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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED 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, Rita Revak-Lutz
Director, Dental Programs, Tina Treloar
Director, Health Sciences Counseling Office, Sheila Lucas
Program Advisors, Scott Fortner and Mary Thames

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 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 and Surgical 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 degree holders may be eligible for certain advanced certificate programs with supplemental health-related and medical coursework. Contact the Health Sciences Counseling 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 Counseling office at 352-395-5650. A national background screening is conducted on all students accepted to a Health Sciences program in order to determine participation eligibility. Contact the Health Sciences Counseling Office for information about the screening process. Program information packets for all programs are available on the Health Sciences Counseling 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.



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