associate of science in health science (ashs)

ashs program description

today’s healthcare job market is expanding rapidly and there is an immediate need for health science professionals to support the growth, as the industry shifts to population management.

the associate of science in health science (ashs) program offers a flexible curriculum to prepare a student for a career in healthcare. professionals who work in allied health professions actively engage as team members to prevent, diagnose, and treat a range of conditions and illnesses. working as part of a multidisciplinary health team provides opportunities for professional growth and supports the best patient outcomes possible.

our graduates may obtain employment in a healthcare-related position or continue their education in health profession programs. individually, graduates from the ashs program support health systems in areas such as clinical and medical research, medical writing, health education, and specialized customer service.


program level student learning outcomes

graduates of the associate of science in health science program will be able to:

  • articulate a fundamental understanding of basic sciences and scientific reasoning.
  • demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of mathematics.
  • communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • demonstrate the ability to think critically and to be successful in upper-division courses.


the ashs program serves a variety of purposes:

  • provides comprehensive basic science education, including general education, mathematics, and core health science education
  • prepares students for advancing degrees in the allied health sciences
  • provides foundational coursework easily transferable to other degrees
  • offers future employment in the allied health industry to apply scientific principles and evidence-based practice to optimize patient or client outcomes.

an important aspect of the program is the flexibility it offers students. the wide variety of courses available to ashs students allows them to complete general education core requirements before entering any number of professional education programs.

when students are granted admission into a health science program, they are able to seamlessly move general education credit from the ashs program into their respective programs. the same concept applies to ashs students who have completed coursework at other accredited institutions.

good samaritan college faculty members are dedicated to student success. the faculty hold advanced degrees in their discipline and are highly engaged in their areas of content and research. they provide close supervision in the classroom and laboratory setting, are skilled in the use of technology, and actively support student advising and effective learning outcomes.

ashs sample curriculum plan

total 60 credit hours
first year fall semester credit hours
course number description credit
sci 100 introduction to science 3
eng 101 english composition i 3
psy 103 introduction to psychology 3
che 101 general chemistry i 4
first year spring semester credit hours
course number description credit
eng 102 english composition ii 3
che 102 general chemistry ii 4
psy 205 lifespan development 3
bio 201 human anatomy and physiology i 4
soc 103 introduction to sociology 3
second year fall semester credit hours
course number description credit
mth 111 algebra and probability 3
bio 202 human anatomy and physiology ii 4
soc 104 social issues in health care 3
eng 105 professional communication 3
eth 105 ethics foundations 3
second year spring semester credit hours
course number description credit
eth 212 health care ethics 3
bio 215 general microbiology 4
csi 102 informatics and technology in health care 3
mth 204 basic statistics 3
cap 201 health sciences capstone 1


the good samaritan college campus is located in good samaritan hospital, part of the trihealth medical system.


our students practice their medical skills in our nationally-recognized simulation and skills lab.


study under faculty with doctorate degrees in their field.