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The South Carolina AHEC Health Careers Program works to increase the number of students entering the health professions in South Carolina.  Emphasis is placed on underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students in order to address disparities in the health professions workforce. The Health Careers Program (HCP) is designed to develop academically proficient and self-confident future health care professionals. For more information on the following programs, download the HCP Booklet (2.4MB)
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The South Carolina AHEC Health Careers Academy is a health career exploration experience for high school students. Activities demonstrating the use of communications, math and science make up the curriculum specifically designed for future health professions students of South Carolina.

Academy Fellows are selected to participate in four years of programming in sessions filled with activities that promote academic success, career development and personal growth. One-on-one mentoring and parental involvement are major components of the Academy.  Completion of the South Carolina AHEC Health Careers Academy prepares participants for the academic challenge of pre-health training programs. 

Beginning in 2013, the South Carolina AHEC Health Information Literacy Project is offering a dynamic and creative service learning opportunity. Participants will enhance soft skills that will prove useful in the professional world while broadening their knowledge of health professions, networking with practicing health professionals, AND creating a project that will introduce younger students to careers in health. Participation hours will be applied to South Carolina AHEC HCA service learning hours, and can be classified as “volunteer experience” on college and job applications. Click here for more information.

For more information on the HCA, email Paula Jones or download the HCP Booklet (2.4MB)

Summer Employment and Enrichment Programs

The South Carolina AHEC Regional Centers offer summer programs. Programs vary by region and may include academic enrichment workshops, college level course instruction, internships in healthcare offices or facilities or health professions training. Contact your regional HCP Coordinator for more information.

The South Carolina AHEC Summer Careers Academy is designed to increase the acceptance, retention, and graduation rates of under-represented minority and disadvantaged students to nursing, dental medicine, medicine, pharmacy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant training programs in South Carolina. The Academy is conducted in collaboration with the MUSC College of Nursing, College of Dental Medicine, College of Medicine, College of Health Professions, MUSC Library and the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Summer Careers Academy Brochure

The 2016 Academy is scheduled for June 5-10, 2016. Online registration will be available through April 1, 2016.

Opportunities for HCA Participants

  • Academic Scholarship
  • Standardized Test Preparation
  • Health Professions Shadowing
  • Career Interest Inventory
  • Mentoring
  • Pre-Health Skills Building
  • Hands on Clinical Skills Training
  • Health Professions Certification
  • Summer Internships and/or Pre-College Credit
  • State and National Conference Participation
  • College and University visits
  • High School Credit
    .... And Much More

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B2B Participants can:

  • Ensure that academic choices include the courses required for admission
    and success in health career training programs.
  • Learn about immersion programs that can jump-start healthcare careers.
  • Collaborate with students from other colleges and universities.
  • Increase your competitive edge.
  • Participate in unique didactic and case-based programming via
    an on-campus teleconferencing network.
  • Make a difference!

The South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (SC AHEC) strives to increase the number of applications and acceptance rates of undergraduate underrepresented minority students into healthcare professions training programs by providing a variety of educational, developmental and mentoring activities to support long-term academic success.

A statewide, interactive, intercollegiate Student Success Seminar Series will be facilitated using video conferencing equipment and will extend throughout the academic year. The series will be comprised of three components: professional and personal development, healthcare research topics, and Socratic inquiry and debate. Check the calendar for scheduled seminars to be held on the following campuses (available times and venues will vary):

  • Claflin University
  • Clemson University
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • College of Charleston
  • Francis Marion University
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • South Carolina State University
  • Winthrop University
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Special Initiatives

The Health Career Education Resources in South Carolina website is an electronic database that contains information about agencies and organizations that support the preparation of minorities and under-served residents of South Carolina who are interested in exploring or pursuing professions of healthcare. The website is made possible through the support of the Duke Endowment. Access the HCER website at http://ahec.library.musc.edu/hcer/.

Publications & Resources

South Carolina AHEC Connects is a quarterly published newsletter. Each publication contains a section dedicated to the exploration of health careers. A health career specialty, which spotlights HCP graduates, and HCP highlights are included. Click here for the latest edition.

Planning for a South Carolina College Education - The need to expand access to higher education for South Carolinians has been recognized by a group of higher education professionals, state government officials, and business leaders.  They have come together to write a new book titled Planning for College: A Comprehensive Guide for South Carolina Families.  The book was written to help families plan for, pay for, and successfully manage a college education.  The authors have created a comprehensive volume of practical information to assist families in planning for the investment of a lifetime – post secondary education.   

The Guide will assist families with almost all phases of college planning.  Chapter one, titled “Preparing for Success in College,” was written by Angelica Christie and David Garr from the South Carolina AHEC.  Malik Whitaker, a consultant with the South Carolina AHEC, contributed as a coauthor as well.  The chapter provides suggestions about what parents can do to help their child do well in school and be successful in gaining admission to college. 

The Guide is being published by the Alliance for Research on Higher Education under the auspices of the Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs at Clemson University.  Financial support for the Guide is being provided by the South Carolina Student Loan Corporation.  Copies of the Guide will be available free of charge online (click here for a downloadable PDF) and will also be made available in print to schools, libraries, and other organizations as funding permits.  Requests for a printed copy of the book may be made by calling the Alliance at 864-656-0208. 

Online Health Career Resources - For up-to-date health career information, visit www.explorehealthcareers.org.

Health Careers Programs Coordinators
Lowcountry AHEC Katura Williams, MEd
Mid-Carolina AHEC Erica Davis, MSNP,GCDF
Pee Dee AHEC Larrissa Clavon, BS
Upstate AHEC Nita Donald, MEd, GCDF, CET
Program Office Angelica Christie, MEd
Paula Jones, BHS, MBA


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Program Office Address: 19 Hagood Avenue, MSC 814, MUSC, Charleston, SC 29425-8140; Phone (843) 792-4431; Fax (843) 792-4430