Introduction to Pre-Health Sciences

Because of the aging population and expanding health care job market, there is a national and local shortage of health-care providers. Health Science professionals are in high demand and job choices and opportunities are abundant.

Professional Health Science careers are very flexible – you can choose from a variety of employment settings from any of the nine program areas. The work hours, scheduling, and variety are very favorable in Health Sciences.

Health Science careers are also available in all settings: from the country to the city; from hospitals to private clinics. The Health Sciences Division offers certificates and degrees leading to dynamic and rewarding health careers in the nine program areas: Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Dental Laboratory Technology, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Technician, Radiologic Technology, Registered Nursing, Licensed Vocational Nursing, and Certified Nursing Assistant.

PCC has a great reputation in our community for graduating professional, competent healthcare professionals. Our full- and part-time faculty and staff are committed to student success. Tutoring programs and campus lab activities support our student success efforts. Professional student organizations and community service projects also help students develop their leadership skills and forge new friendships.

Students who complete degrees and certificates in the Health Sciences Division are students who are committed to life-long learning, often continuing their education at a university. We are proud of the nationally accredited, recognized programs and faculty here at Pasadena City College. Please join us as we work to improve the health of our community.

  • Entry point for health-related jobs (not physician/surgeon)
  • Not a pre-med (pre-med should start in biology)

How to Register

Registration for Pre-Health Sciences classes can be conducted using the link below.  If you are interested in the Cohort Pathway, click here.

Transfer Information

Are you finishing up your health sciences coursework at PCC and thinking, now what? Luckily, there are a wide variety of transfer options for you. Here are just a few of the many options to further your education in Health Sciences. One tip when planning to transfer is to make sure to check very carefully the deadlines for admission as they are often all different!

    • ASSIST is the official online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. Read More
  • Transfer Admissions Guarantee
    • The Transfer Guaranteed Admission (TAG) is a commitment that selected colleges and universities make to PCC students who meet basic transfer requirements. Students who complete an agreed upon sequence of classes in general education and a selected major with a stated minimum GPA can apply to the four-year institution within a prescribed time-frame and be “guaranteed admission.” Read More.
  • Loma Linda University
    • Loma Linda offers a wide variety of degree programs in Health Care. From certificate programs to Master’s degree, it’s a great transfer option for a student looking to break into the healthcare field. Read More
  • Mount Saint Mary’s College (MSMC)
    • Located in Los Angeles, CA, Mount Saint Mary’s College Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) is three years of nursing coursework as well as other required and elective courses.  Students begin nursing classes during the sophomore year. Graduates of the BSN nursing program are eligible for certification as public health nurses and for licensure as registered nurses. Read More
  • Azusa Pacific University
    • Azusa Pacific’s B.S. in Nursing offers a special option for students who have completed 60 or more transferable semester units of college credit in prerequisite and general education courses. The Two-Plus-Two program allows students to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in six consecutive semesters, including summers. Read More
  • College of Nursing and Allied Health, Health Sciences
    • The School of Nursing at LA County College of Nursing offers an Associate of Science degree in Nursing. Students that complete the program are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Read More.
  • Cal State University, Los Angeles (CSULA)
    • CSULA offers a B.S. degree for basic (pre-licensure) students and transfer RN students (those who have completed the ADN degree). Students who complete CSULA’s undergraduate program will have knowledge and skills for generalist professional nursing practice and will be qualified to assume leadership roles. Read More.
  • Cal State University, Northridge (CSUN)
    • CSUN offers a Reistered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree pathway for students with an associate degree or equivalent in nursing and RN licensure. Students may attend full-time or part time and several of the nursing courses combine live and on-line instruction. Read More.
  • University of Southern California (USC)
    • The Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC offers a 5-trimester Dental Hygiene program where students earn a Bachelor of Science degree and are prepared to work in clinical and preventive dental hygiene. Read More

Volunteer Information

  • Huntington Hospital
    • Volunteering at Hungtington Memorial Hospital is a great way to gain valuable health care experience while at PCC. Huntington Hospital Volunteers provide assistance to patients, families, visitors and staff, and serve in every area of the hospital. For more information call the Volunteer Department at (626) 397-5208. Read More.
  • LAC+USC healthcare network
    • The LAC+USC healthcare network has many different volunteer opportunities for college students. Countless of their volunteers have gone on to pursue careers in the health care field as a result of their volunteer experience. Read More.

Job Career Information

Within the Health Sciences there are a number of careers and options depending on the amount of schooling you complete.  Within one semester you can be on your way to working as a Certified Nursing Assistant; on the other hand, you can get your Masters or PhD and work as a RN or APRN — the sky is really the limit.  At PCC we offer a number of options to help you achieve what you want as a career.

Not sure where to start or what you want to do?  Browse our Careers App with Careers related to all STEM degrees — with job title, description, necessary schooling, and salary.  Go to eSTEM Careers now and check it out!


Cohort Pathway

What is the Pre-Health Science Cohort Pathway?

  • Health Science pre-requisite courses offered in Block-Pair fashion
  • All inclusive year and a half of guaranteed enrollment
  • Guaranteed timely finish of pre-requisite classes
  • Dedicated instructors geared toward student success
  • Supplemental Instruction to improve success
  • Dedicated counseling and other support services
Health Sciences Cohort Pathway

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Download a PDF printable version of the Cohort Roadmap.

Contact Us

You can contact the Health Sciences Department at


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