Health Care

Health career workers, like nurses and nutritionists, are in high demand and Columbia College offers many programs to prepare you. The Allied Health Associate in Science Degree is specifically designed for students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution. The Nutrition and Dietetics Associate in Science for Transfer program is to prepare students for transfer to a California State University to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and/or Dietetics. The Public Health Science program trains students in multidisciplinary approaches to public health practice and research, which is essential to recognizing and addressing public health issues at the state, national and global levels.

Core Health Care classes include:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Health & Fitness Education
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Statistics
  • General Psychology

Other courses include:

  • General Chemistry
  • Nutrition
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Drugs and Behavior
  • Principles of Economics
  • Health and Fitness Education

Health Care Majors go into a variety of careers. Some examples are:

At the Associate's Level:
At the Bachelor's Level:
At the Master's/Doctorate Level:
Nutritionist Environmental Health Biostatistician
Community Health Specialist Health Educator Epidemiologist
Administrative Support Health Communications Specialist Legislative Policy Advisor
Cancer Registrar Health Researcher Director of Family Health

Clinical Lab Technologist

NGO Director (non-gov org) Infection Prevention
Pharmacy Technician Emergency Response Expert Medical Director/Administration

Please see a counselor for major preparation and general education that will best meet your specific goals.

AA-T/AS-T = Associate of Arts/Science Degree for Transfer Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a transfer general education pattern, and a total of 60 transferable units that would be the typical first two years of a 4-year degree; provides a clear transfer pathway to CSU.
AA/AS = Associate of Arts/Science Degree Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a general education pattern, and a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
COA = Certificate of Achievement Formally recognizes a student’s competence in a program of study and prepares students for employment in a career/technical field. Also available for completion of a General Education Pattern for transfer. Will appear on the student’s academic transcript.
SAC = Skills Attainment Certificate Prepares students for employment with experience in specific career/technical fields. Do not appear on official transcripts.


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