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Career and Academic Pathways

Health and Public Service

Respond, Counsel, Protect

A pathway where the mission of human well-being and protection is realized. Programs in this CAP will train you in human physiology, medical and dental care, criminal justice and fire technology so that you can keep people healthy, safe and protected during emergencies. You will be prepared to enter a career in private and public healthcare, civil service or become a first responder.

Health and Public Service (HPS)
CAP Lounge Locations

Aptos Campus HW Room 2132

Watsonville Center Building A atrium

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Meet Your CAP Ambassadors

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Upcoming Events

This Week's Highlighted College Events!

Looking for a short list of featured events at the College? Check On the Horizon each week for a list of events selected by students for students.

Join a Student Club!

Joining a club is a way to enhance your college experience. Clubs are organized by students according to specialized fields of interest, academic majors, personal interest, or special service to the college or community.

Student Senate

Learn more about how Student Senate represents and supports you!

Health and Public Service Students in Action!
Health and Public Service students in scrubs on campus
Students practicing life saving techniques on a dummy
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Do any of these describe you?
  • I'm action oriented.
  • I care about the wellbeing and safety of others.
  • I value order, standards and routines.
  • I like providing service to others.
  • I enjoy teaching, counseling or training.
  • I am organized.
  • I enjoy solving problems.
  • I am interested in how the body works.
  • I can remain calm in stressful situations.

If so, you may be interested in a career in Health and Public Service.

Not sure? See the characteristics for the other CAPs.

I like to create things or imagine new ideas.

I prefer working in unstructured environments.

I like to express myself through different mediums.

I'm excited to make things that inform or entertain people.

I enjoy being around creative individuals.

I'm an independent, original or innovative thinker.

I enjoy communicating ideas.

I'm excited to interpret other people's art.

I find working with a team to produce something rewarding.

I like to perform in front of others.

I enjoy achieving goals through quality team work.

I like working in a structured environment.

I enjoy working with my hands.

I feel satisfied when I see the results of my hands-on work.

I am willing to take risks.

I like working with money and finances.

I feel accomplished when I make order out of chaos.

I enjoy leading, motivating, supporting and influencing those around me.

I prefer to manage and support projects.

I want to start my own business or nonprofit.

I am interested in how to strategize and negotiate.

I aim to understand the world we live in.

I enjoy helping people learn, heal and grow.

It's fun for me to learn about different cultures.

I am multilingual or desire to be.

I enjoy communicating ideas or data.

I like playing with words and writing.

I often ask why things happen in society.

I find myself advocating for others.

I like making a difference.

I debate and discuss different topics.

I enjoy analyzing beyond the surface level.

I'm curious about how the universe works.

I like using my mind to solve problems, especially if it involves using math or science.

I am drawn to nature and the natural world.

It's fun for me to take things apart to understand how they work.

I thrive in self-directed environments.

I find it rewarding to figure out complicated problems and intellectual challenges.

I enjoy developing theories or hypotheses.

I like to study, conduct research, or work in a lab.

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Want to transfer faster?

Interested in transferring to CSUMB? Learn how the Cabrillo 2+2 CSUMB program can help you get there faster!

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Your encouragement of us as students, your insight into healthcare, and your advocacy for it as a fulfilling career are all part of why I'm here today. I'll always be grateful for your guidance and support at that early, and therefore critical stage of my path.
-Paul M (former Cabrillo student and current medical student at a UC)
Ready to get started?
Find the suggested map of courses for your program.
Questions or want to change your CAP?
Academic Counselors are here to help! Services are being provided remotely.
Resources for Health and Public Service Students
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El Patio Outdoor Study Space

Looking for a quiet study space with wifi access? Students can now reserve study space at the Watsonville Center!

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Student Clubs

Join a Student Club to connect with students who share your interests.

Student Senate

The Student Senate meets every Thursday and we want to hear from you! Have ideas about activities the senate should consider? Want to weigh in on a topic- like Cabrillo name change exploration, Hunger Free Campus initiatives, in person vs online classes, general COVID news, etc? Come join the weekly conversation, meet your senate representatives, and be heard... and see where things go from there. These meetings are open to the public and may have information items about community resources as well.

Meetings resume in fall semester

Learning Communities

Consider if a Learning Community is a good fit for you and your educational goals.

College Athletics

Keep up with Cabrillo College Athletics. Go Seahawks!

Learning Centers

Connect with the HUB Learning Resource Center or the Integrated Learning Center for tutoring and learning resource workshops. (Services are available remotely!)

Reading and English Language Support

Want help with your English or reading skills? Try these support courses to get off to a great start:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL): ¡Aprende inglés hoy!
  • Reading: Improve your reading skills
Stroke Center

The Stroke and Disability Learning Center (SDLC) provides an interdisciplinary educational program for adults who have survived a stroke or are living with disabling conditions. Health and Public Service students are encouraged to consider volunteering at the Center.

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Cabrillo is helping me prepare for transfer by providing access to a good education, all the prerequisites required, and by having great counselors to talk to! I love the community that Cabrillo offers students.
-Sarah M (Pre-Nursing Student)