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Health Studies certificate

The mission of the Health Studies certificate is to provide a foundation of academic prerequisites for students seeking admission to an Associate’s degree in an allied health care program. The curriculum provides a foundation essential for transfer into a variety of academic majors, such as nursing, dental hygiene, and radiologic technology.

The Health Studies Certificate program will enable graduates to develop:

  • An understanding of the basic principles of the anatomy and physiology of the human body;
  • The ability to recognize and comprehend the basic principles of microbiology;
  • The ability to explain the role of nutrition in health maintenance;
  • An understanding of the roles and responsibilities of allied health care personnel, and
  • Fundamental problem solving skills.


Students interested in the Health Studies certificate may also be interested in the

Joint Program - Nursing A.S. with Belanger School of Nursing

Learn more about SUNY Schenectady's partnership with Belanger School of Nursing for a Nursing A.S.

Students interested in transfer to Belanger School of Nursing can take their non-nursing courses scheduled around the nursing curriculum at SUNY Schenectady County Community College. Courses chosen must be comparable in content and credit to the required college courses in the curriculum. Persons interested in enrolling in the School of Nursing may complete any of the college courses before enrollment and receive advanced curriculum credit if the criteria for advanced credit are met. All course requirements for the first year must have satisfactory completion before progression to the second year.

The A.S. in Nursing is a multi-institution program with Ellis Medicine – Belanger School of Nursing as the degree granting institution and SUNY Schenectady as the non-degree granting institution providing non-nursing courses. Pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43 (2019 Rule), and in compliance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Manual version 19.2, if an educational program is designed to meet educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification that is required for employment in an occupation, or is advertised as meeting such requirements, the institution must provide students information regarding whether completion of that program would be sufficient to meet licensure requirements in a State for that occupation. For the AS in Nursing, the institutions have determined the curriculum of this program meets the New York State requirements for licensure and has not made such a determination for any other United States jurisdiction. For further information, please see    

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Degree Plan

See the degree requirements and suggested course sequence.

Degree Plan