A.S. in Health Science


The Associate of Science in Health Science degree includes the first two years of study toward a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. The program has a two-fold vision: first, students can earn an Associate degree in Health Sciences from Calumet College of St. Joseph in four consecutive semesters.

Next, students who meet all requirements can move into the Marian University to Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Alternatively, they could continue their study in Health Sciences in Calumet College’s bachelor’s degree program in Biomedical Science.

This approach offers an intensive accelerated pathway into the nursing profession.

In the Health Science program, you will

  • Advance your scientific knowledge and critical thinking skills
  • Hone your research skills and problem-solving ability
  • Develop specific expertise in areas of sample preparation, data analysis, scientific calculations and more
  • Learn to communicate the results of scientific research verbally and in writing
  • Solidify your awareness of the relevance of biological and chemical knowledge to human health and welfare

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Marian University OABSN

Admission Requirements

To meet the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Marian University, students must successfully complete:

  • all pre-requisite science courses with grades of “C+” or better in each course with no more than two repeated courses.  These courses in the CCSJ Health Science program include BIOL 115/L, BIO 230/L, BIOL 300/L, BIOL 305/L, CHEM 200/L, and CHEM 205/L
  • NSG 129 offered by Marian University with a grade of C+ or better

Students graduating from CCSJ in the Health Sciences program with a cumulative GPA above 3.25 shall receive priority consideration for admission to the Marian University OABSN program.   Students graduating with a cumulative GPA below 3.25 but above 2.8 shall be an eligible candidate for admission to the OABSN.



Dr. Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Program Director for Biomedical Science, Medical Lab Science, Life Science, Forensic Science and Health Sciences; Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Edward Draper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Tracy Stone, M.S., CSCS

Program Director, Kinesiology

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Objectives and requirements

67 credit hours

Completion of this A.S. as planned meets all BSN general education requirements at MU except the second Theology course and completion of the minor (which can be completed in Psychology) which are all courses taken in the BS.

Scientific Knowledge and Critical Thinking:
  • Students will demonstrate a level of competency for understanding core principles.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to locate and critically evaluate scientific information.
Research Skills and Problem Solving Ability:
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to design studies to test the biological and chemical hypothesis.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to learn independently and to critically evaluate the significance of research results.
  • Specific Expertise: Students will develop and justify a range of sample preparation, data analysis, various scientific calculations (enzyme kinetics, molarity, stoichiometry).
  • Students will be able to validate techniques of analytical balances, autoclave, UV/Vis spectrometer, IR spectrometer, gel electrophoresis, simple and fractional distillation, PCR, DNA extraction, titrations, pH analysis and normalization.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate the results of scientific research verbally and in writing.
Ethics and Advocacy:
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to design studies that meet professional ethical standards.
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of the relevance of biological and chemical knowledge to human health and welfare.

First Year

Fall Semester
  • EWPC 103 – English Composition
  • GENL 100 – College Survival
  • BIOL 115/L – Cell and Evolution and Lab
  • Math 104/110/171 – Mathematics Course
  • THEO 110 – Social Justice
  • PSY 100 – Intro to Psychology
Spring Semester
  • PHIL 200 – Great Philosophical Ideas
  • PSY 210 – Research Methodology
  • ECON 160 – Economic Theory and Personal Finance
  • EMCO 150 – Public Speaking
  • BIOL 230/L – Microbiology and Lab
  • Humanities General Education Requirement

Second Year

Fall Semester
  • EMCO 111 – The Literary Experience
  • PSY 340 – Developmental Psychology
  • BIOL 300/L – Anatomy & Physiology and Lab
  • CHEM 200/L – General Chemistry I and Lab
  • SPN 103 – Introduction to Spanish I
Spring Semester
  • EMCO 204 – Academic Reading & Writing II
  • BIOL 305/L – Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab
  • CHEM 205/L – General Chemistry II and Lab
  • PSY 335 – Abnormal Psychology
  • HUM 110 – Foundations of Western Culture
Summer Semester
  • NSG 129 – Nursing Concepts (taken from MU)

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