Health Arts (HT)

(Effective Fall 2011)

The associate of applied science in Health Arts is a flexible design, which can prepare students who are credentialed in a health care field to have a better understanding of the health care system in America, be better prepared to meet changes in the health care system in American society, and have a fundamental understanding of the process of setting and accomplishing goals through the use of appropriate resources.

Career Opportunities

Students coming into this major are expected to be in, or have completed training for health care areas and already have jobs, or will be able to easily obtain a job in their original area of emphasis. Completion of this major and earning an associate of applied science degree could help them advance within an organization, enjoy more job related options or have a competitive advantage for jobs or promotions.

Recommended High School Subjects

Students should prepare extensively in oral and written communication skills, take math every year, including Algebra II, and take science and social studies every year. Psychology is recommended.

Special Admissions Requirements

Students must provide proof of current credentials, licensure, certification, and/or registration as a health care provider before acceptance. Related work experience for students not enrolled in a health related major must be current within the last five years. Students currently enrolled in a non-Penn College Health Sciences major may be given admission to this curriculum if the administrator in charge of the non-Penn College program, the Dean of Health Sciences, and the administrator in charge of the Health Arts major agree to allow the student to begin studies at Penn College, and all other College admissions requirements are met.

Students interested in Practical Nursing can enroll in this curriculum; however, the Health Arts (HN) major will likely better complement career goals. Regardless of the Health Arts major (HT or HN), completion of the required curriculum will be dependent upon acceptance into the Penn College Practical Nursing major.

Remediation Strategies

Developmental course work must be remediated prior to Practical Nursing course work. For other students in this major, developmental course work must be remediated prior to, or in conjunction with regular course work. All developmental work must be satisfied within the first 12 credits of the curriculum.

Transfer Procedures

All general education courses that meet College requirements will be eligible for transfer according to College policy. College-level credit can be awarded for non-traditional training/education that has led to a current, recognized U.S. credential including (but not necessarily limited to) certification, licensure, and/or registration. The training and related work experience must equal at least nine credits. Student credentials and experiences will be evaluated by the School of Health Sciences to determine the number of credits that can be awarded. Students who complete this major can be eligible for transfer into the College's bachelor's degree in Applied Health Studies or Technology Management.

International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to Health Sciences majors.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • evaluate models of communication; demonstrate an effective model of communication.
  • apply appropriate mathematical skills.
  • describe and discuss how to adapt to changes facing the health care delivery system and its workers in the United States.
  • describe, discuss and develop an understanding and appreciation of, and apply the benefits of health and fitness for life.
  • develop an understanding and appreciation of, and apply skills that result in information literacy, including the efficient and effective use of the Internet and library resources; use these skills to gather, interpret, evaluate and report information.
  • discuss and apply the sciences to health care areas, including patient treatment.
  • use basic computer skills.
  • describe, contrast and compare roles in the health care system; assess and develop an appreciation of their role in the system as a health care worker.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
HTHDirected Health Arts Electives 9 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
SCIScience Elective 3 
Second SemesterCredits
HTHDirected Health Arts Electives 8 
MNAMath Elective (MTH124 or Higher) 3 
CMMCommunication Elective 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Third SemesterCredits
HTHDirected Health Arts Electives 19 
Fourth SemesterCredits
HTHDirected Health Arts Electives 18 

A four-credit science course can use 1 credit to help satisfy 1 credit of Directed Electives. Acceptable selections to meet this requirement must include a science with a lab. Directed electives include credit given for health care training as determined by the Program Director and/or Health Sciences Dean. Other courses appropriate to the student's career/educational goals are included in this category. Students desiring other/additional degrees, especially any bachelor-degree program, need to carefully consult with their adviser regarding the best Mathematics requirement option. PSY 111 recommended for Humanities/Social Sciences/Art/Foreign Language elective.