Allied Health


Allied Health

Are you thinking about a job in healthcare but aren’t sure which one? Allied Health at Sierra College has many options for you. Some allied health careers require little coursework and schooling to enter the field quickly while others require years of education and training. 

If you’re interested in providing patient care in collaboration with nurses and doctors, you can enter fields such as certified nursing assistant, respiratory therapist, or dental hygienist. Or, you can train in a variety of non-clinical support services such as health information coding and billing. Whatever path you choose, your career will allow you to make a difference in people’s lives.

Sierra College also offers the pre-requisites and certificates and degrees needed for the other allied health programs that are offered at local community colleges. We advise you to meet with a counselor to discuss all the many allied health options.

Careers in Hospitals, Long-Term Care Facilities, Dental and Clinical Offices

From working as a physical therapy assistant to a veterinarian technician, allied health offers a variety of career opportunities in different work settings.

  • Start your career as a clinical nursing assistant (CNA), dental lab technology technician, or physical therapy assistant.
  • Work as a health information coding specialist, radiology technician or occupational therapy assistant.
  • You could be a home caregiver. Or, become a surgical technologist or speech/language pathology assistant.

Academic Plans for Allied Health

Each plan shows all the courses you need to take to complete your goal from start to finish. Map your education by clicking on the Academic Plan for the degree or certificate you’re interested in earning below.

Note: The academic plans will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan.

Allied Health-General Option: AS Degree

Please meet with your counselor to create a personalized academic plan for this degree.

Allied Health-Precertification Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training

Please meet with your counselor to create a precertification plan.

Pre-Nursing Option: AS Degree

Please view the AS Degree academic plan on the Precertification Nursing Assistant Training (CNA) page.

Allied Health-General Option: Certificate of Achievement

Please meet with your counselor to create a personalized academic plan for this degree.

Medical Assisting: Certificate of Achievement

For more information, please visit Clinical Medical Assisting