Bioclinical Science - Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts in Bioclinical Sciences (BCS) provides students with core knowledge and skills applicable to a broad range of health sciences professions. The required courses cover foundational health topics including human anatomy, physiology and microbiology. The program is designed to help students applying for an OTC Health Sciences program complete prerequisites while pursuing a degree. Since most Health Sciences programs are selective admission, students awaiting acceptance are placed into the BCS program, so they can be degree-seeking for financial aid purposes. Students can graduate with both the BCS (A.A.) degree and a Health Sciences degree. The BCS program is not an appropriate choice for students planning to pursue an advanced medical degree (such as a MD). Students applying for a selective admission health sciences program should follow the recommended prerequisite course sequence provided by that program to ensure they are taking the appropriate courses.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Take prerequisite courses for an OTC Health Sciences program while staying eligible for financial aid
Keep their course of study flexible
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

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Average Length: 2.7 Years
Credits: 60*
Graduation Retention Rate: 51%*

Possible Fields of Study

Dental hygiene
Surgical technology
Occupational therapy

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
General Education
credit hours
Program Requirements
credit hours
Program Electives
credit hours
Institutional Requirement

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Dr. Vivian Elder
Biological Clinical Science Department Chair


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