FAQs - COPE Health Scholars

Junior Health Scholar FAQs

I am having trouble submitting my application through the web portal, what do I do?

Please contact admissions@copehealthscholars.org and an admissions counselor from our team will reach out to you shortly.


I was not accepted. Can I reapply?

Yes, you may re-apply. In your new application, highlight new insights or learning you have had since your last application. Please don’t re-submit the exact same application.


What can I do to increase my chances of admission?

Take the application and interview process seriously. Spend time on your essays to demonstrate why you want to be in the program. Prepare for your interview and dress professionally. The career center at your college or university is a good resource for preparing for applications and interviews.

What do Scholars observe while shifting on the floor?

Junior Health Scholars are given the opportunity to observe care in various clinical environments. Some of these environments may have graphic content, including but not limited to: patient nudity, graphic skin conditions, open wounds, injuries due to weapons, patients in distress, and graphic language. Junior Health Scholars will have sufficient training in how to react to situations in which graphic content is present upon beginning his or her rotations. Guardians will be asked to sign off on a graphic consent form during enrollment. Additionally, Junior Health Scholars may only attend a shift alongside a college-age Health Scholar, ensuring they receive adequate support and mentorship in a live patient care setting.

Can I transfer from one site to another site?

Yes, you can transfer from one site to another site, depending on space availability at the new site. There is a transfer fee.


How often will I rotate into a new clinical or administrative department? Do I choose the department?

Scholars rotate into new departments every three months after they complete a minimum of 48 hours in the current department. Scholars will fill out a department preference survey each rotation and are placed in new departments as space is available.


Why do some sites have more clinical areas that other sites? Why do some sites have only one or two clinical areas?

The number of clinical areas varies based on a few factors: the length of time the site has been open, the size of the site and the needs of the site. For new sites opened within the last two years, one to two clinical areas are typically opened every three months. For smaller sites, for example an acute care site with a relatively low number of beds, fewer areas are available because the site will have fewer clinical areas overall. The needs of the site also play a role – Some sites will need more students in certain clinical areas and thus may have fewer open clinical areas

Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?

We can sometimes assist in limited cases of extreme financial need. Inquire at admissions@copehealthscholars.org.


Do you accept scholarships from outside organizations?

Yes, we do accept scholarships from outside organizations. If you have a scholarship from an outside organization, contact us at admissions@copehealthscholars.org for instructions on how to remit payment for the scholarship.

Still haven’t found the answer to your question?

If so, please contact admissions@copehealthscholars.org or call 213-542-2250.
A member of our team will contact you within 48 hours.

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