Programs of Study
Our healthcare programs are grouped into three pathways: nursing, biotechnology, and human services. Students should select the program that best aligns with their career goals. If students are uncertain of which program best matches with their interests, they should contact GECMS school counselor or principal for assistance.
This four-year program is designed for students who are interested in becoming a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, or other healthcare clinician. Students enrolled in this program work toward completing the coursework required for an Associate in General Education in Nursing. General education courses include English, literature, fine arts, philosophy, math, and social science. However, to better prepare students for rigorous nursing programs and/or advanced clinical training, they are expected to complete five lab science courses in anatomy and physiology, microbiology, nutrition, and general chemistry. Students enrolled in this program are also given the opportunity to earn their Nurse Aide 1 certification, a requirement for nursing school.
This four-year program is designed for students who are interested in becoming a scientist, biomedical engineer, researcher, medical doctor, physician’s assistant, veterinarian, etc. Students have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Biotechnology or the Biotechnology Diploma. The AAS in Biotechnology requires 11 general education college courses in English, philosophy, math, and social science, as well as 9 additional laboratory science courses in anatomy and physiology, microbiology, genetics, general chemistry, and biotechnology. The Biotechnology Diploma is a “scaled-back” version of the associate degree requiring 6 general education courses and 7 laboratory science classes. Students selecting this pathway should have above average math and reading skills.
Human Services Program
This program is designed for students considering a career in social work, counseling, community health, or other similar field. Students entering this program have the option to earn the Human Services Diploma or plan to attend GECMS a 5th year to complete the additional coursework and work-based learning activities required for the Associate of Applied Science in Human Services. The majority of courses required to complete this program are program-specific, unlike the general education courses in both Nursing and Biotechnology.