Allied Health and Public Service Education

The Allied Health Division offers a variety of programs designed to meet the increasing demand for specialized professionals in health care. The programs in this division present a broad range of career options for individuals desiring a career in allied health. The division offers a variety of programs at the Associate in Applied Science degree, diploma and certificate levels. Some areas of study are offered on a day and evening basis.

In addition to classroom and laboratory instruction, each program emphasizes learning experiences in health care settings within the community. This extensive training at clinical, pre-hospital, and laboratory settings affords students a unique opportunity to develop the specialized skills required for employment in a health profession.

An individual desiring training in health programs should have a background in chemistry, biology, science, mathematics, and social/behavioral sciences. Applicants should become familiar with the selection criteria and application deadlines for specific programs in the Allied Health Division. People interested in health careers are advised that professional licensure, certification, employment, or admission to clinical/work experience sites may be denied to anyone who has been convicted of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude.

Graduation Requirements 

Because of rapid changes in workplace technologies, certain technical courses will “time out” after five years and must be repeated for graduation. Exceptions must be approved by the department chairperson.

All courses with the following prefixes, DEN, MED, MLT, NUR, OTA, PBT, RAD, SON, STP, SUR, and VET are designated as five year “time out” courses and must have been completed within five years of graduation.

A.A.S. Degrees 

Associate Degree Nursing 
Dental Hygiene 
Medical Assisting 
Medical Laboratory Technology 
Medical Sonography 
Occupational Therapy Assistant (Pending ACOTE accreditation) 
Pharmacy Technology 
Surgical Technology 
Surgical Technology Bridge 
Veterinary Medical Technology 


Dental Assisting 
Pharmacy Technology 


Central Sterile Processing 


Associate Degree Nursing Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nursing (RIBN) Option/ 
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