- Establish eligibility
Scholars must be accepted to or enrolled in high school and be 16-18 years old by the application deadline for the entering cohort they wish to enroll in. If you are accepted into the program you will be required to attend a mandatory 2-day training where we will provide you with all the information you need to be a successful Junior 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about your site of interest.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Pay your tuition
You’ll receive an email with a link to pay your tuition. View tuition & fees here.
- Attend training
You will need to attend the 2 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.
- Start the program. Congratulations! You are now a Junior 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.
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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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.
- What do you think makes a good health care provider? What qualities must one possess?
- How does the Junior Health Scholar program fit into your overall career goal?
- It is often said that what you put into this program is what you get out of it. What do you plan on investing into this program and how will you follow through with your initial goals?
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