K-12 Opportunities

University of Montana Health & Medicine

Dual-Credit Anatomy & Physiology Training for High School Teachers

This professional development experience is a self-paced, online training to provide high school science teachers with the following:

  • Educate high school science teachers about the requirements for a dual-credit Anatomy & Physiology course.
  • Demonstrate how the Montana Science Standards/NGSS can be incorporated into this type of course.
  • Demonstrate how to incorporate the 2019 National Health Science Standards into this type of course.
  • Explain the difference between high school credit, college credit, dual-credit, and career and technical education (CTE) coursework.
  • Develop and implement an inquiry-based science curriculum based on best practices in learning and Anatomy & Physiology.
  • Provide resources on Anatomy & Physiology, CTE, NGSS, and Inquiry-based instruction. 

Once completing the training a teacher will receive 40 CEUs, a UM accredited digital badge, and a complete BIOH 104/105 curriculum to use in their classroom. This course does not cover Anatomy & Physiology content, teachers are expected to already have a background in Anatomy & Physiology. This training can be used to meet the requirements of a Montana Class 4A CTE license.

Dual-Credit Instructor Requirements:

  • Master's Degree in the content area or a Master's of Education + 9 graduate credits in the content area
    • Some teachers may be eligible for a temporary waiver for this requirement
  • Montana Class 1,2, or 4 license
  • Undergraduate coursework in Anatomy & Physiology

Health Professions Essentials Microcredential:

The Health Professions Essentials Microcredential Program provides students from the high school through the underclassmen college level with a solid introductory knowledge/skills base for entering either a health professions degree program or entry-level healthcare career. The coursework for this program is a combination of credit/non-credit courses. The for-credit coursework would be offered as either dual-credit or online options. This coursework would also qualify many students to enroll in entry-level healthcare certification programs such as CNA, Medical Coding, and EMT.


Medical Detectives:

A new pilot program for middle school-high school students and teachers to participate in. Teachers in Montana can check out biotechnology equipment to use in their classrooms to teach a variety of biotechnology skills and topics. The equipment available for checkout is MiniOne micropipettes, gel electrophoresis apparatuses, microcentrifuges, and PCR thermocyclers. MiniOne offers a number of classroom-friendly learning activities and kits that go along with this equipment. Teachers would be responsible for purchasing or using their own kits or learning activities to go along with the equipment and the shipping costs associated with shipping the equipment. To check out the equipment please read the Medical Detectives Guidelines, then complete the sign-up form.

Teachers will also have the option to have UM research faculty do a video conferencing session with their students in conjunction with the lab or learning activity conducted in the classroom.


Teachers can also bring their students to the UM campus to participate in a Medical Detectives lab activity. Teachers will receive 4 CEU hours for participating in this on-campus event. Students will get to complete biotechnology lab activities in a lab setting on the UM campus. Both teachers and students will get to meet with UM researchers and learn about the biomedical research happening at UM! You can schedule a visit online. Medical Detectives camps are limited to 30 students/camp. 

 For questions contact Lily Apedaile, lily.apedaile@mso.umt.edu or 406-243-7946. 

Western Montana AHEC

In partnership with the Western Montana Area Health Education Center, UMHM provides educational hands-on experiences for Montana's K-12 learners. Programs offered include:student practicing sutures

HOSA Partnership

Montana HOSA: Future Health Professionals is a middle school through college Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) operated through the Office of Public Instruction. HOSA chapter members have an opportunity, under the direction of a school advisor, to explore health careers, build leadership skills through community service, and develop workforce skills through job shadows. www.montanahosa.org.

In-a-Box Health Science Curriculum Trunks

Self-contained boxes - covering the Eye, Ear Brain, Guts, Mouth, Bones & Muscles - available for loan, FREE, to Montana 4th-8th grade educators. Included are lesson plans, station activities, models, and other resources designed to engage students in health and science. The Western Montana AHEC In-a-Box curriculum trunks have been transferred to the Missoula Public Library. You can contact your local library to inquire about having the curricula kits transferred from Missoula Public Library to your local library.

Classroom Chats

Classroom Chats is a program that connects healthcare professionals to 5-12th grade students across Montana.

We connect healthcare professionals with 5-12 classrooms and once matched, you will video chat into the classroom for a 30-60 minute session. The format is conversational, Q and A style so that the kids feel they’ve had direct contact with healthcare professionals. The goal of this program is to help students gain a better understanding of the various careers in healthcare and what the day to day looks like for a healthcare professional. This program is especially meant for schools in remote, rural areas that do not have easy access to a healthcare facility and a way to interact with healthcare professionals.

Contact Lily Apedaile, lily.apedaile@mso.umt.edu or 406-243-7946


A 5-day summer program sponsored by the Montana AHEC (Area Health Education Center) system. The program is designed to encourage sophomore and junior high school students to pursue their interests in a variety of healthcare careers. Montana AHEC focuses on accepting students from low-income families, rural areas, under-represented minorities, or those who will be first in their family to attend college. The aim of MedStart is to provide students a chance to further explore healthcare careers, learn about college life, and realize it is possible to pursue higher education. Applications are available each January. Numerous scholarships are available.


Research and Explore Awesome Careers in Healthcare - is a program for high school students coordinated by Montana AHEC and hosted by Montana hospitals, clinics, and universities. Students learn about careers within the healthcare field through on-site exploration of various healthcare occupations. The one-day event allows students to rotate through a variety of stations, both clinical and non-clinical, with an emphasis on hands-on activities. The program is free to students and teachers. Interested teachers may contact lily.apedaile@mso.umt.edu.

Rural Health Scholars Program

The Rural Health Scholars Program is a pilot program in collaboration with St. Luke Community Healthcare. This program will allow high school students from Lake County to participate in a 3-week long internship at St. Luke Community Healthcare facilities to learn about the healthcare field. Students will rotate through 3 different areas in the hospital in order to learn about the various professions in healthcare. Not only will students learn about careers in healthcare but they will also receive ACT/College Prep coursework and attend a workshop on applying to college, scholarships, and financial aid.

spectrUM Discovery Area

University of Montana spectrUMThrough the spectrUM Discovery Area, K-12 learners have several opportunities to participate in hands-on health related programming. Opportunities include:


A partnership between the Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience (CSFN) and spectrUM. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Big Sky Brain Project increases Montana K-12 student neuroscience literacy while putting the next generation of Montanans on the fast track to careers in the field of science, technology, engineering, and math. The project includes in museum and traveling exhibit development, educational programs for high school students, clubs, camps, field trips and outreach.

Hands On Health

One of spectrUM's traveling exhibits through the Statewide Mobile Science Program (MosSE), Hands on Health inspires learners of all ages to explore human health and careers in the health sciences. Through interactive exhibits and activities, visitors explore health and the human body and learn about the opportunities that await them in the health professions.

Science Opportunities for Kids (SOKs)

An after school program for 4th & 5th disadvantaged grade students at three local Title 1 elementary schools: Bonner, Franklin and Lolo. SOKs provides youngsters an opportunity to spark their interest in many avenues of science, primarily Health Careers. Twenty-five students from each school are selected and meet once a month to participate in science experiments, meet with health professionals and learn basic science. We work closely with the spectrUM Discovery program on the educational programming for the SOKS classes