Applied Medical Sciences

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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
  • Basic Patient Skills for Nursing Assisting
  • 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
  • High school credit equivalency (.5 lab science elective, 1.0 Health, and .5 English 11 at the discretion of the sending school district)
  • Opportunity to qualify for certificate of completion for Nursing Assistant Certified training
  • Leadership opportunities through ASB, HOSA, class activities, and community service projects
  • Entry level job skills
  • Preparation for post-secondary education
  • Opportunities for healthcare scholarships
  • Exploration of the healthcare field which will assist students in making career choices as well as informing them about their own health and wellness

Industry Certification:

  • Nursing Assistant-Certified (NA-C) if qualified
  • Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid Cards
  • 21st Century Skills Certification


  • 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
  • Must provide own health insurance to participate in clinicals
  • Must provide own transportation and current car insurance for weekend clinicals


  • Ability to pass a Washington State Patrol background check and having a valid Social Security number are required to attend the clinical rotation for certification
  • Upon acceptance into the program, student and parent/guardian are required to attend an orientation at Cascadia Technical 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 class time will be devoted to theory and professionalism and 30 percent devoted to practicing in the skills lab. To qualify for state certification, clinical hours providing patient care in a long term care facility are required. Clinical rotations will be scheduled on Saturdays for eight hour shifts, times to be determined.

Career Opportunities:

  • Nursing Assistant-Certified
  • Entry-level positions in health/medical industry
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Caregiver Certification
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Pre-Med
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Technician
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Therapist
  • Ultrasound Technician
  • Veterinarian
  • X-ray Technician

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.

Program Supply List /Student Costs:

Please plan ahead. CTA programs require that uniforms, supplies, and other program-specific related items be purchased or completed prior to the first day of school. To access the list of this program’s uniform, supply and other program-related cost please click here.

Note: Family medical insurance or student accident insurance is a mandatory requirement to participate in internships. Student accident insurance is available through the sending high school.

If you have concerns regarding program expenses, please see Melissa Downing in our Student Service Center. There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Downing can be reached at 360-604-1062 or at  Ms. Downing is available during the school year when school is in session.