The primary goal of High School Inc. Healthcare Academy is to prepare students to pursue successful careers in the medical field. In 2012, Valley High School had 13 students represented in a state competition in Sacramento, CA. This experience provided students with an outstanding opportunity to network with other like-minded teens interested in becoming doctors, dentists, nurses, and medical assistants.
When beginning in the Healthcare Academy, students complete Medical Corps 1 and 2 that provides actual college credits. Field trips in this Academy include a visit to the UC Irvine School of Medicine, where students receive an extended tour including a visit to the cadaver morgue and an opportunity to practice suturing techniques. Students also participate in the HOSA Healthcare Occupational Students of America Club. This is a national organization that allows students to compete in regional and state competitions in areas such as medical terminology, first-aid CPR, and a variety of other medical field subjects.
The Healthcare Academy Students organize several large events throughout the year. The wellness conference is the most notable, as it includes 23 different health- related, subject matter workshops. This event is sponsored by business partners such as the American Heart Association, Kaiser Permanente, Whole Foods, Orange County Public Health Agency and many other community partners.
The workshops cover topics such as yoga, healthy eating, diabetes, how to prevent date rape and many others. Students select four from the 23 workshops including presentations by University of California and California State University representatives, who guide them through the college admission process. At the end of their sophomore year students decide if they are going to go through the medical track or the dental track.
Beginning in their junior year students are well on their way to becoming qualified medical or dental assistants. They learn what is required to become a California Certified Medical Assistant or Certified Dental Assistant including proficiency with vital signs, front and back office, medical billing, etc. In their senior year students learn to actually work in the medical field, by practicing their skills as interns in the real medical world. They leave High School Inc. ready for entering college or prepared for a career in the medical field.