School of Allied Health
Healthcare remains one of the most complex and integrated service sectors in this nation affecting every person and sector of business in our country. Despite this complexity, there are multiple unifying factors for care providers in fields as diverse as Dental Hygiene to Invasive Cardiovascular Technology. Each healthcare professional intersects at the level of patient care and community service.
The Valencia College School of Allied Health fosters consistency and interdisciplinary focus with resources to support horizontal work and create a single point of contact for both employers and students. Single contact and voice increases direct access for the Health Career industry partners and signals that Valencia College is a responsive partner ready to meet the needs of changing care paradigms. Join us in achieving our vision of “unparalleled preparation for caring, compassionate, and critically thinking health professionals through innovative delivery of inter-professional and integrated active learning experiences” that celebrates the diversity of our professions and the individual diversity of our team! Please view the handook for the 2023-2024 School of Allied Health.
Office and Administration
Health Science Programs
Associate in Science
The A.S. degree prepares you to enter a specialized career field in about two years. It also transfers to the Bachelor of Applied Science program offered at some universities. If the program is “articulated,” it will also transfer to a B.A. or B.S. degree program at a designated university.
- Cardiovascular Technology
Shawna Defriece, JM, B.S, CRT, RCES, RCIS, Chair
- Dental Hygiene
Robin Poole, CRDH, MA, Chair
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Carolyn DeLeo, RDMS, RVT, M.A.ED, Chair
- Emergency Medical Services
Dr. Winston R. Warren, DHSc, EMT-P, Chair
- Health Information Technology
Kelli Lewis, MSHI, RHIA., Chair
- Health Navigator
Barbara Pierre, M.S., C.H.E.S., Chair
Beverly Bond, M.Ed, R.T. (R), Chair
- Respiratory Care
Yolanda Wells, MHA/Med, BS RRT
- Veterinary Technology
Offered through a Cooperative Agreement with St. Petersburg College. Students interested in this program may take the general education requirements at Valencia and complete the rest of the degree online through St. Petersburg College.
Bachelor of Science
The B.S. degree prepares you to enter an advanced position within a specialized career field. The upper-division courses build on an associate degree and take about two years to complete.
- Cardiopulmonary Sciences
Sharon Shenton, MA, RRT, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, Chair
- Radiologic and Imaging Sciences
Dr. Susan Gosnell, Ed.D, RT
Advanced Technical Certificate
The Advanced Technical Certificate, an extension of a specific Associate degree program, consists of at least nine (9), but less than 45, credits of college-level course work. Students who have already received an eligible Associate degree and are seeking a specialized program of study to supplement their associate degree may seek an Advanced Technical Certificate.
A certificate prepares you to enter a specialized career field or upgrade your skills for job advancement. Most can be completed in one year or less. Credits earned can be applied toward a related A.S. degree program.
Continuing Education provides non-degree, non-credit programs including industry-focused training, professional development, language courses, certifications and custom course development for organizations. Day, evening, weekend and online learning opportunities are available.
Health Sciences Advising
Health Sciences Advising staff offer specialized educational advisors who can guide students in the successful completion of an Associate in Science Degree or Bachelor of Science Degree or Certificate Program in allied health or nursing. Attendance at a Health Sciences Information Session is mandatory before meeting with a Health Sciences Advisor for an associate-level program but not for meeting about a bachelor-level program.
The advising staff can answer program-specific questions, assist in career and educational planning, and offer expert educational guidance for students seeking career opportunities through the completion of an A.S. or B.S. Degree or a Certificate program.
Associate in Science students are expected to complete their educational goals and be professionally marketable in a much shorter period of time than many others. This is why the early development of career and education plans is essential to a successful transition from school to work.
Advisors are available to meet with students virtually to provide support on topics like career and academic planning, transitioning to a university, and how to enhance college success skills.
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