Health Sciences


Health Sciences

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

Term 1
Course Units
HSCI 0003 3
BIOL 0005 5
MATH 0013 4
ENGL 0001A 3
Term 2
Course Units Notes
CHEM 0002A 5  
ENGL 0001B 3  
PSYC 0150 or PSYC 0108 3  
FIRE 0001 or PHYS 0010 or any Elective course 3

FIRE 0001 is recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in fire technology.

PHYS 0010 is recommended for students interested in the Health Science: Occupational Health and Safety program at CSU Sacramento.

TOTAL 14  
Term 3
Course Units Notes
BIOL 0006 5  
CHEM 0002B 5 Recommended for the Health Science: Occupational Health and Safety program at CSU Sacramento.
COMM 0001 3  
BUS 0001 or PSYC 0100 3 BUS 0001 is recommended for students interested in the Health Science: Health Care Administration program at CSU Sacramento.
TOTAL 16  
Term 4
Course Units Notes
HSCI 0002 8 See course description for prerequisite details.
NUTF 0010 3  
ECON 0001A or ECON 0001B 3 ECON 0001A or ECON 0001B is recommended for students in the Health Science: Healthcare Administrator program at CSU Sacramento.
HIST 0018A or HIST 0018B or LGBT 0002 3  
TOTAL 17  


Program Requirements

  • Students must be 18 years of age and out of high school at start of EMT course.
  • Proof of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccination or MMR Titer.
  • Proof of Tuberculosis (TB) 2-step skin test or TB Blood Test (Quantiferon) within 3 months of course start.
  • Proof 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.*
  • Proof of Tetanus, diptheria, 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: Hepatitis B series will be required starting Spring Semester, 2019.

Program Highlights

  • 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.

National Registry of EMT Pass Rates

Visit the National Registry of EMTs to view pass rates by state