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Certificate of Achievement
Health Science Preparation

The Certificate of Achievement in Health Science Preparation will provide students with all the courses necessary to pursue further education in a variety of health science programs such as nursing, dental hygiene, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical laboratory technicians, and radiological sciences. In order to earn this Certificate of Achievement, students must complete all required courses with a grade of “C” or higher.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
MATH 073 - B-STEM Intermediate AlgebraM5.0
MATH 073 - B-STEM Intermediate Algebra (5.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course is designed for students who have completed an elementary algebra course and need to complete an additional course in algebra before proceeding to a college level transferable course. It is designed primarily for students who plan to major in Business, Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (B-STEM).This course consists of topics including radical and rational expressions and equations, complex absolute value equations and inequalities, relations and functions, synthetic division, graphs of functions, exponential and logarithmic expressions and their applications, as well as complex numbers.

BIOL 125 - Human AnatomyM4.0
BIOL 125 - Human Anatomy (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement; BIOL 101, BIOL 105
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is primarily a systems approach to the study of human body structure. The study of each body system includes structural specializations and functions from the microscopic to the system level emphasizing the interdependence of form and function. Additional topics include methods of anatomical study, human genetics, and embryonic development. The laboratory exercises will also include vertebrate dissections. This course is intended for students preparing to enter careers in the health sciences.

Total Semester Units:9.0 
2nd Semester
Select one: CHEM 110 / CHEM 120 M5.0
CHEM 110 - Chemistry for Allied Health Majors (5.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 062 or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; Concurrent enrollment in MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(* Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: CHEM 110, CHEM 120)

This introductory course takes up the fundamental concepts of general, organic, and biological chemistry. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between chemistry and the health/medical sciences, so the course is especially appropriate for students who intend to pursue a career in nursing and other health-related professions, including kinesiology and psychology. Weekly laboratory activities require students to empirically verify concepts presented in lectures. No previous background in chemistry is required or expected of students enrolling in this course.

CHEM 120 - Introduction to Chemistry (5.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 with a grade of "C" or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*Credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: CHEM 110, CHEM 120; no credit if taken after CHEM 130)

This one-semester course is designed for students intending to major in science or engineering. The course primarily prepares students for Chemistry 130; additionally, it fulfills the general education requirement in the physical sciences. This course introduces the fundamental principles of general chemistry, with emphasis on chemical nomenclature and quantitative problems in chemistry. The lecture presents classical and modern chemistry including atomic theory, periodic properties, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, acids and bases, gas laws and solutions. The laboratory introduces the techniques of experimental chemistry with examples from all areas of chemistry.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchM3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This composition course enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary for academic and professional success. Students become proficient in research techniques, and learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections before applying these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of the course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills: Students complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct citation styles. Students meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the general education requirement for Written Communication.

Total Semester Units:8.5 
3rd Semester
BIOL 226 - Human PhysiologyM4.0
BIOL 226 - Human Physiology (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: BIOL 125 and CHEM 110 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; BIOL 101
Transfers to: UC, CSU

Human Physiology provides a general introduction to the function and regulation of human body systems. Physiological integration of the systems to maintain homeostasis and the significance of biochemistry is emphasized throughout the course. Course content will include neural and hormonal homeostatic control mechanisms, and a study of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune and endocrine systems. Laboratory exercises will allow students to gather physiological data and draw conclusions on how physiological mechanisms are regulated. This course is intended for students preparing to enter careers in the health sciences.

BIOL 222 - MicrobiologyM5.0
BIOL 222 - Microbiology (5.0 units)

Prerequisite: CHEM 110
Advisory:
ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; BIOL 101
Transfers to: UC, CSU

The course encompasses the biology of microorganisms with an emphasis on the role of bacteria and viruses on human health and disease. Other topics include resistance and immunity to disease, basic biological principles, microbial genetics and physiology, the harmful and useful aspects of microorganisms in nature, medicine and industry. Laboratory exercises emphasize sterile culture techniques, the detection, isolation and identification of microorganisms. This course is intended for students preparing to enter careers in the health sciences.

Total Semester Units:9.0 
Total Units for Health Science Preparation COA program 26.5 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
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M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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