Associate in Science (A.S.)
Through the Health Navigator Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program at Valencia College, you can gain the skills and knowledge to make a difference in the lives of those who need help navigating their health care or simply accessing community resources. From health insurance to hospitalization and from wellness to rehabilitation, our world-class health care system can be hard to navigate. Increased health literacy is consistently associated with better health outcomes and quality of life. You can make the difference in the lives of your family and community.
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Program Overview and Degree Requirements
Review course descriptions, important dates and deadlines and other programs details in the official college catalog.
Valencia’s certificate programs can put you on the fast track to reaching your career goals. They are designed to equip you with a specialized skill set for immediate employment or career advancement. Most can be completed in one year or less.
Health Care Specialist (27 credits)
Alternative Ways To Earn Credit
Did you know that you may already be eligible to receive college credit toward this program? Check out these opportunities:
- Industry Certifications – Receive college credit for approved Industry Certifications
(after all of the pre-admission course requirements have been met)
Program begins each fall.
Health Care Specialist
When you choose the Healthcare Specialist technical certificate as your secondary degree pathway, you will earn a workforce credential while completing prerequisite course credits, many of which are requirements for the selective admissions health career programs at Valencia College. Earning this certificate is an important first step in your career—your classes can help you become more valuable to our local health care employers.
Health navigators find employment opportunities at a wide range of health care locations, such as hospitals, insurance companies, public health clinics, and nonprofit agencies.
Learn How To
- Assess the health needs of individuals and communities
- Address barriers to health care access
- Provide expertise and resources regarding health care services and health insurance options
- Navigate the health care system
- Stay up-to-date on issues and trends in public health
- Access and analyze health information
- Develop a knowledge of prevention and community health
Through the Health Navigator A.S. degree, you can become equipped with the skills to make a difference in the lives of those with limited health literacy. Graduates are prepared to fill a crucial role for patients in your community.
- Health Navigator
- Community Health Worker
- Commonly employed in:
- Health clinics
- Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
- Community health centers
- Hospital and hospital networks
- Integrated health systems
- School-based clinics
- Safety net clinic or hospitals
- Rural health centers
- Local public health agencies
AVERAGE SALARY RANGE
$40,000 - $60,000
(according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Employment Projections)
Steps for Admission to Program
- Attend a Health Sciences Information Session. Please bring a copy of the program guide for your desired track with you. If you are not local and cannot attend the information session, review the program guide and read the frequently asked questions for the Health Sciences programs and degrees.
- Apply to Valencia College.
- Complete required general education courses before applying to the program.
- Once your transcripts have been received and evaluated, and if you meet eligibility requirements, you can apply to the program.
To learn more about this program, including application requirements, attend one of our information sessions. Please bring a copy of the program guide with you. If you are unable to attend, refer to the program guide and the resources available at Health Sciences.