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Medical Magnet


Concepts of Genetics Honors - Grade 12

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the PMPMP and completion of the following courses with a B or better in all semesters: Biology Honors and Chemistry Honors. Anatomy and Physiology Honors and AP Biology is to be taken concurrently or previously to this course; teacher’s approval. Students not enrolled in the PMPMP may petition the class if space is available and have met all other course prerequisites.

This course focuses on the basic concepts of genetics and adds an emphasis on current issues in genetics. It is designed to augment the required core science courses and applicable courses designated for the Pre-medical Professional Magnet Program. The topics of study will be genetic material, the gene as a unit of recombination, mutation, function, and regulation. The course will begin with Mendelian genetics to introduce basic concepts and the history of genetics. Students will be expected to participate in a number of significant labs using Pasco probe and other technology such as gel electrophoresis.

  • Semester
  • 5 Credits
  • NCAA Approved

Ethics in Health Care Honors - Grade 10

Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in the PMPMP and meet all PMPMP course requirements. Chemistry Honors is to be taken concurrently or previously to this course and students must maintain a “B+” or better. Geometry Honors/Algebra II Honors is to be taken concurrently with this course and maintain a “B+” or better in both semesters.

Ethics in Health Care is a course designed to study ethics as practiced in the health care setting. The case studies and course curriculum is based on Catholic doctrine. This course develops philosophical knowledge centered on ethical awareness, ethical knowledge, and skills. Students will be introduced to several traditional moral theories, and using health care settings examples. This course will progress through a variety of ethical challenges that health professionals face throughout their careers. Topics may include: euthanasia, modern fertility interventions, treatment of impaired newborns, mental illness, use of animals in research, professional ethical codes, scarce resources, genetic engineering, inter-cultural issues, economics (ability to pay) and many other dilemmas that occur when practicing in health care.

  • Semester
  • 5 Credits

Introduction to Health Sciences Honors - Grade 10

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Chemistry Honors and admission into the PMPMP. Students must maintain a “B+” or better in both semesters.

This course is designed for students interested in a career in health care. Students research career path options and learn about a variety of careers in health care. Students receive instruction in the concepts of group dynamics, conflict resolution and negotiation, legal and ethical responsibility, safety, first aid, and standard precautions. Related mathematics and language arts standards are reinforced. Students may complete certifications in first aid and CPR. This course takes the place of the health requirement.

This course examines ethical dilemmas in health care and the decision making processes involved in clinical, professional, and organizational ethics. Students will explore the philosophical and faith-based foundations of medical ethics including Catholic moral tradition, socio-cultural influences, professional codes, and organizational and personal ethical norms. Case studies and topics are analyzed to develop competence in moral reflection and ethical decision making with consideration of personal, professional, and societal values. Professional integrity in health care is dependent on acceptance of ethical and legal responsibilities. Students are expected to understand their ethical and legal responsibilities, limitations, and the implications of their actions.

Introduction to Neuroscience Honors - Grade 12

Prerequisite: Must be in “good standing” and enrolled in the PMPMP

The Introduction to Neuroscience course begins with the study of nerve cells: their structure, the propagation of nerve impulses and transfer of information between nerve cells, the effect of drugs on this process, and the development of nerve cells into the brain and spinal cord. Another area that will be studied the sensory systems: 1) olfaction 2) hearing 3) gustation 4) vision. There will be in-depth discussions on topics such as how physical energy such as light is converted into neural signals, where these signals travel in the brain, and how they are processed. The course includes an analysis of the control of voluntary movement as well as the neurochemical bases of brain diseases and those systems which control motivation, emotion, learning and memory.

Simulation Labs: Neurons In Action 2: Tutorials and Simulations
John W. Moore
(Author), Anne E. Stuart (Author)
Neuron computational simulation lab

Course Objectives
The medical neuroscience course has the following objectives:
  • To provide basic science information needed for courses such as physiology, pathology, physical diagnosis, pharmacology, neurology, and neurosurgery
  • To provide information and experiences so that students can diagnose the functional status of the nervous system from the signs and symptoms of the patient.

NCAA Approved


Betty Cappelleti
Program Director
949.493.9307 Ext. 7050


Our curriculum provides students with opportunities to explore various medical disciplines while allowing them to enjoy other interests such as sports, art, clubs, and more.