Applied Medical Sciences

Program Description:

The Applied Medical Sciences program is a one-year course for juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in health care.

The AMS program provides core skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level employment in the healthcare field.

During the course, students are introduced to anatomy and physiology, medical vocabulary, and nursing fundamentals. Students earn their Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid cards through the American Heart Association as well as a Certificate of Completion for Applied Medical Sciences program. Students, who qualify, may apply to take the Washington State Nursing Assistant Certification examination.

Students completing the course and earning a grade of “B” or higher in related course areas, are eligible for credits from local community colleges.

All students enrolled in the Applied Medical Sciences program will learn:
• Safety Skills
• Professionalism
• Leadership Development
• Therapeutic Communication
• Human Anatomy and Physiology
• Medical Terminology
• AIDS Education and Infection Control Practices
• Trends in Healthcare
• HIPAA Education
• Health and Wellness Practices
• Post-Secondary Opportunities
• Career Opportunities and Job Search Skills
• Professional Portfolio Development
• Writing and Literacy Skills

Program Benefits:
• 3 High School credits per year
• May qualify for math, history, health, science, or language arts credits.  Because these credits differ by home district, click on credit equivalencies to learn what is specifically offered for this program by your sending high school.
• Opportunity to qualify for certificate of completion for Nursing Assistant Certified training
• Leadership opportunities through ASB, HOSA, and class activities and community service projects
• Entry level job skills
• Preparation for post-secondary education
• Opportunities for healthcare scholarships
• Understanding of the healthcare field that will better assist students in making career choices as well as informing them about their own health and wellness
Industry Certification:
• Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) if qualified
• Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid Cards
• 21st Century Skills certification
Applied Medical Sciences – Continued

• Reading proficiency at 11th grade level
• Must have successfully completed Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1
• Completed biology with a “C” or higher
• Must have proof of immunizations including MMR, Hepatitis B series, and an updated Tdap
• Proof of negative TB test
• Influenza vaccine
• Excellent high school attendance record

• Ability to pass a WA state police background check and valid Social Security number are required to attend the clinical rotation for certification
• Upon acceptance into the program, student and parent/guardian are encouraged to participate in the Orientation at the Cascadia Tech Academy
• Students may choose to participate in HOSA, Health Occupations Student Association

• Course in Health Occupations is recommended

Lab Time/Theory Time:
Approximately 70 percent of time will be devoted to theory and professionalism; 30 percent devoted to lab. Clinical hours required in long term care in order to qualify for state certification. Saturday clinical rotations are required, hours to be determined.

Career Opportunities:
• Nursing Assistant Certified
• Entry-level positions in health/medical industry
• Emergency Medical Technician
• Respiratory Technician
• Pharmacy Technician
• X-ray Technician
• Athletic Trainer
• Registered Nurse
• Pre-Med
• Caregiver Certification
• Social Worker

Program Supply List /Student Costs:
Scrubs, lab coat, and gait belt will be ordered at Orientation. Information regarding resources for these items will be available from the instructors at Orientation. Cost is approximately $80.00 plus tax. Purchase separately white shoes and a watch with a second hand. See immunizations under prerequisites. Family medical insurance or student accident insurance is required. There are also costs for CPR $50, name tag $2, optional fees for HOSA dues $15, and state HOSA registration $35. Nursing assistant registration is $48* and for those who qualify to take the state test it is an additional $110*. *These fees are set by the state of WA and are subject to change.

Credit Equivalencies and College Credit:
Click here to learn more about credit equivalencies as well as the articulation agreements and college credits available for each program.

Note: Student accident insurance is available through your sending high school.

If you have concerns regarding these costs, please see Peggy Leifheit in our Business Office. There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Leifheit can be reached at 360-604-1050 ext. 2158 or at