ACPS Launches Health Sciences Academy

ACPS and the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences have partnered to create the Academy of Health Sciences, a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway for students interested in careers in medicine and health care at T.C. Williams High School. Read the news release announcing the partnership.

Join us for an information session about the
Academy of Health Sciences at T.C. Williams High School on
Tuesday, November 28 from 6 – 7 p.m.
in the Rotunda at the TC Williams King Street campus.

The academy will the launch biomedical informatics pathway in fall 2018, followed by four additional pathways—sports medicine, pharmacy, emergency medical services and medical laboratory sciences—that will launch over the next four years. View the complete list of pathway options available.

GW faculty will work collaboratively with faculty from T.C. to broaden and enrich the offerings for the students. Currently, T.C. offers a nursing and surgical technology pathway in its Health and Medical Sciences Department.

The launch of this new partnership will have a tremendous impact on our students who are interested in pursuing further education and careers in health sciences. They’ll benefit from specialized, project-based courses that help develop critical-thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills while also preparing them for the workplace. Our students who complete the program will be well-equipped to pursue high-demand, high-wage, high-skills health sciences careers,” said T.C. Williams High School Principal Peter Balas.

Through this collaboration, students can begin earning college credits in their first year of the program, which could be as early as grade nine and they will have the ability to receive up to 22 college credits from the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Students can initiate a career pathway that leads to an associate’s and/or bachelor’s degree or earn career related industry certifications.

Catalina Muñoz, a T.C. Williams’ Health & Medical Sciences Academy student, takes notes during a lecture.

Students who successfully complete an academy pathway will be offered guaranteed admissions to the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences and will also be eligible for scholarships. Those who go on to pursue a degree will reduce the amount of time it takes to complete their degree and the associated costs.

The first Academy class will be offered in fall of 2018. Students will be able to apply online in early February 2018. Learn more about the application process.

This new partnership between ACPS and GW addresses the workforce shortage in Virginia and across the globe and develops a qualified health care workforce of tomorrow.

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