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2022-2023 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2022-2023 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Professions Preparation, Career Studies Certificate -Can Be Completed Online- 221-190-01

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Purpose: The purpose of the Health Professions Preparation Career Studies Certificate (CSC) is to prepare students for competitive admission in to the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene (DNH) program, the Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate program, or the Dental Assistant (DNA) Certificate Program with the majority of general education courses completed. All courses in the first semester of this CSC earn curricular credits needed for ranking of applicants in select programs. The HPPCSC also provides a starting point for students pursuing the Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Services. An additional purpose is to provide an occupational credential for entry-level non-licensed employment in various health care settings.

Occupational Objectives: Completion of this certificate will prepare individuals to further their education in a health career program or gain entry-level non-licensed employment in various health care settings.

Admission Requirements: All students will be required to demonstrate college readiness
through transcript review or informed self-placement. Based on this review students may be advised to enroll in corequisite math and/or English courses. 

Graduation from the Health Professions Preparation program does not guarantee admission into the GCC Associate in Applied Science Health programs or the Certificate Health Programs.


  • Prepare students for non-licensed entry-level employment in various health care settings.
  • Provide a pathway for the health-related Associate of Applied Science Degrees and Certificates at Germanna

Health Professions Preparation Curriculum:

Total Minimum Credits: 19-22

  • Students intending to complete the dental assisting or dental hygiene programs should enroll in PSY 200.
  • Students who intend only to complete the dental assisting program should enroll in BIO 145.

Suggested Scheduling:

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