Academy of Health Professions (Nursing)

Program Overview: 

Program Of Study Sheet

The Academy of Health Professions uses project and problem-based learning, clinical experiences, and classroom lab instruction to teach students about the field of healthcare. Students are introduced to healthcare knowledge and skills through two foundation courses: Foundations of Medicine and Health Science and Structure and Functions of the Human Body. Opportunities for students to apply what they are learning to real-life healthcare situations are offered in the specialized healthcare course and the capstone scientific research course. Students have the opportunity to earn state and/or nationally recognized certifications, and/or college credit through articulation or dual enrollment agreements with local colleges and universities.

Within the course sequence of the Academy of Health Professions students will:

  • Explain the systems of the human body, their structure and function, and their interdependence on each other.
  • Describe the effect of external forces upon human body systems;
  • Demonstrate the scientific process, healthcare related problem-solving skills and the application of healthcare technologies;
  • Use concepts of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics to solve healthcare related problems;
  • Apply science concepts in the assessment and delivery of medical and healthcare services;
  • Demonstrate the scientific process and use problem-solving skills in medical and healthcare settings;
  • Evaluate the impact of enhanced technology on the healthcare delivery system;
  • Make informed decisions based on critical thinking and problem solving skills;
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills through reading, writing, listening and speaking;
  • Identify career areas of interest within healthcare and make informed decisions about career options, educational requirements and career preparation;
  • Describe systems theory and its components;
  • Perform mathematical calculations related the healthcare industry;
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors required of the healthcare professional;
  • Present information visually, verbally and in written form to peer and professional audiences utilizing a variety of methods

In order to prepare graduates for employment and further education, students in the AoHP program are expect to enroll in college preparatory core academic courses during each year of high school and are required to take the appropriate allied health certification and/or credentialing examinations consistent with their program of study. The CTE Director will complete and obtain the necessary signatures on articulation agreement(s) as required.


Advanced Nursing Assisting

Prerequisite: Nursing Assisting

Students will acquire advanced knowledge and nursing skills by participating in clinical experiences at local long-term care and acute medical facilities. Students are required to sit for the Maryland Certified Geriatric Assistant License exam given on a Saturday in the spring semester.

Human Anatomy and Physiology

This course offers an introduction to the structure and function of the human body, including cellular biology and histology. Systematic study involves homeostatic mechanisms of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems, including special senses. Laboratory study encompasses gross and microscopic anatomy of these systems, with dissection and selected experiments in physiology. If this course is take as part of a CTE pathway, it cannot be used as a science credit.

Nursing Assisting

Prerequisite: Introduction to psychology and Anatomy and Physiology I

Students will learn to function as nursing assistants in a variety of health care situations. The content of the course includes principles of law and ethics for health care workers, medical terminology, basic nursing care skills, and anatomy and physiology of the human body in both states of wellness and disease. Students will also learn basic life saving techniques used in first aid and CPR. Emphasis is on recognizing signs and symptoms and activating the Emergency Medical Systems (EMS). Students acquire knowledge and skills to preform basic first aid and American Heart Association certifications in adult, infant, and child CPR. The American heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fee charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course material, do not represent income to the Association.


This course is an introduction to the study of human behavior. The course content includes physiology of the nervous system, sensation and perception states of consciousness, learning theory, motivation, emotion, personality, abnormal behavior, and developmental and social psychology.

Possible Careers


To complete the Academy of Health Professions certificate, students must complete the capstone course in Grade 12:
Prerequisite: Certified Nursing Assisting
Students will participate in an internship or clinical work experience guided by a work-based learning agreement developed in partnership with employers, instructors, and parents.  This training will be organized around a plan that is cooperatively developed to assure that each component contributes to the student’s further education and employability.


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