CAL Health Science program students gain the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation, and real-world experience, they need to prepare for high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers in healthcare. Students in the Health Science program prepare for careers that promote health, wellness, and diagnosis as well as treat injuries and diseases. Some of the careers involve working directly with people, while others involve research into diseases or collecting and formatting data and information. Work locations are varied and may be in hospitals, medical or dental offices or laboratories, medivac units, sports areas, or within the community.
There are thousands of challenging education and training opportunities within the high-skilled world of Health Sciences. Along the way, instructors assist learners in assessing their educational goals, interests, abilities and skills to facilitate students’ goals.
|Junior Year||Senior Year|
|Applications and Practices||Anatomy and Physiology|
|Medical Biology||Fundamentals of Emergency Management|
|Medical Terminology||Medical Systems and Technologies|
|Junior-Level English||Senior-Level English|
* These courses alternate depending on the year--but both courses will be taken by the end of the two year program
Caregivers for the Future
Health Science students leave CAL with a tremendous advantage in the medical field! Students’ skills take them to the top of their pre-med courses and nursing courses.
Skills taught include advanced dissection, suturing, blood pressure, IV administration, emergency management, first aid and healthcare provider CPR.
Where are Our Students Now
For the last 15 years, students have been completing the Health Science program at CAL and entering the dynamic world of healthcare and post-secondary education.
Program completers are currently employed in a number of different professions such as Medical Assistants, Certified Nurse Assistants, Registered Nurses, Medical Doctors, Dental Hygienists, Doctors of Dentistry and much more!
A Leader In College Credit
CAL has spent years building a relationship with MHCC to ensure that many of its courses remain dual-credit. CAL instructors often attend many workshops, meetings, and formally submit curriculum every year in order to remain eligible to offer courses that students also received college-credits from. We offer intentional dual credit opportunities that best support Health Science post-secondary endeavors. The following is a breakdown of which courses articulate with various MHCC courses:
|CAL Course||MHCC Course(s)||# of Credits|
|Anatomy and Physiology||BI 121: Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology 1||4|
|Medical Systems and Technologies||MO 115: Medical Terminology II||3|
|Medical Terminology 1||MO 114: Medical Terminology I||3|
*Students must successfully pass the course in order to be awarded college credit
**Students also have the ability to earn as many as 14 college credits from their English course as well.
Extending Your Experience
In addition to the class curriculum, students will have a number of opportunities to network and learn from medical practitioners from several different Health Science specialities. Presentations and seminars include Labor and Delivery, Midwifery, Oncology, Forensic Psychology, Veterinary Medicine, Medical Research, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Pediatrics, Trauma and ICU and Emergency Medicine.
Fundamentals of Emergency Management
Students are trained to respond to the needs of the community in the event of an emergency utilizing skills learned from American Heart Association CPR and First Aid training, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to render aid.
CPR and First Aid Certificates
Students are given advanced training in Health Care Provider CPR and First Aid. Students will be able to provide life-sustaining emergent care to adults, children, and infants using devices such as automated external defibrillator. Healthcare Provider CPR Certification is awarded upon completion.
Life Saving Blood Supply
Students work with the primary provider of blood products to the Portland metropolitan area assisting with blood drives that provide life saving blood products to the community. Assisting in growing their donor base, explore blood production donation, and discover complexities in the field of hematology.