Santa Rosa Junior College's Health Sciences Department provides training for the majority of health professions in the local community. SRJC's Health Sciences Program began on July 6, 1942, when the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program was established under the presidency of Floyd Bailey. That initial program had seven students in the class. Today, we have space for 80 students in the first-year Associate Degree Nursing program.
Over the years the Health Sciences Department at Santa Rosa Junior College has expanded to include the following comprehensive training programs: Vocational Nursing, Psychiatric Technician, Radiologic Technology, Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide, Medical Assistant, Community Health Worker, Dental Assistant, and Dental Hygiene. The latest program to be established is the Pharmacy Technician Program, which began in 2003 in response to industry recommendations.
In January 2000, SRJC dedicated the William B. Race Health Sciences facility. The three-story, 38,500 square-foot building houses the College's Health Sciences Department and Student Health Services. It offers state-of-the-art instructional facilities for all of the College's Health Science programs. In addition, the building includes a dental laboratory that doubles as a community dental clinic for students and low-income, single parent, or migrant farm worker families without dental insurance. Construction on the building was enhanced by more than $2 million in contributions through the Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation's Healthy Lives Campaign.