Students experience real world work opportunities at the Community Health Center of Branch County, Maple Lawn Medical Care Facility, The Laurels of Coldwater, and other area healthcare service providers.


If you have ever imagined yourself caring for newborns, performing surgery, diagnosing illnesses, working in a busy trauma center or in some way providing care for people, then the Health Sciences Pathway might be for you. Healthcare careers are among the fastest growing in the country now, and the increase in life expectancy means more workers will be needed into the future.

At the Branch Area Careers Center, we have teachers, mentors and working professionals ready to show you the possibilities and help you get started on the healthcare future of your dreams. In the classroom, you’ll learn the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in college and beyond. Through clinical rotations, you’ll explore specific careers first hand.

The following programs are available to juniors and first year seniors

Health Science Fundamentals

  • First Year Program
  • Foundation Skills
  • Human Anatomy/Physiology
  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • May apply for OJT, or Health Academy/Health Practicum for Senior Year

Health Science Fundamentals Hybrid

  • First Year Program/KCC Classes
  • Foundation Skills
  • Human Anatomy/Physiology
  • KCC College Courses:
    • Communications (3 Cr)
    • Intro to Psychology (3 Cr)
  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • May apply for OJT, or Health Academy/Health Practicum for Senior Year

The following programs are available after successful completion of a first year program.


  • On-the-job Training
  • Seniors Only
  • 2nd Year Program
  • CNA Training after 1st Year
  • Paid Work Experience
  • Local Healthcare Employers
  • Application/Interview

Health Practicum

  • 2nd Year Program
  • Seniors Only
  • Unpaid Clinical Rotations
  • Patient Care Curriculum
  • Clinical Rotations
  •  Requirements
    • Good Academic Standing
    • Personal Interview

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

  • Summer Program (3 weeks)
  • Open to students accepted into:
    • OJT
    • Practicum
    • Health Academy
    • Graduating Seniors

Health Academy

  • Most Rigorous Option
  • 2nd Year Program - Seniors Only
  • Clinical rotations
  • KCC Classes:
    • Human Anatomy (4 Cr)
    • Human Physiology (4 Cr)
  •  Requirements
    • GPA 3.0
    • SAT Critical Reading Score 25
    • Personal Interview
    • Teacher Recommendation