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 15 credits through Rutgers School of Health Related Professions.

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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. 201


Degrees and Certifications:

Doctorate of Physical Therapy-Misericordia University Bachelor of Health Science-Misericordia University

Ms. Jessica Klimas

Mrs. Klimas attended Misericordia University where she graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Prior to becoming a full-time teacher, she worked as a physical therapist in an outpatient orthopedic setting. She brings expertise in patient care and clinical experience to promote hands-on learning in the classroom. 


Current Classes:

Anatomy & Physiology I

Medical Terminology

Introduction to Clinical Research

Clinical Practicum

Health Science Foundations

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

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

    Agno Pharma Morris Pediatric Care LLC
    Care and Cure Physical Therapy New Jersey Pediatric Neuroscience Institute
    Carroll Physical Therapy NJ Physical Therapy And Rehab
    CRC Pharma Pro Care Physical Therapy
    Dr. Andy Smith Chiropractor Randolph Eyecare Center
    Dr. Samir Patel, MD, Internal Medicine Specialist Ridgedale Family Eye Care
    East Hanover Chiropractic Santiago Chiropractic Associates
    Long Hill First Aid Squad Tara Innovations LLC
    Long Hill Orthodontics Smiles By Lorino Urgimed Urgent Care
    Madison Eyes Valley Hospital
    Montville Township First Aid Squad Wellness Medical Center
    Morris Minute Men  

Academy Course of Study

  • 9th Grade


    Health Science Foundations

    The Health Science Foundations course includes an introduction to medical terminology, human anatomy, and a variety of career pathways within the healthcare industry. The course utilizes the Paxton Patterson Health Science Careers Learning System in which students explore careers related to fields of medicine, nursing, and health science programs with professional medical equipment - including but not limited to biomedical engineering, dentistry, medical imaging, pharmacology, and more.

    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


    Medical Terminology

    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 the anatomy of the human body, functions of health and disease, and the use of language in diagnosing and treating conditions related to all of the human body systems. This course replaces the earlier study of Latin and Greek for future healthcare professionals, as it focuses on words used in the medical fields. This course serves as an important prerequisite to Anatomy and Physiology. It is useful in preparing students for every career in allied health.

    Dynamics of Healthcare II

    Dynamics of Healthcare II provides an orientation to health care services and their delivery. It presents an interdisciplinary perspective, focusing on process skills such as critical thinking, ethical reasoning, effective communication, and ways to continue independent learning throughout life. The course shows how all health care providers acquire professional competence in dealing with the issues and problems they face as well as the role they play as informed consumers.

    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

    Anatomy & Physiology (A&P)

    Anatomy and Physiology is the study of the structure and function of the human body. This course follows a sequential development of the major body systems in an organized and structured curriculum that builds off of the foundational content that students learn in the medical terminology course. A&P is designed to give the students an overview of human anatomical structure and an analysis of human physiological principles. Labs will include slide work, dissection of various animals, and studies of the human skeleton. The course will also use computer-simulated dissection and the Anatomage Table, which features several digitized, full human cadavers, case studies, high-definition scans and much more.

    Introduction to Clinical Research 

    This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of what clinical research is and the scientific principles on which it is based. The course starts with a historical perspective on clinical research and then goes on to explore in detail the following topics: purpose and phases of clinical research, clinical trial development and conduct, ethical and regulatory implications, and the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in clinical research.

    Clinical Practicum

    The purpose of this course is to expose Academy for Health Care Students to the clinical setting. In this course, students learn how to interact with patients on location at one of our partner facilities. Students are also able to shadow a variety of health care professionals who care for the patients and/or residents in our partner facilities.

    Medical Health and Wellness

    This course provides a comprehensive overview of health and wellness. The impact of lifestyle choices on all aspects of personal health is discussed, including physical, mental, emotional, social, and environmental. The course will explore topics related to nutrition, physical fitness, stress management, disease prevention, substance abuse, and healthy relationships. The information and skills necessary for making informed and healthful decisions to promote wellness will be discussed with an emphasis on self-responsibility.

    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.