For students ages 16-18 who are exploring careers in health care
Certificate in Patient Experience and Health Professions Studies
Scholars must be enrolled in high school or an accredited college or university, and be 16-18 years old.
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.
|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|
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.
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.
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
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.
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.