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Health and Medical Sciences Academy (HMSA)

Specialty Centers:
Health and Medical Sciences Academy (HMSA)
at Monticello High School​​​​​

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Inspiring Excellence, Innovation, and a Future of Service

This program is offered at Monticello High School, but is available to all Albemarle County Public School students. Applications should be submitted to your school counseling office by the deadline.

The Health and Medical Sciences Academy (HMSA) is designed to prepare students for college and/or career pathways in the Health Sciences. Academy students will explore an integrated curriculum through the lens of Health Sciences and Research. During their junior and senior year, students will have additional opportunities to support their academic aspirations in Health Science Careers that may include but are not limited to: Case Studies, Internships, Clinical Rotations, Site Visits/Tours, and College Visits.

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Mission

The Health and Medical Sciences Academy’s mission is to empower students for success by using 21st century skills while exploring Health Science Career opportunities. The program will provide students with a foundation for post-secondary education or workforce readiness in certified health related professions. Students will explore core content with technology through integrated projects, case studies, and focused learning experiences.

Academy Pathways

Pathway 1:
Allied Health (to include a variety of industry certification programs)
Pathway 2:
Technical, Bio-Engineering, Medical Equipment
Pathway 3:
Medical Doctor, DDS, RN, LPN

A student’s studies may culminate in career and technical centers, community college, or a four–year program based on their choice of pathway and success in the Academy.​

  
HMSA Anatomy and Physiology, Honors

​Students explore the human body systems of communication, power, and movement. To do this, students are taught the body's components, tissues, molecules and cells, as well as concepts of homeostasis and body system defenses. Students will complete case studies, participate in field trips and will continue to explore career opportunities in Health and Medical Sciences.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
HMSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4335
Grades: 10
HMSA Biology/Foundations of Biomedical Sciences/Health, Honors

​The course curriculum is integrated and will explore content from the core areas through the lens of Health and Medical Sciences. The goal of the integrative course is to provide an opportunity for students to pursue their interests and prepare for a career in health and medical sciences. Students will be exposed to various professions in the health care field, participate in field trips and case studies as they explore opportunities of interest. Students are taught concepts of human physiology, medical innovation, water contamination, public health issues, molecular biology, and forensic autopsy. Students complete an independent project as a culminating activity. (CTE Code: 8379)

Prerequisite(s): HMSA Acceptance
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 2.5
HMSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4323
Grades: 9
HMSA Biomedicine, Honors

​HMSA Honors Biomedicine is an in-depth study of selected topics introduced in Biology I. The course explores advanced topics in Biology specifically related to Human Anatomy and Physiology and prevention and treatment of disease. Emphasis is on investigative exercises in the laboratory and clinical simulations.

Prerequisite(s): Biology I; Chemistry
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
HMSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4334
Grades: 11, 12
HMSA Chemistry, Honors

​Students are introduced to basic chemical concepts including composition of matter, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding, formulas and equations, reacting quantities, gas laws, and acid base theory. The investigative skills used by practicing scientists are emphasized. This course is taught through the lens of medical science in order to further familiarize students to new opportunities of interest.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
HMSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4413
Grades: 10
HMSA Independent Research Project

​Independent Study provides the opportunity for students to investigate a topic of personal interest that is outside the scope of current course offerings. Mentors for independent study can be school faculty or community members. Research project proposals will be submitted to the HMSA Director and should include a commitment from a mentor and a plan for carrying out the independent study.

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
HMSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9933
Grades: 11, 12
HMSA Junior/Senior Internship

​Internships are designed to support a student’s long-term education and career goals. Students will work closely with professional mentors and will have the opportunity to experience “first-hand” a particular career or pathway. Students can enhance their academic and technical skills and become more informed about certain career field expectations and requirements prior to entering college and/or the workforce. Students will meet with the HMSA Director to determine placements suitable for their career goals. (CTE Code: 9071)

Prerequisite(s):
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1
HMSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9070
Grades: 11, 12
HMSA Medical Research Laboratory I

​In Medical Laboratory Technology I, students gain foundational knowledge and skills appropriate for STEM research to include a variety of medical-related career paths in the field of medical technology. Students will address problems that can be tested using the scientic method. The scientific method is an inquiry process used to systematically study, investigate, and provide explanations for observed phenomenon in the natural world. Students are introduced to diagnostic and therapeutic laboratory procedures that support medical research and practice, and investigate safety, quality assurance, and ethical concerns associated with the field of medical technology. (CTE Code: 8377)

Prerequisite(s): HMSA Acceptance
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 0.5
HMSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8377Q
Grades: 9, 10
HMSA Principals of Psychology/Developmental Psychology / PSY 200/230
PVCC

​The first half of this course, offered in the fall, surveys the basic concepts of psychology. It covers the scientific study of behavior, including behavioral research methods, analysis, and theoretical interpretations. Included are topics that cover physiological mechanisms, sensation/perception, motivation, learning, personality, psychopathology, therapy, and social psychology. 

The second half of this course, offered in the spring, allows students the opportunity to study the development of the individual from conception to birth. It follows a life-span perspective on the development of the person's physical, cognitive and psycho-social growth.

This year-long course fulfills general education requirements for students interested in earning their Associate of Applied Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography or Nursing at PVCC.

Prerequisite(s): Meet dual enrollment admission requirements
Corequisite(s):
Credit: 1; 6 dual enrollment college credits with PVCC
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2899
Grades: 11, 12
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