Hi there :) I work in the health care industry as an occupational therapist. What health care field are you interested in pursuing?
At my high school, they offered a program senior year called medical careers - basically it was a course for the whole year that exposes you to various health care fields and you also learn basic skills such as taking vitals, transfers, etc. this was really helpful - I would see if your school offers that. It’s also a great asset when applying to colleges.
Additional courses that would be beneficial:
-depending on the type of population you want to work with - child development would be a good course.
-anatomy and physiology
-biology, chemistry, physics as you stated
-advanced math course
I’m not sure what grade you are in, but it would be good to even take some of the courses as an AP because you can take a test and if you pass it - they can translate to college credit which can save you money in the long run! Also, it’s good if you have a lot of volunteer experience- possibly in a hospital setting, nursing home, rehab. My school offered seniors a work study program where you can leave early to volunteer or work - if your school offers that , take advantage of that time to volunteer, shadow health professionals, and gain experience as it’s a good talking point for college essays and interviews.
This is also a good article that provides more insight on what you can do to prepare for a career in the medical field as a high schooler: https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5347725
Let me know if you have any other questions :)
Kelly recommends the following next steps:
- Speak to guidance counselor regarding special programs offered by the school that pertains to health care
- Volunteer at local hospital, nursing home, etc.
- Shadow health care professionals