The health sciences field offers a diverse range of careers, but they all have a shared goal—to help people. Whether you see yourself as a nurse providing patient care, a radiographer taking X-rays of injured patients, or an EMT responding to accident scenes, Valencia can help you develop the skills and expertise you need to be successful in this high-demand career field.
In Valencia’s A.S. degree program Health Information Technology, students learn how to use technology to collect, analyze, monitor, maintain and report health data. This program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of health care settings.
The Emergency Medical Services Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career as an EMT or paramedic. EMTs and paramedics respond to medical emergencies, assess the patient’s injuries or illness, stabilize the patient by administering emergency medical care and transport patients to medical facilities.
As a cardiovascular technologist, you would work side-by-side with cardiologists and physicians to diagnose and treat heart disease and vascular problems. Exciting career opportunities are available in diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization labs in acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities and clinics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Nursing A.S. grads make the highest salaries of all Valencia graduates, averaging $48,344 annually.
Valencia’s Emergency Medical Services program is mentored by local fire and EMS agencies, who also help with job placement.
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.