Health Sciences

Building models of human anatomyThe Health Sciences Academic and Career Pathway prepares students for jobs and further studies in the healthcare field, including medicine, nursing, pharmacology, healthcare management and physical therapy.

Students benefit from hands-on learning and field trips to the facilities of community partners, including the state-of-the-art Anschutz Medical Campus and Downtown Campus, the Children’s Hospital, the Fitzsimmons Redevelopment Center, the Community College of Aurora, the Metro Community Provider Network and the Colorado Area Health Education Center Program. These partnerships were developed through the Aurora LIGHTS grant.

Why Health Sciences?

The healthcare industry is expected to create more jobs by 2016 than any other industry in the United States. Studies suggest that 3 million new healthcare jobs will be created in the next 10 years. Students at APS have the opportunity to get their foot in the door in the health sciences field. As the demand for qualified workers in healthcare rises, students who pursue this pathway will be strategically positioned for success.

Students in the Health Sciences Pathway will graduate with an impressive record and a solid foundation that prepares them to apply to a variety of colleges or universities that provide medical school, nursing school or another health sciences programs. Students at some APS schools will even have the opportunity to earn certificatations that qualify them as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Dental Assistant or First Responder.

Health Sciences Careers

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A broad range of career and academic opportunities is available to students who are interested in the field of health sciences. These careers include, but are not limited to:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Research Scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Optometrist
  • Dentist
  • Pediatrician
  • Surgeon
  • Hospital Administrator
Which Schools Offer Health Sciences?

Students attending the following schools have the opportunity to participate in the Health Sciences Pathway:

School that currently offer APS Pathways




In 2008, a $3.9 million grant called “Aurora LIGHTS” was created to develop classroom learning and field experiences in health sciences. The grant was used to create permanent and sustainable educational programs, foster healthcare-industry partnerships, and outfit laboratories and classrooms with new technology.

Is Health Sciences for Me?

Students interested in the health sciences should consider the following before making a decision:

  • Do you like to help people?
  • Do you have a natural ability to care for others?
  • Are you interested in biology and/or human anatomy?
  • Do you like the idea of working in a hospital, doctor’s office, nursing home or laboratory?
  • If someone asked, could you explain to them why you want to study health sciences?

If you answered yes to many of the questions above, health sciences may be the pathway for you!