Health Sciences

Chipola offers five different programs of study as career pathways into the healthcare field. Chipola is prepared to help students meet their educational goals and pursue their passion in healthcare by offering Certificates (Nursing Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, and Paramedic), Associate in Science Degree (nursing-RN), and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (RN to BSN). 

As a Chipola student you will be taught in the classroom, lab, and in the clinical facilities (long-term care, hospitals, emergency service locations, and other healthcare areas) by highly trained full and part-time faculty. All faculty have the educational and clinical expertise to prepare you to excel in your chosen healthcare profession.

As the Dean of the School of Health Sciences, I encourage you to explore the various career options. Please feel free to contact me at


Dr. Trilla A. Mays
Dean - School of Health Sciences



Emergency Medicine

Emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics are the first responders for emergency medical assistance. They assess, provide first-aid, give life-support, and care for the sick or injured people.

Emergency Medical Technician CertificateParamedic Certificate

Start a rewarding career as an EMT with training that allows you to work in a variety of settings, including county emergency services departments, private ambulance and transport companies, and hospitals. EMT's administer basic life support care, such as CPR, bleeding control, splinting, and transport of sick or injured individuals. 

Paramedics have more advanced training than EMTs and can give shots as well as use more advanced airway management devices to support breathing. Paramedics can administer a variety of lifesaving medications, give electrical defibrillations, start intravenous lines, provide supportive care, and maintain patients after their initial resuscitation.


Nursing assistants and nurses are essential lifelines between a patient and a doctor in a healthcare setting. Nurses are for patients, administer medicine, record patient condition, and communicate their observations with the health care team. 

Nursing Assistant Certificate Practical Nursing Certificate

A certified nursing assistant (CNA) is the front line of contact between medical staff and patients, assisting patients in daily activities. Nursing assistants bathe their patients and help them dress, eat, and use the bathroom. They measure vital signs and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs.

A  licensed practical nurse is an entry-level medical professional who has completed a degree program in practical nursing and the national exam requirements to earn a license to practice as an LPN. They provide basic care to a diverse range of patients. An LPN can work in a variety of healthcare settings such as, hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and private practices. 


Associate Degree in Nursing (RN)Bachelor Degree in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Registered nurses (RNs) tend to be the group most people associate with the term “nurse.” They assume a wide variety of roles in patient care. They are responsible for recording patient medical history, monitoring symptoms and medical equipment, administering medicine, establishing or contributing to a plan of care, performing diagnostic tests, and collaborating with doctors.

The RN to BSN program focuses on development of professional nursing practice, includes content that will broaden and strengthen knowledge and skills and prepares highly-qualified nurses to work in diverse health care settings. The program adheres to all common courses prerequisites, course of study, and clinical requirements for RN to BSN programs in Florida.


To request more information about a particular program, fill out the department's Health Sciences Program Information form