Health Science
Health Science
Health Science

Professional Health Careers Academy (PHCA)


Niles High School ~ Lakeland Regional-Niles
Coloma High School ~ Lakeland Regional-St. Joseph

Career Opportunities Include:

  • Health Care Administrator
  • Medical Technologist
  • Mental Health
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Registered Nurse

GRADES: 11-12

Prerequisite: 3.0/Application Process

*This course may be available for college credit through Lake Michigan College.

Class Description

The Professional Health Careers Academy program introduces high school juniors and seniors to professional health careers through both course work and rotating internships in area healthcare facilities. It is a partnership between the Lakeland Regional Health System, Lake Michigan College, Western Michigan University, the PA 56 Consortium, and the Berrien RESA.

Content Areas

  • Medical Ethics
  • Safety (CPR, Infection Control)
  • Medical Terminology
  • Body Structure and Function
  • Assessment Procedures
  • Legal Responsibilities
  • Human Anatomy Emergency Procedures
  • Policies and Procedures

Career Outlook

Physicians and surgeons serve a fundamental role in our society and have an effect on all our lives. They diagnose illnesses and prescribe and administer treatment for people suffering from injury or disease. Physicians examine patients, obtain medical histories, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare.

Formal education and training requirements are among the most demanding of any occupation, but earnings are among the highest.

Physicians have among the highest earnings of any occupation.

Wages of physicians and surgeons are among the highest of all occupations. Physicians practicing in medical specialties received total median annual compensation of $208,000 in 2019.

Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019-20 Occupational Outlook Handbook:

Updated 11/20/2020