Allied Health

Associate Degree

A.S. in Pre-Health Occupations

This degree prepares students interested in a variety of Allied Health occupations. The degree will prepare students with a rigorous course of study prior to selecting the program of their chosen career. Students will complete coursework with an emphasis on basic science, healthcare delivery and culturally competent patient care. Students completing the degree will be prepared to enter programs for careers in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Assisting, Health Information Technology, Nursing and others. Students may also choose to complete this degree in preparation for transfer to a Health Sciences Baccalaureate degree program. Completion of the degree does not guarantee enrollment in any health occupation program.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
AH 108 Introduction to Health Occupations 2
AH 110 Medical Language for Health-Care Providers 3
AH 120 Human Disease 3
ANTH 313 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: Medical Focus (3) 3
   or COMM 325 Intercultural Communication (3)
[ BIOL 430 Anatomy and Physiology (5) 3 - 10
and BIOL 431 ] Anatomy and Physiology (5)
or [ BIOL 100 Introduction to Concepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology (3)
or BIOL 102 ] Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
COMM 301 Introduction to Public Speaking (3) 3
   or COMM 321 Interpersonal Communication (3)
   or COMM 331 Group Discussion (3)
ENGWR 341 Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing 3
FCS 324 Human Development: A Life Span (3) 3
   or PSYC 371 Life Span Developmental Psychology (3)
NUTRI 300 Nutrition 3
PHYS 310 Conceptual Physics 3
AH 498 Work Experience in Allied Health 1 -4
Total Units: 30 - 40

The Pre-Health Occupations Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See CRC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • ARTICULATE CAREER OPTIONS AND NECESSARY EDUCATIONAL PATHWAYS (PSLO #1)
  • DESCRIBE THE STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF EACH BODY SYSTEM (PSLO #2)
  • DEMONSTRATE A WORKABLE KNOWLEDGE OF MEDICAL LANGUAGE (PSLO #3)
  • DEMONSTRATE PROFESSIONALISM IN A RANGE OF CLINICAL INTERACTIONS AND SETTINGS (PSLO #4)
  • DESCRIBE THE PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION AND THEIR EFFECT ON HEALTH (PSLO #5)
  • DESCRIBE THE ROLE THAT CULTURE AND DIVERSITY PLAY IN PATIENT CARE (PSLO #6)