Health Sciences


The Health Science Nursing Academy of Choice at Varela offers a unique opportunity for students to work under the supervision of a Licensed Healthcare Professional with real world hands-on experience that will prepare them for a career in the Nursing Industry.

Student characteristics should be a caring heart, patience and compassion for others.

In this academy course students will learn effective communications skills, as well as twenty-two hands-on skills to be prepared and performed in a State Exam for a Certified Nursing Assistant license, along with a theory test.

Students are required to complete 40 hours of clinical training at a Nursing Home with residents prior to completion of course.

*This is a Four-Year Course Progression the result of this academy is to be certified in various areas*


Year 1 (Freshman): Health Science Anatomy and Physiology, this course is part of the Secondary Health Core consisting of an overview of the Human Body, both structurally and functionally with emphasis on the pathophysiology and transmission of disease. Medical terminology is an integral part of the course.

Year 2 (Sophomore): Health Science Foundations (CPR Certification), this course is part of the Secondary Health Core designed to provide the student with an in-depth knowledge of the health care system and associated occupations. Emphasis is placed on communication and interpersonal skills, use of technology, ethics and the development of the critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students may shadow professionals throughout the course.

Year 3 (Junior): In this course year (After completing prior two courses) students will take the Nursing Assisting. The students will be trained with hands-on experience in the lab as well as in a Nursing Home Facility. At the end of this course-year completion students will take a State Exam and upon passing the exam, students will be fully licensed by the State of Florida Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

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Year 4 (Senior): In the first half of the school year EKG Technician program course (After completing prior two courses) students will be prepared to learn a foundation in the Cardiovascular system, safety measures, and training in the appropriate theories and instruments used by an Electrocardiograph Aide. (EKG Technician) Students will take a State Exam, and upon passing the exam students will earn a Florida State License.

In the Second half of the school year students will take the Home Health Aide program course learning patient care, safety, nutrition principles, and rehabilitation services. Students will receive a Certificate upon completion.

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CMAA (Certified Medical Administrative Assistant): In this course of study, CMAA are health care professionals who work in hospitals, clinics and physician offices. No direct patient care is given, students are taught to schedule appointments, basic financial aspects, health insurance and are the visible representative of the workplace. Learn communication skills with insurance companies, laboratory, pharmacies and other physician offices. There is a State exam at the end of the course year, upon passing students will receive a Florida State License which will be useful in working in the medical field.

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**These programs prepare students to work in the Medical Industry and can use these licenses when they turn 18 years of age.

Varela Offers these Certifications within our Nursing Academy of Choice:

Industry Certifications:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • CPR Certification
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
  • Certified Electrocardiograph Technician (EKG TECH)

Academy Instructor:

Mrs. Barbara Paulsen R.N. (Nurse Educator)   



Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)

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