Academy for Health Care Sciences

  • The Academy for Health Care Sciences is a rigorous, highly focused program with studies in human sciences, health information technology, emergency care, humanities, computer technology, and health care dynamics. Students in this program can earn up to 28 credits through Rutgers School of Health Related Professions.


Academy Teacher



Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Bienkowski

Welcome to the Healthcare Sciences Academy.  I currently teach Dynamics of Healthcare I and II, Health and Wellness and EMT.  I am a Registered Nurse with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and am so fortunate to have had an incredibly diverse and rewarding career in a field that I love.  

Some Areas of Expertise:


Patient Care

Health and Wellness

Needs Assessment

Public Health


Episodic Care


Academy Teacher

Phone: 973-627-4600 Ext. 125


Degrees and Certifications:

BSN Rutgers College of Nursing MS-HCM College of Saint Elizabeth Educational Leadership Certificates - Thomas Edison College Certificates: Registered Nurse Teacher of Healthcare Occupations Supervisor Certificate of Eligibility: Principal

Mrs. Marilynn Donahue

During a Health-Related School Closure, access Mrs. Donahue's daily distance learning assignments by logging into your respective google classrooms, reading your email each day, and checking content on the Healthcare Science Website.

Healthcare Science Classroom 360 View

The Healthcare Lab! - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Career Field - Health Care Science

  • Career Pathways in Health Care Sciences (include but are not limited to):

    Therapeutic Services: Acupuncturist Anesthesiologist/Assistant Anesthesia Technologist/Technician Art/Music/Dance Therapist(s) Athletic Trainer Audiologist Certified Nursing Assistant Chiropractor Chiropractic Assistant Dental Assistant/Hygienist Dental Lab Technician Dietitian/Nutritionist Dosimetrist EMT/Paramedic Endodontist Exercise Physiologist Home Health Aide Kinesiotherapist Licensed Practical Nurse Massage Therapist Medical Assistant Mental Health Counselor Naturopathic Doctor Nurse Anesthetist Nurse Midwife Nurse Practitioner Occupational Therapist/Assistant Oral Surgeon Orientation/Mobility Specialist Orthodontist Orthoptist Orthotist/Prosthetist/Technician Pedorthist Perfusionist Pharmacist Pharmacy Technician Physical Therapist/Assistant Physician (MD/DO) Physician Assistant Podiatrist Psychologist Psychiatrist Radiation Therapist Recreation Therapist Registered Nurse Rehabilitation Counselor Respiratory Therapist Speech-Language Therapist Surgical Technician Veterinarian Veterinarian Assistant/Technician Vision Rehabilitation Therapist Wellness Coach

    Diagnostics Services: Audiologist Blood Bank Technology Specialist Cardiovascular Technologist Clinical Lab Technician Clinical Laboratory/Technologist Computer Tomography (CT) Technologist Cytogenetic Technologist Cytotechnologist Dentist Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Electrocardiographic (ECG) Technician Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist Electronic Diagnostic (EEG) Technologist Exercise Physiologist Geneticist Geriatrician Histotechnician Histotechnologist Magnetic Resonance Technologist Mammographer Medical Technologist/ Clinical Laboratory Scientist Nuclear Medicine Technologist Optician Ophthalmologist Ophthalmic Assistant/Technologist Optometrist Pathologist Pathologists’ Assistant Phlebotomist Polysomnographic Technologist Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Technologist Radiologic Technologist Radiologist Speech-Language Pathologist

    Health Informatics: Admitting Clerk Applied Researcher Compliance Technician Clinical Account Manager Clinical Account Technician Clinical Data Specialist Community Services Specialists Data Quality Manager Epidemiologist Ethicist Health Educator Health Information Mgmt. Administrator Health Information Mgmt. Technician Healthcare Access Manager Healthcare Administrator Healthcare Finance Informatician Information Privacy Officer Managed Care Contract Analyst Medical Coder Medical Historian Medical Illustrator Medical Information Technologist Medical Librarian Medical Transcriptionist Patient Account Manager Patient Account Technician Patient Advocate Patient Information Coordinator Project Manager Public Health Educator Quality Management Specialist Quality Data Analyst Research and Decision Support Specialist Reimbursement Specialist Risk Manager Unit Coordinator Utilization Manager Utilization Review Manager

    Support Services: Animal Behavioralist Biomedical/Clinical Engineer Biomedical/Clinical Technician Clinical Simulator Technician Central Service Manager Central Service Technician Community Health Worker Dietary Manager Dietetic Technician Environmental Health Advocate Environmental Health Practitioner Environmental Services/ Specialist Facilities Manager Food Safety Specialist Health Advocate Hospital Maintenance Engineer Industrial Hygienist Interpreter Marital, Couple, Family Counselor/Therapist Materials Manager Medical Health Counselor Mortician/ Funeral Director Nurse Educator Occupational Health Nurse Occupational Health & Safety Expert Social Worker Transport Technician

    2019-2020 Seniors in the Academy for Health Care Sciences completed internships with (including but not limited to):

    Alps Family Physician Krank Sports Performance Randolph Rescue Squad
    BD Diagnostics/Becton Dickinson Company Montville Physical Therapy RiconPharma
    Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad Morris County Office of Health Management Rockaway Orthodontics
    Carroll Physical Therapy Morris Minutemen Santiago Chiropractic Associates
    Center for Discovery & Innovation, Hackensack Meridian Health Morris Pediatric Care Song Orthodontics
    College Plaza Pediatrics Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health System Star Dental Care
    Denville Fire and Rescue NJ Physical Therapy TARA Innovations LLC
    East Hanover Chiropractic NJIT Enterprise Development Centers (NESH Lab) The Chelsea Senior Living Bald Eagle
    Friendly Family Dental Center Novartis Total Life Chiropractic & Wellness
    Glaxo SmithKline - Consumer Healthcare Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad Troy Hills Center Skilled Nursing
    Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association Pediatric Sports Care Urigmed Urgent Care
    Kevin J. Mckeever Laser Dentistry Randolph Eye Care Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey

Academy Course of Study

  • 9th Grade

    Academy: Medical Terminology I/Dynamics of Healthcare I

    Dynamics of Healthcare in Society is an orientation to health care, with a focus on process skills to include critical thinking, ethical reasoning, effective communication, and self-directed learning abilities. The professional competencies stress application to general issues and topics common to all health care providers. Emphasis is placed on the role of the health care practitioner as both provider and consumer of health care services.  Additional focus on Infectious Disease, OSHA standards and First Aid will be covered over the two years.

    Core Courses:

    • English 9
    • Algebra I, Geometry or Algebra II
    • Biology for Health Sciences
    • Health and Physical Education 9
    • World History
    • World Language
    • Financial Literacy


    NOTE: Financial Literacy is a 2.5 credit graduation requirement that is taken along with Academy courses throughout 9th, 10th, and 11th grade.

    10th Grade

    Academy:  Medical Terminology II/Dynamics of Healthcare II

    Medical Terminology is the study of words that pertain to body systems, anatomy, physiology, medical processes and procedures and a variety of diseases. It provides specialized language for the health care team, enabling health care workers to communicate in an accurate, articulate and concise manner. This course is designed to give the students a comprehensive knowledge of word construction, definition and use of terms related to all areas of medical science. The course includes but is not limited to terms related to anatomy of the human body, functions of health and disease, and the use of language in processing medical/dental records and claim forms.

    Core Courses:

    • English 10*
    • Geometry*, Algebra II* or Pre-Calculus*
    • Chemistry*
    • Health and Physical Education 10
    • US History I*
    • World Language
    • VPA Elective

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation


     11th Grade

    Academy: Anatomy and Physiology I – Honors

    This course is a laboratory science class designed to provide students with knowledge and appreciation of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The content covered will provide the scientific foundation for the students who are interested in health, wellness and their integration with human physiology. Anatomy & Physiology I H is the study of structure & function of the human body. The human systems discussed are organization of   human body, chemistry as it applies to cellular function. Beginning with the cell as a the unit of life, the student will explore cell structure and physiology, tissues and membranes. The structural foundations of the human body are discussed as student learns about the skeletal system, muscular system and the integration and coordination governed by the nervous system. In order to appreciate the mature human structure the student learns how life begins in discussion of human reproduction and the development of the fetus and the genetics properties unique to the human species. Labs will include slide work, dissection and studies of human skeleton, cellular physiology and genetic probabilities and mutations. This course will provide the student an opportunity to earn four college credits as a full laboratory science from Rutgers University. 

    Nutrition – Honors

    This semester course outlines the relationship of diet, lifestyle, and the prevention of disease. An overview of the digestion, absorption, and metabolism of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, and minerals is provided. Nutrition needs at various stages of the lifespan are stressed. Applying the science of nutrition to your life including needs for fitness and physical activity, evaluating nutrition claims, food labeling, and other consumer concerns are emphasized.  The student will be provided with basic knowledge of the science of nutrition and its application in health and the prevention of disease. This course will provide the student an opportunity to earn three college credits as a full laboratory science from Rutgers University.


    Medical Mathematics – Honors

    This semester course will provide a review of basic mathematical calculations and will instruct the student on how to convert equivalents from one system to another and accurately mix and measure drugs.  Emphasis will be placed on how these techniques are used in the administration of medication for patient use. The goal is to provide the student with the necessary mathematical background needed for pharmacology.  This course will provide the student an opportunity to earn three college credits as a full laboratory science from Rutgers University.

    Healthcare 11 – Introduction to Clinical Research & Medical Health and Wellness

    Students are introduced to clinical research where they gain a basic understanding of what clinical research is and the scientific principles on which it is based.  Next is a comprehensive overview of health and wellness which teaches the impact of lifestyle choices on all aspects of personal health including physical, mental, emotional, social and environmental.  Followed by an introduction to the clinical setting where students are provided an opportunity to work at Arden Courts, a long-term care facility for Alzheimer’s patients. Additionally, students better prepare to perform a physical examination/health assessment.

    Core Courses:

    • English 11*
    • Algebra II*, Pre-Calculus*, Calculus
    • Physics*
    • Health and Physical Education 10
    • US History II*
    • World Language
    • Elective

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation


    12th Grade at MCST

    Career and Technical Education (Academy):

    • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification Program - Partnrship Program with Atlantic Training Center (10 credits, offered in the Fall Semester)
    • Career and Technical Education Elective (i.e. Virtual Enterprises International, Computer Science Principles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)
    • Senior Capstone
    • OR CCM for Academy coursework

    Structured Learning Experience (Graduation Requirement):

    • All Seniors must complete 120 hours of an approved internship in their respective career field.

    Core Courses: 

    • English 12* (required)
    • Health and Physical Education 12 (required)
    • Calculus, Statistics, Foundations of College Math
    • Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology I
    • World Language*

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation

    NOTE: Financial Literacy is a 2.5 credit graduation requirement that is taken along with Academy courses throughout 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. This course is transcripted senior year, after the successful completion of the learning activities in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. If a senior has not successfully completed the financial literacy requirement, the course will be taken in 12th grade.


    12th Grade at County College of Morris

    Eligible Seniors may complete their Senior coursework in full or in part at County College of Morris. See School Counseling Department for more information.

    Required Courses:


    • English Composition I (ENG111)
    • Lifetime Wellness (HED128) or PE (labeled HES)
    • Academy Course (1) ** Students attedning County College of Morris may still participate in the EMT Program at MCST (described above)

    BIO 102 Anatomy & Physiology II
    BIO 121 General Biology I
    CHM 125 General Chemistry
    CHM 126 Gen Chem Lab (4cr)
    COM 104 Interpersonal Communications
    COM 109 Speech Fundamentals
    CMP126 Computer Applications (all but CIS students)
    CMP128 Computer Science 1 (all but CIS students)
    BUS 112 Introduction to Business (all but FIB students)
    ACC 110 Elements of Accounting (all but FIB students)


    • English Composition II (ENG112)
    • PE or Lifetime Wellness (whichever was not taken in the Fall)
    • Academy Course (1) (see above list)

    *See Guidance (School Counseling) Department for additional information on CCM courses

    Structured Learning Experience

    • All Seniors must complete 120 hours of an approved internship in their respective career field.



Academy Video - Class of 2019