Students with an interest in preparing for pre-medical studies or for careers in nursing, pharmacy, or emergency response can elect to enroll in this exciting academy that provides an additional course in science every year addressing biomedical issues, human body systems, and medical interventions. The program utilizes the nationally-recognized Project Lead the Way curriculum and supplements rigorous classroom learning with out-of-school activities in the medical field.
HMSA at Eastern
The HMSA is a career and technical education program within Eastern that has a strong tradition of preparing high school students for post-secondary education and careers in the health and medical field. Students are selected into the program through an application process during the eighth-grade enrollment process and coursework begins in the ninth grade. In addition to their required science courses each year, students take an additional HMSA course which include:
Grade 9: Principles of Biomedical Sciences
Students will study the human body and various health conditions that impact body function including heart disease, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, sickle-cell disease, and infectious diseases. Students will determine the factors that lead to the death of a fictional person and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. This course is designed to provide an overview of and lay a foundation for all the courses in the Health and Medical Sciences Program.
Grade 10: Human Body Systems
Students will examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, and protection. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as reflex and voluntary action. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal model, work through real world cases, and play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.
Grade 11: Medical Intervention
Students will investigate a variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease as they examine the lives of a fictitious family. Students will learn how cancer is prevented, diagnosed, and treated. They will also study how to prevent a fight infection and how to analyze body code in human DNA. Students will explore the fields of immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. This course emphasizes lifestyle choices and preventative measures through scientific thinking.
Grade 12: Biomedical Intervention
In this capstone course, students apply knowledge and skills and answer questions and solve problems related to the biomedical sciences. Students will work through progressively challenging open-ended problems addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering, and public health. Students work on independent projects and may work with a mentor from a university, hospital, or physician’s office. Throughout the course, students will showcase their research to members of the health community.
Clinical Experience Electives
In grade 12, students will be able to take Clinical Experience Electives in Emergency Medical Services or Nursing
In addition to DCPS graduation requirements, Health and Medical Sciences Academy students are expected to:
- Attend afterschool and extracurricular trainings and workshops as required by the teacher.
- Maintain a 2.0 GPA each quarter.
- Exhibit the Eastern Attitude at all times.
How do I apply to HMSA?
Both students within Eastern’s boundary and outside of Eastern’s boundary can apply and be considered for admission into HMSA. To apply, click here. Once you have applied online, your report card should be delivered/mailed or sent via email to:
Eastern Senior High School
c/o Daniel West
1700 East Capitol St. NE
Washington, DC 20003
When is the application deadline and when will I hear back about my status?
HMSA has rolling admissions. The earlier you submit your application, the sooner you know whether or not you are accepted. We may still consider your application after the priority deadline, but there are no guarantees that space will still be available. You will receive a response within four weeks of your submission date. Please ensure that your completed application is emailed, postmarked or time stamped in our main office by the following deadlines:
How many seats is Eastern offering in the HMSA program?
There are 60 available seats in HMSA for the 2018-2019 school year.
Can I apply to HMSA through the DCPS High School Application?
No. The HMSA application is only available on the Eastern website.
In addition to HMSA, can I enroll in BUILD courses?
No. Although you may apply to both programs, you will only be permitted to enroll in one program.
Contact: Mr. Daniel West, Counselor by email at email@example.com or by calling (202) 698-4500.