Health Careers Programs

Building A Pipeline

Our Goal

To provide students in the Upstate of South Carolina with opportunities, experiences, and skills that will allow them to grow into successful Healthcare Professionals

The health careers programs has a variety of opportunities that you can become a part of! Check them out!

Health Careers Academy      Summer Enrichment Program


The Upstate AHEC Health Careers Program (formerly the Student Development & Diversity 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 the current disparities in our state’s health professions workforce and in the health status of the populations we serve.

Activities offered through Upstate AHEC’s Health Careers Program are designed to develop culturally competent, resilient, academically proficient and self-confident future health care leaders.

For further information, please email Karina Suri, Health Careers Program Coordinator, or call 349-1175.


Health Careers Academy 2017-2018(HCA)

Upstate AHEC’s Health Careers Academy (HCA) is a four year, interactive, academic based program designed to encourage and prepare high school students to enter health careers.


As part of the College Access Initiative, the Regional Workforce Advisor for the Greenville Region in partnership with Upstate AHEC will host a Free SAT test taking strategies workshop for 7th – 12th grade students on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the University Transfer Auditorium (Bldg. 104) on the main campus of Greenville Technical College.  To register for the workshop, please log on to The deadline to register is Tuesday, September 26th.

Seating is limited to the first 80 registrants and lunch will be provided. There will be no onsite registration. The instructor for the session is Mr. Derrick Smith of SC Test Prep. SC Test Prep has successfully prepared thousands of students with test taking for improved scores on the SAT and ACT.

The University Transfer Auditorium (located on the Main Campus of Greenville Technical College)
Bldg. 104
620 S. Pleasantburg Dr.
Greenville, SC 29607

To register and for more information click on the flyer below

Bench 2 Bedside Seminar Series For College Students
The Bench to Bedside initiative is designed for undergraduate students. This program provides curricular guidance and skills development to enhance the participant’s ability to compete academically to create strong applications for health careers training programs.

Upstate AHEC Greenville, SC Summer Enrichment Program 
The Upstate AHEC Summer Institute is an enrichment program designed to provide high school students with experience and exposure to a health care environment.

Orientation Documents

Upstate AHEC Summer Session Descriptions

Internship Assignments

As a part of the program completion, you will be required to create an online WIX portfolio where you will include the following material:

  • Your name, school, interests
  • Your future school/where you hope to be, your future major, what you hope your career to be
  • Your site name, basic information regarding site description, location, and activities
  • A log of your experiences including date, point of contact/reference, and a description of the following:
    • What you did
    • What you learned
    • Why that is going to help you in the future

Be creative and showcase who you are! Remember that this is a representation of not just you, but Upstate AHEC- so be professional. Profanity, obscenity, and unprofessional material will not be tolerated and result in immediate expulsion of the program. 

Below is a power point with screenshots of how to get started. The WIX site has many helpful tools to navigate the program, but if you still need help feel free to contact us!

Wix powerpoint for summer enrichment

Internship Learning Goals

Internship Requirements Checklist upd2016

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


2017 Regional HCP Summer Opportunities

Gerontology (CNA) Summer Course

CNA Syllabus

CNA Application

June 2017 Calendar


CNA supply list



If you are a professional in the fields of health care, management, or health policy, who works at a health organization or agency and are interested in partnering with Upstate AHEC Health Careers Program, please contact Nita Donald @ 864-349-1176 or email


Upstate AHEC is looking for practicing Health Care Professionals and past members of its student programs. If you’ve ever participated in the South Carolina Association of Future Health Professionals, the AHEC Student Development and Diversity Program (SDDP), the Health Careers Academy (HCA) or any other healthcare career club in high school or college, we want to hear about it.

If you are working in the healthcare field, please complete the “Career Information Update.” If you are a college student, complete the “Year-End Assessment.”

Online Form
Download & Print Form
Please fax the completed forms to the Health Career Academy at (864) 349-1179.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Nita Donald. We want to hear about your successful career in healthcare!


SCOIS (S.C. Occupational Information System) is South Carolina’s Official Career Resource Network

SCOIS:  The South Carolina Occupational Information System is designed for Career and Post-Secondary exploration, interest and skill assessments that connects to the 16 Career Clusters and/or occupations, skill development and academic planning.

Attention AHEC students, parents, and adults: All AHEC Students, parents and adult customers can access this free resources. To log in to SCOIS, please email Nita Donald.


Mapping Your Future is a national collaborative, public-service project of the financial aid industry – bringing together the expertise of the industry to provide free college, career, financial aid and financial literacy services for students, families and schools.

Mapping Your Future’s Show Me the Future is a financial literacy and life skills game, designed to help 12-20 year-olds prepare for their futures.

The game helps players understand:

  • Cost of living
  • Budgeting (which is vital to financial freedom)
  • Difference between wants and needs
  • Importance of financial planning
  • Need to set career goals
  • Value of higher education

Click here to play.

South Carolina Hospital Association
Career One Stop
RN To BSN Online Explore some of the available options for RN to BSN
Nursing Degree Guide Side-By-Side comparison of different nursing schools
RN to BSN Programs
Bureau of Health Professions
Health Career Education Resources in South Carolina
Fast Web: Resource of college scholarship opportunities
College Board: College Entrance Exams – Test Prep Resources
Princeton Review: College Entrance Exams – Test Prep Resources
National Institute of Health
Black Excel: Resource for college-bound African-American students
FinAid: Collection of information about financial aid for students
Cool Math 4 Kids: Fun site full of math games and learning tools
Practical Money Skills – Financial Literacy for Everyone
Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students