Program Overview

While enrolled in the Health Sciences Early College Academy, you’ll learn in actual healthcare settings and have the opportunity to earn up to 14 FREE college credits. In just two years you’ll be well on your way to becoming a geneticist, biomedical engineer, doctor or whatever healthcare career is right for you!

Get on Track

The Academy has three different programs at exciting locations to help you focus your experience and get
ahead while you prepare for your future in healthcare. You can participate in two of the courses if you attend for two years. Each program uses clinical experience along with traditional classroom learning. We’ll put you in the middle of the action through field trips, experiments, projects, job shadows and real clinical rotations.

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Receive FREE college credit from Grand Valley State University or Ferris State University upon completion of the program. All students enrolled in the Academy are also enrolled with one of our partner colleges, participate in college coursework and have the opportunity to earn college credit. These credits are direct which means they count toward your degree!

Our partner universities offer credits for a variety of healthcare-specific courses directly related to the Academy program you attend. That's right. These are healthcare credits, not simply general education credits. Students in Biomedical Technology receive credits from Grand Valley State University and students in Diagnostic or Therapeutic Healthcare Professions receive credits from Ferris State University.

The HSECA Courses

Biomedical Technology

Biomedical Technology is located at GVSU’s College of Health Sciences/Cook-DeVos Center.

Explore Careers Biomedical Technology professionals use a combination of biology, medicine and technology to improve medical science, medical equipment and the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

Get Actual Experience!
 

  • Dig into cell structure & function – re-engineer cells to stop a simulated outbreak while working in a GVSU lab
  • Isolate DNA & study new technologies in genetics using electrophoresis
  • Work alongside actual medical researchers & propose a cure for a real disease
  • Mutate, grow & study microorganisms for pharmaceutical use
  • Visit & tour a variety of clinical & lab environments along the “Medical Mile”

Get a Foundation in...
 

  • Cellular/Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Human anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology
  • Laboratory research & development methods
  • Medical math
  • Medical terminology
  • Scientific research & writing

Explore Careers

Meet inventors of high-tech therapies and discuss cuttingedge medical research and cures

Potential Careers

  • Biochemist
  • Biochemical Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biophysiologist
  • Cell Biologist
  • Geneticist
  • Microbiologist
  • Pathologist
  • Clinical Biomedical Researcher
  • Pharmaceutical Engineer

Diagnostic Healthcare Professions

Diagnostic Healthcare Professions is located at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market.

Diagnostic healthcare professionals use instruments to aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries, or other physical conditions.

Get Actual Experience
 

  • Perform blood draws
  • Test blood & body fluids using actual medical equipment
  • Grow & study bacteria & learn about new superbugs
  • Practice diagnostic tests using sonography & electrocardiography equipment
  • Perform respiratory assessments and treatments
  • Earn a phlebotomy internship & certification
  • Earn CPR certification

Get a Foundation in...
 

  • Anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology
  • Cardiovascular testing
  • Diagnostic imaging (radiology, MRI, CT scan, nuclear medicine, ultrasound)
  • Clinical Laboratory methods & equipment
  • Medical terminology
  • Microsoft Office applications
  • Respiratory care
  • Scientific research & writing

Explore Careers

Sample a variety of health careers through job shadows in clinical settings and field trips

Potential Careers
 

  • Cardiovascular Technologist
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Pathologist
  • Radiologist
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner
  • Medical Assistant

Therapeutic Healthcare Professions

Therapeutic Healthcare Professions is located at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Therapeutic healthcare professionals provide direct patient care, treatment, counseling and health education.

Get Actual Experience
 

  • Monitor patient vital signs including blood pressure, pulse & respiration
  • Practice wound care & put casts on “patients,” place & remove sutures & staples, change bandages & dressings, conduct sensory tests
  • Dissect organs like hearts & lungs to examine their function, structure & how they work
  • Develop a care plan for an actual patient by interacting with them & reviewing their chart
  • Become eligible to earn CPR & Certified
  • Nurse Assistant (CNA) credentials

Get a Foundation in...
 

  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Basic nursing skills
  • Medical terminology
  • Medical math
  • Pathology & human body systems

Explore Careers

Participate in specialized clinical experience in physical therapy, nursing and pharmacy

Potential Careers
 

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Dentist
  • Dietician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Veterinarian

Requirements

The following requirements apply to all 3 HSECA courses.

The Academy is designed to prepare you for college and your future career in healthcare.
Students must meet these requirements to enroll.

Academic Requirements
 

  • Must be a high school junior or senior
  • Cumulative GPA 3.0 or better
  • Successful completion of Biology
  • Suggested enrollment in
  • Algebra I
  • Anatomy-Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • English I & II

Professional Requirements

Proof of immunizations including:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Current 2-step TB or negative chest X-ray two months prior to start of school year
  • (2) MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccines
  • (2) Varivax (chickenpox) vaccines or documentation of immunity through history of disease

Drug test and criminal background check
Follow lab and clinical attire and safety protocols