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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. The curriculum includes activities that improve student skills while demonstrating the link between classroom subjects such as communications, math, and science to the practice of healthcare. The Health Careers Academy has four types of activities:

We provide monthly sessions at our center that teach basic knowledge and skills to prepare students for admission into college and a career in healthcare. Health Careers Academy meetings are every 2nd Tuesday of the month.

We also provide personal and professional development presentations at schools, youth summits, conferences, etc. on topics including but not limited to:

  • career exploration,
  • college preparation,
  • studying,
  • and time management

as a part of our Academy program. If you are interested in having our Health Careers Program Coordinator come out to your school and/or program, please give us a call at (864) 349-1175.

We provide interactive labs that review foundational science and introduce college-level practices to the students. These labs are typically led by professionals in the field of the “lab of study” which allow students to have direct exposure to healthcare professionals and lab procedures.

Serving the community is an important part of the Health Careers Academy. We encourage our students to participate in service projects that will enhance their experience in health careers while fostering civic responsibility. Organizations that we have partnered with include but aren’t limited to Amedysis Hospice, Our Lady’s Pantry, and Ronald McDonald House.

We provide packaged HCA modules online for student self-study that align with the Academy curriculum. The modules highlight key healthcare concepts through interactive exercises, animations, videos, and images. Courses are assigned by grade level and have suggested pairing with labs. Courses include topics such as anatomy and physiology, health sciences, professionalism, and health administration.

Become a participant

If you are interested in becoming a participant in the Health Careers Academy, you may apply for our program by doing one of the following:

  • Download the HCA Application. and submit it by mailing it to our office at  104 S Venture Drive Greenville, SC 29615.  Please write all checks and/or money orders out to Upstate AHEC. A complete application consists of the HCA application and a current Transcript.
  • You may submit your application through our new online portal here**This must be completed by a parent.

The deadline for applying to the 2018-2019 academic year has been extended to August 24th. 

Note: The cost of our program is $30. Scholarships are available upon request. 

If you have any questions, contact the Health Careers Program Coordinator,  Tiara Scott at 864-349-1175 or at


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