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Health Sciences

Vision: The Medical and Health Science program aims to provide opportunities for students to practice science in authentic learning environments, to solve real-world challenges in the health sciences and apply their critical thinking skills to real life scenarios.
Description: The Medical and Health Science Academy at James Madison High School is a screened program. This will provide students with a unique opportunity to become immersed in the health sciences. Students will be required to follow a specific course sequence (see below) in conjunction with their prerequisite science courses. After 9th grade, students will have the opportunity to choose a science track. As a senior, depending on the track they choose, they will have the opportunity to become certified as an Emergency Medical Technician or a Medical Assistant.  
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are encouraged and optional throughout the four years at JMHS and can be applied to various colleges for college credit.
Academic Requirements
Students are expected to maintain an 85 overall average Students are required to maintain a 90% Attendance rateStudents must demonstrate a high level of integrity, maturity and respect.
Foundations Health Core (9th/10th)
Understanding the problems and challenges within the U.S. healthcare system requires a deep understanding of how the system works. Successful solutions and strategies must consider the realities of the current healthcare system. Students will focus on day-to-day skills and expectations for health professionals, which include promoting wellness, maintaining a safe environment, creating medical records, and practicing good communication, collaboration, and leadership. In addition, students will expand their understanding of health and safety systems, how to address emergency situations, and deal with infection control issues. Students will also explore topics in medical science, terminology, procedures, and regulations - including an overview of physiology and medical measurements. Additionally, students will identify the challenges of healthcare cost management, quality of care, and access to care. 
Anatomy & Physiology (11th)
This course provides students with a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Some of the topics learned in this course include body organization, homeostasis, cells, histology, pathology, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous systems, and special senses. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. 
EMT Certification (12th)
The EMT-B Program offers a program of emergency medical services training at the certificate level as is designed to equip students with necessary skills and knowledge to become certified EMTs. The program’s goal is to entry-level Emergency Medical Technicians-Basics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. This program prepares students to sit for the NYS EMT-Basic examination and the national Registry​ Exam, which is required to begin work in this field within the state(s) where students are located and provides clinical experience to get students acclimated to the EMS field.
Certified Medical Assistant (12th)
The CMA course is a year long course that will prepare students for a career as a certified
medical assistant. Medical assistants work alongside doctors, nurses, and other health care
professionals to assist with a mix of clinical duties and administrative tasks. The day-to-day
responsibilities vary depending on the setting in which they work. Common duties include:
taking patient medical histories and personal information, measuring vital signs, such as
temperature, weight, and blood pressure, and assisting doctors with patient examinations.

Science Clubs
4H STEM Club
Gardening Club
The Medical Club
Red Cross Club