Why Study Healthcare Science?

This program will prepare students for further study in healthcare fields. The design of the program provides a strong foundation in both math and science as well as core courses covering a variety of healthcare related concepts that are integral for a successful career in today’s challenging healthcare settings. Additionally, students will obtain a broad knowledge base from SUNY General Education requirements. Students who complete the program will be prepared to transfer so they can seamlessly pursue a bachelor’s degree in their chosen field.

Students interested in Nursing should enroll in the Healthcare Science degree. Students interested in Pre-Med, Pre-Vet and Pre-Dentistry should enroll in the Natural and Physical Science degree. Students interested in Physical Therapy should enroll in either the Human Performance Studies or Natural and Physical Science degree.

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Graduates of Rockland Community College are provided with a clear path to meaningful careers that meet the needs of businesses and industry in the communities we serve. Our students are trained in specific skills that are needed by employers, and guided through a career path that leads directly to workforce opportunities. With affordable tuition, students who begin their college careers at RCC are ready to meet the demands of the real world.

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Student Success

At Rockland Community College, you are provided with a Student Success Team that will help you with your academic journey, career exploration, transfer planning, support service referrals, and more! Your Team includes your Dean, Program Director, Faculty Advisor, Student Success Advisor, Connection Center Counselor, Financial Aid Advisor, Peer Mentors, and if you’re involved in any of these special programs, your Athletics, Honors, TRiO, and Veterans Advisors. During your first semester, you will take an ‘Introduction to the School’ course that will outline the various College offices and departments that can help you on your path.

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Career Outlook

This program can provide foundational learning for students who wish to pursue careers in healthcare. This track is also an option for RCC students who may not meet the requirements for the Nursing or OTA programs.

Job Roles

This program can provide foundational learning for students who wish to pursue careers in healthcare, such as public health, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, healthcare informatics specialist, emergency services management, healthcare administration, nursing, community health, nutrition/dietary management, health education specialist, radiology technology, surgical technology, and/or biotechnology.


A variety of Healthcare settings.


Physical Therapists

$100,810 NYS Average
National Average $100,440 annually

Radiologic Technologists and Technicians

$85,330 NYS Average
National Average $75,250 annually

Community Health Workers

$58,020 NYS Average
National Average $52,610 annually

Employment and wage data by occupation are based on the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, which collects information from approximately 51,000 businesses. labor.ny.gov

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Rockland Community College, State University of New York, offers a safe, supportive learning environment for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds. RCC has become the “first choice” for parents and students. Thanks to our affordable tuition, students can save $100,000 on a college education by starting at RCC and transferring to outstanding four-year colleges.