Health Sciences Academy

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

This program immerses students in rigorous academics (anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, human growth and development, microbiology and nutrition), practical applications (medical assessment techniques, such as vital signs, reflex testing, goniometry, electrocardiography, diagnostic lab testing), and experiential learning (including dissections, jobshadowing, simulated job interviews). Students perform research and develop presentations to explore their specific areas of interest. Students are provided with guidance in the college application process and will also complete a workplace skills unit, geared to careers in health care, including job applications, resumes, cover letters, and interviews with UVM Med Center recruiters.

YOUR INSTRUCTORS

Betsy McLane, MT, M.Ed.

Betsy has been teaching the Health Sciences since 2003.  She holds her B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science (UVM) and has worked as a Medical Technologist in hospitals such as Mass General (Boston) and UVM Medical Center.  Betsy obtained a graduate certificate from Michigan State in molecular diagnostics and more recently completed her LNA and has experience working as a nurses aide. Betsy obtained her M.Ed. from UVM in curriculum and instruction and in the early years of the program worked with VTC and CCV to afford students the opportunity to earn a wide variety of dual enrollment credit.  As a former employee of UVM Medical Center, Betsy has worked with former colleagues to arrange amazing clinical shadow opportunities in the lab, nursing units and a wide variety of other locations within and outside of UVM Medical Center.

Stacey Ladd, B.S., PT

Stacey is an instructor in the Health Sciences Academy, joining the team in 2018. She is a  1991 graduate of UVM with a BS in Physical Therapy, and is currently enrolled in the  Master’s of Curriculum and Instruction program at Castleton University. She is a 28 year  veteran Physical Therapist, having practiced in a variety of settings, including acute  rehabilitation hospital, acute care hospital, outpatient orthopedic practice, chronic pain  rehabilitation, home health care, nursing home/ assisted living facilities, dementia care  facilities, worker rehabilitation and ergonomics assessment. She also brings a background  in emergency medical services having been an EMT for 9 years on her local rescue squad  where she volunteered not only as a provider but as the Training Officer, EMT instructor  assistant, Emergency Care Attendant course instructor, and CPR instructor.  
Stacey comes to the Health Sciences Academy having seen first hand the benefits this  program provided to her daughter (a 2017 graduate of the Health Sciences Academy) in  her career path. Stacey is excited to share her knowledge and love of patient care with  the next generation of health care providers, connect her students with providers in the  community, and allow them to expand their knowledge and exposure to a variety of  practice environments.. 

Tracy Centracchio

Tracy Centracchio has been teaching at the Health Sciences academy since 2017.  She has her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing with a Minor in Human Growth and Development and a concentration in Nutrition, all curriculum areas that are taught in the Health Sciences Academy. She has worked as a registered nurse for 25 years in a variety of clinical settings including cardiac stepdown, medical surgical nursing, postpartum doula, long term care and as a director of a residential care facility.  The decades of relationships that have been built in the medical community of Vermont open many doors for student shadows and partnerships. This vast clinical experience provides real life stories to bring the academic content to life. On school breaks, Tracy has led many service trips for both adults and teens to Haiti to work in medical clinics. Tracy is currently working on her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

CREDENTIALS, CERTIFICATES, WORK-BASED LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

American Red Cross Certifications: Adult, Infant and Child CPR, Automated External Defibrillator, First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens. College credits available, VTC: Anatomy and Physiology I (4.0 credits), Anatomy and Physiology II (4.0 credits), Human Growth and Development (3.0 credits), Nutrition (3.0 credits); CCV: Human Biology (3.0 credits), Medical Terminology (3.0 credits), Intro to Health Care (3.0 credits); NH/VT HOSA: Future Health Professionals, Vermont Brain Bee/Neuroscience Club, Vermont State Science Fair; National Technical Honor Society

High School credits available include: 

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Occupations

Athletic Training
Biomed Engineering
Emergency Medicine
Genetics
Medical Assisting
Medical Lab Science
Microbiology
Nursing
Nutrition
Occupational Therapy
Pathologist Pharmacy
Physical Therapy
Physician
Physician Assisting
Psychology Radiation
Therapy Radiography
Respiratory Therapy
Speech Pathology

Veterinary Medicine

Program Outcomes

95+% of our students go on to rigorous college programs such as Cornell University, Brown University, Northeastern University, Emory University, University of Vermont, and have successfully earned degrees as health care professionals in a variety of fields.

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