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Academy of Health Professions

Course Descriptions

Course 1: Foundation of Medicine & Health

Prerequisites: Health Professions pathway student, Biology

Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the therapeutic, diagnostic, environmental and information systems of the healthcare industry. Students will prepare for a medical or health science career by developing a broad understanding of the cluster and pathways in the Health and Biosciences cluster. Students will learn about ethical and legal responsibilities, as well as the history and economics of healthcare. Students will engage in processes and procedures that are used in the delivery of essential healthcare services. As students learn to use medical terminology within a variety of medical and healthcare environments, they will develop the Skills for Success, academic, and technical skills necessary to function as health professionals. It is recommended that students have completed or be concurrently enrolled in Biology to understand the concept of Anatomy and Physiology and Pathophysiology introduced in this course.

Course 2: Structures & functions of the Human body

Prerequisites: Biology; Concurrent enrollment in Chemistry; Academy of Health Professions pathway student.

Course Description: Students in this course study the structure and functions of the human body, including cellular biology and histology. Systematic study involves homeostatic mechanisms of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, circulatory, nervous systems and special senses. Students will investigate the body’s responses to the external environment, maintenance of homeostasis, electrical interactions, transport systems, and energy processes. Students will conduct laboratory investigations and fieldwork, use scientific methods during investigations to solve problems and make informed decisions. Students will learn the medical terminology related to body systems.

Course 3 & 4: CCMA & Allied Health Internship (Combined Courses)

Course Description: This course covers general administrative tasks including office practices, patient relations, maintaining medical records, and billing. Students learn clinical duties such as taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by the physician.

Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Certificate of Completion and are eligible to submit an application for the NHA CCMA [Certified Clinical Medical Assistant] certification examination. This rigorous exam has 180 multiple choice questions and is 3 hours in length. With a minimum score of 390, medical assistants students will have earned their CCMA credentials.

Exam cost $155.00. A payment plan option will be provided to all students in September. Students enrolled in Course 3 & 4 are required to wear the uniform scrubs on the assigned day each week. Uniforms are provided for students are no extra cost.

Friendly High School NTHS Chapter 1517

CTE Senior Student Member benefits:

  • Apply for scholarships to seek postsecondary education. NTHS awards over $260,000 in scholarships annually.
  • Position yourself ahead of competition in today’s highly competitive workforce.
  • Earn recognition for superior achievement in career and technical fields.

Build career portfolios with professional letters of recommendation.

  • Connect to global career and technical education networks.
  • Discover opportunities with leading business and industry.
  • Serve in leadership roles in communities and industries.

What CTE Members Receive:

As a member, you will receive a professional portfolio containing your membership certificate and card to showcase your membership. In addition, you will receive an official NTHS diploma seal, graduation tassel, lapel pin, and honor cords to display your NTHS affiliation at graduation.

Stevenson University

Transcripted College Credit Information

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer college credit to students who complete the AHP program.

Eligibility Criteria: Students who complete all four courses in the Maryland Academy of Health Professions program can apply to receive credit for Stevenson Universities BIO 104 The Human Body and Contemporary Health Issues (see course description below). For those students who meet the requirements below, four (4) credits are awarded for BIO 104 from Stevenson University.

BIO 104 The Human Body and Contemporary Health Issues

Illustrates some major principles of biology by studying the human as an organism and as part of the biosphere. Topics include the systems of the body and processes which produce, maintain and coordinate the person. These are studied in relation to disease, the external environment and technology. This course fulfills a Scientific Reasoning-Laboratory requirement.

In order to earn 4 credits for BIO 104 The Human Body and Contemporary Health Issues, students must fulfill the requirements below, according to when they entered the Maryland Academy of Health Professions program at their high school.

Students who entered the AHP program BEFORE August 2018:

  • Complete all four (4) courses in an approved Maryland Academy of Health Professions program.
  • Earn a grade of “B” or better in all AHP courses.
  • Earn an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Requirements for students who entered the AHP program AUGUST 2018 AND LATER:

  • Complete all four (4) courses in an approved Maryland Academy of Health Professions program.
  • Earn a grade of “B” or better in all AHP courses.
  • Earn a score of 80 or better on the end-of-course exams for AHP courses, Foundations in Medicine and Health Science and Structure and Function of the Human Body
  • Earn an unweighted cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better.

How do I apply for credit for my AHP courses?

Information about applying for credit for the AHP courses will be posted on the SU website in the near future. Until then, students should follow these steps to apply:

  • After you complete all of your AHP courses and are graduating from high school, print and complete the “Special Student Application – Academy of Health Professions”.
  • Mail the completed Special Student Application, your official high school transcript showing the AHP courses, and a $175 fee to the address below. Checks should be made out to Stevenson University.

Meredith C. Durmowicz, Ph.D.

Dean, Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences

Stevenson University

Kevin J. Manning Academic Center

11200 Ted Herget Way

Owings Mills, MD 21117

The application, transcript, and fee must be postmarked no later than August 1 of the year in which you graduate from high school.

If you are asking your high school to send your transcript directly to SU, please ensure that they use the address above and not the general university address.

Upon receipt of all necessary forms and verification of all eligibility criteria, BIO 104 with a grade of “P” for passing will be entered on the student’s Stevenson University transcript. A grade of “P” is equivalent to a C or better. Students may request an official Stevenson University transcript by submitting a Transcript Request Form to the Stevenson University Registrar’s Office.

Please Note: Stevenson University cannot guarantee whether or how any other institution will accept the credits that are offered for AHP courses. Students planning to transfer their Stevenson University credits to another institution are advised to first check with their intended institution to confirm that the credits will be accepted. A syllabus for BIO 104 can be provided upon request, if needed. Please contact Dr. Durmowicz at