Healthcare professionals are committed to improving the health and well-being of diverse populations — including their entire community, humans, and animals. They continue to learn and develop knowledge, skills, and abilities throughout their career as new technologies and treatment modalities emerge.

Healthcare focuses on teamwork and interprofessional collaboration to produce positive and equitable patient care and can be both hands-on care as well as support for caregivers. The vast field of healthcare offers a variety of opportunities, such as nursing, medicine, dental hygiene, medical coding/billing, veterinary technology, physical therapy, fitness training, and medical office assisting, and other allied health fields.

Programs in This Pathway

Students with interests in the life, natural, and health sciences have two primary study options to consider at Pierce College.
Pierce College's Business Information Technology program offers two-year associate degrees, as well as one-year certificates. Find the option that's best for you and start realizing your possibilities today.
The Dental Hygiene Program focuses on essential competencies for the successful practice of the profession and inspires lifelong learning and service to the community.
Emergency medical technicians (EMT) are health care providers for emergency medical services. EMTs are clinicians, trained to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical issues, traumatic injuries, accident scenes or when disaster strikes.
The Health Information Technology associate degree and certificate programs are designed for students interested in IT careers in the health care industry. The degrees combine a health care foundation with business analysis skills.
Stand out in the competitive world of fitness training by earning a Kinesiology degree from Pierce College. Gain advanced knowledge in nutrition and exercise, weight management, fitness training, client care and marketing, athletic coaching, injury management and more.
Pierce College's Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) fully prepares students for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). This exam measures the competencies needed to be a safe, effective, entry-level registered nurse.
Physical therapist assistants work with licensed physical therapists to provide treatment for physical injuries and disabilities. This includes training patients in therapeutic exercises, providing hands-on treatment, documenting patient progress, and using special equipment.
With critical skills and knowledge, become valued members of veterinary health care teams by providing high-quality assistance to veterinarians and professional nursing care and compassion to their animal patients.