The Health Sciences Division of Doña Ana Community College is committed to the highest standards in educating and mentoring students to become skilled professionals who will meet the healthcare needs of the community and surrounding areas.
The Health Sciences Division of Doña Ana Community College is a team of clinicians, educators, professionals, and members of the healthcare community. We are a center of excellence for health education that:
- Is dedicated to serving and supporting a diverse student population and their goals;
- Cultivates dedicated healthcare professionals;
- Advances a culture of ethics through integrity and compassion;
- Embraces collaborative teamwork among healthcare professionals;
- Fosters an environment of innovation.
Overview of the Health Sciences Division Programs
Dental Assisting: Dental assistants may prepare equipment, materials, and instruments for patient care; perform sterilization and disinfection procedures; provide patients with instructions for dental procedures; create temporary crowns; provide coronal polishing and placement of sealants; take impressions of teeth; create study casts (molds); take and review patient medical histories; expose and develop radiographs; and a variety of other duties. They may also be responsible for administrative tasks, such as billing, patient verification, scheduling of various types of treatment appointments, and material inventory.
Dental Hygiene: A dental hygienist is a vital member of a team of dental professionals dedicated to improving oral health and supporting the general health of individuals and groups. As licensed professionals, dental hygienists provide educational, clinical, and therapeutic services and may be involved in research, administration, client/patient advocacy, and marketing or consulting.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography: A diagnostic medical sonographer is a highly-skilled professional who uses specialized equipment to create images of structures inside the human body that are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis. Sonography uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, female reproductive system, prostate, heart, and blood vessels. It is also used to guide tissue biopsy for lab testing.
Health Care Assistant: This versatile program has been designed to allow graduates to take advantage of expanding career opportunities available throughout the healthcare system. This program consists of options which can be taken separately for individual certifications, or together as part of a complete program. Individual options are Phlebotomy, Nursing Assistant, and Electrocardiogram Technician.
Nursing: The Nursing program at DACC affords students the opportunity to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), Registered Nurses (RN), and members of a respected and rewarding profession. Nursing is a dynamic and exciting discipline offering not only the rewarding experiences of helping others achieve their health care goals, but also enabling the nurse to become a part of the rapidly advancing health delivery system of the future.
Radiologic Technology: The DACC Radiologic Technology Program provides the student with the academic knowledge and clinical skills necessary to attain eligibility for certification and meaningful employment in the diagnostic imaging profession. Radiologic technologists typically find employment in settings such as hospitals, imaging centers, clinics and physicians’ offices. Opportunities for specialization in specific areas of medical imaging such as mammography, CT, MRI, and the Cardiac Cath Lab are possible.
Respiratory Therapy: Respiratory therapy is an allied health profession that deals with patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory therapists are health professionals that evaluate, treat, and manage patients with respiratory problems and other cardiopulmonary disorders under medical supervision. Respiratory therapists perform patient assessment, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, emergency and critical care, patient education, pulmonary rehabilitation and home care.