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Health Sciences Program Pathway 'After scholarships and financial aid, ... I received a free college education.'

A career in Health Sciences can include a variety of jobs that fit nearly every individual's interests. With an aging population, careers in health sciences are expected to see substantial growth over the next decade and into the future. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a job growth rate of 11 percent is expected through 2022 for all occupations combined! Ready to get started on your Health Sciences pathway?

Program categories in this pathway:

Associate Degrees:


Associate of Applied Science Degree


Associate of Applied Science Degree


Associate of Applied Science Degree



Certificate Program


Certificate Program

Step Programs:


Step Program

Potential Career Opportunities:

Employment OUTLOOK:

At SSCC, we tailor our degrees and certificates to reflect growing trends in employment opportunities. Research SSCC Career Coach to learn about current projections in the Health Sciences field, or visit to view current Job Postings.



At Southern State, YOU are more than just a number or face in the crowd. We care about your success and want you to reach your full potential. Achieving your goals is our #1 priority. Ready to get started?

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Call us today at 800.628.7722 x2607


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Want to learn more about these programs?

Speak with one of the program's faculty members to see which area of study is right for you.

Medical Assisting &
Certificate Programs
  • Rhonda Davis, Program Director, Assistant Professor, Medical Assisting & Allied Health
  • 800.628.7722 x2639
  • Lucinda Gibson, Instructor, Medical Assisting & Allied Health
  • 800.628.7722 x2635
Nursing & Practical Nursing
  • Bruce Fugate, Associate Professor, Nursing
  • 800.628.7722 x4530
  • Sue Leach, Administrative Assistant, Nursing
  • 800.628.7722 x2640
Respiratory Care
  • Chyane Collins, Program Director, Associate Professor, Respiratory Care
  • 800.628.7722 x5620
  • Nikki Dato, Instructor, Respiratory Care
  • 800.628.7722 x5625

Health Sciences

Program Directors

Rhonda Davis' picture

Meet Rhonda

"Our goal is to provide our program graduates with the education and skills needed to prepare them to be competent, caring members of our health care teams in the fast growing medical industry."

Julie Krebs' picture

Meet Julie

"We work diligently with our community partners to prepare nurses to serve our community by teaching them how to provide care that meets the needs of the body, mind, and spirit."

Chyane Collins' picture

Meet Chyane

"Our graduates are competent respiratory therapists working in small, rural-community hospitals, as well as regional and large healthcare systems, including trauma centers and pediatric hospitals."


Amber Michael, 2004 SSCC Graduate

"I started at Southern State Community College right out of high school in 2000, taking one year for prerequisites and then graduating from the practical nursing program in 2002. From there, I transitioned into the Associate of Applied Science degree program. I then graduated and became licensed as a registered nurse in 2004. My first job started at Highland District Hospital, the place where I had done my clinicals and worked with my preceptor, and the place I knew I wanted to work."

"I chose Southern State for several reasons. For one, it was close to home and I had a fear of going away to a big university. Second, and most important, after scholarships and financial aid, for the most part I received a free college education. I am glad that I do not currently owe on student loans as most cannot say that right out of college. Lastly, Southern State has always been known for having such a great nursing program. My mom graduated from the LPN program years ago at Southern State, and many of my coworkers at Highland District Hospital and Clermont Mercy are graduates from Southern State as well."

"I am glad I chose Southern State. It was a great choice for me!"

Amber Michael | 2004 Southern State Graduate

Randi N. 2008 SSCC Graduate

"I had been a stay-at-home mom for 10 years. Attending Southern State allowed me to earn my medical transcription certificate along with an associate's degree. This gave me the ability to work from home and raise my kids. Now that my kids are older, I have a great job in healthcare doing something I love."

Randi N. | 2008 Southern State Graduate

Leslie M. 2005 SSCC Graduate

"Southern State Community College instilled in me the confidence and education to become the professional that I am today. The foundation to my career began at Southern State and I maintain personal relationships with fellow classmates and instructors."

Leslie M. | 2005 Southern State Graduate

Curtis G. 2014 SSCC Graduate

"The Southern State Respiratory Care instructors were very personable and always willing to help me, prior to starting the program and throughout until graduation day. The entire college staff got to know me on a first name basis, unlike other colleges. This program gave me multiple clinical experiences that has allowed me to grow into a great new career."

Curtis G. | 2014 Southern State Graduate