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Health Sciences Pathway

About this Pathway

In the Health Sciences Pathway, you will learn from professors who are passionate about their subjects – and your future. Health Science Pathway degrees and certificate of achievement programs provide strategies, knowledge and skills for a rewarding career as a health service professional of the 21st century. Health Science Pathways will continue to be in great demand and new medical technologies will only increase demand for skilled health care workers.

Programs of Study

Associate Degrees and Degrees for Transfer

AA - Associate of Arts
AA-T - Associate in Arts for Transfer
AS - Associate of Science
AS-T - Associate in Science for Transfer


COA - Certificate of Achievement
COCM - Certificate of Completion
COCP - Certificate of Competency
JSC - Job Skills Certificates
NC - Noncredit

Other Programs

Completion Coaching Team

Pre-Nursing Health Science Counseling
Name Position Email Voice Phone Location
Dinorah Castro Counselor, General; Counseling Expert - Health Sciences Pathway (661) 395-4928
CSS 31
Program Advisor
Name Position Email Voice Phone Location
Venessa Reyes Advising Expert (661) 395-4476
MS 153

Entire Completion Coaching Community

Career Outlook

The Bakersfield College Program Map is a great resource to find Program Learning Outcomes and detailed career outlook statistics for each of the programs of study associated with this Learning and Career Pathway. For more information about career outlooks in any field, visit the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Steps for Success

Momentum Points

If you are pursuing one of the degrees in this pathway, you will want to enroll in 15 units each semester to graduate in approximately two years. This would require 30 units in your first year. Some of those units you earn in your first year should be in Math, English, and your major! Not only will earning 9 units in your major your first year keep you on track to your degree, it may also help you earn a certificate on the way!

Some majors in the health science pathway have additional application requirements in order to gain entry into programs. It's highly recommended that you meet with a counselor or academic advisor to go over specific requirements for your major.

Transfer Information

Students are encouraged to discuss their career plans with a counselor or academic advisor at Bakersfield College to create a Comprehensive Student Education Plan (CSEP) that will provide the best guidance with respect to the preferred field of study and transfer opportunities.

Bragging Points

The primary mission of the Bakersfield College Health Science Pathway is to offer academic and vocational education to prepare men and women for careers in health occupations. Through our commitment to excellence we will be able to improve and advance the health and welfare of our community by preparing excellent, competent, and safe healthcare professionals. If you’re ready for a career in the Health Science Pathway, make an appointment with an Advisor or Counselor today!