Occupational Safety and Health Technology, Associate of Applied Science

This program prepares students for employment as safety and occupational health professionals in the general, construction, and service industries; in insurance accident prevention; in government agencies; and in non-profit organizations. The program provides students with a strong foundation in essential safety management principles and practices that permits them to work effectively as professionals and paraprofessionals in diverse work environments. Students interested in transferring to a bachelors program (or higher) are well prepared for success in the 4-year and graduate-level university setting.

Graduates should expect to find employment as safety and health technicians, safety and health specialists, accident investigators, and occupational safety and health program staff assistants. Such positions are found in general industry, service organizations, the construction industry, and in loss control organizations. Similar positions are found in federal, state, and local governments.

A degree in Occupational Safety and Health is the minimum educational requirement to sit for the associate safety professional and certified safety professional designation exams. The OSHT program is also excellent preparation for these and lesser certification exams.

Students who choose this curriculum and desire to transfer courses to a four-year college should check with the program coordinator and/or an academic advisor. While many courses will transfer, certain specialized courses may not. Higher level chemistry and math course work may also be advised.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  1. advise organizational management regarding the establishment of an effective, cost saving occupational injury and illness prevention program via the :
    1. establishment of a safety management system,
    2. development of a positive safety culture, and
    3. application of proven safety principles and practices;
  2. provide effective safety and health training to all levels of an organization based upon recognized training methods;
  3. conduct hazard analyses to identify workplace hazards and develop cost effective control strategies for the identified hazards;
  4. apply basic industrial hygiene principles to conduct preliminary health hazard assessment to determine appropriate plans of action;
  5. function effectively in construction safety, either as a safety professional working for contractors or as safety representatives of the property owner;
  6. apply regulatory and voluntary safety standards to ensure compliance;
  7. continue on towards higher degrees in safety, industrial hygiene, science, business management, fire science, environmental management, homeland security, human resource management, and other areas of interest to the student; and
  8. sit for the terminal professional certification, after the requisite years of experience, of Certified Safety Professional.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60*

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Important Information

Short Description

This program prepares students for employment as safety and occupational health professionals in the general, construction, and service industries; in insurance accident prevention; in government agencies; and in non-profit organizations. 

Type of Credential

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Program Code

730

Contacts and Additional Information

Program Coordinator:
CCBC Catonsville, Wendy Whitcomb
443-840-4919 or wwhitcomb@ccbcmd.edu

Additional Information:

  • Health Workforce Shortage Program
  • Classes offered only at the Catonsville campus
  • Opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - For Occupational Safety and Health Technology, see Portfolio. Several General Education classes also have PLA opportunities.
  • Articulation and Transfer Agreements

Courses Needed for This Program*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 19 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose a Diversity course from the list of approved General Education Courses.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credit(s). 

Program Requirements and Electives - 41 Credits

Program Requirements:
Program Electives:

Select one course from the following discipline:

  • MNGT - Management course 3 Credit(s).

Note

*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.