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)


WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

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.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

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


This course is the first half of the college composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, beginning research skills, and the writing process. Students will read, analyze, and cite a range of nonfiction texts. Students will produce several formal essays totaling approximately 3000 words. Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on English placement tests or C- or higher in ENG 095.
This course is the second half of the first-year composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, academic writing, research, and the writing process. Students will locate and evaluate both primary and secondary sources, and will gain skill in summarizing and synthesizing source material while employing MLA documentation. Texts will include a range of nonfiction (articles, essays, scholarly sources) and literary works. Students will produce at least 3000 words of formal written work, including a documented essay of at least 1250 words. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C-or higher.
Introduction to the study and principles of behavior. Topics include general principles of scientific investigation; physiological bases of behavior including sensation, perception, learning, emotion, and motivation; development; individual differences; attitudes; and group dynamics. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101.
A scientific examination of human social phenomena. Major topics include interaction, statuses and roles, groups, social institutions, culture, socialization, social control, conforming and deviant behavior, collective behavior, social inequality, demography, social change, urbanism, industrialism and globalization.Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Humanities [C] Electives ART 101, ART 110, ART 121, ART 122, ART 123, ART 124, ART 131, ART 132, ART 140, ART 141, ART 276 (formerly 142), ART 145, ART 147, ART 148, ART 150, ART 151, ART 222, ART 272 (formerly 156), ART 231, ART 232, ART 235, ART 241, ART 242, ART 250, ART 253, ART 254, ART 255, ART 261, ART 262, ART 273, ART 274, ART 275, ASL 201, ASL 202, ASL 291, ASL 292, COM 121, COM 131, COM 150, COM 205, COM 214, COM 235, EMS 111, EMS 112, EMS 118, EMS 124, EMS 125, EMS 225, DFS 101, DFS 104, DFS 108 (formerly 106), DFS 205, ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 203, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 214, ENG 215, ENG 216, ENG 217, ENG 218, ENG 223, ENG 224, ENG 226, ENG 227, ENG 230, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 235, ENG 237, ENG 245, ENG 250, FRH 201, FRH 202, FRH 205, FRH 206, GER 205, HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 105, HIS 107, HIS 109, HIS 108, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 130, HIS 150, HIS 162, HIS 220, HIS 225, HIS 250, HIS 260, HON 206, HUM 206, MUS 100, MUS 105, MUS 106, MUS 107, MUS 110, MUS 126, MUS 140, MUS 150, MUS 208, MUS 209, MUS 250, MUS 259, MUS 260, PHI 100, PHI 101, PHI 103, PHI 110, PHI 120, PHI 130, PHI 140, PHI 230, SPA 201, SPA 202, SPA 203, SPA 204, SPA 205, SPA 206, SPA 110, SPA 210, SPA 211, SPA 212, SPA 214, THE 100, THE 110, THE 124, THE 125, THE 212, THE 213, THE 227, THE 235, THE 237
Humanities [C] Electives ART 101, ART 110, ART 121, ART 122, ART 123, ART 124, ART 131, ART 132, ART 140, ART 141, ART 276 (formerly 142), ART 145, ART 147, ART 148, ART 150, ART 151, ART 222, ART 272 (formerly 156), ART 231, ART 232, ART 235, ART 241, ART 242, ART 250, ART 253, ART 254, ART 255, ART 261, ART 262, ART 273, ART 274, ART 275, ASL 201, ASL 202, ASL 291, ASL 292, COM 121, COM 131, COM 150, COM 205, COM 214, COM 235, EMS 111, EMS 112, EMS 118, EMS 124, EMS 125, EMS 225, DFS 101, DFS 104, DFS 108 (formerly 106), DFS 205, ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 203, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 214, ENG 215, ENG 216, ENG 217, ENG 218, ENG 223, ENG 224, ENG 226, ENG 227, ENG 230, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 235, ENG 237, ENG 245, ENG 250, FRH 201, FRH 202, FRH 205, FRH 206, GER 205, HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 105, HIS 107, HIS 109, HIS 108, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 130, HIS 150, HIS 162, HIS 220, HIS 225, HIS 250, HIS 260, HON 206, HUM 206, MUS 100, MUS 105, MUS 106, MUS 107, MUS 110, MUS 126, MUS 140, MUS 150, MUS 208, MUS 209, MUS 250, MUS 259, MUS 260, PHI 100, PHI 101, PHI 103, PHI 110, PHI 120, PHI 130, PHI 140, PHI 230, SPA 201, SPA 202, SPA 203, SPA 204, SPA 205, SPA 206, SPA 110, SPA 210, SPA 211, SPA 212, SPA 214, THE 100, THE 110, THE 124, THE 125, THE 212, THE 213, THE 227, THE 235, THE 237
Humanities [C] Electives ART 101, ART 110, ART 121, ART 122, ART 123, ART 124, ART 131, ART 132, ART 140, ART 141, ART 276 (formerly 142), ART 145, ART 147, ART 148, ART 150, ART 151, ART 222, ART 272 (formerly 156), ART 231, ART 232, ART 235, ART 241, ART 242, ART 250, ART 253, ART 254, ART 255, ART 261, ART 262, ART 273, ART 274, ART 275, ASL 201, ASL 202, ASL 291, ASL 292, COM 121, COM 131, COM 150, COM 205, COM 214, COM 235, EMS 111, EMS 112, EMS 118, EMS 124, EMS 125, EMS 225, DFS 101, DFS 104, DFS 108 (formerly 106), DFS 205, ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 203, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 214, ENG 215, ENG 216, ENG 217, ENG 218, ENG 223, ENG 224, ENG 226, ENG 227, ENG 230, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 235, ENG 237, ENG 245, ENG 250, FRH 201, FRH 202, FRH 205, FRH 206, GER 205, HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 105, HIS 107, HIS 109, HIS 108, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 130, HIS 150, HIS 162, HIS 220, HIS 225, HIS 250, HIS 260, HON 206, HUM 206, MUS 100, MUS 105, MUS 106, MUS 107, MUS 110, MUS 126, MUS 140, MUS 150, MUS 208, MUS 209, MUS 250, MUS 259, MUS 260, PHI 100, PHI 101, PHI 103, PHI 110, PHI 120, PHI 130, PHI 140, PHI 230, SPA 201, SPA 202, SPA 203, SPA 204, SPA 205, SPA 206, SPA 110, SPA 210, SPA 211, SPA 212, SPA 214, THE 100, THE 110, THE 124, THE 125, THE 212, THE 213, THE 227, THE 235, THE 237
A college-level course including more advanced topics in algebra, functions, graphs, and problem solving. Prerequisite: MTH 095 or MTH 099 with a grade of C- or better; or completion Module 18 in the self-paced MTH 02X sequence, or adequate score on the Mathematics Placement Examination.
Graphical description of data, measures of central tendency and variability, probability and probability distributions, central limit theorem, estimation of parameters, testing hypotheses, regression and correlation, analysis of variance, and other topics in statistical inference. Prerequisite: MTH 085 or MTH 099 with a grade of C- or better; or SM12, or adequate score on the Mathematics Placement Examination.
This course provides a rigorous introduction to the living processes within cells by exploring the chemical and molecular basis of life. Emphasis is placed on basic chemistry, cell structure, and the important types of biochemical reactions, which occur during growth, development, maintenance, and reproduction in cells. Particular detail is given to biochemical processes in human cells. Laboratory exercises supplement the lecture emphasizing the scientific method and inquiry based learning. 3 class hours and 3 laboratory hoursPrerequisite: ENG 101 Eligible and MTH 095 Eligible or Permission of Instructor.Note: This course is designed to prepare students for further study in biological science and health-allied programs. Credit cannot be received for more than one of these, except by permission of department chair: BIO 103, BIO 107.
A detailed study of the structure and function of the human body. Physical and chemical principles, as they apply to the comprehensive treatment of human physiology, form an integral part of the course. Content includes general introductory material, tissues, integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. A majors course designed for nursing, physical education, radiologic technology and other allied-health majors. Some dissection of preserved animal specimen material is included. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in BIO 107 taken within 7 years or a passing score on the challenge exam.

This course is for students who are exploring health careers and majors. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate and reflect on their own skills, interests and values to determine how they might shape their educational and career paths. The course will help clarify student understanding of specific careers in the field of health. The course will also provide a basic introduction of the U.S. Healthcare system, including opportunities and challenges in this system. The objective of this course is to help students decide if a career in the health field is a good fit for them and learn the educational requirements of specific health career degrees.
Students choose an elective from the areas of Social Science, Math/Science, and/or Humanities. The following qualify as Arts and Science Electives: Social Sciences - ANT, DVD, ECN, GEO, GRT, HSV, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSN, WST; Humanities - ART, ASL, COM, DFS, ESL, ENG, FRH, GER, HIS, HON, HUM, MUS, PHI, SPA, THE; Lab Sciences - AST, BIO, CHM, FRS, PHS, EGR, ENV, ESC, SEM, SUS; Miscellaneous - ENV, MTH
Students choose an elective from the areas of Social Science, Math/Science, and/or Humanities. The following qualify as Arts and Science Electives: Social Sciences - ANT, DVD, ECN, GEO, GRT, HSV, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSN, WST; Humanities - ART, ASL, COM, DFS, ESL, ENG, FRH, GER, HIS, HON, HUM, MUS, PHI, SPA, THE; Lab Sciences - AST, BIO, CHM, FRS, PHS, EGR, ENV, ESC, SEM, SUS; Miscellaneous - ENV, MTH
Students choose an elective from the areas of Social Science, Math/Science, and/or Humanities. The following qualify as Arts and Science Electives: Social Sciences - ANT, DVD, ECN, GEO, GRT, HSV, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSN, WST; Humanities - ART, ASL, COM, DFS, ESL, ENG, FRH, GER, HIS, HON, HUM, MUS, PHI, SPA, THE; Lab Sciences - AST, BIO, CHM, FRS, PHS, EGR, ENV, ESC, SEM, SUS; Miscellaneous - ENV, MTH
Students choose an elective from the areas of Social Science, Math/Science, and/or Humanities. The following qualify as Arts and Science Electives: Social Sciences - ANT, DVD, ECN, GEO, GRT, HSV, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSN, WST; Humanities - ART, ASL, COM, DFS, ESL, ENG, FRH, GER, HIS, HON, HUM, MUS, PHI, SPA, THE; Lab Sciences - AST, BIO, CHM, FRS, PHS, EGR, ENV, ESC, SEM, SUS; Miscellaneous - ENV, MTH
Students choose an elective from the areas of Social Science, Math/Science, and/or Humanities. The following qualify as Arts and Science Electives: Social Sciences - ANT, DVD, ECN, GEO, GRT, HSV, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSN, WST; Humanities - ART, ASL, COM, DFS, ESL, ENG, FRH, GER, HIS, HON, HUM, MUS, PHI, SPA, THE; Lab Sciences - AST, BIO, CHM, FRS, PHS, EGR, ENV, ESC, SEM, SUS; Miscellaneous - ENV, MTH

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.