"This program is great for getting hands-on experience for anyone going into the medical field, but this program is really a way to find a direction in life..."
–Debbie Lau

Enrollment Requirements

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Age & Education

You must meet the age requirement by the start date of the program.

Program(s) Age Education Licensure
Health Scholar

Care Navigator Scholar

Winter & Spring Break Scholars

18+ Enrolled in or graduated from an accredited college or university (2-year or 4-year) None
Junior Health Scholar 16-18 Enrolled in a high school or early-start university program None
Licensed Nurse Scholar 18+ Graduated from an accredited nursing program Registered Nurse
Student Nurse Scholar 18+ Enrolled in the Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at Long Beach City College. None
International Winter Study Tours 16+ (high school)
Enrolled in or graduated from an accredited high school, secondary school, college or university None


Health Insurance

All students are required to carry personal health insurance that meets “minimum essential coverage” as defined by Affordable Care Act (ACA). Students are not covered by COPE Health Solutions’ or the hospital site’s worker’s compensation insurance.


English Proficiency

Scholars must read and speak English. For most programs, English fluency or advanced proficiency is required. For International Study Tours, intermediate English proficiency is required. All  instruction is conducted in English.


Visas (international students)

Scholars must obtain an appropriate visa for participation in the program


Background Checks

Scholars must pass a background check.


Immunizations & Health Screenings


Current immunizations are required of all students. These requirements vary somewhat by site. Specific instructions on immunization requirements will be reviewed by the site when you interview for the program.

General immunization records and/or titers include:

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Screening
  • Seasonal Flu Vaccine (October – May)

Be prepared to possibly have titers taken – this involves a blood test to check your immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases. Titers are required by some, but not all, hospital sites.

Health Screenings

Additional health screenings are required at some program sites. Information will be provided at orientation/interview sessions and clearance appointments.

CPR Certification

CPR Certification is required for most programs, and is included in the cost of tuition for some programs. Please see the below chart for requirements.

For the Health Scholar and Licensed Nurse Scholar programs, proof of certification must be submitted at the clearance appointment. You do not need to have the CPR Certificate prior to applying. The required certification is Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers from the American Heart Association. A classroom course is required – online courses are not acceptable. We offer a discount through a preferred vendor. Contact admissions@copehealthscholars.org for details.

Program CPR Required? Included in tuition?
Health Scholar Yes No – discounted course available
Health Scholar – Summer Intensive Yes Yes
Junior Health Scholar No N/A
Licensed Nurse Scholar Yes No – discounted course available
Summer Pre-Med Scholar Yes Yes
Winter & Spring Break Scholars Yes Yes
International Health Scholar – High School Winter program Optional Yes
International Health Scholar – College Winter program Optional Yes
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