The Academy of Health Professions Program is designed to prepare individuals with entry-level employment skills in a health care field and a solid foundation for collegiate health concepts which will be useful in making career decisions.
The program uses project and problem-based learning, clinical experiences, and classroom lab instruction to teach students about the field of healthcare. Students are introduced to healthcare knowledge and skills through two foundation courses: Foundations of Medicine and Health Science and Human Anatomy and Physiology. Opportunities for students to apply what they are learning to real-life healthcare situations occur during guided lab practice and also at clinical sites in all three years with a capstone scientific research course during Year 3. Students may obtain a certificate in first aid and CPR; receive an employability profile in their healthcare area of choice; receive a certificate in Nurse Assisting through the Maryland Board of Nursing; become eligible for a certificate as a Pharmacy Technician through the Maryland Board of Pharmacy; and articulate 11 college credits with the College of Southern Maryland.
Students will satisfy on core science credit upon completion of this program.
This program prefers students to have completed Grade 9 Mathematics and Science courses with a C or better. Drug testing and background checks are required for clinical experiences with MedStar.
This class is a three-year program.
The number of periods required in a student's schedule to complete this program is as follows:
Year 1 = 2 periods
Year 2 = 2 periods
Year 3= 3 periods
Check out what our students are doing!
Students from the Forrest Center's Anatomy and Physiology class shadowed Dr. Tagouri as part of the Tissues Unit. Students observed organs, their anatomical structures and discussed the physiology and pathophysiology of each one. He demonstrated microscope usage and tissue identification as he methodically performed steps involved in an autopsy.