Academy of Health Professions Program Overview

Academy of Health Professions Program Overview

Sherwood Health Professions students The Academy of Health Professions (AoHP) pathway provides students with certified health care skills that enable them to train and work alongside health care professionals in various settings.

Instruction focuses on anatomy, physiology, related-disease conditions, medical terminology, patient care skills, and current health care issues. Other areas of emphasis include body mechanics, vital signs, principals of infection control, and care of the hospitalized patient. The AoHP pathway prepares students for a career as a doctor, nurse, therapist or a variety of other health care related careers. Students who complete the program and pass the Maryland Board of Nursing exam will be certified nursing assistants.

The pathway consists of four courses, including two courses that provide students with foundational skills in health care (Foundations of Medicine and Health Sciences and Structures and Function of the Human Body), followed by Medical Science with Clinical Applications and Medical Internship.

If you are interested in healthcare as a college major or career, you NEED to take this program. Make sure you find out why by talking to Mrs. Gelfand (RN/teacher) and students who have taken the program.


Requirements for Program Completion

The Academy of Health Professions (AoHP) is a four credit career completion pathway. The AoHP provides students with a strong foundation in how the body functions (physiology), how the body is built (anatomy) and how to put this knowledge to use with real patients (clinical). Students learn through project based learning, projects, classroom labs and clinical applications at various health care facilities.

  • A (step 1) - Foundations of Medicine and Health Science (A/B)

    An overview of therapeutic, diagnostic, environmental and information systems in health care. Be introduced to the human body, medical ethics, drug calculation, healthcare delivery systems and become certified in CPR.

  • B (step 2) - Structures and Functions of the Human Body (A/B)

    An honors level course for students interested in learning the structures and functions of the human body. Anatomy is an interactive class; students work with models, diagrams and specimens to apply their knowledge of anatomical concepts. There are four dissections in class, as well as discussions of clinical applications of anatomy.

  • C (step 3) - Medical Science with Clinical Applications (A/B)

    2 credits
    An honors level course provides students with certified health care skills to enable them to train and work along side health care professionals in various settings. Students will also take a field trip to observe open heart surgery. Upon completion students can take an exam to be certified as nursing assistant by the Maryland Board of Nursing.

  • D (step 4) - Internship (A/B) optional

    Independent internships at various health care facilities in our area.


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