Health Care and Emergency Services

The Health Sciences pathway is designed to help students determine if an education in health care will meet the student’s career and personal goals. Health care professions involve direct contact, care, and communication with patients who may be healthy or ill. Students in the Health Sciences programs must have an aptitude for and knowledge of biological sciences, behavioral sciences, and mathematics. The Health Science programs are rigorous and provide an academic challenge to the student.



Degrees & Certificates

Do you have a passion for caring and seek a career in the exciting field of health care? The rewarding profession of nursing offers a vast variety of career choices in a field that will continue to have a high demand for skilled professionals in this area.

The BMCC Nursing program offers small class sizes and student support throughout the rigorous curriculum. Nursing students receive hands-on training, including high-fidelity simulation and clinical experiences with local healthcare facilities.  Registered Nurses use their knowledge, skills, and problem-solving abilities to help individuals, families, and groups with healthcare needs.

This two-year Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program prepares the student for eligibility for the National Council Licensure Examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

The BMCC nursing program is approved through the Oregon State Board of Nursing. Reports and letter are available in the Office of Instruction.  View the Approval Letter.

Associate of Applied Science Degree


Blue Mountain Community College’s Fire Science Technology Degree is designed to prepare students for a career in emergency services that covers Firefighter II, EMT Basic, and Apparatus Operator.  

Coordinated by professional firefighters from the region, BMCC’s program utilizes traditional applications as well as the newest equipment to provide students the education they will need to work in the Emergency Services Industry.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

This one-year program leading to an Emergency Medical Technician certificate offers students the opportunity to prepare for careers in emergency medical services. Career opportunities that may require EMT training include: firefighter (career or volunteer), paramedic, search and rescue, critical care transport or basic life support transport provider, among others.

Certificate of Completion

The Medical Assisting program prepares students for a career as a Medical Assistant. Courses will combine cognitive learning and practice of psychomotor skills in classroom and laboratory settings. Clinical training through externships in local outpatient clinics and physician offices will allow students to observe and practice skills gained in the classroom and laboratory in actual healthcare settings. Medical Assistants are skilled professionals who have specific training to work in a physician’s office or a clinic.

Certificate of Completion

  • Complete National AAMA Certification upon graduation
  • Complete in as little as one year
  • 90% of the program is online


Students graduating with our certificate are eligible for positions in:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Certified Medical Assistant
  • Registered Medical Assistant

Students graduating with a certificate are on a strong career path to continue with other programs in the medical fields such as nursing, medical coding or allied health management.

Program Questions

Should you have questions about our program, please contact our Medical Assistant Program Director, Jeanine Hernandez, by phone at (541) 278-5876 or by email to

The Associate of Science (AS) degree is a non-designated college transfer degree designed for students whose program requirements do not fit AAOT degree patterns. This degree does not always “block transfer” to Oregon colleges. 

Associate of Science Degree

The Veterinary Assistant is a 1-year certificate program designed for those who want to work in a veterinarian’s practice. The curriculum includes three courses in veterinary assistant technologies and a cooperative work experience component of 33 hours in the veterinarian’s practice. Students will have hands-on instruction in veterinary office procedures, exam room management, animal vitals, care, and restraint. 

Certificate of Completion

Further Information

Accreditation Partners:

Blue Mountain Community College proudly partners with:

Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (D.P.S.S.T)
Oregon Trail Fire Training Association (O.T.F.T.A)

Professional Accreditations

  • Associate of Applied Science/ Fire Science Technology
  • DPSST Fire Fighter I Certificate
  • DPSST Fire Fighter II Certificate
  • DPSST Fire Apparatus Operator Certificate
  • DPSST Instructor I Certificate
  • NWCG Wildland Fire Fighter
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Fire Investigation
  • NFPA Emergency Vehicle Operator

This two-year program leading to an A.A.S. degree in Fire Science technology prepares the student to be effective as a firefighter on a firefighting team in a number of different settings. Learning experiences in this program are designed to assist the student in realizing the following outcomes:

  • Firefighting knowledge and skills, including general knowledge of emergency services,
  • Demonstrated application of firefighting safety and practices,
  • Ability to perform the duties of emergency medical technician,
  • Skilled communication (writing, presentation techniques),
  • Proficiency in fire behaviors,
  • Demonstrated professional skills (problem solving, interpersonal skills, business computing, proposal development),
  • Knowledge of fire prevention and crisis intervention,
  • Knowledge and skills of apparatus operation,
  • Fire and emergency administration and investigation.

Staff Information

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