Students in the Pre-Medicine Program follow an extensive four-year college preparatory program designed to prepare the university bound student for a Pre-Med, Nursing, Pre-Vet, Pre-Pharmacy or Pre-Dental major. The rigorous specialized curriculum includes emphasis on honors and advanced placement courses. The Junior level offers the Pathophysiology and Clinical Preceptorship courses incorporate a hands-on experience in chronic and acute care facilities. Senior year offers courses in Emergency Medical Responder, EKG Technician, Clinical Internship or Externship and Directed Study. Students graduate with an Honors Allied Health Assisting Certificate from the Florida Department of Education and depending upon completion of the corresponding program coursework , take the state certification Nursing Assisting exam, as well as national certification exam for Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, EKG Technician, or Patient Care Technician.
This program emphasizes the following:
- Courses that stress science, the development of communication skills, legal and ethical practice, medical knowledge and career specific skills performed by health care professionals. Students are also certified as American Heart Association Basic Life Support Providers.
- A clinical preceptorship with hands-on care and observation of patients in chronic and acute care facilities such as Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, HCR Manor Care, Arden Courts and ride time with PBG Fire and Rescue.
- Active involvement in community service projects such as: Alzheimer’s Halloween Dance and Winter Ball, Mo and Sally Dueling Toy Drive, Children’s Medical Services Holiday Party, the Mock Mass Casualty Simulations, Hands Only CPR, Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and the Palm Beach Marathon.
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is the student organization for the Pre-Med Magnet Program. Involvement in HOSA increases leadership skills and incorporates curriculum at the different grade levels in order to reinforce real world applications. Additionally, students have an opportunity to participate in school wide Blood Drives and fundraisers for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as Juvenile Diabetes and Cystic Fibrosis.
Since 1991, PBGHS students have attended yearly state and national conferences in such places as California, Tennessee, Texas and Florida. The Palm Beach Gardens High School HOSA Chapter has consistently been a leader in earning top awards at the HOSA National Leadership Conferences. These top awards have included medals in CPR/First Aid, Sports Medicine, Nursing Assisting, Medical/Dental Spelling, HOSA Bowl, & Week, Medical Reading, Pathophysiology, Biomedical Debate, Pharmacology, Human Growth and Development, Medical/Dental Terminology, Nutrition, Kaiser Health Care Issues, Researched Persuasive Speaking, Career Health Display, Extemporaneous Health Poster and Writing and Outstanding HOSA Chapter.
With these academic, volunteer and clinical experiences, students are prepared for a future in the medical field.