Health Careers Program

Connecting High School and College Students to Health Careers

About the Program

The South Carolina AHEC Health Careers Program (HCP) supports diverse groups of students on their paths to becoming healthcare professionals, building a future healthcare workforce that will reflect the diverse range of communities it serves in South Carolina.

Our Health Careers Programs strive to increase the number of students entering the health professions in South Carolina. Emphasis is placed on supporting underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students on their paths to careers in healthcare in order to address disparities in the healthcare workforce. Our programs are designed to provide students with academic preparation, skills development and career exploration to develop successful future healthcare professionals.

Health Careers Programs Last Year

23,934
Contact hours of programming delivered to high school & college students throughout the state
605
Students participated in HCP programming
45%
Of HCP students were from a rural area
47%
Of HCP students identified as a minority underrepresented in healthcare

High School Students

A group of students gathered with nursing instructors after completing simulation activity

The South Carolina AHEC Health Careers Academy is a health career exploration experience for high school students. Programs focus on communications, math, and science to support high school students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.

Health Careers Academy Fellows are selected to participate in four years of activities that promote academic success, career development, and personal growth. One-on-one mentoring and parental involvement are major components of the Academy. Participating in the Health Careers Academy prepares students with knowledge, skills, and exposure to various health professions to support them on their path to becoming healthcare professionals.

The South Carolina AHEC Regional Centers also 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:

A screenshot of a health careers module about where different types of health professionals work

South Carolina AHEC is offering free, self-paced, online modules open to students in the state interested in careers in healthcare. The topics fall into three categories: career preparation, soft skills, and healthcare terms and trends. The modules are designed to help students expand their knowledge about various healthcare fields and to develop skills that will help them on their path to a career in healthcare.

Students can register on the South Carolina AHEC Learning Portal to access the modules. Regional Health Careers Program coordinators are available to assist with registration and to answer questions.

College Students

A screenshot of a health careers module about where different types of health professionals work

South Carolina AHEC is offering free, self-paced, online modules open to students in the state interested in careers in healthcare. The topics fall into three categories: career preparation, soft skills, and healthcare terms and trends. The modules are designed to help students expand their knowledge about various healthcare fields and to develop skills that will help them on their path to a career in healthcare.

Students can register on the South Carolina AHEC Learning Portal to access the modules. Regional Health Careers Program coordinators are available to assist with registration and to answer questions.

Students and an instuctor prepare to begin a skills lab at the MUSC College of Dental Medicine during the Summer Careers Academy

The Summer Careers Academy is presented by South Carolina AHEC in collaboration with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Colleges of Dental Medicine, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and the MUSC Library.

The Academy is a one-week summer program designed to help underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students prepare for entry into health professions programs in South Carolina.

The Summer Careers Academy supports students' career goals by helping them understand:

  • Health professions opportunities
  • Admission requirements for graduate health professions programs
  • Financial assistance resources
  • Academic success skills
  • Professional techniques and hands-on skills workshops
  • Educational/professional opportunities

Applications Currently Closed

The application cycle for the 2021 Summer Careers Academy has closed.

A webinar screenshot with a title slide entitled: What You Should Know Before Applying to Nursing School.

Bench to Bedside (B2B) is a statewide, intercollegiate student success seminar series conducted virtually by videoconference throughout the academic year. The series helps prepare students to pursue careers in healthcare after graduation. The seminars focus on professional and personal development, healthcare research topics, and group discussion and debate.

Originally funded by The Duke Endowment, B2B supports college students from minorities underrepresented in medicine on their path to health careers by providing a variety of educational, developmental and mentoring activities that support long-term academic success and acceptance into graduate health professions education programs.

Student Benefits

  • Learn which courses are required for admission to and success in health career training programs
  • Discover immersion programs that can jump-start healthcare careers
  • Collaborate with students from other colleges and universities
  • Increase competitive edge
  • Pursue a career that makes a difference in your community
Register for B2B Seminars

Campus Contacts

Students observe a blood pressure measurement demonstration during a B2B 2.0 workshop.

Bench to Bedside (B2B) 2.0 is a train-the-trainer program in collaboration with faculty in the South Carolina State Technical College System. The program provides technical college faculty with the information and resources needed to prepare students for health career education at the technical, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. Students at participating technical colleges are able to enroll in courses to support their pursuit of a career in healthcare.

B2B 2.0 is made possible through partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina and the South Carolina State Technical College System, funded by a grant from The Duke Endowment.

Contact Paula M. Jones, Director of Health Careers Programs, at jonespa@musc.edu for more information.

Melanie F., H C P student

Student Today, Dentist Tomorrow

"I am grateful for AHEC because I want to know as much as I can about what to expect [in dental school]. I want to be ready. You guys have helped me feel prepared . . . [I want to] be an example to first generation Americans and one day own a practice that helps low income and disadvantaged communities."

-Melanie F., HCP participant and Francis Marion University student