Provides students with the general academic background to be successful in their chosen health care field. For students pursuing admission to the Ophthalmic Technician program, please follow these steps:
- Apply to the program. Students are strongly urged to meet with a health careers advisor within the first semester of course work.
- Complete BIO-134: Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology or college equivalent with a C or better, and one of the following:
- Complete the remaining program admissions requirement in the Ophthalmic Technician program.
- Confirm with health careers advisor completion of steps 1-3 and placement on the qualified/wait list.
- While on the qualified/wait list complete as many of the required general education courses, as required by the program, and program support courses as possible Ophthalmic Technician program.
- This degree does not have to be completed to be eligible for admission / entry to the Ophthalmic Technician program.
- Civil Society and Culture: Compare and contrast the United States globally with other nations or regions, addressing one or both of the following: (1) social, economic, political and cultural issues or (2) patterns of diversity or inequality, including racial, ethnic, religious or gender differences.
- Communication: Effectively communicate ideas appropriate to their discipline using Standard English, through written and verbal communication.
- Computer Technology: Demonstrate skills for computer technology, including internet, network and advanced file operations. Skills will include organizing, managing, and presenting data using office productivity software. Students will also identify security and integrity threats and identify unethical actions within their social or professional environments.
- Critical Thinking/Information Literacy: Demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate information and identify the need for research to draw conclusions, formulate inferences, solve problems and make decisions. Students will also demonstrate information literacy skills by locating, evaluating, selecting, organizing, synthesizing, and ethically documenting information from multiple sources using both informal and formal formats, as appropriate for diverse writing situations.
- Quantitative Literacy: Apply quantitative skills to analyze situations and make decisions in a variety of contexts.
All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.
Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.
The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Science degrees require at least 24 credits total including at least three credits, unless otherwise noted, from the five areas below. For this program:
Civil Society & Culture: Complete the following:
Communication: Complete the following:
Computer Technology: Complete the following:
Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:
- Complete one of the following:
- Complete one additional course from the following:
NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 24.
Humanities: This category is satisfied with the General Education and Required Support Courses in this program.
Science and Mathematics: This category is satisfied with the General Education, Required Support, and Required Core Courses in this program.
Social Science: This category is satisfied with the General Education and Required Support Courses in this program.
NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific Requirements have been met.
Required Core Courses
Required Support Courses
Complete as many additional 100-level or above courses as necessary to reach the 60 credit hours required for the Associate in Science degree.