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HOC classes will have evening (PM), Saturday, and two online classes as options in Fall 2017.
Please register as soon as the Fall 2017 schedule becomes available to ensure a seat in these classes.

Allied Health Dept./COPE Health Scholar Program Open House Flyer
Wednesday, May 3rd, in F5 Room 201, 10:00am – 11:30am and 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Health Occupations Program Information Session Flyer
Info session dates: Feb. 28th, Mar. 14th, Mar. 28th, April 11th, April 25th, May 9th, and May 23rd in G5 Room 230, 6:30pm -7:30pm

Gateway to Health & Service Careers Program

For more information about the Health Occupations Program, the Health/Service Careers Foundational Skill Certificate, and the Gerontology/Health Certificate of Achievement email us at
Contact us by phone at (323) 415-5048

The Gateway to Health & Service Careers Program Office
1055 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 105,
Monterey Park, Ca 91754

Please check back soon for the new flyer of Information Sessions for the Gateway to Health & Service Careers Program!

Gateway to Healthcare Informational Flyer
Health and Service Career Foundational Skills Certificate Flyer
Gerontology/Health Certificate of Achievement Flyer

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The Health Occupations Program resides within the Allied Health Department and currently offers the following certificates: Health/Service Careers Foundational Skill Certificate (7.5 units) and the Gerontology/Health Certificate of Achievement (16.5 units) in collaboration with the Child, Family, and Education Department.

Our Mission

The mission of the Health Occupations Program is to provide an opportunity for individuals to enhance their knowledge, skills, and competencies to meet the demands and the commitment required for a career in healthcare.

Our Vision

The vision of the Health Occupations Program is to assess and evaluate the student, resources, and employment outcomes for individual’s pursuing a health or service educational pathway.

Our Goals
  • To foster a sense of a service and commitment
  • To produce knowledgeable and effective health care professional
  • To support quality of care in the healthcare industry
Career Paths

The Health/Service Careers Foundational Skill Certificate prepares students with entry level skills and competencies needed for employment opportunities within the healthcare and social service industry. The core courses provide in-depth information into health occupations careers and trends, the occupational and educational opportunities and the educational, physical, emotional and attitudinal requirements. Topics focus on competencies required of healthcare and social service providers, such as HIPAA, Professionalism/Ethics, Diversity/Cultural Awareness, Teamwork, Collaboration, Conflict Resolution, Customer Service, Safe Practice/Infection Control, Medical Terminology, and First Aid. Completion of this skills certificate provides the first step in making an informed decision regarding the selection of additional programs of study leading to healthcare and service careers. The 7.5 units of instruction include four courses:

  • HLTHOCC 062: Skill Set for the Healthcare Professional (2 units)
  • HLTHOCC 063: Basic Medical Terminology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for the Healthcare Professional (2 units)
  • HLTHOCC 064: Cultural and Legal Topics for Healthcare Professionals (1 unit)
  • HLTHOCC 065: Fundamentals for the Healthcare Professional (2.5 units)

The Gerontology/Health Certificate of Achievement is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students to pursue entry level employment servicing the aging population and provide the fundamentals needed to work in the healthcare industry. This program is designed to prepare students for employment in the field of aging to support the needs, interests, abilities, and issues of the aging population in California. In addition to the four HOC Core courses students may take three additional courses to receive this stackable Achievement Certificate.

The Health Occupations Program entitled “Gateway to Health and Service Careers” at East Los Angeles College received $1,804,765 (100% of its total cost) from a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The Los Angeles Healthcare Competencies to Careers Consortium (LAH3C) is an equal opportunity employer / program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.