Pre-Allied Health PathwayThe Pre-Allied Health Pathways is primarily designed for students seeking to enter the work force in an Allied Health profession upon graduation. While some majors lead into articulation programs with four-year institutions, all are related to careers in the health professions.
Pre-Allied Health Pathway Programs
Dental Hygiene (AAS)
The Dental Hygiene Program is a mix of academic and clinical coursework that is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a competent entry-level registered dental hygienist.
Emergency Medical Technology (Degree and Certificate Programs)
Emergency Medical Technology is a rapidly expanding profession involving the provision of immediate care for the critically ill or injured at the scene of an emergency and transporting these patients to a medical facility. This entry-level program is designed to educate students at the Emergency Medical Technician (open enrollment) and Paramedic (selective admission) levels of prehospital provider.
Massage Therapy (Degree and Certificate Programs)
Graduates of the degree program are prepared as skilled and responsible therapeutic massage providers and are eligible to take the appropriate licensure exams. Students in the certificate program are eligible to work in massage therapy outside the health care industry.
Medical Laboratory Technology (AAS)
The A.A.S. degree program in Medical Laboratory Technology is designed to prepare students to function in the highly complex arena of laboratory medicine. Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs) perform a variety of complex laboratory tests which play an important role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of many diseases and in the promotion of health.
Mental Health (Degree and Certificate Programs)
This program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of mental health and human services agencies. This curriculum is designed to train students to work as members of a mental health services delivery team and to render service directly to clients who may be in need of counseling, therapy, education or help with social problems. Graduates of the program are employed in mental health hospitals, community mental health clinics, centers for developmentally disabled, substance abuse treatment programs and other agencies responsible for the mental health and human service needs of the community.
Mortuary Science (AAS)
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Mortuary Science is required for mortician licensure in the State of Maryland. This curriculum is nationally accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education and designed to train students for positions as morticians. The program prepares students to meet the State’s licensing requirements.
Registered Nursing (ASN)
This program is designed to prepare students to enter the nursing profession as registered nurses. The curriculum provides theoretical, clinical and high fidelity laboratory study in nursing that will enable students to learn to work as members of an interprofessional health care team. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The program is accredited by the Maryland Board of Nursing and by the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Practical Nursing (Certificate)
The Practical Nursing program provides theoretical and clinical laboratory study in nursing that will enable students to learn to assist other licensed health care professionals, such as registered nurses and physicians, and work as members of a health care team. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply and take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). The program is accredited by the Maryland Board of Nursing.
Occupational Therapy Assistant (AAS)
This program is designed to prepare students to work as occupational therapy assistants. Occupational therapy assistants work with patients of all ages whose lives have been affected by impairment or disease. Occupational therapy assistants under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist assist people in overcoming, adapting to, and/or preventing physical and psychosocial problems caused by disease, substance abuse, mental illness, amputation, spinal cord injury, stroke, arthritis and birth defects, to name a few. Occupational therapy assistants help people obtain or regain skills in the areas of self-care, school, work, play and leisure. Jobs may be found in a variety of places such as hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, home health, and community based centers.
Radiation Therapy (AAS)
Radiation Therapy utilizes radiation and radioactive isotopes in the treatment of disease, primarily cancer. The Radiation Therapist provides services for treatment of malignant and non-malignant disease. The Radiation Therapist is responsible for localizing the tumor, implementing the treatment plan, observing and evaluating clinical progress of the patient.
Radiography uses x-ray radiation to create images of the tissues, organs, bones and vessels that make up the human body. Most people are familiar with chest x-rays and also know that x-rays are the best way to diagnose broken bones. The radiographer or x-ray technologist is the person who actually produces x-ray images of human anatomy for the physician to read and make a diagnosis.
Respiratory Care Therapist (AAS)
Respiratory care is a life-supporting, life-enhancing profession practiced under qualified medical direction. Respiratory care services provided to patients with disorders of the cardiopulmonary system such as asthma and heart disease include diagnostic testing, therapeutics, monitoring, and rehabilitation. Patient, family, and public education are central to the mission of the profession. Respiratory care services are provided in all health care facilities and in the home.
Veterinary Technology (AAS)
Students will prepare to work as Veterinary Technologists or Technicians and perform the following functions to ensure pet health: perform the primary duties associated with the animal care field, including clinical laboratory and operating room procedures, establish patient imaging protocols, administer medications, educate owners about their pets’ health problems and how to achieve successful resolution of those problems, and supervise all aspects of patient care.