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 in 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 degree program I want, do I have to take all these courses?
What kind of jobs can I get with an Associate Degree in Foundations of Health?
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 FYE?

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

FOH is a major that you can choose to be in at HCC. The courses listed in this major include requisite classes for the selective programs at HCC (Nursing, Practical Nursing and Radiologic Technology) as well as courses determined to be helpful when considering any career in Healthcare.

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. As far as what else to take, it is dependent on how you score on the Computerized Placement Test (CPT) and what your individual goals are.

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, everything from Allied Health Careers, to Mental Health, to Public Health. Some projects in this course include interviewing health care professionals and researching health topics of interest that impact local communities.

If I tested in 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. These include HTH 101, SPA 111, HTH 114, GRT 101 and HTH 210

What is HTH 210?

The name for HTH 210 is Field Experience. It is a 6 credit course designed to give you hands on experience and skills in Healthcare while you are accruing college credits. It is a linked course to GRT 110 which is Gerontology, or the study of the Older Adult. You could take GRT 110 before the field experience or at the same time. Part of HTH 210 is the curriculum for a Certified Nurses Assistant/Aide. At the end of the experience, students take the exam that certifies them as a nursing assistant. (CNA) Additional content in this course include oral history taking with elders in assisted living, critical thinking and leadership skills in healthcare, as well as exposure to mental health and other healthcare settings. The benefits for this model are numerous: Students get exposure to the field of healthcare, gain college credit and are eligible for financial aid. If they wish they are able to become employed in the field which in turn gives them healthcare experience. This is something that is valued by all three selective programs at HCC and can be listed on the appropriate application.

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

Yes. HTH 210 is a 6 credit course which encompasses much more depth and breadth than a traditional CNA course. At this point we are NOT granting 6 academic credits to students who have a current CNA license [meaning students still need to complete the course]. Students should contact the Department Chair, Rebecca Lewis, at rlewis@hcc.edu if they are currently certified as a CNA and plan on graduating with a Foundations of Health Degree. Decisions will be made on a case by case basis.

Please Note: Many students even who have had prior field work find the skills, theory and content in this course to be much more rigorous, applicable, and mind-opening than anticipated.

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

No, you do not. If you are sure which track you wish to pursue, you may take the courses in this major that are needed specifically for that track. Built into this major, however, are supports for the hundreds of students each year who do not make the cut for 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.

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

Because this program is so new we are still learning about what jobs students can obtain who complete an A.S. Degree in Foundations of Health. Immediate job opportunities include work as a Certified Nurses Aide upon completion of the Health 210-Field Experience course and Gerontology 110- Introduction to the Study of Aging.

Given how quickly healthcare is growing, we anticipate a wide-range of job opportunities to be available to students with this degree, in everything from community organizing in public health to care coordination to patient admissions and advocacy. As more students graduate with this degree, we will continue to update and inform new students of these possibilities.

Below are some current positions that students may be eligible for upon completing the Foundations of Health Degree.

Please Note: Some of these positions may have additional requirements and qualifications

Psychiatric Aide
Community Health Worker
Non-Profit (food bank) Program Associate
Outreach Worker
Activities Assistant/Elder Assistant (CNA, CPR)
Patient Care Tech (CNA,CPR)
Family Advocates
Health Clerk
Mental Health Worker
Bi-lingual Intake Worker
Ambulatory Services Representative

Are there transfer options associated with this degree?

Yes. HCC has an articulation agreement with Elms College in Chicopee. 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 another college under the Transfer Compact, speak with your advisor about declaring your major "Liberal Arts and Science" and making that transfer a reality. If your goal is to transfer to a four-year school or a specific program, let your advisor know as soon as possible so you can work together on this process.

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?

If you plan on applying to a selective program, Microbiology (BIO 229) can be taken as an elective. Other electives include business or other General Education coursework which would count towards the Elms Bachelor's Degree in Health Services Administration.

What is FYE?

FYE are the initials that stand for First Year Experience." It is recognized in educational circles that the first year for a college student is particularly important. Students who find success in their first year of college continue in school, finish school and report a happier experience. HCC offers several courses designated "FYE". These courses are comprised of students in their first year and they incorporate curriculum designed to ensure student success. The HTH 101 course has sections available as "FYE."

 

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