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    Irvine Valley College
    May 30, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Health Science

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Dean: Lianna Zhao, MD
Academic Chair: Amy McWhorter, PhD
Faculty: Devon Bradley, PhD; Meredith Dorner, PhD; David Fretz; Diana Hurlbut, PhD; Jefferey Kaufmann, PhD; Emalee Mackenzie; Amy McWhorter, PhD; Pierre Nguyen; Roland Rodriguez; Katherine Schmeidler, PhD; Justin Wright


The requirements for majors in the life sciences are intended to provide a solid foundation for the student who wishes to pursue further study at the baccalaureate level and for some graduate-level programs. They are also intended for students who plan to enter a preprofessional or professional program in a health-related field. The faculty strongly recommends that students without a firm foundation in basic biological principles complete both BIO 80  and BIO 81  in preparation for the more specialized courses. In addition to the core courses for the major or health-related fields, an introduction to other sciences is usually recommended and necessary for more advanced study.  The biology faculty therefore suggests that students complete appropriate courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics concurrently with biology core courses. Students should refer to the requirements of prospective institutions or seek advice from a member of the biology faculty or a counselor before choosing electives. 

Potential Careers

The Health Sciences Program is dedicated to offering a quality program that will meet the lifelong learning needs of our students and prepare them for transfer to a CSU or a UC in order for them to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing or other allied health professions. 

An AS degree in the Health Sciences will prepare students for entry into certificate or technical training programs including: 

  • Nursing
  • Biotechnology
  • Dental Assisting/Hygiene
  • Emergency Medical Technology
  • Paramedic Training
  • Laboratory Research
  • Physical Therapy Assisting
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Vision Care
  • Radiology Technician

Local and state regulations govern the licensing of nurses and other health professions. Eligibility for employment depends upon performance in competitive examinations as well as performance in education and experience levels. In general, any job which has its focus in helping to cure or prevent disease and/or ailment falls into this cluster of jobs.

Students that earn the Associate in Science in Health Sciences may find immediate work in the following fields:

  • Public relations
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Community organizations
  • Biotechnology research
  • State and Federal Health departments
  • Home Health Care


    Associate in ScienceCertificate of AchievementCertificate of Proficiency

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