 credit practicum.

Are there transfer options associated with this degree?

Yes. HCC has an articulation agreement with Elms College in Chicopee, Mass. Once a student completes the A.S. Degree in Foundations of Health he/she can apply to Elms for a Bachelor's in Health Services Administration. This is a 20-month, weekend-only program based on the HCC campus and taught jointly by Elms and HCC faculty.

Additionally, if you wish to transfer to a different college under the Mass Transfer Compact, speak with your advisor about declaring as an FOH-Transfer major. If you have a specific school or program that you are intending to transfer to then your advisor can assist you in selecting courses that would be applied toward that major. 

Is HTH 101, Introduction to Health Careers required for Selective Programs?

No. It is not a prerequisite or required for any of the selective programs. However, many students do find this course helpful in clarifying their career goals.

What Elective courses can I take in this program?

The FOH-Transfer track has several credits available specifically for taking a variety of elective coursework. The FOH-Career track currently has space for 1-2 classes of elective coursework. 

 

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