Allied Health Sciences BAS

Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Allied Health Sciences (AHS) provides a baccalaureate pathway for students who have earned select two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Students complete an approved AAS degree and additional health sciences coursework; they then transfer to NSC for their senior year to earn the BAS-Allied Health Sciences. The coursework at NSC focuses on interpersonal and written communications, leadership, and the social and cultural contexts of health care.

Admissions Requirement

The BAS-Allied Health Sciences major is open to students who completes an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree at a regionally accredited institution from the following fields:  Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Health Information Technology, Ophthalmic Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiation Technology, or Surgical Technology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the BAS-Allied Health Sciences degree, successful students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in a specific health science field (medical sonography, ophthalmology, health information technology, physical therapy assistant, radiation therapy technology or surgical technology).
  • Explain how to integrate leadership/management and interpersonal communication skills into the workplace.
  • Identify socio-cultural and psychological factors that affect the successful delivery of health care.
  • Explain why employability skills such as communications, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, and other "soft skills" are vitally important in the workplace.


Complete Requirements for Health Science Certificate of Completion

Recommended Schedule

A recommended course sequence for Allied Health Sciences B.A.S. is provided for students as guidance to complete their major in four years.

Completion of an AAS in an Eligible Field

Students must complete an AAS in one of the following fields:

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Health Information Technology
  • Ophthalmic Technology
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Radiation Therapy Technology
  • Surgical Technology
Students may transfer in up to 90 credits. Courses are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Health Science Courses (5-7 credits)

These courses are required as part of the AAS or Certificate of Completion program.
BIOL 224AHuman Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture


BIOL 224LHuman Anatomy and Physiology II Lab


HIT 117B or HIT 118B

1.00 - 3.00

Note: Surgical Technology students complete HIT 117B as part of their AAS degree.

College Core Curriculum (33-45)

English (3-8 credits)

Refer to the English section of the Core Curriculum

Study and Technology Skills (0-3 credits)

Refer to the Study and Technology Skills section of the Core Curriculum

Mathematics (3-5 credits)

Refer to the Mathematics section of the Core Curriculum.

Natural Sciences (8 credits)

Refer to the Natural Sciences Core Curriculum page for information on how to fulfill this requirement.
Note: For students in the B.A.S. Allied Health Sciences program, BIOL 223 will also be accepted as a Natural Sciences Core lab course.

Social Sciences (3 credits)

Refer to the Social Sciences section of the Core Curriculum.

For BAS-Allied Health Sciences majors who completed CSN's Physical Therapist Assistant AAS program, PT 122 will also be accepted as a Social Science Core course.

Fine Arts (3 credits)

Refer the Fine Arts section of the Core Curriculum

Humanities (6 credits)

Refer to the Humanities section of the Core Curriculum

Constitution (3-6 credits)

Refer to the Constitution section of the Core Curriculum

Cultural Diversity (3 credits)

Refer to the Cultural Diversity section of the Core Curriculum

Allied Health Sciences Core Curriculum (24 credits)

Required Courses (6 credits)

ENG 407AFundamentals of Business Writing


PSY 470Health Psychology


Choose three of the following (9 credits):

COM 315Small Group Communication


COM 404Principles of Persuasion


COM 412Intercultural Communication


COM 434Communication and Conflict Resolution


COM 464Leadership: A Communication Perspective


COU 300Introduction to Human Services and Counseling


PHIL 311Professional Ethics


PSC 461Executive Leadership


PSY 450Industrial & Organizational Psychology


PSY 360Foundations of Social Psychology


Choose three of the following (9 credits):

COU 320Drugs and Behavior


PSY 303Foundations of Neuroscience


PSY 341Foundations of Abnormal Psychology


PSY 442Psychology of Aging


SOC 466Sociology of Medicine


SOC 484Sociology of Death and Dying


Upper Division Electives

Upper division electives as needed to fulfill residency requirement of 30 upper-division credits taken at NSC.

Summary of credit requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health

AAS in Allied Health Field

At least 60 credits

Core Curriculum

up to 40 credits

Health Science Courses

5-7 credits

Health Science Major Requirements

24 credits

Electives (as needed to bring total credits to 120, fulfill upper division residency requirement at Nevada State College, and 4-year institution credits)

Total Credits