Health Sciences

The Health Sciences Program is responsible for supervising and scheduling all classes offered in nursing, medical assisting, and dental assisting as well as monitoring and coordinating the use of program classrooms and laboratory equipment by program personnel and students.

The department is also responsible for compliance with rules and regulations of the nursing (LVN and RN), Dental Boards of Examiners and of the Department of Health Services, as applied to the appropriate programs. The program coordinates selection of students and requisitioning of supplies, equipment, textbooks and library materials, as well as preparation of all course syllabi for the nursing and allied health programs.

Other responsibilities include selection of appropriately qualified faculty as outlined by the Boards of Nursing and other entities' statutes. The Dean of Health Sciences is directly responsible for supervision of each program, faculty, students, and curricula as mandated by the appropriate board. 


Santa Maria Campus, M-132
Telephone extension: 3384 
Fax number: 922-1403


Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dean: Larissa Nazarenko

Department Chair: Sue Reardon

Department Secretary: Tawnya Karstrom,  Program Technician


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Ivan Lucatero

Ivan Lucatero
Cal Poly SLO, Aerospace Engineering

I excelled in math and science in school, so engineering was the right fit and I just had to figure out how to get it done. Throughout high school, I took courses at Allan Hancock College (AHC), and graduated as my high school valedictorian. I then attended AHC in search of a smooth transition to a university. I was able to take my lower division engineering courses and form a great relationship with my professors. While at AHC, I received multiple scholarships form the Allan Hancock Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation, and MESA-NSF Scholarship. I then attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, to pursue an aerospace engineering degree. After just one year at Cal Poly, I was accepted into one of the most prestigious internship programs that NASA offers, the Aeronautics Academy.
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