Teenagers get a head start on medical careers at advanced high school

Oceanside High School Health Academy honored
Posted at 7:02 PM, May 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 22:02:22-04

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) - An advanced health and medical program recently received high praise from the State of California even though the students are all high schoolers.

“I am so proud.  We are all proud,” said Debbie Foley, one of the teachers in Oceanside High School’s Health Academy.

The school’s Health Academy was named one of only 11 Distinguished Academies it the State of California and the only one in San Diego County. It’s basically a pre-pre-med program for high schoolers. The program begins at the beginning of the 10th grade of high school and lasts three years. Students can graduate from Oceanside High School with college credit under their belt.

The classroom is equipped with advanced training mannequins, EKG machines, and injection tools.

“The only reason we have this equipment is because of the grant that we have, the California Partnership Academy Grant,” said Foley.

Hundreds of students have gone through the academy since it started in 2000. Students have gone on to careers ranging from nursing to veterinarians.