Pre-Allied Health | Associate's Degree | Lackawanna College

Pre-Allied Health

At A Glance

Two-year degree designed to give students a strong science foundation.
Students will become familiar with the subjects they’ll need most to continue their education either at Lackawanna or somewhere else.
Overall employment growth in healthcare occupations is expected to grow 16% from 2020 to 2030.
Median salary for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations is $75,040.
Available in Scranton and Towanda.

Welcome to Pre-Allied Health-Associate Degree

If you’re looking to become a skilled healthcare professional and want a solid foundation in the sciences before selecting your career path then Lackawanna College’s Pre-Allied Health associate degree program may be for you. The program provides a range of science courses designed to give students exposure to the different disciplines so they have the best possible foundation when advancing in their studies.

Your Career Starts Here

The allied healthcare career field is projected to grow 16% over the next 10 years. That means students who pursue a degree in the healthcare field should have plenty of job opportunities available to them. With an associate degree, graduates can move on to one of Lackawanna’s bachelor programs or study at another institution.

More About the Program

In the Pre-Allied Health degree program, students will study biology, chemistry, microbiology, and anatomy and physiology. This degree program also provides students with an intensive hands-on laboratory experience.

Additionally, students will learn to:

  • Recognize the interdisciplinary nature of scientific inquiry and apply analytical thinking and analysis to explain various scientific phenomena as they develop skills in using the scientific method.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of biology, basic chemistry and anatomy and physiology sufficient for entry into higher-level science courses at a transfer institution.
  • Develop the qualitative and quantitative skills, through the use of technology, necessary for a career in health sciences.
  • Appreciate the diverse and dynamic nature of the human condition through the study of humanities, global studies and math/science electives.
  • Be able to communicate effectively, both orally and through the written word and be able to work with others in a professional setting.

The Course Work

Students entering this program should be college-ready and have successfully completed two to three years of mathematics and three years of science in high school. They should also be familiar with computers and their uses. Students enrolled in this program also need to maintain a 2.5 GPA.

Areas of study that students typically encounter include:

  • General Biology
  • Biology Lab
  • Integrated Science
  • College Algebra
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Bioethics
  • Microbiology

Additional Information

Lackawanna College is approved by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education to grant bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and professional certificates and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which is designated as a National Accrediting Agency by the U.S. Office of Education.