The Royal Palm Beach Community High School Medical Science Academy Honors Program offers its students unique courses and opportunities in preparation for top post-secondary schools and careers in medical sciences. Students enrolled in the Medical Sciences Academy Honors Program will follow an extensive four-year college preparatory program designed to provide the university bound student with the academics and skills needed for a Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Pre-Pharmacy or Pre-Dental major.
Incorporated within the four-year plan, students will take specialized classes to acquire important life and career skills such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and technology. These employability skills are reinforced through special guest speakers, field trips, internships, student organizations, and community service. In particular, the Junior level Pathophysiology and Clinical Preceptorship courses incorporate a hands-on experience in chronic and acute care facilities. During the Senior level, students will have the opportunity to participate in an individually prescribed internship. Graduates of the Medical Sciences Academy Honors Program will earn an Honors Allied Health Assisting Certificate and will have the opportunity to earn a Nurse Assistant Certificate and/or First Responder Certificate from the Florida Department of Education and Industry Certification from the National Healthcareer Association.
This vigorous specialized four-year program focuses on:
- Development of a high achieving student emphasizing honor and advanced placement sciences.
- Acquisition of the communication skills, legal and ethical practice knowledge, and career skills attributed to health professionals.
- Hands-on experience with clients during a Clinical Preceptorship at chronic and acute care facilities. Volunteer training by Palm Beach County Hospice.
- Field trips and interaction with health professionals serving in hospitals and specialty units. American Red Cross Community First Aid, CPR, AED and HIV 104 Certification.
- Community service projects including, for example, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk, and American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is the student organization for the Medical Sciences Academy Honors Program. HOSA is a National Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) endorsed by the U.S. and Florida Departments of Education and the Health Occupations Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education. The mission of HOSA is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skills and leadership development of all health occupations education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community.
The Advisory Board for the Medical Sciences Academy Honors Program is comprised of the Western Community’s outstanding business and health professionals. Support from and communication with this board is essential in providing opportunities to strengthen the curriculum. The unique combination of high level academics, hands-on learning and collaborative partnerships with community resources ensures the students the preparation necessary to become leaders in the medical science career fields of tomorrow's world.