Health Sciences

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

The Associate of Applied Science in Health Sciences is designed for students interested in or currently working in the rapidly growing health-care industry, and for those who have completed military training in the medical and health Sciences. This program offers you the opportunity to gain basic general education and earn college credits to complement your medical knowledge and healthcare training. This AAS degree is ideal for a variety of health-care related careers; including medical assistants, laboratory technicians, dental assistants, nursing, and numerous other careers within the healthcare industry.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online associate program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Biological principles, systems, and properties of life
  • Chemistry basics and terminology, with lab
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Physics principles, theories, and applications
  • Human ecology, terminology and methods
  • Microbiological treatment, therapies, and infections
  • Human genetics, heredity, and genetic technology
  • Anatomy and physiology for sports and health-related fields

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Note: Students that receive transfer credit for the Army Health Care Specialist (68W10), Navy Hospital Corpsman (B-300-0010/HM-0000), or Air Force Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice (L8AQJ4N031 01AA) course will NOT be awarded any additional transfer credit for National Registry for Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) Basic certification. The NREMT- Basic certification is considered duplicate regardless of certification date and location of military training.

Some courses in this program have additional laboratory course materials that are not covered by our undergraduate book grant. Please view the materials cost information below for details.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Apply learning practices from health sciences training to associate degree level education courses.
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Integrate concepts from military health sciences training with broader general education knowledge acquired at the university.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning and broadening skills to become eligible for increased responsibility and advancement in military medical services.
  • Demonstrate interest in pursuing higher learning opportunities generated by successful completion of the Associate in Applied Science degree.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.

Materials Cost

Software and/or lab equipment required for some courses in this program must be purchased at the student’s expense, and are not included in the undergraduate book grant.

Estimated course materials for this program are $700. You can view materials required for individual courses in the ecampus under your Academic Plan.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.