HSHP Requirements

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 - AP Statistics or AP Calculus AB 
    Science: 4.0 credits - Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, Honors Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology or AP Chemistry 

    Gold Pathway: 
    Math: 4.0 credits - Statistics
    Science: 4.0 credits -  Biology, Chemistry, Honors Anatomy & Physiology, Honors Microbiology/Zoology 

  • Health Professionals Affinity Community (HPAC) Club

    Health Professionals Affinity Community (HPAC) Club engages students with the 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

    The online portfolio links student experiences and provides context for learning. 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 their 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 all 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 Math and Science as well as the Humanities. Please refer to the Health Sciences Honors Course Requirements and the Course Offering Book for more detailed information.
  • When can a student apply?

    Interested students are encouraged to select courses and pursue relevant service learning experiences as early as the ninth grade. Formal application to pursue the program begins sophomore year.
  • 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 ctoole@sja1890.org.