About the Health Academy

History

The Health Academy was established in 1995 in response to the rapidly growing need for health care professionals in southern Colorado.  According to projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million new and replacement health care workers - growth of about 30 percent - will be needed by 2012. 

The unique partnerships between Pueblo City Schools, Pueblo Community College, Colorado State University - Pueblo, Parkview Medical Center, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, and other Pueblo community health care agencies have made the Health Academy one of the most successful Health Sciences and Technology programs in the state of Colorado.

The Health Academy began as a class of 24 9th grade students in 1995 and has grown to a current enrollment of approximately 150 students from the four Pueblo high schools.  The current staff consists of a coordinator and six teachers.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Health Academy is to provide students with pathways to certification and post-secondary education in the health care industry in order to meet the growing need for health care professionals in southern Colorado.

The vision of the Health Academy is to be the premier program in challenging and facilitating high school students as they prepare for careers in the health professions.

Instructional sites 

The primary instructional sites for the Health Academy is Centennial High School.  Classes are held occasionally off-campus at St. Mary-Corwin and Parkview medical centers, Pueblo Community College and local health care facilities.

Admission and Continuation Requirements for 2016-2017

Admission to the Health Academy is open to all students in Pueblo City Schools who have an interest in a health-related career field.  Interested students should have at least a 2.5 G.P.A. in science, math, and language arts.  Excellent attendance and good citizenship are also required for admission to the Health Academy.  

To continue in the Health Academy each year, students must maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and the appropriate class status.  Class status is determined by the number of credits earned each year in high school and designates a student as being in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.  Refer to  Pueblo City Schools' Course Description Guide   for more details.  Two F's in Health Academy courses may indicate a return to the home high school at the end of the school year.

Curriculum/Credits

9th Grade ..............................................................................4.0 credits

  Biology 1 ..............................................................................1.0 credits

  Freshman Literature & Composition or........... .................1.0 credits
  Freshman Literature & Composition - Honors

  Algebra 1 or Geometry ........................................................1.0 credits

  Introduction to Health Professions .....................................1.0 credits

10th Grade ............................................................................4.0 credits

  Chemistry 1 Honors..............................................................1.0 credits

  Sophomore Composition & Literature  or  ........................1.0 credits
  Sophomore Composition & Literature - Honors

  Geometry or Algebra 2                   ......................................1.0 credits
      or Trigonometry

  Medical Terminology ..........................................................1.0 credits

11th Grade ............................................................................4.0 credits

  Human Anatomy & Physiology (STS*) ..............................1.0 credits

  American Literature and Compostion(Fall) ......................1.0 credits
  English 101 STS (Spring)
   

  College Algebra           ........................................... .............1.0 credits
  Pre-Calculus - Honors  or
  Algebra 2 or Trigonometry

  Nursing Assistant Certification ...........................................1.0 credits

  Physics 1 Honors ---------------------------------------------------1.0 credits
  Microbiology - STS -------------------------------- ----------------1.0 credits

12th Grade .............................................................................4.0 credits

  Chemistry 2 (STS) ...............................................................1.0 credits

  English 102 - STS (Fall)  .....................................................1.0 credits

  SPCOM 103 - STS - Speaking and Listening  (STS)

  College Algebra (STS) or ....................................................1.0 credits
  Pre-Calculus - Honors or
  Trigonometry


 Health Occupations Seminar (Internship) .............................1.0 credits
   Physics 1 Honors    -------------------------------------------------  1.0 credits
 
Microbiology - STS ---------------------------------------------------1.0 credits

Other Courses Available through Concurrent Enrollment**

  Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Certification ........... 3.0 credits

  Pharmacy Technician Certification .......................................3.0 credits

  Phlebotomy Technician Certification ....................................2.0 credits

  Introduction to Occupational Therapy ...................................1.0 credit

*STS - Senior-to-Sophomore - these are dual-credit courses offered through Colorado State University - Pueblo; students pay greatly reduced tuition for these courses

**Concurrent Enrollment - these are dual-credit courses offered through Pueblo Community College; these courses are free of charge for students who meet eligibility requirements

Transportation

Transportation for morning Health Academy students must be provided daily by parents and/or students to all Health Academy instructional sites.  Pueblo City Schools buses will transport students back to their home high schools upon completion of morning classes. 

Immunizations

The required yearly immunizations for all Health Academy students are TB (tuberculosis), and Influenza.  All other immunizations required by Pueblo City Schools high school students are also required.