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### Applications Now Open for Health Science Program at US Naval Community College

QUANTICO, Virginia — Applications for the Associate of Science in Health Science program at the U.S. Naval Community College (USNCC) are now open, starting on April 1.

In collaboration with Western Governors University, USNCC has introduced a specialized degree program tailored to naval requirements, emphasizing health and medical competencies. This new program provides a comprehensive understanding of health science management, planning, coordination, processes, and protocols.

President Randi R. Cosentino, Ed.D., highlighted the significance of medical roles within the naval fleet, spanning various military specialties and operational needs. The program aims to enhance the intellectual capabilities of service members to better support humanitarian missions and strengthen naval operations worldwide.

The curriculum includes the Naval Studies Certificate, comprising five courses totaling fifteen credits. These courses, derived from naval sciences teachings at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval ROTC programs, cover topics such as Naval Ethics and Leadership, Modern Naval History, Naval Force Design and Concepts, Civilian and Military Relations, Organization, American Government, and Introduction to the Geopolitical Environment.

Command Master Chief Jordan Rosado, the Command Senior Enlisted Leader at USNCC, emphasized the institution’s commitment to advancing enlisted personnel’s careers, particularly in the field of naval medicine. The online Health Science degree, following a Competency-Based Education (CBE) model, offers a seamless pathway to a four-year health science degree at WGU, with the inclusion of the Health Science Certificate.

WGU’s Director of Military Engagement, Julia Gage, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership with USNCC, offering a flexible route for active duty enlisted Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen to pursue healthcare careers. The accredited Associate of Science in Health Science degree provides a stepping stone towards a Bachelor of Science in Health Science or a nursing degree, catering to individuals aspiring to roles such as Hospital Corpsmen or Health Services Technicians.

Interested individuals from the mentioned military branches can apply through the USNCC website.