Health Sciences Broad Field

Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening, and online courses.
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer, Full- or Part-Time.

About the Program

This program provides students with a broad base of general education coursework relevant to the field of health sciences, in preparation to transfer to a broad array of health sciences majors at a college or university. This degree program is designed to fulfill health science baccalaureate requirements at all Minnesota State universities offering related degrees.

The degree is designed to transfer to all Minnesota State universities offering related baccalaureate programs. Students must consult with both Century College and transfer university counselors/advisors early and often, for guidance and planning regarding the requirements of the various health sciences baccalaureate programs to facilitate the most efficient transition and transfer.

Potential Transfer Bachelor’s Degree Majors/Minors

  • Allied Healthcare Management
  • Athletic Training
  • Biology – Allied Health
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Communication Disorders
  • Community Health
  • Corrections
  • Dietetics
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Exercise Science
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Health Care Management
  • Health Education
  • Health, Exercise, and Rehabilitative Sciences
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Science
  • Kinesiology
  • Movement Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Therapeutic Recreation

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Cost & Financial Aid

As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

Financial Aid

Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs qualify for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College’s Federal School Code is 010546.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to Century College students involved in several areas of study. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Tuition Cost per Credit Comparison: Century College $206.41, University of MN - TC $555.13, Priva...

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Please contact an academic advisor at Century College or at any Minnesota State University for more information on available degree options.

Metropolitan State University accepts the Health Sciences Broad Field Associate in Science Degree in their Individualized Studies Bachelor of Arts Program.

Capella University accepts the Health Sciences Broad Field Associate in Science Degree to transfer to Capella’s Business, Business Administration, or Health Care Management Bachelor of Science Degrees.

St. Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts the Health Sciences Broad Field, Associate in Science Degree in transfer to St. Mary’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare and Human Services Management.

    Program Faculty

  • Experience: Dr. Caulkins has been teaching at Century for over 26 years and has been a practicing paramedic for that same length of time. With experience in firefighting, leadership, public health, education, research, and public safety, Dr. Caulkins is well-equipped to educate students on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Caulkins meets the MinnState qualification standards to teach in emergency medical services, health, health sciences, education, public safety, and anthropology.
    Teaching Approach: My personal philosophy of education is fairly eclectic and crosses several teaching philosophies. I believe that it is helpful, if not essential, that the teacher is a master/expert. I believe the teacher’s role is to cultivate knowledge and wisdom. The teacher is also a guide to lead the student through the educational process. Sometimes leading requires the teacher to be flexible in becoming a facilitator by establishing guidelines and boundaries. Sometimes the role is of a mediator. A teacher is also a learner and learning is reciprocal between the student and teacher. Learners are there to listen, observe, and receive knowledge but are also active participants.
    Education: Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration, St. Cloud State; Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Metropolitan State University; Master of Public Health, American Military University; Graduate Certificate in Career and Technical Education, University of Minnesota; Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies with a Focus on the Anthropology of Disaster, Metropolitan State University; Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services, American College of Prehospital Medicine; Associate of Arts, Inver Hills Community College; Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic Technology, Century College; Diploma, Paramedic Technician, Northeast Metro Technical College; Certificate, Community Paramedic Clinician, Hennepin Technical College
    Notable: Co-developed an emergency response plan that was used at the 35W bridge collapse and later adopted statewide.Traveled across the U.S. as an accreditation site visitor to review paramedic education programs.Participated in writing questions for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians credentialling test bank.Developed three two-year degree programs and dozens of courses.Internationally recognized suicidologist and researcher.Numerous publications including research papers, articles, books, and book chapters.Owner of a private consulting business, Caulkins Consulting, LLC.One of only six people nationwide accepted into the Emergency Medical Services for Children Scholars Program, which is led by the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.
    Hobbies: Travel, Reading, Learning
    Chris Caulkins
    Emergency Medical Services
  • Carolyn Cook
    Faculty/Department Chair
    Physical Education/Health
  • Experience: Crystal De Kam is a licensed Mental Health Professional in the state of Minnesota and worked in community mental health services for over three years before transitioning to college counseling settings. Crystal has worked in college counseling (mental health, personal, and career counseling) for over five years and continues to work at Century College in the counseling department as well as teaching courses in psychology and the Behavioral Health and Interventions course. She began teaching three years ago.
    Teaching Approach: “While teaching I take a student-centered approach to help students learn the material by focusing on meeting the students where they are at in the course of their learning. I find students learn best when the content can be related to the student’s experience and career aspirations and I work to help students understand how the course is relevant to the student. My courses often have multiple ways for the student to learn the content and to show they understand the content in an effort to help all students with their preferred learning method.”
    Education: “I began my education at a community college in the metro area; Normandale Community College and continued with my education to complete a B.A. in psychology with a health services focus at Winona State University. I later completed my Masters in Counseling and Psychological Services at Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis.”
    Hobbies: As a lifetime learner I am always looking into new hobbies and interests; right now I am enjoying gardening.
    Crystal De Kam
    Advising and Counseling