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Health Services

Health Services

Start your health-related career with a degree that transfers to nearly any school in the state.

Want to work in the health care industry but don’t want to be a doctor or scientist? Most jobs in the health care industry do not require a doctorate degree, but do require an understanding of the health care system, medical terminology, and the human body.

Whatever your health-related career goals, the health services degree will start you off on the right foot with a thorough introduction to the field—all at half the cost of most schools.

  • About the Health Services Degree

    SMC’s instruction is among the best in the region. Whatever health-related field you choose to pursue, SMC will prepare you for advanced study with a strong foundation in the basics of biology and anatomy, coupled with new, state-of-the-art facilities and a personal touch.

    In this program, you can complete the pre-requisite courses required by four-year schools for half the cost. You’ll explore the study of the human body, including human development, anatomy, and physiology. You’ll also gain foundational knowledge of the health care system, with courses in medical terminology and ethics.

    This is a two-year degree program designed for transfer to four-year schools. With the assistance of your academic advisor, it can be adapted to transfer to nearly any school in the country. Learn more about transferring here. 

    This is also the degree you should choose on the application if you plan to apply to SMC’s nursing program.

  • What You’ll Learn

    View the full curriculum guide for the Associate in Arts in Health Services.

  • What Can I Do With a Health Services Degree?

    This is a general education health services degree designed to prepare you for transfer to a four-year program in health care-related fields. Examples of careers you could pursue after further study include:

    • Nursing
    • Dental Hygiene
    • Radiography
    • Medical Equipment Sales
    • Pharmaceutical Sales

    If you plan to apply to SMC’s nursing program, please consult SMC’s School of Nursing and Health Services for details regarding nursing prerequisites.

    If you want to pursue an advanced professional degree in medicine or dentistry, please choose the Associate in Science in Biology/Medical Pre-professional.

Transfer Anywhere

SMC is a high-transfer institution, meaning that many of our students successfully transfer to four-year schools. Credits transfer readily to most schools, and graduates have gone on to top universities, including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and more.

SMC is part of the Michigan Transfer Agreement, an agreement between community colleges and participating universities that improves the transfer of a core block of classes.

Learn more about transferring here.

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