Medical Health Science

A Signature Program at SM North
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The Medical Health Science Signature Program is designed to provide students with opportunities to investigate the competitive field of health care. The program enables students who are interested in pursuing a health care future to broaden their knowledge through enhanced curriculum and experience-based activities. As students progress through the Medical Health Science curriculum, learning experiences are designed to fit future interests, providing deeper understanding and preparation for pre-professional post-secondary programs.

Within the Medical Health Science Signature Program, students are able to select a Plan of Study that fits best with future post- secondary and career goals. Upon successful completion of the Plan of Study, a designation on the official transcript will be made indicating an emphasis of coursework in Pre-Medical Studies or Professional Health Studies.

All Medical Health Science Signature Program courses are offered at Shawnee Mission North High School. All district high school students are eligible to enroll in signature program courses as full-time students on transfer to SM North or, as part-time students, schedule permitting. Students are responsible for their own transportation to SM North. Enrollment forms and transfer forms are available online on the SMSD home page, student menu, Signature Program link. Forms are also available from your school counselor. All forms must be submitted by January 5.

Pre-Medical Studies

This strand of the Medical Health Science Signature Program emphasizes a rigorous math and science curriculum. In addition to an emphasis of learning opportunities focused on health care skills in this Signature Program, students’ academic preparation supports undergraduate work that leads to pursuit of an advanced graduate degree.

Professional Pursuits

  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Veterinary Care
  • Pediatric Medicine Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Sports Medicine


Professional Health Studies

Students planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree in a health care related field discover participation in the Professional Health Studies strand of the Medical Health Science Signature Program prepares them for post-secondary success. Program participants are immersed in the language of health care and develop basic technical skills along with “success skills”, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving and critical thinking.

Professional Pursuits

  • Athletic Training
  • Animal Care Specialist
  • Clinical Lab Specialist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Emergency Response
  • Social Work
  • Eye Care
  • Medical Imaging/Sonography
  • Nursing
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Services

 Pre-Medical Studies
Suggested Program of Study

Expected course work for students pursuing the Pre-Medical Studies designation includes:

* Exploring Medical Science Careers
* Medical Health Science 1
* Medical Health Science 2
* Calculus
* Physics
* Chemistry
* Organic Chemistry
* AP Biology 2
*Human Anatomy and Physiology


Grade 9

English 9/English 9 H
World Regional Studies H
Geometry/Geometry H/Algebra 2 H
Biology/Biology 1 H
World Language
Foundations of Physical Education
Computer Applications
Fine Arts

Grade 11

English 11/English 11 H
United States History/United States History H/AP
Precalculus H, Calculus AB H/AP, Calculus BC H/AP
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Physics 1/Physics 1 H
Chemistry 2 AP, Biology 2 AP
Medical Health Science 1

Grade 10

English 10/English 10 H
Modern World History: Renaissance to the Present
Algebra2/Algebra 2 H/Precalculus H
Chemistry 1
World Language
Physical Education
Exploring Medical Health Science Careers
Fine Arts

Grade 12

English 12 H/AP
American Government
Calculus AB H/AP/Calculus BC H/AP or Calculus 3H and Differential Equations H
Introduction to Organic Chemistry
Chemistry 2 AP, Biology 2 AP
Option 1:
Medical Health Science 2
Option 2:
Medical Health Science 2