Courses & Programs

Foundations of Health (Transfer)

The Associate Degree in Foundations of Health Transfer is designed for students interested in a health-related career, whose focus is on transferring to a four-year institution.

Rebecca Osborn Lewis

Chair, Foundations of Health

Health Sciences

Marieb 217

413.552.2426 (Tel)


Students begin by taking HTH 101- Introduction to Health Careers, along with general education requirements. Students will work closely with their advisor to place into appropriate courses guided by their strengths and personal career goals. The program's focus is intentionally broad, so that students can transfer for both clinical programs (Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Nursing) as well as non-clinical programs (Health Administration, Public Health, Art Therapy), at both state and private colleges in Massachusetts.


Upon graduating from this program, students will possess a foundational educational basis positioning students to transfer to a four-year institution to continue education towards a healthcare career including:

  • Obtain a basic understanding of the healthcare system including current policies, events, and considerations related to entering a health career.
  • Possess a foundational skill set in writing, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning that can be applied to a four-year degree in a health-related field.
  • Possess an understanding of the physiological makeup of the human body.
  • Understand the intersection of psychological and sociological components of human development and aging as they relate to healthcare practice.

What will you do?

This program prepares students to transfer to a four-year college or university. Health careers are varied and in demand, and include:

  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Laboratory Clinicians
  • Nursing
  • Physicians Assistants
  • Radiology

Learn more at What Can I Do With This Major? and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

60-61 total credits

35-36 credits credits general education courses + 22 credits credits program courses

Students wishing to transfer to a four-year program need to consult carefully with their academic advisor as their selected coursework may vary considerably depending on desired academic/career path. Please see Transfer Requirements, below. This program qualifies for Mass Transfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and  universities. Masstransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree. 

*Any student wishing to complete HTH 210-Field Experience course as an elective should take GRT 110- Intro to the Study of Aging as the Social Science elective.
*Any student who chooses to take SPA 111 should also take SPA 112 under General Electives

Nursing Transfer Students

Students pursuing a four-year nursing degree should take the following:

  • BIO 217 & BIO 218 & BIO 229
  • PSY 216
  • MTH 142
  • Any entry level CHM course
  • NTR 101

University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Public Health Program: MTH 160, HTH 213, Introduction to Public Health, (HTH 102), BIO 111, BIO 120, BIO 204 or BIO 229; ANT 101, ECN 101, PSY 217, PSY 218 or PSY 220.
  • Communication Disorders Program: MTH 142, PSY 215.

Springfield College

  • BA in Health Services Administration requires: BUS 115, ECN, ACCT, MGT 230, MKT.
  • BA in Health Studies/Health Education requires: CHM 113/114, BIO 100, BIO 217/218.
  • Occupational Therapy BS/MS: BIO 107, BIO 217 & 218, PSY 110, PSY 217, SOC 110, MTH 142
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy: BIO 107, 217, 218, CHM 101 or 113, PHS 101, MTH 104, PSY 110
  • Physician Assistant Program: Maximum of 30 credits are transferrable of which no more than 8 credits of Science. Recommended: BIO 107, BIO 108 or CHM 121 or CHM 124.

Elms College

  • Communications Disorders Program (BA) requires: PSY 142, PHI 120; Given that the majority of requirements for this major do not transfer, it is advisable for students to transfer early on.
  • Health Care Management Program (accelerated) requires: BUS 115, MKT 230, MGT 240, MTH 142, PSY 110, PSY 216, SOC 110, any 100-Level ART, MUS, or HIS, and any Lab Science course.

American International College

  • Public Health Program: MTH 142, HTH 101, HTH 102
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy: BIO 107 & 108, BIO 217 & BIO 218, CHM 101 & 102, PHS 101 & PHS 102, MTH 104

Bay Path University

  • Occupational Therapy: BIO 107, BIO 217, MTH 142
  • Physician Assistant Program: BIO 107, 217, 218, 229 CHM 101 & 102 or 113 & 114,CHM 221, plus one physical science, MTH 142, PHI 120. This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit ransfer to Massachusetts statecolleges and universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.

Criminal Offense Record Act (CORI), and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI)
Students wishing to transfer to any four-year program involving direct patient care, or taking general education electives that involve direct patient care, will be subject to a CORI/SORI check and review pursuant to the Criminal Record Information Act, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Section 172-178, and Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 18a, Section 1, et seq., and regulations promulgated pursuant to such statues. Individuals with a court record/past conviction may be unable to participate in courses or transfer programs requiring direct patient care such as HTH 210-Field Experience course (if taken as an elective), or four-year nursing programs. The College policy can be found in the Student Handbook.