Allied Health - Associate of Science

The Associate of Science Degree in Allied Health (ASAH) prepares students by offering and providing two healthcare career pathways. Pathway one (Option 1) prepares students for a Nursing Assistant and a career as a Phlebotomist Technician or an Electrocardiogram Technician. Pathway two (Option 2) prepares students for entry into the NMSU School of Nursing (NMSU SON) 4-year Bachelor of Nursing program. The ASAH degree plan follows the New Mexico Board of Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) common curriculum. NMSU SON accepts a cohort of students each Fall semester. Upon successful completion of core degree requirements included in Option 1 (Healthcare Field) or Option 2 (BSN Program) courses, a ASAH degree can be awarded.

Option 1 (Health Care Fields) is designed for students interested in alternative healthcare career paths in the fields of Nursing Assistant and Phlebotomist Technician or Electrocardiogram Technician. Option 1 also provides an associate degree completion for individuals awaiting acceptance into a BSN level program and for individuals with non-nursing degrees who may need to complete required courses before applying to a master program in nursing.

Option 2 (BSN Program) is designed for ASAH students choosing to meet pre-requisites for application to the NMSU SON BSN program at the New Mexico State University – Alamogordo campus.

A grade of C or better is required in all “G” courses.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 61 credits

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements and elective credits to total at least 61-65 credits. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education Requirements
Courses specified in the General Education areas below are Program required courses that will also fulfill General Education requirements.
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I4
English Composition - Level 2
ENGL 2210GProfessional & Technical Communication3
or ENGL 2221G Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
Oral Communication
COMM 1130GPublic Speaking3
or COMM 1115G Introduction to Communication
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 1220GCollege Algebra 13
Areas III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences
BIOL 2110G
BIOL 2110L
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
CHEM 1120GIntroduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors)4
CEPY 1120GHuman Growth and Behavior3
Area V: Humanities
Select one course from Area V: Humanities 23
Area VI: Creative/Fine Arts
Select one course from Area VI: Creative/Fine Arts 23
General Education Elective
PSYC 1110GIntroduction to Psychology3
Program Requirements
BIOL 2310
2310L
Microbiology
and Microbiology Lab
4
BIOL 2210Human Anatomy and Physiology I for the Health Sciences4
BIOL 2225Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
MATH 1350GIntroduction to Statistics3
Option Area
Select Option 1 (Health Care Fields) or Option 2 (BSN Program)13-17
Total Credits61-65
1

MATH 1220G College Algebra is required for the degree but students may need to take prerequisites to enter the course.

2

See the General Education Section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

Option 1 - Health Care Fields

Prefix Title Credits
NUTR 2110Human Nutrition3
NA 101Nursing Assistant Theory and Lab6
Select one from the following:4-6
Electrocardiogram Technician Basic4
Phlebotomist Technician6
Total Credits13-15

Option 2 - BSN Program

Prefix Title Credits
NUTR 2110Human Nutrition3
NMNC 3110Introduction to Nursing Concepts 13
NMNC 3135Principles of Nursing Practice 14
NMNC 3120Evidence-Based Practice 13
Select one from the following:4-6
Human Pathophysiology Foundation for Nursing4
Human Pathophysiology
and Human Pathophysiology II
6
Total Credits17-19
1

Open only to students admitted to the Nursing major.

A Suggested Plan of Study - Allied Health, Option 1 (Health Care Fields)

Additional classes may be needed based on placement test results and course prerequisites. Visit with an advisor for help with creating a customized plan.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
BIOL 2110G
BIOL 2110L
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
CHEM 1120G Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors) 4
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
PSYC 1110G Introduction to Psychology 3
Select one course from Area V: Humanities 1 3
 Credits18
Spring
BIOL 2210 Human Anatomy and Physiology I for the Health Sciences 4
CEPY 1120G Human Growth and Behavior 3
ENGL 2210G
Professional & Technical Communication
or Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
3
NUTR 2110 Human Nutrition 3
MATH 1220G College Algebra 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 2310
2310L
Microbiology
and Microbiology Lab
4
BIOL 2225 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
COMM 1130G
Public Speaking
or Introduction to Communication
3
MATH 1350G Introduction to Statistics 3
 Credits14
Spring
Select one course from Area VI: Creative/Fine Arts 1 3
NA 101 Nursing Assistant Theory and Lab 6
NA 110
Electrocardiogram Technician Basic
or Phlebotomist Technician
4-6
 Credits13
 Total Credits61
1

See the General Education Section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

A Suggested Plan of Study - Allied Health, Option 2 (BSN Program)

Additional classes may be needed based on placement test results and course prerequisites. Visit with an advisor for help with creating a customized plan.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
BIOL 2110G
BIOL 2110L
Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
CHEM 1120G Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors) 4
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
PSYC 1110G Introduction to Psychology 3
Select one course from Area V: Humanities 1 3
 Credits18
Spring
BIOL 2210 Human Anatomy and Physiology I for the Health Sciences 4
CEPY 1120G Human Growth and Behavior 3
ENGL 2210G
Professional & Technical Communication
or Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
3
NUTR 2110 Human Nutrition 3
MATH 1220G College Algebra 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 2310
2310L
Microbiology
and Microbiology Lab
4
BIOL 2225 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
COMM 1130G
Public Speaking
or Introduction to Communication
3
MATH 1350G Introduction to Statistics 3
 Credits14
Spring
Select one course from Area VI: Creative/Fine Arts 1 3
NMNC 3110 Introduction to Nursing Concepts 3
NMNC 3135 Principles of Nursing Practice 4
NMNC 3120 Evidence-Based Practice 3
Select one from the following: 4-6
Human Pathophysiology Foundation for Nursing
Human Pathophysiology
and Human Pathophysiology II
 Credits17
 Total Credits65
1

See the General Education Section of the catalog for a full list of courses.