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School of Health Sciences

Using the latest medical technology and the state-of-the-art simulation facility, the School of Health Sciences will not only prepare you for a rewarding career but will equip you with the skills needed to succeed in real-life situations. Choose from programs in Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Veterinary Technology, EMS, and more.

School of Health Sciences Programs

Two people wearing scrubs, looking over a medical chart.Learn to assist patients in long-term care facilities in this 8-week course. You will master medical and bedside skills through training in our classrooms, simulation lab, and local healthcare facilities.

Nursing CNA

Dental Hygienist cleaning a patient's teeth.As a dental hygienist, you will be an essential member of the dental team and will play an invaluable role in helping patients maintain good oral health. Helping to treat oral diseases, providing preventive dental care, taking x-rays and reviewing them for signs of dental diseases and instructing patients in effective home care are among the key skills you will learn with our associate degree.  You can apply this degree to a B.S. in dental hygiene.

Dental Hygiene Degree, AAS

AmbulanceSkilled emergency medical service workers are in high demand. At San Juan College, you can start with a one-semester certificate program or earn a degree to become a paramedic. Explore our four certificate and two degree programs to see which one is right for you.

Emergency Medical Services Certificates

Paramedic Degrees, AS, AAS

Stethoscope lying on patient chart.As health insurance becomes more complex, the need for qualified medical office workers has increased. Earn a Medical Insurance Coder/Biller Certificate or the Health Information Technology A.A.S. to be a part of this fast-growing field.  Students can complete the Health Information Technology Certificate 100% online.

Medical Insurance Coder Biller Certificate

Health Information Technology, AAS (Online)

Be on the front lines of patient care as a nurse by earning an associate degree in nursing. You can also receive both an associate and a bachelor's in nursing with our partnership program with the University of New Mexico.

Certified Nursing Assistant, CNA

Nursing Degrees, ADN, BSN

Small child sitting in adult's lap.This growing field helps people with injuries or disabilities develop skills to participate in the things they want and need to do. Earn your associate degree to become an occupational therapy assistant and help clients achieve independence.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree, AAS

Person having blood drawn from arm.Assist hospitals and labs by becoming a phlebotomist through our Phlebotomy Certificate Program. Learn about the theory of blood specimen collection and processing, and then gain 100 hours of experience to increase your skills.

Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

Persons legs on a roller.Be a part of one of the fastest growing occupations in the nation! Working closely with physical therapists, you'll play a critical role in helping patients of all ages regain or maintain their independence and lead active lives. We offer both a traditional on-campus program and an online hybrid program that leads to an associate degree as a physical therapist assistant.

Physical Therapist Assistant Degree, AAS

Pharmacist scanning a prescription.Complete this certificate program in 16 weeks to jumpstart your career as a pharmacy technician. Along with classroom learning, you will complete an externship as part of the course to gain on-site experience.

Pharmacy Technician Certificate

Xray of lungs.Evaluate, treat, and help patients with respiratory problems and other heart and lung conditions through earning an associate degree in respiratory therapy. Join this fast-growing industry and serve as a vital member of a healthcare team.

Respiratory Therapy Degree, AAS

Three people performing surgical procedure.As a surgical first assistant, you will support surgeons to ensure a safe operation. At San Juan College, you will receive hands-on lab training as well as assist in live surgical procedures. Earn your surgical first assistant certificate in 12 months.  Students can complete the Surgical First Assistant Certificate 100% online.

Surgical First Assistant Certificate

Person handling surgical tools.Be an integral part of the surgical team by becoming a surgical technologist. You will learn how to create a sterile and organized environment in a surgical room by managing surgical equipment and preparing the operating room. Prerequisites required.

Surgical Technology Degree, AAS

Black cat and yellow cat.Our online program is a rigorous yet flexible path if you seek a career as a credentialed veterinary technician, veterinary assistant, or practice manager. See why our graduates frequently test 15% to 20% above the national average in most testing categories.

Veterinary Certificate Programs (Online)

Veterinary Technology Degree (Online), AAS

Health Sciences Clinic Requirement Update

At the San Juan College School of Health Sciences, we are committed to the well-being of our community, including our most vulnerable populations.  In order to meet clinical requirements to successfully complete our programs, proof of vaccinations, including the COVID 19 vaccination may be required.