What is NAF?
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is a leader in the movement to prepare young people for college and career success. For 30 years, NAF has refined a proven educational model which includes industry-focus curricula, work-based learning experiences, and business partner expertise.
Why Choose a School with a NAF Academy? (www.naf.org)
Career academies increase the engagement of high school students and provide a way for those beyond the walls of the school to enhance students’ educational experiences.
NAF academies succeed with the investment of schools, students, businesses, and community leaders who believe young people deserve a high return on their education.
The Academy of Health Sciences addresses the critical achievement gap in STEM fields and develops a pipeline of students prepared to pursue health-related degrees and professions in one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, including biotechnology, genetics, nursing, therapeutics, and diagnostics.
The NAF Academy Internship Program
As part of a career-focused educational experience, NAF academy students take part in an ongoing series of work-based learning activities, culminating with a compensated internship completed typically during the summer between 11th and 12th grade.
The internship experience gives students a chance to gain real world, hands-on experience, make lasting professional connections, and discover more about their interest and proficiency along a specific career path.
Courses and Curriculum:
(Supported by Project Lead the Way & Career Technical Education)
Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (PBS)
Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, research processes and bioinformatics. This course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses.
Human Body Systems (HBS)
Students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions. Students build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.
Medical Interventions (MI)
Students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. The course is a “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body. Students are exposed to the wide range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.
Biomedical Innovation (BI)
In this capstone course, students apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or solve problems related to the biomedical sciences. Students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century as they work through progressively challenging open-ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering, and public health.
For more information about the NAF Academy:
Contact our NAF Academy Director Mr. Brian Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org