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Health Science

Health Science Career Pathway

Students prepare for health-related careers that involve treating injuries and illnesses. They can choose to receive specific instruction in therapeutic, diagnostic, support services, health informatics, or biotechnology research and development. Learn more about Milton Hershey School’s Health Science career pathway.

Experiential Learning at World-Class Medical Centers

Jobs in the health care field are among the fastest growing occupations in the country. The Health Science career pathway at MHS has evolved to keep up with innovation and expose students to skills that support today’s wide range of health care careers.

Classroom instruction is reinforced during students’ clinical observation in 16 different departments at nearby Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center—ranked the best hospital in the region and fourth in the state by U.S. News and World Report.

In addition to gaining knowledge, students also have the opportunity to gain industry certifications and college credits before graduating high school thanks to the school’s partnerships with Harrisburg Area Community College and Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, an entity of Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, Health Science students can complete college-level coursework by attending classes on the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences campus. This brings the number of college credits Health Science students can earn and transfer to a postsecondary institution to 27.

These affiliations with renowned health care providers and hospitals give students excellent opportunities to complete internships under the mentorship of highly trained and qualified health care professionals.

Milton Hershey School student participates in an internship with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

“The people here are making a direct impact on others’ lives, and that only motivates me to go into this field even more because I can actually see how I can make a difference. That’s exactly what I want in a [future] career.”

Zaria Beckley ’18
on her internship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Milton Hershey School graduate Larry Klomps in his Penn State Health coat.

My time in the Health Science pathway cultivated my interest in the health care field. It also equipped me with a foundation of medical terminology which I used in my first class in undergrad and medical school today.”

Larry Klomps ’08
MHS graduate and Penn State College of Medicine student

Setting Students Up for Success

With on-campus labs and strong connections with local medical centers, students develop a comprehensive foundation in various aspects of health science.

A Milton Hershey School student learns from her instructor during a health science class.

Core Skills

  • Interest in science and math
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Responsible decision making
Milton Hershey School students work in a lab as part of their health science class.

Future Career Options

  • Nurse
  • X-ray technician
  • Doctor
  • Physical therapist
Milton Hershey School students in the Health Sciences career pathway tour Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's Life Lion helicopter.

Certification Options

  • 27 College credits
  • 9 Industry-recognized certifications
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers
  • FEMA IS-700.A National Incident Management System
  • Workplace Bloodborne Pathogens

Learn more about Milton Hershey School’s Career and Technical Education program and its 12 distinct CTE career pathways.

Milton Hershey School does not discriminate in admissions or other programs and services on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, religious creed or disability. View full Equal Opportunity Policy.