Health Sciences Pathway

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In the Health Sciences Pathway, you will learn from professors who are passionate about their subjects - and your future. 



  • AA-T
    Associate in Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T
    Associate in Science for Transfer
  • AA
    Associate of Arts
  • AS
    Associate of Science
  • BS
    Bachelor of Science
  • COA
    Certificate of Achievement
  • COCP
    Certificate of Competency
  • COCM
    Certificate of Completion
  • JSC
    Job Skills Certificate
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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.

Completion Coaching

We have a community of specialists in the Health Sciences Learning and Career Pathway ready to help you with your specific needs to complete your goals. There are faculty, counselors, and staff that understand your program and goals for specialized support in your program academics, counseling, and in the writing center.

Directory of Completion Coaches


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.

Program Map for Health Sciences

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!

Not sure where to start? Let us help.

Meet with a Counselor

Take the right classes to meet your education and career goals. Create your Comprehensive Student Education Plan (CSEP) with your Counselor or Ed. Advisor.
Call (661) 395-4421.

Not sure about your career path?

Take the career quiz to discover the perfect career based on your personality type and interests.

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