Ready to learn skills to improve people’s lives, keep them healthy, and assist in emergencies? Explore the Health Sciences & Wellness Pathway. To meet the expanding demand for qualified health professionals, these programs combine classroom instruction, laboratory experience and clinical practice to assure that students obtain current, high-level skills.
Health Sciences and Wellness Pathway Degree
The Health Sciences and Wellness Pathway Degree is designed for students who wish to explore and prepare to apply for a selective-admission Health Science and Wellness program. Students working toward admission into a Health Science and Wellness program are required to declare the Associate of Science in Health Science and Wellness as their program of study until they are officially accepted into a program. This degree is designed to allow students the option to pursue a bachelor's degree.
Additional Requirements: Each program has specific admission requirements – see program webpages for detailed information or meet with a health science academic advisor or faculty mentor for specifics.
A dental hygienist is a preventive oral care professional licensed to provide clinical and educational services. These include dental exams, x-rays, cleanings and discussions to improve oral health. The Dental Hygiene program combines academic study with supervised clinical experience.
Dental hygienists may work in private practices, community health settings, nursing homes and hospitals.
The Emergency Medical Services program prepares students to be first responders and pre-hospital care providers who are informed of the latest advances in medical care, technology and equipment. This program provides classroom instruction as well as clinical experiences.
EMS/EMT personnel typically work for private ambulance services, fire departments, hospitals or other rescue services.
The Exercise Science program is centered around human movement and its application to physical activity and the quality of one's life. Students complete coursework that provides a solid knowledge base of human anatomy, physiology, chemistry and health.
Careers in this area may include sports medicine, physical therapy, athletic training, physical education teacher education or occupational therapy.
The Fire Science Technology program prepares students for a career in fire service, including responding to emergency situations and learning to minimize injuries, fatalities and property damage. Courses are offered through traditional classroom instruction, independent study, lab and an academy setting.
Firefighters typically work for local governments or the military.
Health information technologists specialize in managing and protecting medical records; administering health information management systems; and coding for reimbursement, research and quality care.
Health information technology specialists support clinicians and staff across many settings, including inpatient rehabilitation facilities, acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians' offices, mental health facilities and outpatient clinics.
The Nursing program balances general education and nursing courses to provide the knowledge and skills needed to function as beginning practitioners of nursing. These courses include anatomy, nutrition, chemistry and microbiology among others. Students receive classroom instruction and coordinated clinical experience in the nursing care of patients in health care settings under the supervision and guidance of faculty.
Nurses work in hospitals, physicians' offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in outpatient clinics and schools, or serve in the military.
Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work under the direction of physical therapists to help people of all ages who have health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform daily activities. PTAs may assist in the development of treatment plans, treatment documentation, and modification of specific treatments that have been established by the physical therapist. Students in this program study anatomy, physiology, therapeutic procedures and communication.
Employment opportunities include outpatient physical therapy offices and clinics, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.
Radiographers use technology to perform imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans and MRI procedures. Radiography students learn skills for using radiation (X-rays) in the diagnosis of disease under the direction of a physician. This program combines academic study with supervised clinical experience.
Most radiographers work in hospitals, medical clinics and private medical offices.
A diagnostic medical sonographer performs ultrasound exams while working closely with a qualified physician for aiding in the diagnosis of disease. To operate the technology and create an ultrasound image, the sonographer must have an in-depth knowledge of physics, disease processes, human anatomy and sonographic technique. The sonography program is accredited in general studies, which include abdomen and OB/GYN.
Sonographers typically work in hospitals, medical clinics and private medical offices.
Speech Language Pathology Assistants work under the direct supervision of licensed or certified speech-language pathologists to administer speech, language and hearing screenings; assist in communication assessments; provide articulation and language therapy services; and assist with documentation of services. This program provides practical experience in working with adults and children in a variety of settings.
Speech Language Pathology Assistants may work with patients in private settings, speech and hearing clinics, or physicians' offices.
Surgical technologists work with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and other surgical technologists to prepare, handle, sterilize and care for surgical instruments, supplies, equipment and medications; set up instrumentation, equipment and supplies for various surgical cases; apply critical thinking skills to anticipate procedural steps and corresponding instrumentation; and pass surgical instrumentation and supplies to the surgeon. Students in the program learn about anatomy, physiology, surgical technology and surgical procedures.
Surgical technologists typically work in hospitals and medical clinics.