Academy of Health & Medical Sciences

Facilitate healing

Dedicate your life to progressive learning and caring for others. The prestigious Academy of Health Sciences provides exposure to several health care specialties and career pathways. This is one of the most popular areas of study at PCTI.

Learn professional responsibility, how to assess patient needs, workplace-ready skills, medical terminology, and promote patient safety. This immersive program educates students in Dental Assisting and Medical Office Procedures, trains Certified Nursing Assistants, and teaches lifesaving skills through CPR, EMT, and First Aid certifications. Students will have the opportunity to earn a state NARCAN certificate from St. Joseph’s Medical Center. They also learn to use cardiac defibrillators as well as other professional medical and dental equipment. Classrooms are designed to mirror real-world medical offices and institutions.

Membership in the national organization of HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) is included as part of this career and technical program. PCTI is proud of our strong commitment to this worthwhile organization and is recognized as one of the largest chapters in the United States. Students participate in leadership and community service opportunities and have earned the distinction of serving as state officers. Those who qualify may also receive travel opportunities across the United States.

Students who select this honorable career path may choose to pursue further education to become doctors, nurse practitioners, healthcare administrators, dentists, nurses, medical technicians, and more.

Career Pathways

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Emergency Medical
  • Technician
  • Medical Lab Specialist
  • Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • School Nurse
  • Surgical Technician
  • Ultra Sound Technician
  • X-Ray Technician

Cutting-Edge Equipment,Laboratories, Computers and Software

PCTI students use Cardiac Defibrillator, Professional Medical Supplies, Professional Medical & Dental Equipment.

"College Connection Program" Earning College Credits in High School

Want to earn college credits before you graduate high school? At PCTI you have the opportunity to do just that. Almost 2 dozen college courses—some specific to career majors and others open to all PCTI students—are offered through affiliations with area colleges and universities.

Students of the Academy of Health & Medical Sciences are given the opportunity to earn up to 16 college credits during their junior and senior years through PCTI’s membership with the New Jersey Health Science Careers Consortium and 4 credits with an EMT course at Passaic County Community College.


Academy of Health & Medical Sciences Curriculum

Introduction to Health Careers
Dental Assisting Medical Office Procedures & Physical Therapy Office Procedures
Medical Assisting
Certified Nurse Assisting
Emergency Medical Technician
(National Certifications can be earned via course completion)

Level 1
Academy of Health Sciences 1

English I
Algebra I
Biology or Geophysical Science
World Language I
World History
Physical Education/Health

Level 2
Academy of Health Sciences 2
English II
Algebra II
World Language II
Physical Education

Level 3
Dental Assisting
Physical Therapy
Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4 credits through Rutgers)
Medical Terminology (3 credits thru Rutgers)

English III
Anatomy and Physiology I
U.S. History I
Physical Education/Health

Level 4
Students choose their path between:

EMT (8 credits through PCCC)-(Also receive CPR/First Aid), Medical Assisting, CNA
Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4 credits through Rutgers)
Dynamics of Health Care in Society (3 credits through Rutgers)
English IV
Calculus/College Statistics
Anatomy & Physiology II
U.S. History II
Physical Education/Health

NOTE: The academic component is taught by highly qualified and dedicated professionals.

* 4 college credits earned through PCCC



Rutgers University Connection

AOHS graduates who qualify are eligable for admission to any one of seven allied health programs at the School of Health Related Professions. Rutgers Health Science Careers Program

College courses offered though Tech-Pep:

  • Medical Terminology 3 Credits
  • Dynamics of Health Care 3 Credits
  • Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Credits

College credits issued on a Rutgers University transcript may be transferred to many other four-year institutions. These college courses are infused directly into the medical curriculum.

Organizational Affiliation

AOHS students become members of the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) organization. HOSA’s mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. It provides a unique program of student leadership development, motivation, and recognition.

Licensure Opportunities

  • Certified Nurse Assistant – Requires classroom theory and practice in a nursing home for a total of 90 hours. Students must pass a national standardized exam. Those who pass have the opportunity to be quickly employed at a healthcare facility or an allied occupation through the PCTI School to Careers program.
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation/First Aid – Through the Academy, AOHS students are trained in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid. Once trained, students can volunteer as cadets with a First Aid Squad, providing they are at least 16 years of age.
  • National Registry of Emergency Medicial Technicians (EMT) certification.

School to Careers Experience

PCTI maintains a very strong and supportive School to Careers program, offering 9th, 10th, and 11th graders the opportunity to “job shadow,” and 11th & 12th graders the chance to put their skills to work at a paid position in the workplace. Hundreds of students participate and hundreds of business leaders support our efforts by employing our students.

Awards and Honors

The Academy of Health & Medical Sciences has earned:

  • NJ State Department of Education “Best Practice Award” – HOSA/School to Careers Program
  • Hundreds of Awards have been won by PCTI HOSA students in competition at the local, regional, state and national level
  • Numerous PCTI HOSA students were elected to serve as State Officers.
  • PCTI’s HOSA Chapter has been honored with the prestigious “Chapter Award” & was recently recognized as largest local HOSA chapter in the nation