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.
“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
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.
- Interest in science and math
- Interpersonal communication
- Responsible decision making
Future Career Options
- X-ray technician
- Physical therapist
- 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