Medical Arts

Half-day program of choice

  • Medical Arts student at Fort cleaning eye glasses.
  • Medical Arts, program of choice, Fort Vancouver High School

A healthy future starts here

How many bones are in the human skeleton? What’s the difference between an EKG and an echocardiogram? Is it better to tape an ankle sprain or brace it?

If you’ve ever wondered about the complex web of systems governing the human mind and body, the Medical Arts magnet at Fort Vancouver High School may be the place for you. In this program you’ll begin learning concepts and skills that could lead to a technical, two- or four-year college experience and, eventually, a career in the growing health care field.

Medical Arts students in ninth through 12th grades take four core classes: Health Sciences and Careers, Athletic Medicine, Medical Terminology and Psychology and Health Issues. Juniors and seniors in good academic standing are eligible to participate in four hours of fieldwork. Students also have opportunities to participate in community events.

Participation in this program can give you an advantage when it comes to college, too. Medical Arts students have opportunities to earn up to 17 credits through Clark College.

Application process

Apply online during the magnet program application period, which typically begins in mid-January. If the deadline to apply has passed, please inquire about availability by contacting the Medical Arts coordinator.

Colleen Dunegan360-313-4188
Medical Arts coordinator

Sample four-year plan

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Math Math Math Math
Health Services and Careers Athletic Medicine Medical Terminology and Practice/Field Experience AP Psychology or Medical Reimbursement/Field Experience 2
Environmental Science, Biology, or Pre-AP Biology Science or Honors Science Science/elective (Chemistry/Human Anatomy and Physiology) Science/elective (Zoology/AP Science)
Elective (PE or Foreign Language) Elective (visual or performing art, foreign language, CTE) Elective (visual or performing art, foreign language, CTE) Elective PE
Freshman English World Themes: Washington Perspectives Junior English (Standard/AP) Senior English (Standard/AP)
Elective Sophomore English U.S. History (Standard/AP) Contemporary World Problems (Standard/AP)

Programs of study

For more information on related high school classes, post-secondary options and potential careers, please review the Health Science Pathways.

Requirements for a medical arts endorsement with honors

  • Official acceptance into the program
  • Good attendance
  • Completion of core classes and fieldwork
  • Four science credits (Physical Science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology or Human Anatomy and Physiology)
  • Four math credits
  • 40+ hours of community service within the health care field

Requirements for a medical arts certificate of participation

  • Official acceptance into the program
  • Good attendance
  • Completion of majority of core classes
  • Meet VPS graduation requirements


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