Health Sciences Academy CurriculumCurrently, HSA students have 4 plan of study options from which to choose. Each plan is unique and provides flexibility for the individual needs of the students. The intention is to provide a solid academic background including career and technical skills that enable students to experience professional and personal success in the pursuit of a health care career.Options:
(1 Practical or associates degree nursing option--- Collaboration with JSCC and Duplin County Schools. Required high school courses begin in 9th grade. Click on the following link to see the course layout: JSCC Nursing Pathway Students on this pathway hope to attend nursing school at JSCC. Successful completion and all other requirements of the academy result in a student earning additional points on his/her application.
( College Transfer Pathway: Associate in Science-----Collaboration with JSCC—transferable credit to 4 year college. A student must prove college readiness by his/her sophomore year in order to take college courses as a high school junior. College readiness is determined by obtaining a minimum score on an approved assessment such as Pre-ACT, PSAT, ACT, SAT. Other options are available to qualify for taking college transfer course if a student does not qualify with one of these tests. In order to be an academy completer under this pathway, students must take at least 5 of the courses listed and 2 of those courses must be math and/or science. ACA 122 may not be counted as one of the 5.College Transfer Pathway: Associate Degree in Nursing---- Collaboration with JSCC---transferable credit to 4 year college. A student must prove college readiness by his/her sophomore year in order to take college courses as a high school junior. College readiness is determined by obtaining a minimum score on an approved assessment such as Pre-ACT, PSAT, ACT, SAT. Other options are available to qualify for taking college transfer courses if a student does not quality with one of these tests. In order to be an academy completer under this pathway, student must take at least 5 of the courses listed and 2 of those courses must be Biology 168 and Biology 169. ACA may not be counted a one of the 5.Please see the following link for the above 2 college transfer pathway courses: College Transfer Pathway/Associate in Science/Associate Degree Nursing
(1 A choice of at least 6, out of a recommended list of upper level math, science, and career technical health sciences courses offered through the local high school or online resources such as the North Carolina Public Virtual School and the NC School of Math & Science. Students choosing this plan of study will be able to select courses that best match with his/her career goals. A student may take any combination of these courses as long as he/she passes at least 6 of the courses. For example, a student may choose to enroll in all of the CTE health sciences classes offered and complete the plan of study by taking additional courses in upper level math and/or science. All students choosing this option must enroll in Health Team Relations. When possible, students are encouraged to enroll in Honors and/or AP courses which provide rigor and help prepare them for the challenges of post secondary education. Note that new course options may become available as the program expands. Listed below are the current course offerings. Also note that not all schools offer every course and that some course work is offered through the North Carolina Virtual Public High School and the North Carolina School of Math and Science. Speak to your guidance counselor for your options and recommendations.Recommended Courses: Click on the following link to see the list of recommended courses: 6 recommended courses list