FAMU Launches Health Science Academy

FAMU Launches Health Science Academy
Posted at 5:45 PM, Mar 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-23 06:50:18-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Students at Florida A&M's Developmental Research School will start learning more about health sciences starting next school year.

It's all thanks to a new program launched Wednesday by FAMU's School for Allied Health Sciences.

The "Health Science Academy" will be incorporated into the curriculum at the DRS. The academy will benefit students from kindergarten to twelfth grade with hands-on health profession training and preparing students to pursue health science-related careers.

The university says the healthcare industry continues to grow and it wants to train the next generation as soon as possible.

"Starting them young is key, because again, most young people know what a doctor and a nurse is," said Cynthia Hughes Harris, dean of the FAMU School of Allied Health Sciences. "How many know what a cardiopulmonary scientist is -- and that is respiratory therapy? How many know about the business of health care -- which we teach? Health care administration -- how many know about the technology related to health care?"

All students at FAMU DRS will receive some form of education and training through the new academy. Some can choose to be further involved as they continue their education at the school.

Students are able to join the academy at any point in their education at the school. When they graduate, they'll receive a certificate of completion.