Keyword for this page: Health Science


Leann Bennett , Health Science Resource Specialist

1909 S. Floral Ave.
Bartow, FL 33830
Phone: 534-0515
Fax: 534-0788

General Information

Health Science Education comprises the body of subject matter and planned learning experiences designed to prepare students with competencies required to assist qualified health professionals in providing diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive, and rehabilitative services in health care facilities, in the home, and in the community.

Areas of study include health careers, employability skills, patient care skills, emergency medical technology, clinical laboratory skills, nursing assistant, dental assisting and pharmacy technician.

Health Science Education programs are offered at Auburndale High School, Bartow High School, Bartow Middle School, George Jenkins High School, Lake Gibson High School, Lake Region High School, McKeel Academy, Travis Career Center, Ridge Career Center, and Winter Haven High School.

Students also have the opportunity for internships and job shadowing experiences at local health care facilities, including area hospitals.

More information about Health Science Academies can be found at

Programs of Study for Health Science programs can be found here:

Health Science Education

A Health Science Advisory Council for High School Medical Academies was initiated in 2007 to increase the communication between teachers and the Health field; therefore, the academy is increasing the opportunities for students. If you are currently in the medical field and would like to join the Advisory Council please click here to email Leann Bennett.

Polk County School’s Workforce Education Department has taken the initiative to implement more medical academies to meet the need of the students and the industry.

Please see the academy list below:

School: Academy/Program:
Auburndale High School Auburndale Medical Academy
Bartow High School Bartow Medical and Fire Academy
Bartow Middle School Bartow Pre-Medical Academy
Fort Meade Middle/Senior High School Academy of Pharmacy Technicians
George Jenkins High School George Jenkins Medical Academy
Kathleen High School Sports Medicine Academy
Lake Gibson High School Academy of Health
Lake Region High School Lake Region Medical Academy
Lakeland Highlands Middle School PALMS Pre-Academies
Ridge Community High School Ridge Community Medical Academy
Southwest Middle School Southwest Middle Pre-Medical Academy
Traviss Career Center Academy of Medical Sciences
Winter Haven High School Winter Haven Medical Academy

Articulation Agreements

There are articulation agreements with Polk State College, Traviss Career Center and Ridge Career Center for students who complete Health Science Education clusters.

Student Organization

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is the appropriate Career Student Organization for Health Science Education. Students learn leadership skills, compete in local, regional, state and national competitions.

HOSA Websites

Region IV Website

State Website

National Website