• two health systems academy students walking in the hallway at the hospital Who should attend the Health Systems Academy? 
    Do you like the medical fields? Do you have an interest in being a nurse, a doctor, a scientist or working in any of the other hundreds of occupations in the health care industry? Then this academy is for you!

    What is the Health Systems Academy?
    The Health Systems Academy is a half day program that offers two pathways, one in patient care and the other in Biomedical. Six certified teachers (science, language arts, social studies and two teaching nurses) are located at CHI Health Midlands Hospital. Students attending this academy earn 5 credits a semester towards high school graduation.  The Health Systems Academy offers AP classes in language arts and social studies. Students who wish to participate in other AP or elective courses not offered at the Heath Systems Academy can take them at their home high school.

    Patient Care Pathway

    What is a typical day in the patient care pathway?
    Through this academy, students are able to explore all aspects of the health care industry. 
    During Year I, students take core courses designed around a health care theme, while earning their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license.
    During Year II, students continue their core curriculum along with clinical rotations. During rotations, students work side-by-side with health care professionals, while getting hands-on work in areas like the research labs, occupational therapy, diagnostics, physical therapy, surgery, X-ray, general patient care and more. 

    Logistics
    Location: CHI Health Midlands Hospital
    Transportation: Students must provide their own transportation.
    Prerequisites: On track for graduation, successfully completed 9th and 10th grade science courses.
    Credit Options: High school credit, Certified Nursing Assistant License, Certified Medication Aid License, and Professional Rescuer CPR
    Cost: $50 uniform fee
    Grades: Juniors & Seniors only

    Biomedical Pathway

    What is the Biomedical Pathway? 
    The Biomedical Science Pathway provides students with a transformative learning experience in an active Problem Based Learning environment. Instruction is provided by a teacher who is trained in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Biomedical Sciences coursework. Students will have the opportunity to explore careers in the health occupations while learning about the human body and healthcare. Students will gain experience working hands-on with lab equipment, designing their own experiments, collecting, and using data, and learning to utilize critical problem-solving and communication skills. Along with the PLTW Biomedical classes, students will also take an English and/or social studies course while at the Health Systems Academy.

    What is a typical day in the biomedical science pathway?
    Through this academy, students are able to explore all aspects of the healthcare industry. 

    During Year I, the first year of the program consists of two courses, one each semester. These are Principles of Biomedical Science and Human Body Systems. During this year students will focus on the basics of human biology, anatomy, physiology, and medicine. Students will build skills working with lab equipment, and with the problem-based and project-based approach to learning. These skills will carry over to year two.

    During year II, students begin by taking Medical Interventions during the first semester. Through real world cases, students in this course are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. During the second semester students will take the final course, Biomedical Innovation. In this course, students build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st Century. Students will explore a problem in health care with the guidance of a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution.


    Logistics
    Location: CHI Health Midlands Hospital
    Transportation: Students must provide their own transportation.
    Prerequisites: On track for graduation, successfully completed 9th and 10th grade science courses.
    Credit Options: High school credit
    Cost: $50 uniform fee
    Grades: Juniors & Seniors only

    How to Apply
    To apply for a PLCS academy program, students must complete an online application. For more information click here.

    How can you learn more?
    For more information please contact:
    Guidance counselor at your high school
    Contact the Academy Programs Office at 402-537-6217

    *Note: Images showing students and staff without masks and social distancing pre-date COVID-19.