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Health Science Academy

Pathway Description

CIP Code: 510000
Located at our Assunpink Center
Principal Dr. Phillip L. Crisostomo

Program of Studies

School Profile

Gifted and Talented

The healthcare industry is one of the fastest-growing employment sectors, as well as the number one employer in Mercer County. The overall health of New Jersey's economy and people is clearly tied to the capabilities of this evolving profession. The Health Science Academy will help to prepare students for a wide array of career opportunities in the healthcare field including nurses, surgical technicians, physicians, dentists, pediatricians, physical therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, and other healthcare occupations.  Students will learn professional responsibility, how to assess patient needs, workplace-ready skills, medical terminology, and patient safety. This immersive program educates students in the healthcare profession, mental health, community health, and theoretical foundations of nursing and applications of the nursing process.  

Throughout the duration of the program, students learn to use a wide range of professional medical equipment in a professional setting, as classrooms are designed to mirror real-world medical offices and institutions. This pathway includes a rigorous series of courses, including Dynamics of Healthcare, Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology I, and Anatomy & Physiology II. All Health Science students join their respective Career Technical Student Organization, HOSA-Future Health Professionals, and are continually challenged as they compete in local, regional, and state-level competitions. Senior year, students have the opportunity to enroll in Mercer County Community College to continue their career progression through dual enrollment courses.  

Health Science Academy students earn industry-valued credentials each academic year through their Clinicals, labs, and Emergency Care coursework.  Students in year one (1) will earn their Blood Borne Pathogens certification.  In year two (2), students will earn their basic lifesaving skills & CPR certification, and First Aid certifications through the American Heart Association. In year three (3), students will earn their Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification through the American Heart Association. Membership in the Career Technical Student Organization of HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) is included as an intra-curricular part of this Academy. Students who successfully complete our Health Science Academy pathway will also earn dual credits as part of our dual credit arrangement with Mercer County Community College.

Industry Valued Credentials & Certifications

  • Blood Borne Pathogens
  • CPR / BLS - American Red Cross
  • Heart Saver CPR / AED - (AHA)

Dual Enrollment & Articulation Agreements

  • Mercer County Community College

Academy Information

All Academy Seniors will attend MCCC after 9:20 am. A bus will be provided or students can provide their own transportation. Students will enroll in MCCC courses that will follow our Program of Studies. All students are considered college students and will need to abide by all MCCC policies, procedures, & regulations.

Course Sequence

Course Descriptions

  • Students have the opportunity to earn up to sixty (60) credits at Mercer County Community College, per the requirements in the articulation agreement. 
  • Bolded courses provide opportunity for students to earn dual enrollment credit on MCTS campus. 
  • All post-secondary agreements are reviewed annually. 
  • *All courses may be subject to change*

Board Approved - 03/19/2024