Cosby High School

Chesterfield County Public Schools

SPECIALTY CENTER

Health Science LogoOpening in September 2007, the Health Science Specialty Center seeks students from a broad range of ability levels wanting to prepare for careers in the healthcare industry. An AFT Healthcare survey reports, “The [healthcare] system faces a widespread crisis in terms of hiring an adequate number of professionals to meet needs of patients.”

Beginning in their first year, students will explore career choices within the healthcare system. Students will also experience some of the practical applications of healthcare, such as becoming CPR certified and learning about the legal aspects of the industry. As students progress through the program, they will be offered opportunities for internships and mentorships with local healthcare providers, such as hospitals, retirement communities, and even local doctors’ offices.

  • Partnerships with local hospitals, community colleges, and universities, as well as other healthcare-based organizations
  • Lab-based, practical and clinical applications
  • Opportunities for shadowing, internships and/or mentorships
  • Career guidance for health occupations
  • Tours of medical/clinical sites
  • Health career fairs and institutes
  • Guest lecturers
  • Advanced Placement and dual enrollment courses

Should you have any questions regarding the Health Science Specialty Center at Cosby, please contact Cassie Rogers via e-mail at cassandra_rogers@ccpsnet.net

Students will be guided as they select a career pathway to pursue while at the Health Sciences Center. Upper-level classes will be geared toward one of following three career pathways.

Career Pathway 1 is designed for students seeking employment or a training program after high school. Examples of careers in this pathway include certified coding specialist, home health aide, emergency medical technician, and pharmacy technician.

Career Pathway 2 is designed for students who will need to further their education, perhaps with an associate’s degree from a community college or technical school and some classes for industry certification. Examples of occupations in this pathway include clinical lab technician, dental hygienist, respiratory therapist, and optician.

Career Pathway 3 is designed for students who wish to pursue a four-year college degree and possibly a professional degree. Examples of professions in this pathway include dentist, pharmacist, nurse anesthetist, and physician.

A PDF version with detailed course information can be found by clicking HERE.

Students who participate in the center will be able to make health career decisions suited to their needs, aptitudes, abilities and career objectives. They will also develop a foundation of knowledge and skills that supports advanced education or entry-level employment in a health career, including:

  • Science and mathematics
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Professional behavior and ethics
  • Analysis and problem-solving

The Governor’s Health Science Academy is pleased to provide an opportunity for Cosby High School Specialty Center Seniors to apply for two (2) different scholarships your senior year. Both applications are due by March 31st of your Senior Year.

The Rachel Garka Scholarship information is available by clicking HERE

Booster Shots Scholarship applications are available beginning December of each school year. For additional information please Click HERE

The Booster Shots Scholarship is only available to students whose parents have become paid members of the Booster Shots.

Simply fill out the following form to become a member or take a leadership position.

Membership Form can be downloaded HERE

Mail Forms to Booster Shots;

P.O. Box 1628; Midlothian, VA 23113

Annual Membership Dues – Only $25.00

Thank you for your interest in our specialty centers and two regional Governor’s schools.  The application window for this year will open October 15, 2021.   Eighth grade students interested in applying to attend a specialty center or Governor’s school may apply through the application portal at ccpsopportunities.com, available October 15, 2021-December1, 2021.    

If you have questions about specialty centers, please visit their website.  You can find a link to each school’s page here.  Families can also find links for other county and regional programs below.

In addition to the broad spectrum of programs in each comprehensive high school, Chesterfield County Public Schools offers students the opportunity to participate in optional academic programs related to special interests.

We invite you to learn more about each specialty center and Governor’s school by viewing this year’s Fair presentations.  While not live and synchronous, this year’s fair presentations will provide general information about the 13 specialty  centers, two Governor’s Schools and other special programming offered.  In the presentations linked below, you will also find information about this year’s Open Houses, where each program will share even more about the curriculum and opportunities they offer to students.

https://youtu.be/qkZw1fFPVe8

CCPS Specialty Centers – Virtual Fair Presentation Fall 2021


Regional Governor’s Schools – Virtual Fair Presentation Fall 2021

Specialty Centers and Locations

Clover Hill High Mathematics and Science
Cosby High Health Science
CTC @ Courthouse Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse
CTC @ Hull Career and Technical Center @ Hull
James River High Leadership and International Relations
Lloyd C. Bird High Governor’s Academy for Engineering Studies
Manchester High Mass Communications
Manchester High Spanish Immersion
Matoaca High Information Technology
Meadowbrook High Academy for Developing Entrepreneurs
International Baccalaureate Program
Midlothian High International Baccalaureate Program
Monacan High Health Professions and Therapies
Humanities
Thomas Dale High Center for the Arts

Important Information and Documents

Specialty Center Documents – Updated Oct. 11, 2021


Guidelines for Specialty Centers


Recommendation Form


Specialty Center Coordinator Directory


Specialty Center Student Event Calendar


Specialty Center Event Calendar – Insert


Specialty Center Application Requirements


Specialty Center Application Example

Other Options for secondary students


CCPSOnline


CodeRVA Regional High School


Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies


Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology