Certificate of Achievement - Health Sciences

This certificate of achievement prepares students for entry-level employment in allied health and fulfills many prerequisite requirements for accredited health sciences training programs. Students completing this certificate may gain an advantage in the competitive selection process of health sciences programs.

Certificate Outcomes

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Apply the scientific method, describe cell and tissue structure, and describe skeletal, muscular, digestive and lymphatic systems and their interrelationships.
  • Identify the components of the circulatory nervous, integumentary, respiratory, endocrine, urinary, reproductive and immune systems and describe their interrelationships.

Gainful Employment

While all of the educational programs at Truckee Meadows Community College are designed to lead to either employment or transfer, the Department of Education requires that we provide information on specific certificate programs. More information on Gainful Employment is available on the the TMCC website. We hope this information is helpful to you as you make your career and educational choices.

Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses within an AAS degree that can serve as a stepping stone to an AAS degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
ENG 101Composition I3
or ENG 113 Composition I for International Students
Human Relations3
Fundamentals of College Mathematics
Pre-Calculus I 1
Certificate Requirements
BIOL 190
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
and Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIOL 223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Elective Requirements
Select nine units of the following:9
General Microbiology
General Chemistry I
Introductory Organic Chemistry
and Applied Phlebotomy
Nursing Assistant
Principles of Nutrition
Total Units30

Required for BIOL 190.

Recommended courses are listed in the course sequence; however, other courses may apply. Please see an advisor or the department.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Elective 3 3
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition I for International Students
Human Relations 2 3
MATH 120
Fundamentals of College Mathematics
or Pre-Calculus I
 Semester Total12
2nd semester
Elective 3 6
BIOL 190 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology 3
BIOL 190L Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory 1
 Semester Total10
3rd semester
BIOL 223 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 224 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
 Semester Total8
 Total Units30

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.


See program recommendation or requirements.