Want to help others and save lives? Get the knowledge and skills you need to work in healthcare. You can earn your EMT certification to work in emergency medical services. The EMT program can also help you start a career as a doctor, nurse, and more.
Careers in Physical Therapy, Optometry and Medical Assistance
From working as a pharmacy technician to a nutritionist, health science can open many doors.
- Start your career as an EMT, paramedic, doctor or physician assistant.
- Work as an audiologist, occupational therapist or radiation therapist.
- You could be a teacher. Or, become a healthcare administrator or dental assistant.
Academic Plan for Health Science
The 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 you’re interested in earning below.
Note: The academic plan will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan.
Health Science—AS Degree
|PSYC 0150 or PSYC 0108||3|
|HIST 0017A or HIST 0020||3||
|ENGL 0001B or ENGL 0001C||3|
|BUS 0201 or PSYC 0100||3||
BUS 0201 is recommended for students interested in CSU Health Science Occupational Health and Safety
PSYC 0100 is dependent on transfer goal. Check with your counselor.
|(CHEM 0002B and CHEM 0002Y) or BUS 0202 or NUTF 0010||3-5|
|ECON 0001A or ECON 0001B||3|
|ARHI 0132 or ARHI 0140 or HUM 0003 or MUS 0011||3|
|HIST 0017B or HIST 0027||3|
|Any Kinesiology Course||1|
Emergency Medical Sciences—Certificate of Achievement
|PSYC 0107 or PSYC 0108 or PSYC 0150||3|
|HSCI 0030 or BIOL 0055||3-4|
Emergency Medical Sciences—Skills Certificate
|HSCI 0030 or BIOL 0055||3-4|
HSCI 2 (EMT) Course/Program Requirements
- Students must be 18 years of age and out of high school at start of EMT course.
- Proof of two doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccination or MMR Titer.
- Proof of Tuberculosis (TB) “4-step” skin test (i.e., you must receive two separate TB skin tests) or TB Blood Test (Quantiferon) within 3 months of course start.
- Proof of two doses of Varicella Zoster vaccination or Varicella Titer test.
- Proof of Hepatitis B series (3 doses) and Titer or proof of Hepatitis B series in progress and signed declaration. Note: Hepatitis B series is required.
- Proof of Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) within 10 years.
- Proof of a current seasonal flu shot vaccination.
- Submit to a Drug Screen and Criminal Background Investigation. Specifics covered at Orientation and first day of class.
Note: All course requirements will be covered in the mandatory orientation for the course. Requirements are subject to change.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
As of August 5, 2021, the State of California, Department of Public Health, put forth the Order of the State Public Health Care Worker Vaccine Requirement (“Order”). This Order defines “workers” and includes among them EMTs and EMT students. Our program’s partner hospitals and clinical affiliates requested that EMT students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to scheduling their clinical rotations.
Though the Order lists some exceptions, the surrounding health care facilities are requiring proof of vaccination for COVID-19 to be submitted to the facility, just as we do for many other required vaccines (Hep B, Tdap, MMR, Varicella, influenza), as well as wearing of surgical and/or higher-level respirators (NIOSH) for the entire time in the facility. Students must be prepared to provide proof of vaccination without reliance on a potential exemption since we work with multiple clinical partners with different policies and rules.
In the same fashion that our EMT program requirements reflect the vaccines, BLS, PPD, background checks, drug screening and blood titers historically required by our clinical partners, we must include COVID-19 vaccination and approved NIOSH face covering fit testing so that we can appropriately prepare EMT students for licensure, meet facility, and state regulations and keep our students as safe as possible.
- A highly experienced faculty of instructors who are currently active professionals in EMS and have extensive experience in teaching both the EMT and Paramedic curriculum.
- A strong emphasis on developing critical thinking skills, practical and critical intervention skills, and a dynamic course curriculum based on the National EMS Education Standards for EMTs.
- Sierra College EMT students have a first-time pass rate of 87% on the National EMT (NREMT) certifying exam, and an overall pass rate of 94% after second attempts.