Biomedical and Health Services Certificate Program
The Biomedical and Health Sciences Program is a combination of guidance, coursework, clinical experience, mentoring, and independent research to provide students with a pre-university experience in allied health. Students who satisfactorily complete all of the requirements will earn a certificate in Biomedical and Health Sciences, as well as develop advantageous mentoring relationships with regional health care providers. Students wishing to pursue the certificate should complete their core science courses (biology, chemistry, and physics) and meet with the program advisor as early in their high school career as possible. Students also take part in an approved internship as part of a clinical or patient care experience and complete a related senior capstone project mentored by the program advisor.
Certificate RequirementsStudents must complete the core science courses required for an Academy diploma: biology, chemistry, and physics. For some students, a substitution of the Advanced Placement course in the same discipline may be appropriate.In addition to the core courses, students will select at least two additional electives targeted toward their area of interest, and make sure that their mathematics coursework is appropriately rigorous.
- Students must maintain an average of at least an 85% in the courses leading to the certificate.
- Students will complete at least 25 contact hours of a clinical or patient care experience, and complete a reflective report within one semester of the conclusion of the experience.
- Students will relate their capstone project to their biomedical and health sciences goals, in consultation with the program advisor. The capstone should otherwise meet the requirements of the Academy’s Capstone program.
- Students should declare their intention to pursue the certificate to the program advisor no later than the fall of their junior year. Declared students will be expected to participate in one after school meeting each semester. These meetings will be a combination of conversations about progress and experiences, guest speakers, readings from current medical literature, and other opportunities for engagement with health professions.