The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in Health Science is designed for students already working in the healthcare field as paraprofessionals who wish to enhance their educational credentials. They will receive up to 19 college credits for their previous postsecondary training and experience. The evaluation of previous training and experience will be conducted by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and will be based upon review of transcript(s) from previous educational program(s) and work experience documented in a comprehensive portfolio. Students will complete the remaining credits as outlined to earn the A.A.S. degree.
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees are intended to prepare students for immediate entry into the workforce. The NJ Statewide Transfer Agreement does not guarantee the transfer of credit/coursework when a student earns an AAS degree and continues on to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree. Students are encouraged to work closely with OCC faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer www.njtransfer.org.
The Associate of Applied Science Degrees are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to start employment upon graduation. Several of the A.A.S. degrees provide the opportunity for the student to gain work experience by offering internship credit. These degrees are usually technical in nature and prepare the student for certification and licensing exams necessary to work in their field of choice. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with OCC faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by OCC, to help students explore degree programs and corresponding careers ocean.emsicc.com/
Honors by Contract
A wide range of courses are available for students to participate in OCC’s “Honors by Contract” Program!