The A-HEC of a Summer program is an exciting opportunity for ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students with at least a 2.0 GPA who are interested in pursuing a healthcare career. These students are given a chance to explore different career opportunities in medicine by volunteering at local hospitals. During the fifteen-day period in June, the students rotate through various hospital departments and job shadow practicing healthcare professionals. They are able to obtain first hand knowledge about a variety of healthcare fields, learn about health issues and patient care, gain CPR certification and practice taking vital signs, attend interactive workshops, and participate in field trips. The program is a state accredited elective course, and students earn ½ unit of high school elective credit upon successful completion of the program.

Hospital sites include Avoyelles Hospital, Bunkie General Hospital, Byrd Regional Hospital, CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, Hardtner Medical Center, Lane Regional Medical Center, LaSalle General Hospital, Ochsner Medical Center, Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Our Lady of the Lake- Ascension, Pointe Coupee General Hospital, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Riverland Medical Center, St. Helena Parish Hospital, West Feliciana Parish Hospital, Winn Parish Medical Center, and Woman’s Hospital.

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  • Completed application by March 1st.
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or principal
  • Personal essay explaining why you should be selected to participate and what you hope to gain. 250 – 500 WORDS – TYPED
  • Current high school transcript
  • Clear photo i.d. (or appropriate photo if i.d. photo is not available).