Health Sciences Academy

Member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology

The Bayside High School Health Sciences Academy (HSA) is an innovative program completely immersed in the medical sciences. This unique program offers students a myriad of opportunities to choose the curriculum that suits their interests and needs. All students receive a strong college preparatory education as they work toward an advanced studies diploma.

Students will gain a perceptive understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology with a combination of didactic college level lectures and lab activities. Depending on whether the student wants to pursue a degree in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing or other various allied health professions, students will be able to select additional medical elective courses of interest.

The Health Sciences Academy offers students opportunities for college credit through 18 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and two Dual Enrollment courses. AP courses begin in the ninth grade for Health Sciences Academy students. We also offer six additional weighted credit courses.

An invaluable resource to our program is the many educational and professional partnerships we have, including Eastern Virginia Medical School, Sentara Hospitals, St. George’s Medical School in Grenada, Operation Smile, St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughter, Virginia Wesleyan College and many health care providers in the Hampton Roads area. Throughout the four years, students will be exposed to numerous medical professionals including the opportunity to engage in clinical shadowing experiences in all areas of medicine and the health sciences. Unique to the Health Sciences Academy is the opportunity for conditional admission to St. George’s University: Medical and Veterinary Schools.

Commitment to community service is an important aspect of the Health Sciences Academy. Participation in community service increases self-esteem, promotes civic responsibility, strengthens the community, brings people together and provides valuable learning opportunities. Students in the Health Sciences Academy are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of community service over their four years in the academy. At least 75 of these hours must be medically related.

The Health Sciences Academy operates on the belief that students learn best by being actively engaged. Through advanced curricula, community partnerships and committed faculty, the Health Sciences Academy facilitates student awareness of medical related professions while providing individual skills and knowledge necessary to empower students to be lifelong learners.



Health Sciences Academy students receive a solid foundation in the core subjects as they pursue an Advanced Studies Diploma. All Students in the Health Sciences Academy take Health Occupations, Human Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology I, and Physiology & Pathophysiology II. In addition, all HSA students are required to take a core science course and a math course each year.

We offer several strands to meet the needs of our students:

Pre-Med and Pre-Vet Strand:
For students intending on pursuing a college program in pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dental, health sciences (public health), medical research or pre-pharmacy:
Required: AP Biology
Required: Physics or AP Physics
Highly Recommend: AP Chemistry (especially for pre-pharmacy)
Highly Recommend: Scientific Research and Writing
Recommend: AP Psychology
Highly Recommend for pre-med, pre-dental: Medical Microbiology, Hereditary Medicine, Medicinal Chemistry (especially for Pharm)
Highly Recommend for Pre-Vet: Medical Microbiology, Comparative Anatomy
Optional Pre-Med & Pre-Vet Strand: Dual-Enrollment EMT (for clinical experience), Anatomy and Sports Injury (special interest in orthopedics, sports medicine)

Nursing Strand:
For students intending on pursuing a college program in nursing:
Required: AP Biology
Required: Physics or AP Physics
Required: Medical Microbiology, Medicinal Chemistry
Recommend: AP Chemistry
Recommend: Forensic Medicine I and II
Recommend: AP Psychology

Allied Health Strand:
For students intending on pursuing a college program in the allied health fields (Basic Health Sciences, PT, OT, Medical Technology, Nuclear Medicine, Speech Pathology, Athletic Training, Exercise Science, etc.):
Required: AP Biology
Required: Physics or AP Physics
Required: Medical Microbiology, Medicinal Chemistry
Recommend: AP Chemistry
Highly Recommend: Forensic Medicine I and II (for Med Tech and Lab Oriented career paths)
Highly Recommend: Anatomy and Sports Injury (for Athletic Training, Exercise Science, PT, and OT or special interest in orthopedics)

Medical Science Elective Courses:

  • Medical Microbiology*
  • Hereditary Medicine*
  • Comparative Anatomy
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Forensic Medicine I and II
  • Scientific Research and Writing
  • Medical & Biological Applications in Advanced Mathematics*
  • Biomedical Technology
  • Anatomical Architecture
  • Medical Illustration
  • AP Psychology*
  • Dual Enrollment Emergency Medical Technician
  • Anatomy and Sports Injury

*denotes weighted credit

For detailed course descriptions and a sample student schedule, please refer to the Secondary School Curriculum Guide.


For additional information please call the Academy Coordinator at 757.648.5200 ext. 85225, or email Terry Mejia at Bayside High School.