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.
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Students & Parents
Are you thinking about a career in healthcare? Maybe you know exactly what you want to do but aren’t sure how to get started? Or are you unsure about your career direction but just want to learn more?
Why participate in the Health Careers Program?
- Discover your interests and what health careers align with them
- Develop skills that help you in school now and the application process for future education programs
- Learn more about the steps and requirements involved in obtaining a health career
- Meet and network with current health professionals and health professions students
- Learn more about public health, health disparities, and the healthcare needs of South Carolina communities
Explore health career options, learn more about education and training opportunities, and build the skills and knowledge needed to pursue your passion in the Health Careers Program. Browse student opportunities below.
Each regional AHEC Center hosts a Health Careers Academy that is an introduction to the careers available in healthcare. The Health Careers Academy focuses on communication skills, job qualifications, educational requirements, career opportunities for healthcare professionals, health disparities, the workforce of the state, and health equity. Students will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience, network with healthcare professionals, attend virtual workshops and seminars, go on field trips, and explore undiscovered areas of healthcare.Visit your regional AHEC Center's website to learn more or contact your regional HCP Coordinator to get started!
South Carolina AHEC offers 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 available 24/7 and are designed to help students expand their knowledge and 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. Contact your regional HCP Coordinator for assistance with registration and answer any questions.
Several statewide education seminars will be offered during the academic year, conducted virtually by videoconference. Students will learn more about health careers, public health topics, personal health, and understanding the healthcare needs of South Carolina.
Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that combines meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to provide a rich learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
Community service projects are open to interested students and members of the Health Careers Academy are required to complete a minimum of two coordinator-approved service activities (internal or external) per year. Students who earn 50 or more approved service hours will be awarded the Dr. Sabra C. Slaughter Humanitarian Award.Visit your regional AHEC Center's website to learn more or contact your regional HCP Coordinator to get started!
The South Carolina AHEC Regional Centers also offer summer programs. Programs vary by region and may include workshops, college level course instruction, internships in healthcare offices or facilities, or health professions training.Visit your regional AHEC Center's website to learn more or contact your regional HCP Coordinator to get started!
The Summer Careers Academy (SCA) 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 SCA is a one-week summer program for students enrolled in or admitted to college. The SCA is designed to help students, especially students from underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged backgrounds, 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 2023 Summer Careers Academy has closed.
Regional Health Careers Program Coordinators
Your regional HCP Coordinator is available to assist you in finding any additional information regarding your career of choice, community service projects, and internships or experiential experiences.
They are also eager to help you with:
- Examining a variety of healthcare careers and understanding the type of work involved
- Preparing for a selected health profession
- Applying to undergraduate schools
- And more!
Contact your regional coordinator today to get started!
Lowcountry AHEC | www.lcahec.com
Mid-Carolina AHEC | www.midcarolinaahec.org
Pee Dee AHEC | www.peedeeahec.net
Subira W. Smalls
Upstate AHEC | www.upstateahec.org
Victoria D. Johnson
Educators & Partners
The South Carolina AHEC Health Careers Program introduces students to health careers, supports their preparation for health professions education programs, and develops skills that help them succeed on their path to a health career.
Student benefits of the Health Careers Program
- Introduction to and exploration of careers in healthcare
- Networking, job shadowing and hands-on learning experience
- Academic and career preparation
- Soft skills (e.g., communication, problem-solving) development
Opportunities for Schools and Partners
- Curriculum supplement and resource for educators
- Support for students interested in health careers
- Opportunities for student engagement, service learning and job shadowing
- Develop our future healthcare workforce
Reach out to your regional AHEC coordinator or Paula M. Jones, Director of Health Careers Programs, for more information and to get involved.
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."