Health Career Academy


Southwest Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (AHEC) holds an annual Summer Health Career Academy.  The academy is designed for current ninth and tenth grade students who are interested in learning about opportunities in various health careers and the academic preparation necessary for these careers. Students meet with and talk to practicing health care professionals, engage in health career activities, learn to monitor vital signs, engage in hands on medical procedures, learn basic medical terminology, and receive training in leadership skills.  

The Health Career Academy takes place for five days in July on the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Applications are accepted from academically inclined ninth and tenth grade students resident in the seven southwestern Pennsylvania counties (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland).

Applications for the July 2019 Health Career Academy are available here.

2019 Health Career Academy Brochure

Health Career Academy Facts and Figures:

● Over 700 ninth and tenth grade high school students over past 15 years

● Competitive application for interested gifted and talented students

● Students must reside in one of the seven counties within our region, which are: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties.

● Collaboration with University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Chatham University Physical Therapy program, and the University of Pittsburgh Departments of Occupational Therapy.