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Junior Health Scholar

For students ages 16-18 who are exploring careers in health care

UCLA Certificate

Certificate in Patient Experience and Health Professions Studies

Eligibility

Scholars must be enrolled in high school or an accredited college or university, and be 16-18 years old.

The Experience

As a Junior Health Scholar, you will observe how the patient care team works together to deliver excellent care and see what it’s really like to be a patient.

The Impact

  • Bring a smile to a patient when they’re having a hard day
  • Help the most vulnerable in our communities for whom health care is often out of reach
  • Contribute to the patient care team by making nurses’ jobs a little bit easier

The Benefits

  • Explore whether a career in health care is right for you
  • Find out which health profession is the best fit for your future studies and career
  • Build mentoring relationships with staff and college-age Health Scholars
  • Complete the service hours college admissions committees like to see

The Commitment

Preparatory Training 20 hours
Rotation Hours 144 hours
Total Program Hours 164 hours
Weekly commitment 4 hours / week in either 4-hour or 2-hour shifts
Time to complete program 9 months

St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach, CA

Shift Schedules

Students serve at least one 4-hour shift per week. Typical shift times are as follows: 7:00 am-11:00 am, 11:00 am-3:00 pm, and 3:00 pm-7:00 pm. Most hospital units have shifts available Sunday-Saturday.

Program Continuation

At St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, demand for the program is high and space is limited. To give more students the chance to experience the program, Junior Health Scholars can only stay in the program up to 9 months or until completing the required 164 hours. However, Junior Health Scholars who become Leaders may stay in the program as long as they meet the program’s eligibility requirements.

Please note that applicants who are invited to interview for the program at St. Mary Medical Center will need to submit a Letter of Recommendation at their interview.

Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Shift Schedules

Students serve two 2-hour shifts per week. Typical shift times are as follows:

Lobby Hours: M-F: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sat-Sun: 6:00 am-8:00am, 8:00am-10:00am, 10:00am-12:00pm, 12:00pm-2:00pm, 2:00pm-4:00pm, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Clinical Units: M-F: 4:30pm-6:30pm, 6:30-8:30pm
Sat-Sun: 6:30 am-8:30am, 8:30am-10:30am, 10:30am-12:30pm, 12:30pm-2:30pm, 2:30pm-4:30pm, 4:30pm-6:30pm, 6:30-8:30pm

Program Continuation

Junior Health Scholars may continue in the program as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. There is currently no upper limit to the hours they can serve at Swedish Medical Center.

From Junior Health Scholar to Health Scholar

Junior Health Scholars receive preferred admission into the Health Scholar program, which offers hands-on experience and opportunities to mentor Junior Health Scholars. We encourage Junior Health Scholars to join the Health Scholar program as soon as they are eligible. A reduced tuition is offered to students who transition into the Health Scholar program.

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