The Health Care Careers Academy (HCCA) is a joint venture of the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, Lancaster County Stem Alliance, Harrisburg Area Community College, and Lancaster-Lebanon IU13. The Academy is being generously funded by the BB&T Economic Growth Fund of the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

This is a 3-year program that includes several meetings during the school year and 3 summer experiences that will occur during the last two weeks of June each year.

The Health Care Careers Academy summer experience is held at PA College of Health Sciences on Greenfield Rd., Lancaster, PA. HCCA is providing each student with a scholarship experience to grow and advance learning in health care careers.

The Academy promotes an environment of support and inclusiveness. Any student who willfully disrupts the communal learning environment of the summer Academy may be dismissed from the program.

Health Care Careers Academy Student 3 Year Program Application

HCCA 2019-2022 Application

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A note to parents and HCCA student applicants:  The questions below must be answered by the student and should accurately reflect the student’s own desire to participate in the Health Care Careers Academy.  Please complete the following two questions (Your responses should be approximately 50-100 words):


  • Students will be expected to show respect to the Academy leaders, their fellow HCCA students, and all PA College of Health Sciences faculty, staff, and students.
  • Students will not be permitted to have cell phones out during program activities at the college.
  • The Health Care Careers Academy Coordinators will be communicating with parents and students throughout the year via phone and/or email.  The Coordinators expect that parents will be reading their email regularly and will pass on important HCCA information to their child as needed.
  • It is the responsibility of the parent/student to notify the HCCA coordinators as soon as possible of any changes to email address(es), home address, or phone number(s).

Expectations of Participation

The Health Care Careers Academy is an ongoing year-long program that supports students in their exploration of careers in health care, their academic pursuits, and the development of professional skills needed in the workforce. To achieve these goals, students involved in the Academy must participate, to the best of their abilities, in the activities provided to them. To help ensure commitment in the program, participants are expected to meet the following minimum expectations:

  • Saturday enrichment activities: 1 per academic year
  • Monthly school visits: 2 during the fall semester, 2 during the spring semester
  • Two-week Summer experience: 8 days over two-weeks in June
  • Year 3 professional experiences: 2 career explorations
  • Trailhead activities: 2 activities completed in the fall, 2 completed in the spring, and 2 completed in the summer each year

By meeting these minimum participation expectations, students will achieve the greatest benefit from participating in the Academy. Realizing situations beyond the students’ control may arise, exceptions to these expectations will be made on a case-by-case basis. Students and/or parents must provide advance notice of any absence from Academy obligations by emailing, preferably at least 48 hours in advance of the absence.



Of Students Participating in the Health Care Careers Academy Partnership
FERPA RELEASE FORM (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

I hereby authorize my high school to release all of my academic records (including transcripts, report cards, grade level achievement, semester/term course schedules, PSSA and Keystone Exam scores, date of graduation, and any other documentation in my academic records) to the Health Care Careers Academy partnership, program coordinators and evaluators.

This authorization remains in effect through the entire time that you are enrolled at your high school, including graduation, or until cancelled in writing by you and, if you are under 18 years of age, your parent (s)/guardian(s). This authorization is null and void if you are not selected to participate in the Health Care Careers Academy.


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