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Health Science


The Health Science certificate is a great starting point for students interested in a health care profession. In addition to general education courses, this one-year certificate program includes courses to develop foundational knowledge in a variety of science subjects such as anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry, and nutrition -- classes that are common pre-admission requirements found in many associate degree programs.

Students select from a variety of pre-allied health tracks, each designed to meet the needs of students who plan to transfer to a college or university that grants degrees in various health care professions.

Completion of the Health Science certificate does not guarantee acceptance into another institution or program. Students should contact their transfer institution for information on the application process and specific program requirements.

Career Opportunities

This certificate program provides students interested in a health care profession an academic foundation that prepares them for transfer into a specialized health program at a variety of 2- and 4-year institutions.


Track Program Requirements Academic Map
Pre-Dental Hygiene track
Pre-Medical Laboratory Technology track
Pre-Nursing track
Pre-Occupational Therapist Assistant track
Pre-Physical Therapist track
Pre-Respiratory Therapist track
General nonspecialized

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the entry level knowledge and written and verbal communication skills and abilities associated with many disciplines within the field of health care.
  • Students will identify structures of human anatomy, beginning at the basic cellular level and concluding with body systems, and relate each system of the body to its functions.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of physical, cognitive, linguistic, and psychological development of human beings.
  • Students will be prepared to transfer to a health care discipline associate or baccalaureate degree program.

Transfer Note

Students following this program are completing general education coursework in preparation for transfer into an allied health program at another institution. It is important to note that coursework requirements will vary by transfer institution. Students are encouraged to identify their desired transfer institution early and select coursework that meets those specific requirements. Students interested in transferring to an allied health program at Allegany College of Maryland should review the transfer notes provided on the Program Requirements and Academic Map documents above.

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Program Highlights

  • Students learn human anatomy using a state-of-art interactive virtual dissection table featuring life-sized 3D anatomy cases.
  • Provides prerequisite courses that prepare students to apply to the clinical phase of a health career program.
  • Garrett College‚Äôs 13:1 faculty-to-student ratio ensures that classes are small which enable students to receive individual attention to help them prepare for transfer.
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