Admissions - COPE Health Scholars

Intensive Health Scholar Admissions

Admissions Process | Requirements | Essay Questions

Admissions Process

  1. Establish eligibility
    Scholars must be accepted to, enrolled in or graduated from an accredited college or university and must be at least 18 years old by the application deadline for the entering cohort they wish to enroll in. We do not have any pre-requisite course requirements. If you are accepted into the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory 3- or 4-day training where we will provide you with all the information you need to know to be a successful Health Scholar.

    Important Note Regarding Eligibility: Our client site partners have varying rules and regulations about an individual holding more than one role or title in their hospital, clinic, or health system. For example, some sites may not allow current volunteers and employees to be concurrently enrolled as a Health Scholar, while other sites may allow concurrent enrollment and employment/volunteer engagement as long as certain guidelines are followed. If you are currently employed by or volunteer for a site where you wish to enroll as a Health Scholar, please reach out to for more information about your site of interest.
  2. Complete your application
    You can apply online here. We recommend you write your essays before beginning your online application. You can view the essay questions here.
  3. Interview
    If you are qualified based on your online application, you will be invited to interview. Interviews help us get to know you. We’re looking for personable, confident and articulate students who will create positive experiences with patients and the care delivery team. Interviews typically take place in a small group setting, a multiple mini interview format or online via Skype. Please be dressed in professional attire and note that the interviews do start as scheduled.
  4. Complete a background check
    Those who pass the interview stage will receive an email with instructions for completing the background check. Background checks are a standard requirement for those interacting with patients.
  5. Schedule a clearance appointment
    During your clearance appointment, we’ll make sure all of your site’s screening requirements have been met. Be prepared to bring your immunization/ titer records, health insurance information and CPR certification to your appointment. See Requirements for more details.
  6. Pay your tuition
    You’ll receive an email with a link to pay your tuition. View tuition and fees here.
  7. Attend training and pass entrance exams
    You will need to attend the 4 days of training in full, where you will learn about care team communication skills, hospital codes, patient experience, regulatory standards, the basics of U.S. health care, and more. In order to continue in the program and begin your first shift, you must first pass a written exam.
  8. Start the program. Congratulations! You are now an Intensive Health Scholar!

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  • Health Insurance
    All students must carry personal health insurance that meets “minimum essential coverage” as defined by Affordable Care Act (ACA). Students are not covered by COPE Health Solutions’ nor the program site’s worker’s compensation insurance.
  • Background Check
    All scholars must pass a background check.
  • Immunizations
    Current immunizations are required of all students. These requirements vary somewhat by site. Specific instructions on immunization requirements will be provided when you interview for the program. General immunization records and/or titers include:

    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
    • Hepatitis B
    • Varicella (chicken pox)
    • Tetanus, Diphtheria, 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, program sites.
  • Health Screenings
    Additional health screenings are required at some program sites. Information will be provided at the time you interview and at clearance appointments.
  • Fitness for Duty
    All COPE Health Scholars programs enforce substance-free learning environments. Drug testing may be required at some program sites. Information will be provided to you at clearance appointments.

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Essay Questions

Essays are the most important component of your application. We recommend you write your essays outside of the online application and copy/paste them into the online application when you are ready to submit. All essay questions are required. There is a 500 word limit for each question.

  1. “Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.” – Hippocrates
    What does this statement mean to you and how does it apply to your desired career path?
  2. Why are you interested in this program? How will participating in the program help further your educational or career pursuits?
  3. What motivates you to pursue a career in health care? For example, you may describe an impactful experience, influential relationship or key moment in your education.

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