Distinguished Programs

Health Sciences Honors Program

Start a Pathway to a Career in Health Sciences

Students who participate in the Saint Joseph Academy Health Sciences Honors Program (HSHP) will be prepared for a life of compassionate leadership and service in a healthcare profession. Rigorous study starts in the classroom but extends into real-life experience with meaningful experiential learning, service learning and hands-on application alongside industry experts at Northeast Ohio’s highly ranked corporations and organizations. Health Sciences disciplines are experienced in an integrated, engaging way so students can determine career interests to pursue in college.

Program Requirements

List of 6 items.

  • Course of Study

    Completion of rigorous Honors or Advanced Placement® (AP®) coursework and a 3.7 Cumulative GPA on the Purple Pathway, or Honors courses and a 3.0 Cumulative GPA for the Gold Pathway.

    Theology/CORE Ministry: 4.0 credits
    Health and Physical Education: 0.5 credit Health | 0.5 credit Physical Education
    Social Studies: 3.0 credits
    English: 4.0 credits
    Visual & Performing Arts: 1.0 credit
    World Language: 3.0 credits (of the same language)

    Purple Pathway:
    Math: 4.0 credits - including AP® Statistics or AP® Calculus AB
    Science: 4.0 credits -
    including Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, Honors Anatomy & Physiology and AP® Biology or AP® Chemistry

    Gold Pathway: 
    Math: 4.0 credits - including Statistics
    Science: 4.0 credits -  including Biology, Chemistry, Honors Anatomy & Physiology and Honors Microbiology/Zoology or AP® Psychology or Environmental Science 
  • Health Professionals Affinity Community (HPAC) Club

    Health Professionals Affinity Community (HPAC) Club engages students with healthcare community leaders, introducing them to ways to apply academic learning in real-world situations and address pressing community health concerns. HPAC members will help plan wellness activities and special events throughout the school year.
  • Online Portfolio

    An online portfolio links each student's experiences and provides context for learning and reflection. Students create an electronic portfolio that documents and illustrates their work, growth and development as they accomplish program requirements.
  • Projects and Competition

    Each student enrolled in the Health Sciences Honors Program will be required to complete an online portfolio that records her efforts, progress, achievements and reflection concerning aspects of the program including, but not limited to, service learning and clinical hours.
  • Service Learning

    Service-learning is rooted in intentionality, a process that develops empathy, responsibility and self-confidence. This component encompasses “serving the dear neighbor,” a key cornerstone of the teachings of the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph.

    Service-learning can take many forms, ranging from volunteering as a hospital aide or at a homeless shelter to assisting at Bible camps or participating in Youth Challenge.
  • Formal Capstone Presentation

    At the end of senior year, each student will present her reflections, growth and future plans to a panel of professionals.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Who can apply?

    Recognizing the broad range of career opportunities in Health Sciences, the program is designed to be inclusive and open to students who have an interest in a career in the Health Sciences. Application into the program starts sophomore year. Students are expected to work diligently and reflectively towards a personal goal that reflects her interests and achievements. They may choose between two different pathways, a Purple Pathway that extends past college toward a doctoral degree and a Gold Pathway that prepares the student for success in a health sciences career that begins immediately following college graduation.
  • Is there a minimum GPA requirement?

    In order to successfully complete the program, students are expected to graduate with a 3.7 Cumulative GPA for the Purple Pathway or a 3.0 Cumulative GPA for the Gold Pathway.
  • What courses are offered?

    Coursework includes Honors and AP® level courses in Mathematics and Science, as well as the Humanities. Please refer to the Health Sciences Honors Program Course Requirements and the Course Offering Book for more details.
  • When can a student apply?

    Interested students are encouraged to select courses and pursue relevant service learning experiences as early as the 9th grade. Formal application to pursue the program begins in 10th grade.
  • Is there a faith component?

    Yes. Through the charism of the Congregation of St. Joseph (CSJ), the program prepares young women to live the Gospel through prayer, reflection and service to the "dear neighbor". Another aspect is the goal that Service Learning is an intentional, reflective process that develops empathy and compassion.
  • What is experiential learning?

    Experiential learning involves learning environments that extend beyond the classroom and provides students with authentic experiences in preparation for a Health Sciences career. Each student will develop her capacity to serve others with empathy, knowledge, compassion and skill through reflective engagement in internships, clinical research and service learning experiences.
  • Who do I contact for more information?

    Contact Health Sciences Honors Program Coordinator Ms. Clare Toole at

Ms. Clare Toole

Health Sciences Honors Program Coordinator

I invite you to explore the Health Sciences Honors Program at Saint Joseph Academy. The program includes two pathways of study that a student can select that matches her specific career goals, whether she wants to pursue a doctoral degree or start her career immediately following college graduation. Students are provided with an authentic professional experience through experiential learning while also engaging in a rigorous math, humanities and science curriculum. These are the key components to developing critical thinkers and, ultimately, fostering compassionate and empathetic servant leaders. Please contact me if you have any questions at

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