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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog

Health Sciences

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Department Chair, Sciences for Health Programs, Dr. Nilanjana Caballero
Department Chair, Allied Health Programs, Sharon Whitcraft
Academic Chair, Nursing Programs, Dr. Nilanjana Caballero, Acting
Director, Health Sciences Counseling Office, Vancat
Program Advisors, Deborah Robinson and Sarah Young

The Health Sciences Programs prepare students for a wide variety of employment opportunities. Challenging careers exist for those individuals who receive satisfaction from working directly with patients, as well as for those who desire involvement in the technical aspects of the health care process.

The Associate in Science degree programs in Nursing and Nursing Bridge, Cardiovascular Sonogrpahy, Invasive Cardiovascular Technology, Dental Hygiene and Hygiene Bridge, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiography, and Respiratory Care include preparation in General Education as well as appropriate offerings from Health Sciences and professional specialization. The Health Sciences Programs also include a prerequisite unit, Sciences for Health Programs, which offers courses in science and health. Graduates of Santa Fe College health sciences Associate in Science degree programs are prepared to move directly into professional positions. Associate in Arts degree students preparing to articulate to upper division may also take various health sciences courses.

Non-degree (vocational certificate) programs available at Santa Fe College include Dental Assisting, Nursing Assistant, Practical Nursing, Surgical Technology, and Sterile Processing Technology. Advanced Certificate programs in Computed Tomography, and Polysomnography are offered for graduates of accredited Nursing, Respiratory Care or Medical Imaging programs with appropriate professional credentials. Additionally, bachelor’s degree holders may be eligible for certain advanced certificate programs with supplemental health-related and medical coursework. Contact the Health Sciences Advising Office for each program’s specific application requirements.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program (RN to BSN) is a limited access program designed for registered nurses who are graduates of an accredited associate in science in nursing degree program (ASN). Upper division course work will consist of 30 credit hours addressing topics related to leadership and management, nursing theory, research, culture, ethics, pharmacology, global healthcare finance, community health, and population-based nursing across the lifespan. The RN to BSN coursework will be completed mainly online in asynchronous instruction. There will be one course with a lab experience and 90 hours of direct/indirect practice experience. All BSN degree seeking students are required to complete the same basic requirements as traditional bachelor’s degree students, including 36 hours of General Education and demonstration of foreign language competence. Due to the specialized nature of the RN to BSN Program, individuals are required to consult with an academic advisor when applying for admission. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Health Sciences Programs require a separate application beyond initial acceptance to Santa Fe College. An important first step toward applying to Health Sciences Programs is to attend a group advisement session. Interested individuals should contact the Health Sciences Advising office at 352-395-5650. A national background screening is conducted on all students accepted to a Health Sciences program to determine participation eligibility. Contact the Health Sciences Advising Office for information about the screening process. Program information packets for all programs are available on the Health Sciences Advising office Web page at

Health Sciences Student Support Programs

TEAM Health
The TEAM Health program offers retention services as well as time and stress management skills development to students of Health Sciences Programs and the Sciences for Health Programs. Contact TEAM Health at 352-395-5689 for more information.

Teaching and Learning Center
The Teaching and Learning Center is designed to support instructional activities for Health Sciences Programs. Computers, Internet access, study areas, software and other materials are available to students with a valid Santa Fe ID card. The TLC is located in Building W, room 233. Student ID cards may be obtained in Building S, room 147.

Sciences for Health Programs

The Sciences for Health Programs consist of a variety of courses in the biological, medical, and physical sciences and health core that are common to nursing and allied health professions. Students take these basic sciences as prerequisite courses during their early training. This knowledge builds the foundation for their chosen health professions.

The courses offered in Sciences for Health Programs provide students with scientific experiences that can be directly related to various health occupations. Many courses transfer to upper division Nursing and Allied Health departments. Check with a program advisor for more information.


  • BSC 2084  - Human Anatomy and Physiology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BSC 2084L  - Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab Credit Hours: 1.0
  • BSC 2085  - Anatomy and Physiology 1 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BSC 2085L  - Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab Credit Hours: 1.0
  • BSC 2086  - Anatomy and Physiology 2 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BSC 2086L  - Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab Credit Hours: 1.0
  • CHM 1030  - Elements of Chemistry Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CHM 1030L  - Elements of Chemistry Lab Credit Hours: 1.0
  • HSC 1000  - Introduction to Health Care Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HSC 2531  - Medical Terminology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HUN 1201  - Human Nutrition 1 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MCB 2000  - Microbiology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MCB 2000L  - Microbiology Lab Credit Hours: 1.0
  • MCB 2010  - Introduction to Microbiology Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MCB 2010L  - Introduction to Microbiology Lab Credit Hours: 1.0
  • PHY 1007  - Physics with Medical Applications Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PHY 1007L  - Physics with Medical Applications Lab Credit Hours: 1.0


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