Academy of Health Services Pathways
The Monument Health Academy of Health Services is designed to expose students to a variety of healthcare career opportunities.
The Pre-Health Professional pathway will build the foundational skills and knowledge students need for a successful career in nursing, pre-medicine, and direct patient care opportunities. Students in this pathway have postsecondary goals that align with a four-year or professional degree.
The Allied Health pathway will prepare students for successful careers in healthcare that are aligned to certifications and a one- or two-year postsecondary credential. This pathway will help students gain almost immediate access to a successful career in the healthcare industry supporting healthcare practitioners.
Students selecting the Monument Health Academy of Health Services will have access to course options that are selected and organized around a career theme and offered in a planned sequence of courses that moved from general knowledge to deeper skills. These courses meet the required RCAS Academies credits required for the graduating class of 2024 and beyond.
- Job Shadow and Youth Internship
- Service Learning
Pathway Foundational Course Options*
- Principles of Biomedical Sciences
Introduction to Health Services
*Dual credit opportunities, offered in partnership with Western Dakota Technical College, will provide Pathway Foundational and/or Pathway Specialized coursework for the Allied Health Pathway given the College’s facilities, faculty expertise, certification opportunities, and industry training equipment that will enhance the student learning experience.
In addition to required coursework, students in this academy are encouraged to select supporting coursework and electives that will not only enhance their high school experience, but directly align to college and career opportunities.
Health and Physical Education Elective
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
CTSOs enhance student learning through contextual instruction, leadership and personal development, applied learning, and real-world application. For a complete listing of RCAS CTSOs, click here.
The Monument Health Academy of Health Services supports HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America). HOSA has a two-fold mission that is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.
The purpose of the RCAS Academies is to equip our students with the knowledge and skills they need to explore career options in high school as well as build strong connections to employers, institutions of higher education, and community-based organizations.
This approach will help students develop a plan that leads graduates to a successful transition beyond high school including postsecondary education and training, careers, and life responsibilities.
21st Century Skills
The RCAS Academies will prepare students to graduate with the necessary skills and competencies that support the RCAS Profile of a Graduate.
Each academy will offer students the opportunity to earn a nationally-recognized industry certification.
Earning College Credit
All academies will allow students the opportunity to earn college credit aligned their selected pathway.
Business and community partnerships are an integral piece of the RCAS Academies model.
There are currently more than 215 partners working with our students grades K-12 in career-connected learning opportunities.
Project-based learning allows students to learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects.
Job Shadow, Internship, and Service Learning opportunities allow students to make real-world connections to the content they are learning.
As part of the RCAS Academies, every RCAS high school student will take a one-semester Freshman Seminar course. This course will provide students’ important skills for high school, future workplace success, and introduce them to the RCAS Academies. Each student will take an Academy Introductory Course in one of the six academies housed at our two comprehensive high schools. This course is designed to guide exploration of their chosen academy and help students to select a pathway to enter in 11th grade. To learn more about the graduation requirements for the graduating class of 2024 and beyond, click here.