Academy of Health & Medical Sciences

An Advanced Program for Medical & Health Care Careers

Since 1970, PCTI has educated over a thousand high school students in the health occupations field. Many of these graduates pursue further education, becoming doctors, nurse practitioners, health care administrators, dentists, nurses, medical technicians, and health career educators. Numerous medical facilities in the Passaic County area employ PCTI graduates, who in turn help their patients maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  • Medical Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Nurse - LPN, RN
  • Surgical Technician
  • Dental Assistant
  • Ultra Sound Technician
  • Medical Lab Specialist
  • X-Ray Technician
  • Radiologist
  • EMT
  • School Nurse
  • Medic
  • Clinic Assistant
  • Medical Technician
  • Certified Nurse Assistan

Cutting-Edge Equipment,Laboratories, Computers and Software
PCTI students use Cardiac Defibrillator, Professional Medical Supplies, Professional Medical & Dental Equipment.

"College Connection Program" Earning College Credits in High School
Want to earn college credits before you graduate high school? At PCTI you have the opportunity to do just that. Almost 2 dozen college courses . . . some specific to career majors and others open to all PCTI students . . . are offered through affiliations with area colleges and universities.

Students of the Academy of Health & Medical Sciences are given the opportunity to earn up to 16 college credits during their junior and senior years through PCTI’s membership with the New Jersey Health Science Careers Consortium and 4 credits with an EMT course at Passaic County Community College.


Academy of Health & Medical Sciences Curriculum

Introduction to Health Careers
Dental Assisting Medical Office Procedures & Allied Health
Medical Assisting Certified Nurse Assisting
(National Certification can be earned via course completion) 
Emergency Medical Technician Shadowing and Paid Internship Programs

Level 1
Introduction to the Medical Arts

English I
Algebra I
Biology or Geophysical Science
World Language I
World History
Physical Education/Health

Level 2
Medical Office Practice
Medical Arts I -  Dental Assisting

English II
Algebra II         
World Language II
Physical Education

Level 3
Medical Arts II - NA/CPR/First Aid

English III
Anatomy and Physiology I
U.S. History I
Physical Education/Health

Level 4
*Medical Arts - Medical Assisting/Lab - EMT/C.N.A. (Allied Health)

English IV
Calculus/College Statistics
Anatomy & Physiology II
U.S. History II
Physical Education/Health

NOTE: The academic component is taught by highly qualified and dedicated professionals.

* 4 college credits earned through PCCC



College Affiliates
Some of PCTI’s affiliates include: William Paterson University, Seton Hall University, Drexel University, Rutgers University, Berkeley College, Passaic County Community College, NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Rochester Institute of Technology, FDU and Hudson County Community College. Courses range from Japanese to Computer Science . . . Anatomy & Physiology to Chemistry. . . and Organizational Management to Calculus, to name a few.

Rutgers University Connection
AMA graduates who qualify are eligable for admission to any one of seven allied health programs at the School of Health Related Professions. Rutgers Health Science Careers Program

College courses offered though Tech-Pep:

  • Medical Terminology 3 Credits
  • Dynamics of Health Care 3 Credits
  • Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Credits
  • Emergency Room & Clinical Care 2 Credits

College credits issued on a Rutgers University transcript may be transferred to many other four-year institutions. These college courses are infused directly into the medical curriculum.

Organizational Affiliation
AMA students become members of the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) organization. HOSA’s mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. It provides a unique program of student leadership development, motivation, and recognition.

Licensure Opportunities

  • Certified Nurse Assistant – Requires classroom theory and practice in a nursing home for a total of 90 hours. Students must pass a national standardized exam. Those who pass have the opportunity to be quickly employed at a healthcare facility or an allied occupation through the PCTI School-to-Careers program.
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation/First Aid – Through the Academy, AMA students are trained in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid. Once trained, students can volunteer as cadets with a First Aid Squad, providing they are at least 16 years of age.

School-to-Careers Experience
PCTI maintains a very strong and supportive School-to-Careers program, offering 9th, 10th and 11th graders the opportunity to “job shadow,” and 11th & 12th graders the chance to put their skills to work at a paid position in the workplace. Hundreds of students participate and hundreds of business leaders support our efforts by employing our students.

Awards and Honors
The Academy of Health & Medical Sciences has earned:

  • NJ State Department of Education “Best Practice Award” – HOSA/School-to-Careers Program
  • Hundreds of Awards have been won by PCTI HOSA students in competition at the local, regional, state and national level
  • Numerous PCTI HOSA students were elected to serve as State Officers.
  • PCTI’s HOSA Chapter has been honored with the prestigious “Chapter Award” & was recently recognized as largest local HOSA chapter in the nation