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Academy Curriculum

AOMS curricula introduces students to health career possibilities through a series of college – preparatory, honors and Advanced Placement courses. All courses use project-based learning techniques with an emphasis on strengthening literacy, project management, leadership, and team building skills while fostering creativity and innovation. The curricula is vetted by industry professionals to ensure content is current and relevant. Students have the opportunity to earn several certifications while in school such as First Aid, CPR, AED, Certified Nursing Assistant, Pharmaceutical Technician, and Medical Assistant. Students can leave school ready to work or go on to a 2-year or 4-year program. 

Sequence of Courses

All students complete a three-course pathway / sequence in an academy track (one per year), earning a grade of C or better. Additional courses can be taken. A sample academic  Four Year Plan can guide the student’s course selection. 

Required

This introductory course introduces students to mental and behavioral health on a global scale. By studying different communities, they learn about relationships between behavior and health provides the foundation for making informed decisions about health-related behaviors. Students learn how environmental, nutritional, and behavioral risk factors jeopardize overall health. They learn how communities, governments, and cooperative global efforts can intervene to improve health, and how managing health behaviors require critical thinking and problem-solving. Wherever possible, students first study each health standard as it applies to their own community, and then they look at it in a more global context.

This concentrator course offers students a rigorously paced life science course to prepare them for the challenges of the college level material they will encounter in pursuit of a career in a health or medical profession. The course development has been guided by three main goals:

  • to give students interested in a health or medical profession the opportunity to engage in deeper content knowledge related to the structure and functions of human body systems and how they work together to maintain homeostasis
  • to develop real-world laboratory and clinical skills through engagement in the seven Science and Engineering Practices outlined by the Next Generation Science Standards
  • to give students who are interested in pursuing a health or medical profession insight into the wide variety of options for participating in these fields by exposure to the clinical, research, and professional opportunities available to them through research, field trips, and guest lecturers.

In addition to developing content knowledge and laboratory skills, students will also be taught the study skills necessary to learn and retain large quantities of information so they can be successful in this course and in their future studies. Medical terminology will be integrated into the students’ study as they work through each body system. Students will gain physical and critical thinking skills as they apply their knowledge of the body to many laboratory activities, medical case studies, and real life scenarios to which they must respond appropriately.

In this capstone course students will explore mental and behavioral health through a variety of disciplines including reading and writing, mathematics, history, and lab science. They will define mental illness, differentiate between myths and truths about mental health, and identify how the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system relates to physical, mental, and emotional health. Students will have the opportunity to assess their own mental and behavioral health status. Students will take on multiple roles within the healthcare system to practice preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental and behavioral illnesses, will debate the ethics of different situations surrounding mental illness, and will look at the system-wide successes and barriers to healthcare on a national and international scale.

Recommended

The purpose of U.S. History and Public Health is to analyze the significant periods of U.S. history while building and establishing a foundation of practical knowledge in healthcare applications. Students will study thematic events in history as a pathway to understand the context and scope of public health on both the individual level and within the public sector. Students will analyze the cause and effect relationship between events throughout U.S. history, and the country’s approach to health and medical care.

AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes—energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions. (Prerequisites Biology & Chemistry)

The AP Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced course work in chemistry. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore topics such as: atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium. (prerequisites Biology & Chemistry)