Health Careers: Medical Academy and D214 Middle College
District 214 offers a robust health careers program through the Health Sciences Pathway, with opportunities to explore various health careers, earn early college credit through dual credit courses taken at District high schools, and obtain multiple certifications – including CPR, First Aid and Illinois Certified Nursing Assistant licensure – while still in high school.
Students who have participated in the health careers program can apply to participate in one of two unique opportunities their senior year: Medical Academy and D214 Middle College at Harper: Health Professions Program
District 214’s Medical Science Academy
The Medical Science Academy is a two-credit, full-year course open to highly motivated District 214 seniors who are seriously interested in a career in medicine and ready for college-level academic rigor. This program involves taking dual credit Anatomy & Physiology and Biomedical Ethics courses at Harper College, completing independent research related to medicine and health, and participating in a health-related internship and additional classroom activities. The course requires a three-period daily commitment, including travel to the host school and internship sites.
D214 Middle College at Harper
The D214 Middle College at Harper: Health Professions Program is designed exclusively for seniors planning to complete a healthcare certificate program at Harper College following graduation from District 214.
Students in the program can take dual credit health science and general education courses on the Harper campus full-time their senior year. While students still can participate in cocurricular activities at their own high schools, they will not take any courses at their home high school.
The pathway will offer programs for associate degrees in areas such as nursing, dental hygiene and surgical technology, among others, and for certificates in medical assisting, EKG technician, medical coding and more. Students pursuing the Health Professions Pathway can earn up to an additional 30 college credit hours during their senior year, whether they’re interested in preparing for an associate degree program or pursuing a shorter-term certificate.
Medical Academy Application