School of Health Sciences

The School of Health Sciences at Valencia College serves the growing Orlando metropolitan area as a talent pipeline for healthcare professionals across the spectrum of specialties. Central Florida is home to major healthcare systems, research and development efforts, national training and rehabilitation centers and more. With an ongoing need for nurses, clinicians, technicians and others to staff the area’s range of medical and medical-related organizations, the School of Health Sciences serves a vital purpose by preparing a well-trained pool of healthcare professionals.


Valencia College School of Health Sciences offers Associate in Science (A.S.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Technical Certificates, Advanced Technical Certificates, and Accelerated Skills Training programs in health-related fields. The School fosters consistency and interdisciplinary focus. An important aspect of our programs is our single point of contact approach which supports direct access between our students and our health care industry partners.

Associate in Science

An A.S. degree can be earned in as little as two years. Coursework includes general education requirements. Programs include:

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 as little as two years to complete. Programs include:

Technical Certificate

Most certificate programs can be completed in as little as one year. Upon completion, credits earned can be applied toward a related A.S. degree program. Certificate programs include:

Advanced Technical Certificate

An Advanced Technical Certificate (A.T.C.) is an extension of a specific associate degree program and consists of between nine (9) and 45 credits of college-level coursework. Programs include:

Accelerated Skills Training

Accelerated Skills Training programs focus on intensive, hands-on training designed to help you enter a new career field or advance your current skillset in a matter of weeks. Programs include:

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Why Valencia College

Over the past few decades, Central Florida has become an emerging leader in life sciences. As the region's life science powerhouses grow and welcome even more organizations to the area, the Valencia College School of Health Sciences prepares students to work for and support them in professions ranging from Nursing to Invasive Cardiovascular Technology.

At Valencia College, you’ll find a quality education for less. An associate degree from Valencia College—the most affordable state college in Central Florida—will cost you about half of what you’d pay at a public university. You may also be eligible for scholarships and other forms of financial aid. You can complete an associate degree program in as little as two years. From there, you can enter the work force or transfer to a four-year school to earn a bachelor’s degree. If you want to stay local, enroll in a Valencia College bachelor’s degree program, or get direct admission to the University of Central Florida through DirectConnect to UCF®. Not ready to earn a degree yet? Our Accelerated Skills Training programs provide hands-on training for higher-wage, in-demand jobs in a matter of weeks.

Why Orlando

Anchored by two large healthcare systems, the Orlando area is home to more than 20 hospitals as well as major research and development efforts in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, digital health and medical technology. The region is also gaining a reputation as a training mecca, with the National Training Center in Clermont and the United States Tennis Association’s National Campus in Lake Nona.

A growing metropolitan area with two international airports, Central Florida is easily accessible from almost anywhere. Nearby beaches and theme parks, major sports teams, a lively arts and foodie scene and warm winter months make our region a lifestyle mecca as well.

Advisory Boards and Partners

There are many ways to support the School of Health Sciences, including joining us in a strategic partnership, sponsoring student scholarships, joining our Advisory Board and more. Please contact us if you’d like to get involved in helping this next generation of healthcare professionals meet their potential.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in healthcare occupations is expected to rise by 16% from 2020 – 2030, with some 2.6 million new jobs created. Attrition will also drive health science job growth. For instance, 15% of dental hygienists in the state are expected to retire in the next five years. Health science career wages are higher than the national average.


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 a registered nurse caring for hospital patients, Valencia College can help you develop the skills and expertise you need to be successful in this high-demand career field.

  • Cardiovascular Technologist
  • Cardiovascular Technician
  • Computed Tomography Technologist
  • Echocardiography Technologist
  • Mammographer
  • Medical Information Coder/Biller
  • MRI Technologist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapists (RRT)
  • Sonographer
  • Ultrasound Technologist
  • Vascular Technologist


As a School of Health Sciences student, you can take many of your classes on any Valencia College campus, in the field or online. The largest concentration of the School’s available courses is found on Valencia College West Campus, with classrooms and labs featuring state-of-the-art equipment to accurately simulate real-life patient care scenarios.

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