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Health Science & Medical Technology

Health care is one of the fastest growing career sectors. The Health Science and Medical Technology Sector requires academic and technical skills, as well as the related knowledge necessary for the field. These careers range from entry level to management, including technical and professional specialties. Workers in this field need the knowledge and ability to contribute to the delivery of safe and effective health care. Nearly half of the careers in this area require professional level preparation. Students commonly need the academic background required for entry into postsecondary education. Specific skill sets needed usually include chemistry, physics, math, and biology plus communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Many careers require state certification or credentials.

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Degrees & Certificates at ARC

Respiratory Care

This program prepares you to get your license as a Respiratory Care Practitioner. You’ll learn about medical gas therapies, mechanical life support, airway care, pharmacology, neonatal/pediatric therapy, and specialized cardiopulmonary procedures. 


  • A.S. Respiratory Care 

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Love scientific research or clinical testing? Here you’ll learn how cells and DNA can be used to fight diseases, improve food production, and research cancer cures.


  • Biotechnology


  • A.S. Biotechnology

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Dietary Manager 

The Dietary Manager/Dietary Service Supervisor program provides certification for employment in nutritional care and dietary management within a health-care facility, such as a skilled nursing facility. You will ensure that the food department runs smoothly, while handling dietary restrictions, food ordering, and quality assurance. 


  • Dietary Manager
  • Dietary Service Supervisor

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Fitness Specialist

Designed so you can finish within 12 months, this certificate program is ideal if you’re looking to start working as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, or strength and conditioning coach. You will learn instruction techniques related to strength training and aerobic fitness, nutrition, exercise assessment, and injury management. Once you complete this program, you will then be prepared to take a variety of national certification exams including NASM, ACSM, and NCSF. 


  • Fitness Specialist 

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Funeral Service Education 

This program is the only one of its kind offered in the state where you can learn how to perform the duties of a funeral director. You can learn how to provide support to the bereaved, arrange funeral ceremonies, and assist families with filing legal documents. 


  • A.S. Funeral Service Education

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Healthcare Interpreting

The demand for healthcare interpreters is rapidly growing in our community. This program will help you apply your bilingual skills to the healthcare setting. You will learn medical terminology and use techniques for managing communication between patients, their families, and medical staff.


  • Healthcare Interpreting

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Nursing & Allied Health

The goal of the ARC Nursing Program is to prepare a graduate who is eligible for licensure to practice as a registered nurse. In addition, graduates are prepared to utilize the nursing process effectively with patients of all ages and within a variety of healthcare settings. The graduate will have a solid foundation in providing competent nursing care at the entry level of registered nursing practice.


  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Home Health Aide
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)


  • A.S. Registered Nursing
  • A.S. LVN to RN Career Mobility

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In as little as 18 months, you could be out in an ambulance helping people and saving lives. In class you’ll go through rigorous training and exercises with high-tech simulators. Then you’ll also have the opportunity to work in the field with a mentor for over 600 hours running 911 calls. It’s that extra practice that really makes the difference when you’re out on an actual call. 


  • Paramedic 


  • A.S. Paramedic

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Speech Language Pathology 

In this program you’ll get an introduction to the field of communication disorders and learn clinical strategies for helping children and adults improve their motor speech, voice, fluency, and hearing. During supervised fieldwork, you’ll interact with patients to implement treatment plans and assist with screenings under the direction of a speech-language pathologist.


  • A.S. Speech - Language Pathology Assistant

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Whether your educational goal is to earn an Associate degree or certificate, transition into a new career, or transfer to a 4-year institution, American River College is dedicated to helping you reach that goal.

Application Process

American River College

American River College is a public community college that primarily serves residents of the six-county Greater Sacramento region. The college offers traditional classroom instruction, off-campus centers, and distance education online. Visit the ARC website

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