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-Pre-Nursing Option: AS Degree

Term 1
Course Units Notes
CHEM 0002X 1 Optional problem-solving course to accompany CHEM 0002A
ALH 0020 1  
CHEM 0002A 5  
ENGL 0001A 4  
MATH 0013 4  
HIST 0017B or HSCI 0003 3  
TOTAL 18  
Term 2
Course Units Notes
COMM 0001 3  
HDEV 0001 3  
BIOL 0005 5  
ELECTIVE 4 Choose Math 0013 if planning to apply to CSUS, BSN programs, 4-year universities, or for AS in BIOL option.
TOTAL 15  
Term 3
Course Units Notes
PSYC 0100 3  
NUTF 0010 3  
ENGL 0001B 3  
BIOL 0004 or BIOL 0006 5  
TOTAL 14  
Term 4
Course Units Notes
ANTH 0002 3  
BIOL 0016 0.5 BIOL 0016 field studies course needed if also considering AS in BIOL
HUM 0001 or SSCI 0050 or ELECTIVE 3  
BIOL 0004 or BIOL 0006 5  
HIST 0017A or HIST 0027 3  
TOTAL 14.5  

Allied Health-Precertification Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training

For more information, please visit Precertification Nursing Assistant Training (CNA)

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

Term 1
Course Units Notes
HED 0002 3  
BIOL 0055 4  
BUS 0250 3  
HSCI 0003 3  
TOTAL 13  
Term 2
Course Units Notes
ALH 0004 3  
ALH 0003 2.5  
ALH 0002 2.5  
ALH 0001 2.5  
TOTAL 10.5  
Term 3
Course Units Notes
ALH 0008 3  
ALH 0007 3  
ALH 0006 3  
ALH 0005 3  
TOTAL 12  
Term 4
Course Units Notes
ALH 0009 3.5  
TOTAL 3.5