Health Sciences

  • Academy Coordinator: Waheebah al-Uqdah McCray

    The Health Sciences Academy is designed to serve students interested in careers in various health fields. It consist of three pathways: Allied Health Science, Medical Science, and Dental Science

    The Allied Health Science pathway introduces students to the variety of support positions in hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities. They focus on becoming multi-skilled health team members and spend time rotating throughout the different areas of a hospital during their senior year, performing entry-level clinical skills. Students also have the opportunity to obtain a Nurse Aide Level 1 (CNA) certification upon completion of this pathway. 

    The Medical Science pathway prepares students to be health care workers in an advanced technical or professional health career. Emphasis in the classroom is placed on research, communication, computer literacy, health team relations, problem solving, and decision making. Students in this pathway spend 45+ hours in an internship with a healthcare professional during their senior year. 

    The Dental Science pathway, students prepare for careers in the dental field. Students perform entry level skills through on and/or off campus experiences. Highland has the only Dental Science program in a North Carolina public high school. In the Dental V course taken in the junior year, students have the opportunity to earn the NC Dental X-Ray Certification at age 18. 

    The suggested sequence of courses is available on the Counseling Website. Click below to access and click the Pathway Template to see the courses. 
    Based on the class sizes accommodated in our specialized programs, the numbers of students admitted per pathway will be:
    Health Science Academy:
    • Allied Health - 10
    • Dental Science - 15
    • Medical Science - 25
    Business, Legal and Information Science Academy
    • Business and Legal studies - 24
    • Computer Engineering - 24
    Manufacturing, Engineering and Graphics Academy
    • Manufacturing and Engineering - 24
    • Graphics - 23