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Area of Study: Health Sciences
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Health Sciences
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General Studies in Pre-Health Sciences

Define your path to success in health science

Your first step toward a great career in medicine starts in this health science-focused General Studies Program. Because health sciences is a select-admissions program, students must be accepted into the program before they can declare their major. General studies pre-health sciences provides a structured path that helps students apply to the program. Participation does not guarantee admission to health sciences, but helps students choose courses that make them more competitive candidates.

Career Information

The general studies in pre-health science program is designed to put students on track to be accepted into — and to succeed in — the health sciences program at ACC or at a four-year university. A pre-health degree could also give you an advantage for positions such as medical assistant, dental assistant, phlebotomist, or pharmacy technician.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Respiratory Therapists
27.73 Hourly Wage 652 Currently Employed
Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.
652 Respiratory Therapists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 11.66 % over the next four years.
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Respiratory Therapy Technicians
24.05 Hourly Wage 51 Currently Employed
Provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.
51 Respiratory Therapy Technicians are employed. This number is expected to increase by 1.96 % over the next four years.
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Medical Appliance Technicians
15.94 Hourly Wage 48 Currently Employed
Construct, fit, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices, such as braces, orthotics and prosthetic devices, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.
48 Medical Appliance Technicians are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.33 % over the next four years.
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Medical Assistants
15.79 Hourly Wage 3923 Currently Employed
Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.
3923 Medical Assistants are employed. This number is expected to increase by 11.57 % over the next four years.
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Orderlies
13.09 Hourly Wage 146 Currently Employed
Transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment.
146 Orderlies are employed. This number is expected to increase by 15.75 % over the next four years.
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Personal Care Aides
10.16 Hourly Wage 9840 Currently Employed
Assist the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities with daily living activities at the person's home or in a care facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide assistance at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, convalescents, and persons with disabilities regarding such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household activities.
9840 Personal Care Aides are employed. This number is expected to increase by 11.1 % over the next four years.
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Medical Equipment Preparers
12.28 Hourly Wage 370 Currently Employed
Prepare, sterilize, install, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. May perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.
370 Medical Equipment Preparers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 10.54 % over the next four years.
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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

Program Resources

Use these resources to find the best options for your career path.

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Program Maps

View the program maps below to see the sequence of courses needed to complete your chosen degree or certificate in this program.

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Which award path is right for you?

ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your goals.

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