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Health Sciences 

There’s a job for anyone in the medical field. Whether you have a specialty in mind or just want to survey the vast landscape of healthcare, the two-year Health Sciences program at GCTC is a great place to start the journey. 

Students will receive a crash course in nearly every aspect of medical practice — from emergency to general practice, dentistry to physical therapy — with more concentrated study in the fields of medicine and nursing. Students will receive hands-on training with virtual patients in our mock hospital unit and specialized study in CPR and first aid. They will also meet medical professionals both in class and on field trips to medical facilities and local colleges. After two years, Health Science students should feel well-versed in the medical profession with the confidence and direction to pursue a career.

The first-year class, Health Science Core, introduces students to the theory and practical tasks in the field of health science. Students will cover topics such as safety in the workplace, infection control, health care systems, and the vital organs of the human body. The course offers insight into careers in health care as well as educational requirements and the professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities involved.

In the second semester course, Health Science Core II, students study more advanced aspects of the science, including human growth and development, health informatics, information technology, and therapeutic and rehabilitative services. Other topics include medical and emergency services, mental health, and pharmacological and nursing services.

The second-year class, Health Care and Clinical Services, goes even deeper with emphasis on medical and nursing services. The class includes testing and certification in American Heart Association First Aid and Basic Life Support.

Students must complete 100 clinical hours by the end of the second year along with classroom lectures to complete the course. Students complete a state certification exam at the end of the second year to receive a Health Science certification.

Instructors: Kristi Winter, Mallory Lester