"The medical staff really appreciate the help Health Scholars provide and were more than willing to answer any questions I had about the medical field…"
–Taylor Harris

Summer Intensive Health Scholar

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For graduates and students of colleges and universities (age 18+) who are interested in or preparing for careers in health care.


UCLA Certificate

Certificate in Patient Experience and Pre-Licensed Clinical Care



Scholars must be accepted to, enrolled in or graduated from an accredited college or university, and be at least 18 years old.


Program Description

The Summer Intensive Health Scholar program allows Scholars to experience health care during the summer in a 9-week session. The program is great for students who live or go to school outside our immediate program areas, who are local but have busy schedules during the school year or who are otherwise looking for a short-term experience. Summer Intensive Scholars may choose to continue into one of our year-round programs after completing the intensive.


Who Should Apply

The program is ideal for those interested in careers in:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assistant
  • Health administration
  • Allied health


College students, incoming freshman, “gap year” students, recent graduates, career changers and others are welcome!


Program Components

  • Clinical coursework & training
  • Clinical observations
  • Department & facility tours
  • Health care workshops
  • Fun activities & special events
  • COPE Connect membership
  • Hands-on patient comfort care experience
  • Lectures by UCLA faculty


Summer Intensive Health Scholar 2017 Sessions

Missed the 2017 application deadline?

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Los Angeles Area:

  • May 30 — July 30
  • June 26—August 26

Seattle Area:

  • June 19—August 19



Session 1 (May 30 –July 30):


Session 2 (June 19 – August 19):


Session 3 (June 26-August 26):


Residential Option

Students from outside the Los Angeles area may choose to stay in residence with the program. This option can be discussed in further detail during the interview process.


For the first week of the program, students have the option of staying in residence near the main training site. This option can be discussed in further detail during the interview process.

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