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Medical Academy James Clemens High School

James Clemens High School Medical Academy

Welcome to the Medical Academy at James Clemens High School.   Our goal is to provide high school students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become healthcare professionals, pursue post secondary education in healthcare, and careers in biomedical research & development.

The Medical Academy at JCHS has 2 tracts including the following:

* The Health Science Program of the Medical Academy offers 5 courses--Orientation to Health Science, Foundations of Health Science, Introduction to Pharmacy and the Health Science Internship. Additionally, Honors Anatomy & Physiology (Human Body Structure & Function) is a pre-requisite for the Health Science Internship.

The Orientation to Health Science course assists students in making informed decisions regarding their college and career goals. Students will be given the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills related to the Health Science cluster. The course also includes information concerning the practices for promoting health, wellness, and disease prevention. Instruction and learning activities are provided in a laboratory setting using hands-on experiences with the equipment, materials and technology appropriate to the course content and in accordance with current practices.



The Foundations of Health Science course introduces students to a wide range of health careers and provides a framework of healthcare knowledge and skills.  Students earn certification through the American Heart Association as Healthcare Providers of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Foundations of Health Science students learn to assess patient vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respirations), and explore topics such as therapeutic communication techniques, history & trends, and legal & ethical aspects of healthcare.

The Human Body Structures and Functions prepares students for biomedical, nursing, and other health-related careers, and is a prerequisite for Health Science Internship: organized to follow a logical sequence of the ten systems of the human body with emphasis on diseases and disorders. Laboratory dissection includes anatomical study of a mammal. Discipline and attendance will be considered.


The Introduction to Pharmacy course that introduces students to the pharmaceutical profession. The course covers content related to the history of medicine, mathematics, technology, legal issues, and technical skills. Upon completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the national pharmacy technician exam. Students are responsible for the cost of the certification exam.


In the Health Science Internship course, students participate in clinical experiences by observing or assisting healthcare professionals in hospitals, extended care facilities, and outpatient healthcare facilities—such as veterinarian medicine, dental clinics, & physical therapy. Students assist healthcare professionals with patients of all ages—from infants to older adults. In the process, Health Science Internship students gain valuable experience exploring potential future careers as physicians— internal medicine & family practice, pediatricians, & surgeons, dentists, ophthalmologists; nurses—with backgrounds including-- nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist,acute care, emergency room, post anesthesia care or operating room, obstetrical; or therapists—with specialties in physical, occupational or respiratory practices.


* The Biomedical Sciences Program is funded through a grant from Project Lead the Way and supported by Hudson Alpha Institute.  The Biomedical Sciences Program has 4 sequential courses including:  Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (PBS), Human Body Systems (HBS), Medical Interventions (MI), and Biomedical Innovations (BI)

In PBS, students explore the concepts of human medicine and are introduced to research processes and bioinformatics. Hands-on projects enable students to investigate human body systems and various health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases.

During HBS, students examine the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body systems to learn how they work together to maintain homeostasis (internal balance) & good health. 

As a part of MI, student projects investigate various medical interventions that extend & improve quality of life, including gene therapy, pharmacology, surgery, prosthetics, rehabilitation, & supportive care. Using 3D imaging, data acquisition software, & current scientific research, students design a product that can be used as a medical intervention. 

In BI, the capstone course students apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or to solve problems related to the biomedical sciences. Students will design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century as they play the role of an elite group of investigators dedicated to designing unique and innovative solutions to health challenges of the 21st century. In addition, this class provides a clinical internship that allows students to both shadow medical professionals as well as actively participate in patient care if the situation is appropriate.

If you need any additional information regarding the Medical Academy at JCHS, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to preparing the healthcare professionals & biomedical researchers of the future!

Leah McRae, Medical Academy Chair       Tricia Collins, Healthcare Science Lead

                                        James Clemens High School