AGS in Health Professions Exploration (AGSH)

The purpose of the Associate of General Studies in Health Professions Exploration (AGS-HP) is to provide students the opportunity to explore the wide array of career options in the Health Professions while also completing a broad spectrum of general education.  Students may also complete prerequisite coursework for multiple restricted-entry programs such as:

Work with an adviser in the Academic Advising and Transfer Center to plan out your prerequisites accordingly. Prerequisites for each program may change from year to year and it is the student's responsibility to review program information before submitting an application. Completion of the AGSH does not guarantee completion of Health Profession program admission requirements nor admission into any specific program(s). 

Students pursuing the AGSH can also complete some of the coursework required for MHCC's Medical Office programs and the Basic Healthcare Certificate.

Those interested in seeking a career such as Medical Doctor (MD), Chiropractor (DC), Dentist (DMD, DDS), Pharmacist (PharmD, RPh), or Veterinarian (DVM), are encouraged to work with an adviser and complete the Associate of Science or AS in Biology degree to complete the sciences necessary for a bachelor's degree or pre-professional program.

See the MyMHCC portal for printable degree worksheets

Degree Requirements

Health Professions Core, 5 courses13
Related Electives, 24 credits24
Science, Human Anatomy & Physiology sequence8-12
Mathematics, 1 course4-6
Written Communication, 2 courses8
Oral Communication, 1 course3-4
Health & Physical Education, 3 credits3
Arts & Letters, 2 courses6-8
Social Science, 1 course3-4
General Electives, if needed to reach 90 credits18
Total Credits90-100

Health Professions Core

HD130HCIntroduction to Today's Careers: Health Professions (Course offered online)2
HD209RESDeveloping Your Resume1
or HD100A College Success (Course offered online)
MO136Healthcare Documentation (Course offered online)3
MO250Medical Law and Ethics3
PSY201General Psychology (Course offered online)4

Related Electives

Choose a minimum of 24 credits from the list:

AC110General Accounting I4
AHX20Sterile Processing Technician7
BA131Introduction to Business Computing (Course offered online) (or CIS120 + CIS120L)4
BI100Survey of Body Systems (Course offered online)4
Biology with Genetics (BI112 or BI102A or BI212)4-5
BT116Communication Technologies3
CH104General Chemistry for Health Professions5
CH106Biological Chemistry for Health Professions5
CIS120LComputer Concepts Lab I (Course offered online)1
EMTX12EMT - Emergency Medical Technician, Basic12
FN225Nutrition (Course offered online)4
HE202Adult Development and Aging1
HE208HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections1
MO111Medical Terminology (Course offered online)4
MTH098Quantitative Reasoning II4
or MTH095 Intermediate Algebra with Right Triangle Trigonometry (Course offered online)
MTH105Mathematics in Society5
or MTH111 Pre-Calculus I: Elementary Functions (Course offered online)
MTH243Statistics I (Course offered online)4
NAX10Basic Training: Nursing Assistants8
SOC204General Sociology: Principles of Sociology (Course offered online)3
or SOC205 General Sociology: Social Institutions (Course offered online)


One full sequence in human anatomy and physiology.

  • Choose BI121 and 122 if considering Physical Therapist Assistant, Respiratory Care, Medical Office Specialist, and/or Funeral Service Education.
  • Choose BI231, 232, and 233 if considering Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and/or Surgical Technology.
BI121Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Course offered online)4
BI122Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Course offered online)4
BI231Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Course offered online)4
BI232Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Course offered online)4
BI233Human Anatomy and Physiology III (Course offered online)4


One (1) course: Please note that some health professions majors require higher level(s) of mathematics.

MTH058Quantitative Reasoning I6
MTH065Beginning Algebra II (Course offered online) (or higher)4

Written Communication

Two (2) courses:

WR121English Composition (Course offered online)4
WR122English Composition: Critical Thinking (Course offered online)4
or WR227 Technical Report Writing (Course offered online)

Oral Communication

One (1) course:

COMM115Introduction to Intercultural Communication (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course) (recommended)4
COMM218Interpersonal Communication (Course offered online) (recommended)4
COMM100Basic Speech Communication (Course offered online)3
COMM111Fundamentals of Public Speaking (Course offered online)4
COMM114Argument and Critical Discourse3
COMM219Small Group Communication3

Health and Physical Education

3 credits: HE252 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies recommended

HE151Drug Education: Stimulants and Performance Enhancing Drugs3
HE152Drug Education: Opioids, Cannabis, Depressants and Hallucinogens3
HE202Adult Development and Aging1
HE204Nutrition for Health3
HE205Diet Appraisal (Course offered online)1
HE207Stress Control Through Activity Intervention1
HE208HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections1
HE250Personal Health (Course offered online)3
HE251Wilderness First Aid2
HE252First Aid: Responding to Emergencies3
HE255Alcohol and the Family3
HE261CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation1
HE265Women's Health Issues (Course offered online)2
PE185 - activity course1
HPE170Structure and Function of the Human Body3
HPE172Exercise Science3
HPE174Fitness Assessment and Programming3
HPE270Introduction to Sport Psychology3
HPE285OLWilderness Survival3
HPE291Lifeguard Training2
HPE295Health and Fitness for Life (Course offered online) (requirement at OSU and WOU)3

Arts & Letters

Two (2) courses:

Art / Art History
ART115Basic Design I: Two-Dimensional4
ART116Basic Design II: Color Theory4
ART117Basic Design III: Three- Dimensional4
ART204History of Western Art: Prehistoric - Byzantine (Course offered online)4
ART205History of Western Art: Medieval - Renaissance (Course offered online)4
ART206History of Western Art: Baroque - Modern (Course offered online)4
ART211Survey of Visual Arts (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
ART215PSurvey in Visual Arts: Photography3
ART219ACalligraphy - Bookhand2
ART219BCalligraphy - Italics2
ART219CCalligraphy - Historical and Decorative Styles2
ART225Adobe Illustrator: Digital Art4
ART226Adobe Photoshop: Digital Art4
ART231Drawing I4
ART232Drawing II4
ART233Drawing III4
ART234Life Drawing I4
ART235Life Drawing II4
ART236Life Drawing III4
ART240Illustration and Cartooning4
ART244Visual Storytelling4
ART254Ceramics I4
ART255Ceramics II4
ART256Ceramics III4
ART257Jewelrymaking/Metalsmithing I4
ART258Jewelrymaking/Metalsmithing II4
ART259Jewelrymaking/Metalsmithing III4
ART260Digital Photography and Imaging4
ART261Photography I3
ART262Photography II3
ART271Printmaking I: Screenprint and Woodcut4
ART272Printmaking II: Silkscreen, Woodcut, and Intaglio4
ART273Printmaking III4
ART281Painting I4
ART282Painting II4
ART283Painting III4
ART291Sculpture I4
ART292Sculpture II4
ART293Sculpture III4
ART294Watercolor I4
ART296Watercolor II4
ART297Watercolor III4
Communication / Speech (cannot be same course used to fulfill Oral Communication requirement)
COMM100Basic Speech Communication (Course offered online)3
COMM111Fundamentals of Public Speaking (Course offered online)4
COMM114Argument and Critical Discourse3
COMM115Introduction to Intercultural Communication (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
COMM218Interpersonal Communication (Course offered online)4
COMM219Small Group Communication3
Creative Writing
WR240Creative Writing: Nonfiction3
WR241Creative Writing: Fiction I (Course offered online)4
WR242Creative Writing: Poetry I (Course offered online)4
WR244Creative Writing: Poetry II4
WR245Creative Writing: Fiction II4
WR291AThe Literary Publication I1
WR291BThe Literary Publication I2
WR292AThe Literary Publication II1
WR292BThe Literary Publication II2
WR293AThe Literary Publication III1
WR293BThe Literary Publication III2
English / Literature
ENG104Introduction to Literature: Fiction (Course offered online)4
ENG105Introduction to Literature: Drama (Course offered online)4
ENG106Introduction to Literature: Poetry4
ENG204British Literature I: Old English to Renaissance (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG205British Literature II: Age of Enlightenment to Present (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG218Arthurian Legends4
ENG222Women's Literature (Cultural Literacy course)3
ENG250Introduction to Mythology4
ENG253Survey of American Literature I (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG254Survey of American Literature II (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG261Literature of Science Fiction (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG271World Literature: The Classical World (Ancient Literature to 1000 C.E.) (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG272World Literature: 1000 to 1800 C.E. (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG273World Literature: 1800 C.E. to the Present (Cultural Literacy course)4
Ethics in the Workplaces
HUM202Ethics in the Workplace (Course offered online)3
Film Appreciation / Studies
FA257Films and Society (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
FA258Understanding the Film (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
FA266The Great Film Directors (Cultural Literacy course)4
Intensive English for College and Careers (IECC)
IECC201CIntensive English: Advanced Communication for College and Careers3
IECC201PIntensive English: Pronunciation II2
IECC201RIntensive English: Advanced Reading5
IECC201WIntensive English: Advanced Writing5
Modern Languages
ASL101First-year American Sign Language I4
ASL102First-year American Sign Language II4
ASL103First-year American Sign Language III4
ASL201Second-year American Sign Language I (Cultural Literacy course)4
ASL202Second-year American Sign Language II (Cultural Literacy course)4
ASL203Second-year American Sign Language III (Cultural Literacy course)4
FR101First-year French I5
FR102First-year French II5
FR103First-year French III5
GER101First-year German I5
GER102First-year German II5
GER103First-year German III5
JPN101First-year Japanese I5
JPN102First-year Japanese II5
JPN103First-year Japanese III5
JPN111Beginning Japanese Conversation I3
JPN112Beginning Japanese Conversation II3
JPN113Beginning Japanese Conversation III3
JPN201Second-year Japanese I (Cultural Literacy course)5
JPN202Second-year Japanese II (Cultural Literacy course)5
JPN203Second-year Japanese III (Cultural Literacy course)5
SPAN101First-year Spanish I5
SPAN102First-year Spanish II5
SPAN103First-year Spanish III5
SPAN111Beginning Spanish Conversation I3
SPAN112Beginning Spanish Conversation II3
SPAN113Beginning Spanish Conversation III3
SPAN201Second-year Spanish I (Cultural Literacy course)4
SPAN202Second-year Spanish II (Cultural Literacy course)4
SPAN203Second-year Spanish III (Cultural Literacy course)4
SPAN211Intermediate Spanish Conversation I1
SPAN212Intermediate Spanish Conversation II1
SPAN213Intermediate Spanish Conversation III1
Music / Performance
MUS101Music Fundamentals3
MUS103Jazz History3
MUS105Music Appreciation/Music for the Listener3
MUS111Music Theory I3
MUS112Music Theory II3
MUS113Music Theory III3
MUS121Aural Skills I1
MUS122Aural Skills II1
MUS123Aural Skills III1
MUS137Beginning Guitar Class1
MUS138Intermediate Guitar Class1
MUS131Group Piano I2
MUS132Group Piano II2
MUS133Group Piano III2
MUS161Jazz Improvisation2
MUS162Jazz Improvisation2
MUS211Music Theory IV (Cultural Literacy course)3
MUS212Music Theory V (Cultural Literacy course)3
MUS213Music Theory VI (Cultural Literacy course)3
MUS221Aural Skills IV: Modulation1
MUS222Aural Skills V: Polyphony1
MUS223Aural Skills VI: Chromaticism1
MUS231Keyboard Harmony I2
MUS232Keyboard Harmony II2
MUS268Music History: Baroque to Romantic (Cultural Literacy course)4
MUP101Wind Ensemble: First Year1
MUP105Jazz Ensemble1
MUP114Chamber Ensemble/Jazz Combo: First Year1
MUP115Chamber Choir: First Year1
MUP121Symphonic Choir: First Year1
MUP146Orchestra: First Year1
MUP171-192 Individual Lessons1-2
MUP271-292 Individual Lessons1-2
PHL191Language and the Layout of Argument4
PHL201Introduction to Philosophy (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
PHL202Fundamental Ethics (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
RD117Critical Reading (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
R210World Religions (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
R211History of the Old Testament (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
R212History of the New Testament (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
Theatre Arts
TA101Appreciating Theatre3
TA106Theatre History: Origins to the Renaissance (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
TA107Theatre History: Restoration to Contemporary (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
TA141Acting Fundamentals I3
TA142Acting Fundamentals II3
TA143Acting Fundamentals III3
TA148Movement for the Actor2

Please note that the AGS allows more courses to count toward Arts & Letters than other MHCC degrees. 

Social Science

One (1) course: PSY237 Human Development (Course offered online) recommended

General Social Science
SSC100Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship4
ANTH101Introduction to Biological Anthropology (Course offered online)4
ANTH102Introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
ANTH103Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Cultural Literacy course)4
ANTH180Language and Culture (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
EC115Introduction to Economics (Course offered online)3
EC201Principles of Economics I: Microeconomics (Course offered online)4
EC202Principles of Economics II: Macroeconomics (Course offered online)4
GEOG105Introduction to Physical Geography3
GEOG106Introduction to World Regional Geography (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG107Introduction to Cultural Geography (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG202The Geography of Europe (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG206Geography of Oregon (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG209Geography of the Middle East and North Africa (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG214Geography of Mexico and Central America (Cultural Literacy course)3
GEOG290Environmental Problems and Restoration3
HST101Western Civilization: Ancient and Classical Europe (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST102Western Civilization: Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST103Western Civilization: Modern Europe (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST110Ancient World History (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST111Medieval World History (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST112Modern World History (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST195History of the Vietnam War (Cultural Literacy course)3
HST201U.S. History: Pre-Colonial-1840 (Course offered online)4
HST202U.S. History: 1840 - 1917 (Course offered online)4
HST203U.S. History: 1910 - Present (Course offered online)4
HST204Women in U.S. History (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST225Women in World History (Cultural Literacy course)4
HST237America in the 1960s3
International Studies
INTL101Introduction to International Studies (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
J211Introduction to Mass Communications3
Music History
MUS105Music Appreciation/Music for the Listener3
MUS268Music History: Baroque to Romantic (Cultural Literacy course)4
Political Science
PS200Introduction to Political Science (Course offered online)4
PS201American Government (Course offered online)4
PS203State and Local Governments4
PS204Introduction to Comparative Politics4
PS205International Relations (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)4
PS209Problems in American Politics4
PS215Global Issues4
PS217Introduction to Public Land Management: The Politics of Recreation3
PS225Political Ideology: Ideas About Government4
PS241Introduction to Political Terrorism (Course offered online)4
PSY101Psychology of Human Relations (Course offered online)3
PSY151Introduction to the Social Sciences3
PSY201General Psychology (Course offered online)4
PSY202General Psychology (Course offered online)4
PSY214Introduction to Personality (Cultural Literacy course)4
PSY216Social Psychology3
PSY231Human Sexuality3
PSY232Sexuality and Society (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
PSY237Human Development (Course offered online)4
PSY239Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (Course offered online)4
SOC204General Sociology: Principles of Sociology (Course offered online)3
SOC205General Sociology: Social Institutions (Course offered online)3
SOC206General Sociology: Social Problems (Course offered online)3
SOC213Race Relations in the United States (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
SOC215Gender and Society (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
SOC216Sociology of the Family (Course offered online)3
SOC223Sociology of Aging (Course offered online)3
Women's Studies
WS101Introduction to Women's Studies (Course offered online) (Cultural Literacy course)3
World Literature
ENG271World Literature: The Classical World (Ancient Literature to 1000 C.E.) (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG272World Literature: 1000 to 1800 C.E. (Cultural Literacy course)4
ENG273World Literature: 1800 C.E. to the Present (Cultural Literacy course)4

Please note that the AGS allows more courses to count toward Social Sciences than other MHCC degrees. 


Complete electives to reach a total of 90 degree credits. Elective courses for the AGSH may be any course numbered 10 or above, not including developmental education courses. No more than 30 credits of one discipline may apply as elective. A maximum of 6 credits of PE185, 25 credit hours of IECC courses numbered 100 or higher, and 12 credits of Cooperative Education Internship may be applied to the AGSH degree as elective credit.

To be awarded an AGSH degree, students must:

  • Complete all requirements to total 90 applicable degree credits.
  • Earn a “D” grade or better and a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA in all courses required for degree completion.
  • Maintain an overall/cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Satisfactorily earn 12 credit hours at MHCC. Non-traditional credit (College Level Examination Program, Experience-Based Credit, Challenge, etc.) does not satisfy this requirement.

Please note: Courses may not be repeated for credit unless specified in the course description. Refer to the Course Numbering System and Developmental Education list for courses that are not applicable toward an MHCC degree or certificate.

To check your official progress toward graduation, log on to MyMHCC and click “View My Degree Audit.”

Course offered online

Cultural Literacy course