• 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 (math, 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.

    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. 

    What is the NEW Biomedical Pathway?
    The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Pathway is designed for students to be active in a Problem Based Learning (PBL) environment. They will complete labs, dissections, and research related topics throughout the courses. 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  year I of the biomedical pathway?
    The courses that students will be taking during the first year are: Principles of Biomedical Science (PBS) investigates the mysterious death of Anna Garcia. Throughout the course students will explore human physiology, biology, medicine, and research process. Student will design their own experiments and learn about genetic disorders.  Human Body Systems (HBS) focus on the interconnection between the different body systems. Students will model the human body systems, look at the structure and function of various organs, complete labs, and practice working with lab reports.

    What is a typical day in year II of the biomedical pathway?
    The courses that students will be taking during the second year are: Medical Interventions (MI) looks at how to screen and evaluate code in human DNA: how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and how to prevail when the organs of the body begins to fail. The interventions are showcased across generations of a family and provide a look at the past, present, and future or the biomedical sciences. Biomedical Innovation (BI) this is the capstone course for the Biomedical pathway. In this course students will apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or solve problems related to the biomedical sciences. The focus of the topics will be around clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering and public health.

    Location: CHI Health Midlands Hospital
    Transportation: Students must provide their own transportation.
    Prerequisites: On track for graduation, successful completion of biology and chemistry.
    Credit Options: High school credit, Certified Nursing Assistant License and Professional Rescuer CPR
    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.