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The Medical Education & Research Academy (MERA) Pathway Program offers experiences in different aspects of health, wellness, and nutrition. In addition to real-world internship opportunities, you’ll find an excellent college preparation environment that provides multiple options upon graduation.


To develop individuals who possess the qualities of integrity, communication, competency, compassion, and teamwork and to instill a passion for success in health, nutrition, wellness, medical ethics, and patient care.


Students will attain the necessary skills for success in the patient care environment. Students have opportunities to experience hands-on projects, and interact with Health Care and Medical professionals. They will also earn industry certifications as well as being involved in valuable internships. In addition, students have opportunities to educate and present relevant information to the public and to youth, and be provided with ongoing exposure to a high-level, rigorous curriculum with a focus on Health Science and Medical Technology.


  • Proficiency in the use of digital tools and medical technology with focus on Health Science.
  • Demonstration of effective verbal, written and digital communication skills and the ability to effectively function in teams
  • Demonstration empathetic listening strategies, and focused strategies needed for success in a medical-related environment.
  • Demonstration of real world problem solving with an emphasis on organizational and prioritization strategies for work and assigned projects that exist in the challenging environment of patient care
  • Implementation of strategies for self-reflection and self-analysis to continue student development towards self-actualization and life-long professional development.
  • Internalize characteristics of justice, fairness, and personal responsibility while exuding the qualities of compassion, caring and relational capacity necessary for success.

Course Sequencing

​Subject / Grade LevelGrade 9​Grade 10Grade 11​Grade 12
English​English I​English II​English III​Expository Reading & Writing Composition
DE: English 1A
Social Studies/ScienceBiologyUCCI: Applied Chemistry & Biotechnology​Anatomy & PhysiologyAP Biology​
AP Psychology 
​CTEApplied Medical ScienceHealth: Prevention, Fitness, and NutritionMedical Health Careers​
(DE: HIT-10)
WBL Clinical & Administrative Health Careers
(DE: MA-1)
*DE = Dual Enrollment with Fresno City College

Industry Certifications

  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) in Healthcare
  • Stop the Bleed
  • CPR Basic Life Support/First Aid Certification 
  • CyberSafety
  • ServSafe in Food Handling
  • Medical Assistant – Clinical and Administrative

Internship Opportunities

  • Veteran’s Affairs Health System
  • CalVet Veterans Home of California – Fresno
  • Community Regional Medical Centers
  • McLane Sports Medicine
  • The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens
  • Kaiser Summer Internship Program
  • NAF Future Ready Labs at UC Berkley


Jennifer Pennington
Teacher and Pathway Lead for Medical Education & Research Academy

Julie Yang
Teacher, Health Science and Medical Technology 

Roseanna Flores
Teacher, Health Science and Medical Technology 

Monorith Arun
Coordinator II, College & Career Readiness
Tel: (559) 248-5635

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The Medical Education & Research Academy is recognized as a Distinguish Academy by the National Academy Foundation (NAF).

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