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Magdalene Figuccio, MSN
Director, Undergraduate Programs in BHA
Phone: (973) 290-4157
Office: Henderson Hall - Room 123

Allied Health Studies

Program Overview

With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting that managerial opportunities in health care will grow an estimated 23% between 2012 and 2022, a Bachelor's degree in Allied Health Studies is a smart choice.

The program in Allied Health Studies builds on a strong base of general education courses and includes in-depth perspectives in health and health care delivery. Students gain an understanding of health issues and public health trends, learn to utilize management, organizational and communication skills in health care positions, interpret health care and disease-related research and use this information to change and improve health care.


  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and values related to missions, management and outcomes of complex health care organizations and delivery systems.
  • Effectively communicate verbally, visually, electronically and in written forms to encompass all levels of communication from mass media communication levels to the individual interpersonal communication levels.
  • Apply cross-cultural and global perspectives in various aspects of health care as appropriate.
  • Synthesize and apply critical decision making skills to health related problems, using problem solving skills and ethical guidelines.


Students graduating from the program will be prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of health care and health related areas such as hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, doctor's offices, insurance companies, local, county and federal health care agencies, corporate and commercial settings. They are also prepared for a variety of graduate programs.


B.A. in Allied Health Studies

  • AHS 101 Introduction to Allied Health Studies (4)
  • AHS 200 Global Health and Cultural Perspectives (4)
  • AHS 300 Health Care Delivery Systems and Organizations (4)
  • AHS 307 Epidemiology and Human Disease (4)
  • AHS 310 Health Promotion and Planning (4)
  • AHS 410 Research in Health Care (4)
  • AHS 450 Senior Seminar/Capstone (2)
  • AHS 495 Internship (2 + 2 option*)
  • Phil 331 Ethics in Health Care (4)
  • BUS 100 Introduction to Business (2)****
  • BUS 121 Accounting and Finance for Health Care Professionals (4)
  • BUS 200 Principles of Management & Management Skills (4)

The total credits for the major are: 42

Additional internship option: 44*

Prerequisite for Bus 121 & 200*******

Students may transfer in up to 90 credits. The total major in Allied Health is 42-44. Graduation requirement is 120 credits. Students may be over the "120" credit if they transfer in the complete allowance of 90 credits.

If the student has earned an A.A.S degree from an institution that has an articulation agreement with CSE, they will generally be required to take CSE 200 and Element III for their general education requirements. All transfer students will be assessed individually by the Admissions Office for correct placement in General Education Requirements.

Students transferring from a school without a current CSE Articulation agreement will be evaluated on an individual basis for transfer credit acceptance.

Students transferring into CSE with an Associate's Degree (A.S.) will be required to take Element III of the College general education program.

Capstone Seminar

Students will complete a faculty guided, culminating research project that begins during the internship and ends in the Senior Seminar course.

Suggested minors for students majoring in Allied Health Studies:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Course Listing

Course Level: 1

Introduction to the Fitness Industry
Credit Hours: 2

Students examine current competencies required for credentialing in the field, and a variety of current fitness/wellness practice delivery systems. This course includes a field practicum to enhance the student's ability to plan, implement, and evaluate fitness/wellness programs for a variety of populations. Marketing issues and business practices will be examined for ethical safety issues.

Introduction to Allied Health Studies
Credit Hours: 4

This introductory course will provide students with an overview of the health care system and the skills they will need to work in this system. The course will look at the profession from a professional and personal perspective. Topics on the professional aspect will include: health care today, language of health care, the human body, personal and workplace safety, communication in health care settings, health care skills, business of health care and opportunities in health care professions. The areas of personal perspective will include all issues related to work-life balance and incorporating health practices in their lives which will enhance their quality of life.

Credit Hours: 0.5

The history of golf, the use of woods and irons, stances, terminology, and etiquette balance the practical application of skills. Practical experience indoors and outdoors will be provided. Fitness/Wellness requirement.

Self Defense
Credit Hours: 1

Common practical everyday safety precautions for the individual at home, at work, and while traveling.

Physical Fitness & Weight Training
Credit Hours: 1

Basic anatomical and physiological functions of the body in the context of fitness are the basic foundations of the course. Complete fitness evaluations will be offered in accordance with national guidelines, followed by fitness planning for the individual.

Beginner Swimming
Credit Hours: 1

Basic water adjustment skills, strokes, safety skills, and group activities are the emphasis in this self-paced class taught to insure personal safety and competence.

Water Aerobics
Credit Hours: 2

Strengthening the heart and lungs, and shaping-up the skeletal and muscle systems will be the guidelines for personal water aerobics workouts through explanations and demonstrations. Students do not need to know how to swim. All activity is in shallow water. Options for deep water exercise are available.

Credit Hours: 1

This is a combination of vigorous exercise and callisthenic exercises for toning, firming, and cardiovascular endurance. This also includes dance patterns to teach and reinforce rhythm. Low impact step aerobics will be the primary focus of the course. New aspects to be explored will include cardio, kick boxing, Pilates, strength training, high and low impact.

Lifeguard Training
Credit Hours: 1

Principles of preventative lifeguarding, knowledge and skills of how to prevent accidents from occurring, knowledge of rescue skills, and the ability to perform them. Red Cross has designed a uniform course to provide candidates with the knowledge necessary for competent performance as a professional lifeguard at pools and waterfront areas.

Credit Hours: 2

Fundamentals of the game including grips, strokes, scoring, and rules will be presented. Tournaments will be set up to provide experience in a game situation.

Credit Hours: 0.5

Grips, strokes, and selection and care of equipment will be presented. Students are able to participate in and gain enjoyment from a recreational activity. Intra class tournaments in singles and doubles will be held. Game strategy is introduced to ensure a more thorough understanding of the game and promote better understanding of a very fast-paced sport.

Credit Hours: 1

History, footwork, terminology, safety, various attacks, and defense maneuvers will be offered. Limited competition will be presented.

Aerobic Fitness Wallking
Credit Hours: 0.5

Low impact fitness walking course designed to increase cardiovascular fitness. Participants will take advantage of the numerous trails on and off campus.

Credit Hours: 1

Fundamentals of the game including basic skills, scoring, positioning, rules, terminology, and game strategy will be the aim of this introductory course.

Course Level: 2

Global Health and Cultural Perspectives
Credit Hours: 4

This course is a comparative study of disease ecology and medical systems of other cultures. The roles of disease in human evolution and history will be examined. The sociocultural factors affecting contemporary world health problems, the cultural aspects of ethno-medicine and biomedicine, as well as ethnicity and health care will be explored.

Strength & Conditioning I
Credit Hours: 2

This course is designed to provide students with a specific knowledge of anatomy and physiology as it pertains specifically to strength and conditioning. Examination of muscles and their actions will provide the basis for application in exercise.

Strength & Conditioning II
Credit Hours: 4

Building on the basic knowledge, students will begin to apply specific principles to exercise and sport specific actions. Students will work to create action plans based on sound theoretical knowledge of anatomy and physiology. The origin, insertion and action of muscles and the complete movement of a sports action will be examined for safe and appropriate application.

Professional First Aid/CPR/AED
Credit Hours: 2

This course provides a combination of the first aid skills necessary for acting as the first link in emergency medical services systems. This course will combine all first aid skills and all CPR-cardio/pulmonary skills for adults, children and infants. The addition of AED, Automatic External Defibrillator component makes the course a complete set of skills. Red Cross certification is available.

Contemporary Issues
Credit Hours: 2

Selected activities will provide a forum for current trends and activities in fitness and wellness. Topics will be selected and based on student interest.

Human Sexuality
Credit Hours: 3

This course explores biological, psychological, sociological, philosophical aspects of human sexuality. Through small group discussions, students personally evaluate the ideas, norms, and moral values concerning sexuality in our society.

Environmental Health
Credit Hours: 3

The environmental issues confronting human kind today are presented in this course. It studies the impact the environment has on health. Areas of study will look at water, air, noise and thermal pollution issues. Additional areas to be examined include the occupational and worker comprehensive health care issues that are regulated by federal agencies. Emergent diseases and projected trends are examined in light of today's global village.

Living with Stress
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the physiological, psychological and emotional impact of stress upon individuals and groups. The definitions currently utilized are examined. The concept of stress is studied with regard to personal and professional life. Self- assessment tests are taken and interpreted. Both the long term and short term effects of stress are discussed. A variety of management and coping techniques are described and utilized by the class. In addition group labs are held where fellow students become a built-in support group as coping skills are developed.

Women's Health
Credit Hours: 3

This course surveys women's health experience in the United States. Issues related to health care treatment, health promotion, and disease prevention specific to women will be presented.

Drug Use & Abuse
Credit Hours: 3

This course explores drug use (alcohol and legal and illegal drugs) in our society from psychological, social, cultural, physiological, technological, and historical perspectives. Discussion will include problems of use, misuse, and abuse in relation to prevention and intervention, as well as the impact on individual, family, and social systems.

Lifestyles for Wellness
Credit Hours: 2

This course will provide the basic knowledge of health and wellness.

Course Level: 3

First Aid & Injury Prevention
Credit Hours: 4

This course will provide students with the theory and skills to respond to emergencies using skills in First Aid/ CPR/ AED. Additionally the course presents the latest information on prevention, recognition, and evaluation of athletic injuries. Students learn to coordinate appropriate emergency care and understand the need for appropriate preparation for athletes prior to participation in sports and rehabilitation after an injury.

Health Care Organizations & Delivery Sys
Credit Hours: 4

The organization, administration and functions of health services in the United States and other major nations will be examined. Social and public agencies that affect the US health care system will also be studied. Methods currently employed in the US for analysis and evaluation of health care systems will be explored. This course will offer opportunities for students to apply these principles in various areas of the health care system. An in-depth examination of current U. S. policies and practices pertaining to Medicare & Medicaid will be evaluated. Insurance and the current health care laws will be monitored and the impact on society will be integrated into the course. Prerequisite: AHS 101.

Epidemiology and Human Disease
Credit Hours: 4

The course will address distribution and determinants of disease/conditions in populations. An overview of epidemiological principles and practices using current health topics will be presented. This course provides a general overview of diseases, etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Medical resources in disease management will be considered. Mental health issues will also be examined. Special attention will be given to disease prevention. The role of alternative medicine will also be discussed. Prerequisite: AHS 101.

Health Promotion & Planning
Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on the process of designing, planning and implementing health education and health promotion programs. The methods of conducting a needs assessment, the development of program goals and objectives, and the internal and external factors that affect program development and implementation are central focuses of this course. Students will complete create, design, and implement a health care project based on the materials covered in the class. The projects will be created in modular fashion incorporating all aspects of health promotion and planning theories and principles. Prerequisites: AHS 101

Course Level: 4

Excercise Physiology
Credit Hours: 4

This course is the advanced study of anatomy, physiology, and the mechanics of body movement. The course integrates physiological bases of exercise with application to exercising individuals. The effects of exercise on the major physiological systems (cellular, cardiovascular, thermoregulatory, pulmonary, renal, body fluids, hormonal) are discussed. Topics include energy expenditure, fuel substrate metabolism, and hydration. Includes laboratory component with practice of techniques for collection of and analyses of physiological data (i.e., basal metabolism, body composition, pulmonary functions, VO2 measurements, strength testing).

Professional Fitness Assessment
Credit Hours: 4

This course will provide the basic principles of fitness for prospective fitness professionals. Students learn how to develop a personalized fitness program that includes body composition assessment, weight training, stretching, and cardiovascular programs. This course includes hands-on experience in conducting fitness assessments and muscular strength training. Discussion topics include exercise risks and safety issues, among others. Students learn techniques for complete fitness evaluation in accordance with national guidelines and fitness planning methods. Preparation and eligibility for national personal training examinations and certifications are explored. Criteria for the eligibility are examined, along with the continuing education requirements for maintenance of certifications.

Research in Health Care
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces students to health research methodologies. Students will develop and use the critical skills needed to plan, conduct and analyze a health care project. IRB role and requirements will be examined in light of these projects. The incorporation of statistical measures and principles will be designed specifically for practical application in the health care research project. Prerequisites: AHS 101, AHS 307

Senior Seminar
Credit Hours: 2

This course provides for the culmination and presentation of the research project initiated in the internship. Students will develop a resume and learn more about professional opportunities in health care. Prerequisites: AHS101, AHS307.

Independent Study
Credit Hours: 3

Credit Hours: 2

This course is designed to enable students to gain knowledge and experience working within the operation of a health care institution or agency. Students will begin to develop a project under the supervision of a faculty member and a qualified health professional. This project will be completed in the Senior Seminar. Sixty hours of internship work is required for this course. Prerequisite: AHS101, AHS300, AHS307.

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