School of health sciences

Are you interested in health and wellness? Are you able to remain calm in a crisis? Do you have an interest in working with people who are injured or sick, promoting wellness and sharing knowledge with others? You might be interested in a career in Health Sciences.

Whether you want to work with patients or in a laboratory, in a hospital or on a cruise ship, get started with your exciting healthcare career here at San Juan College!

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If you like helping people, enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind, and are interested in helping to prevent disease while assisting patients to maintain their health, a career as a dental hygienist may be for you.
At San Juan College, we offer a Dental Hygiene Program leading to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. This program provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to enter the profession of dental hygiene.
Dental Hygiene is among today’s top 10 jobs with the strongest employment outlook and high wages. You will be trained in our state-of-the-art dental clinic and receive more than 600 hours of clinical experience working with patients. Our graduates, with a job placement rate of over 98%, are well prepared to enter this exciting profession.
Is Health Information Technology (HIT) for you? Do you have an aptitude for science, but also like management, law, and computers? Are you interested in working in healthcare, but not directly with patients? Are you detail oriented? If the answer is yes, then this exciting and rapidly changing healthcare career may be for you.
We offer the following programs: an Associate of Applied Science Degree in HIT and a Certificate in Medical Coding/Billing. Coursework includes anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, medical coding, reimbursement, legal issues, supervision, quality management, and electronic health records.
Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) are essential members of the healthcare team, acting as detectives, uncovering and providing clues that assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment as well as disease monitoring or prevention. The MLT uses sophisticated biomedical instrumentation and technologies to perform laboratory testing of blood and body fluids.
The San Juan College AAS program curriculum prepares students to be an entry level generalist, capable of performing clinical laboratory procedures in a variety of areas including hematology, chemistry, microbiology, immunology and immunohematology.
We also offer a Phlebotomy Certificate Program which prepares students to collect and process specimens. A Phlebotomy Technician must like challenge and responsibility, and be able to create an atmosphere of trust and confidence with patients while drawing blood in a skillful, safe, and dependable manner.
Are you interested in a challenging, exciting multifaceted career that allows you to learn new skills, practice in a variety of different environments, travel to new and different places, influence the political landscape in respect to health care, meet new people on a daily basis, and make a difference in the lives of those for whom you care? If you answered yes to these questions, then nursing may be the career for you. Today is an exciting time to be a nurse….because the sky's the limit in respect to career opportunities, and the supply of nurses has not kept pace with current and future demands.
At San Juan College, our Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program prepares you to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). You can choose from a two-year track or an 18-month track. The program also prepares you to transfer to earn a bachelors degree in nursing.
Occupational therapy is a vibrant, growing profession that makes it possible for people to achieve independence and to enjoy life to its fullest. By choosing a career as an occupational therapy assistant, you will make a difference! You will be able to improve the lives of people, from newborns to the very old.
Do you love hiking in the back country or paddling down a river? Do you like the excitement of outdoor adventures and new challenges? Do you like to help other people grow more confident and comfortable with outdoor activities? Then the Outdoor Leadership, Education and Recreation (OLER) program may be a terrific fit for you. In this program, you can improve your outdoor technical skills, expand your ability to handle emergencies, and develop teambuilding and group development skills. Most courses include a practical component off campus for first-hand skill development. Courses include climbing, backcountry travel, rafting, high challenge course, mountaineering, and wilderness environment ethics. The classes are fun and challenging. You will learn a lot about yourself, others in your group, and develop valuable skills for a variety of work opportunities.
The physical education degree program covers all aspects of human health and fitness. Students learn how the human body works in order to gain an in-depth understanding of personal health, levels of wellness, and understand the true scope of fitness and its effects on the human body and mind. Students also learn about various concepts of health, wellness, and fitness and how to apply them for the maintenance and improvement of human motion. They get an understanding of proper form and safety of human performance, and how to design an individual exercise/lifestyle program.
Are you interested in being an integral part of a healing team? As a Physical Therapist Assistant, working under the supervision of a physical therapist (PT), you'll help patients recover from illness or surgery. You'll learn a variety of techniques ranging from therapeutic exercise and hydrotherapy to ultrasound and electrotherapy modalities.
Not only is this a truly rewarding career, but PTAs are among the fastest growing professions in the nation.
Would you like to make a lasting and meaningful difference by helping care for patients with lung or heart disorders? Respiratory Therapists are one of the fastest growing healthcare professions. If you're good with math, science, and like working with technology, this may be the career for you. Most Respiratory Therapists works in hospitals, but you may prefer working in patients' homes, medical equipment supply companies, or skilled nursing facilities.
Become part of a surgical team as a Surgical Technician. You'll work closely with surgeons, operating room nurses, and anesthesiologists, preparing the operating room, assembling equipment, and prepping the patients. It's an exciting and challenging career.
San Juan College provides a state-of-the-art operating room lab with everything you might find in a real lab! The program also includes experiences in the hospital setting.

For more information, please call Dean, Dr. Teddy Farias at (505) 566-3490. Or send an email to