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Associate Health Technology



Ohio University Southern offers a two-year program of study in Health Technology leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree. This program is primarily designed for students who wish to or already have completed an allied health course of study and have been certified to practice in their fields.
The program integrates the students' technical skills with general academic skills necessary to advance in their chosen career areas. Up to 24 credit hours may be awarded for current certification in an allied health field. Other students may enter the program and pursue the associate's degree by completing additional allied health technical courses. Upon completion of this program, students are well positioned to pursue a baccalaureate degree with a major in Health Service Administration, Technical and Applied Studies, or Specialized Studies.
The minimum requirement for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is the completion of 64 credits with a 2.0 accumulative GPA upon graduation. You must earn at least 20 semester hours of resident credit at Ohio University. You also must meet Ohio University General Education requirements for associate degrees. (See Graduation Requirements - Universitywide section) To earn a technical associate's degree, you must complete an Application for Update of Program(s), available from any college office or regional campus student services office.
R. Craig Harvey,
Director of Health Technology

Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Technology

General Requirements: 22 hours
COMS 1030: Fund of Public Speaking (3 hrs)
CTCH 1250: Introduction to Computers (3 hrs)
ENG 1510: Writing & Rhetoric I (3 hrs)
MATH 1200: College Algebra (4 hrs)
PSY 1010: General Psychology (3 hrs)
SOC 1010: Introduction to Sociology (3 hrs)

Choose 1 of the following:
BIOS 1030: Human Biology I (3 hrs)  OR
The Series: BIOS 1300/1310 (4 hrs)
Core Technical Requirements: 14 hours
HTCH 1000: Principles of Health Technology (3 hrs)
HTCH 1040: Law and Ethics in Health Technology (3 hrs)
HTCH 2000: Topics in Health Technology (3 hrs)
MAT 1400: Medical Terminology
HLTH 2300 *Southern Credit (3 hrs)
EXPH 2280: CPR (2 hrs)


Technical Requirements: 18 hours
Choose 1 of the following:
COMS 1100: Communication between Cultures (3 hrs)
COMS 2050: Techniques of Group Discussion (3 hrs)
COMS 2060: Communications in Interpersonal Relationships (3 hrs)

Choose 1 of the following:
BMT 2600: Business Report Writing (3 hrs)
OTEC 2300: Business Communication (3 hrs)

Choose 1 of the following:
BMT 1100: Introduction to Management (3 hrs)
BMT 1500: Elements of Supervision (3 hrs)
MGT 2000: Introduction to Management (3 hrs)

Choose 1 of the following:
EH 2000: Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety (3 hrs)
HLTH 2170: Health System Organization, Financing and Delivery (3 hrs)
HLTH 2150: Violence in America (3 hrs)
Choose 2 of the following:
HCFN 1280: Introduction to Nutrition (3 hrs)
HLTH 2020: Introduction to Health and Lifestyle (3 hrs)
HLTH 2700: Family and Consumer Health (3 hrs)

Electives: 10 hours
Minimum at OU: 20 hours
Minimum Required for Graduation: 64 hours

Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety

*Ohio University Southern students pursuing a degree in Health Technology may choose to enroll in this certificate program to complement their associate’s degree.
The Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is a workforce readiness certificate that provides the tools and training for professional success and practical knowledge to work as an occupational health and safety technician.

In this career, you can expect to perform such duties as collecting data on work environments for analysis by occupational health and safety specialists, implementing and conducting evaluation of programs designed to limit chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic risks to workers. Upon successful completion of the certification in occupational health and safety and experience working in the field, you may consider such jobs as a health and safety tech; construction safety site safety; safety manager; environmental, health, and safety (EHS) leader; industrial hygiene technician—just to name a few.

You will obtain the skills required to review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. Whether working in the public or private sector, the outlook for careers as an occupational health and safety technician is projected to grow by 11% by 2022. Additionally, with a median income of $22.78 hourly and $47,380 annually in this field, these are great career paths for someone interested.

Program Requirements

A total of 15 credit hours are required for the Occupational  Health & Safety certificate program. All courses are available in blended or online formats to allow flexible scheduling for students. Once courses are completed, please notify and submit a copy of your DARS report to R. Craig Harvey, Director of Health Technology, at

Grading and Attendance

All required courses are available in a blended or online format to accommodate the working student. General attendance and grading policies are defined by Ohio University, but specific course policies and course completion may vary by instructor. The Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety may be completed in as little as two semesters.

It is designed to be flexible to meet the individual’s pace of study. All courses may not be available every semester. Please consult with your advisor about current course offerings to ensure a completion time that is desirable.

Requirements: 15 hours
EH 2000: Intro to Environmental Health & Safety (3 hrs)
EH 4400: Occupational Safety & Health (3 hrs)
OHS 2000: Essentials of Occupational Hygiene & Professions  (3 hrs)
HLTH 2000: Introduction to Public Health (3 hrs)
HLTH 2170: Introduction to Health Care Organizations (3 hrs)