Health Studies

associates Degree

Thank you for your interest in the A.S. in Health Studies program. Bay State College is no longer accepting applications for this program. Please refer to the Medical Assisting Certificate.

Our prescription for a great career in healthcare?  Start with a strong foundation.

Knowledge really is the best medicine when you’re thinking about a future in healthcare.  And Bay State’s Associate Program in Health Studies is your best solution for discovering where your talents in healthcare really are—and how to add to them.

The mission of the Health Studies Programs at Bay State College is to provide students with an education that puts emphasis on science, general education and a variety of professional courses that will enable them to explore potential career paths in the healthcare industry. The program will expose and prepare the students to various employment opportunities and career advancement.


Health Studies- Career Track

Health Studies- Advanced Track

Health Studies- Medical Assisting Concentration 

A.S. Medical Office Administration-  Evening Division only

Certificate in Medical Assisting- Evening Division only

The Health Studies- Career Track program offers a variety of career-related program electives, in addition to general education and science courses.  With each career elective, students gain knowledge and skills that prepare them for a career specific internship. Upon completion of these courses, internship, and any required certification to practice, graduates can apply for entry-level employment in the health care industry. Graduates may also pursue a Bachelor’s degree.

To learn about the career-related program electives, please click on the following courses below.

  1. Phlebotomy
  2. Medical Office Administration
  3. Cardiography: Concepts and Instrumentation
  4. Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology
  5. Clinical Procedures I
  6. Clinical Procedures II
  7. Introduction to Environmental Science
  8. Fundamentals of Nutrition 

The Health Studies- Advanced Track is a program geared toward students interested in applying to the nursing and PTA programs at Bay State College. The curriculum includes first and second semester courses that mirror the general education and science requirements of the more selective and competitive health programs at the College. This provides the student a smooth transition if accepted into the nursing or PTA program.

To learn about the admission criteria for nursing and PTA, please click the program below.



The Medical Assisting (MA) program prepares graduates to work as medical assistants. The program enables graduates to enter the health care field empowered with the professional skills and theory necessary to make clinical judgments in a variety of medical settings.

The MA program at Bay State College is programmatically accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health and Education Schools (ABHES). Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations conducted by the American Medical Technologists (AMT) and the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). In addition, students graduate with the ability to continue their education in a variety of disciplines at the baccalaureate level.

The A.S. Medical Office Administration program prepares the student with the knowledge and the skills necessary to assume responsibility in a hospital, clinic, medical office, research lab, or public health departments. Emphasis is placed on medical terminology and procedures as well as general office skills. Medical Office Administration professionals perform a variety of administrative duties including maintaining patients’ records, filing medical records, handling correspondence, facilitating doctor/patient communication, scheduling appointments, and performing third-party billings. Internship opportunities are available in health care clinics, private physicians’ offices, hospitals, and medical research laboratories. Jobs for medical office administrators are increasing rapidly to meet the needs of a growing population.

The Medical Assisting certificate program prepares graduates to work as entry-level medical assistants. This is a nine-month to one year program designed so graduates s who would like to further their education can transfer all twenty nine (29 )credits into the 2-year Associate Degree in Health Studies.

Possible Careers

  • Medical Office Administrative Assistant
  • Science Technician
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Personal Care/Service Worker
  • Medical Records/Info Technician

Successful Alumni

I’ve really taken so much knowledge from my classes at Bay State and applied it to my day to day work. When I first started here, it was the information from classes like ‘Introduction to Healthcare’ that were helpful, but now that I’m conversing with these healthcare professionals every day, I’m grateful for classes like ‘Pharmacology’; something I never thought I would say."

Lindsey Pierre, '12

Office Manager


Lindsey Pierre