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Healthcare Careers

Health-related courses taught by UCSB faculty and local medical professionals. This program offers a wide array of courses at convenient times online and in-person for both students and working professionals. Courses can provide future healthcare leaders a foundation in emergency medicine, medical terminology, anatomy and the humanities as they relate to healthcare.

These professional courses are perfect for...

...Pre-med/pre-health students or those who want to become a more well-rounded medical professional with increased empathy, more understanding of historical and social contexts of disease, and a better resiliency to burnout. 


What does the Healthcare Careers Program Offer?

Practical hands-on training in various medical fields
Insightful discussions on health-related topics
Internships and clinical observations in local medical settings
Gain experience, build skills and increase awareness of medical fields that can enhance med school applications

You can enroll in 3 easy steps

OR    Enroll by phone - 805.893.4200 | Mon-Fri - 9am-5pm PST  

Course Schedule

2020-21 Pre-Health Courses Available
Courses Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
XLRN 815.EMT - Emergency Medical Technician-Basic  17.0 CEUs UCSB / UCSB UCSB / UCSB UCSB / UCSB UCSB / UCSB
XLRN 815.CPR CPR/AED For Healthcare Providers & Professional Rescuers
0.4 CEUs
UCSB  / Ventura UCSB  / Ventura UCSB  / Ventura UCSB  / Ventura
XLRN 820.EMT Skills Verification          
ESS X400 - Medical Terminology 4 units        
ESS X401 - Human Form and Function 4 units Ventura      

Ventura Online       UCSB UCSB        UCSB  / Ventura Blended        Ventura Downtown Santa Barbara

  • Most courses are offered with both in-person and online instruction when possible.
  • Courses will be temporarily offered as blended (with Online instruction and Face-to-Face practicums in EMT). Please check back in Winter quarter to know the exact mode of delivery for Spring Quarter.
  • How to Access Your Online Course: One business day after enrollment but no sooner than 2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your online course. You don’t need to take any action until you receive that email. Please note that you will not be able to access your online course until all the steps highlighted in that email are complete.
  • PaCE professional units do not count toward the units required to graduate from UCSB undergraduate degree programs.

XLRN 815.EMT - Emergency Medical Technician – Basic

This program is designed to give the student the skills and knowledge to function as a working Emergency Medical Technician at the basic level. The program is intended for those who want to gain employment as a firefighter, emergency care technician at a hospital and Ambulance driver or attendant. It is also for those individuals who are planning on attempting to obtain a higher level of medical training such as RN, PA or MD as an enhancement for the competitive application process for those professions.

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XLRN 815.CPR - CPR/AED For Healthcare Providers & Professional Rescuers

In this blended online/in-person the classroom portion is completed online rather than in the classroom and skills testing then takes place in-person. This method combines the convenience of online training with a shortened face to face session.

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XLRN 820.EMT - National Registry EMT Psychomotor Skills Verification

Course for California EMTs needing psychomotor skills verification as required by California Code of Regulations 2 Title 22

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ESS X400 - Medical Terminology

New Course!
Medical Terminology for Health Professions gives students in-depth instruction in recognizing and forming medical terms. Students will gain an understanding of basic elements, rules of building and analyzing medical words, and medical terms associated with body structure, body systems, and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

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ESS X401 - Human Form and Function

New Course!
Introduction of the basic structure and function of the human body. Emphasis will be placed on the interrelationships between the systems of the body and their application to human movement.

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