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Maryland CTE Career Clusters

Health and Biosciences

Career and Technology Education programs in the Health and Biosciences Cluster focus on preparing dedicated professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue challenging and rewarding careers and further education. These programs require students to apply knowledge learned in science and mathematics to professions in the Health and Biosciences field. These careers are among the fastest growing and highest in demand in the country as the population ages and health care needs continue to increase. These CTE programs prepare students for positions in direct patient care settings, research and laboratory facilities, as well as for opportunities in business and management related to health care. These programs also provide career development experiences for students in a wide variety of exciting careers.

Programs of Study

Academy of Health Professions (APH)

The Academy of Health Professions program uses project and problem-based learning, clinical experiences, as well as classroom and lab instruction to teach students about the field of health care. Students progress through two foundation courses: Foundations of Medicine and Health Science and Structure and Functions of the Human Body. Opportunities for students to apply what they are learning to real-life health care situations are part of a specialized health care course and a scientific research course. Students will also have the opportunity to earn state and/or nationally recognized certifications, and/or college credit through articulation agreements with local colleges.

Project Lead The Way: Biomedical Sciences

The Project Lead The Way (PLTW)Biomedical Sciences program is based on the National Standards for Science, Mathematics, and English Language Arts, and the Accountability Criteria for the National Health Care Cluster Foundation Standards. The program consists of a sequence of four courses: Principles of the Biomedical Sciences, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and Biomedical Innovatons. Students who complete the program are prepared for employment and further education at two- and four- year college levels.