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Mini-Health Professions Academy exposes high schoolers to healthcare careers

CHSP and Columbus State Community College partner to offer healthcare professions camp to Central Ohio students in grades nine and 10
Jun 15, 2017
High school students explore a variety of healthcare professions through interactive, fun and hands-on learning activities.
High school students explore a variety of healthcare professions through interactive, fun and hands-on learning activities. Photo by Lauren Dickey.


Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions and Columbus State Community College are hosting a summer health professions mini-camp for Central Ohio high school students.

The Mini-Health Professions Academy is a two-day camp in June for 9–10 graders. The camp seeks to expose younger high school students to the exciting varieties of healthcare professions and the different pathways for study. The 2017 Mini-Health Professions Academy will be held June 21–22, and the attendees come from 15 schools across Central Ohio. The Mini-Health Professions Academy is free to these students. 

Since the camp’s inception in 2015, students from urban, rural and suburban high schools have attended the programs at the Ohio University Dublin location. There, they have participated in a series of interactive academic, clinical and case-based learning activities.

First generation students and students from underrepresented populations were especially encouraged to apply during the application period.

“Nearly 30 percent of the camp participants are first-generation college students, and we would like to see that percentage increase next year and every year after,” said Ginny Valentin, CHSP’s senior director of Central Ohio programs and partnerships. “We want this camp to expose students to opportunities in the healthcare field they never even knew existed, or thought possible to pursue. By providing both two- and four-year degree pathways, many of which can be started while in high school, we hope these students leave with their minds full of career possibilities and the confidence and knowledge to pursue them.”

University admissions staff, physician assistant students, CHSP and Columbus State Community College faculty and working health professionals will lend valuable insight to students on how to prepare academically and professionally for a career in the health sciences. They will also share tips on applying for and getting into college.

“The College of Health Sciences and Professions partnered with Columbus State Community College, so students are not only exposed to a variety of healthcare professions, but also exposed to the many educational pathways available,” Valentin said.

Students will participate in a variety of healthcare activities, including:

  • Practicing phlebotomies and intubations
  • Learning about human anatomy through interaction with a human cadaver
  • Demonstrating and applying their knowledge with patient simulations of how the body works
  • Scrubbing in for surgery
  • Performing diagnostic imaging and testing
  • Learning heart and lung sounds using simulated patients
  • Exploring the importance of diet, lifestyle and exercise to wellness
  • Reviewing EKGs, identifying infections and caring for wounds

“The camp affords students the opportunity to interact with healthcare professionals who work in surgical settings, critical and long term care, physical rehabilitation, emergency care, nutritional counseling and more,” said Laura Harris, director of clinical education assessment and outreach for CHSP’s athletic training division. “It allows students who are interested in healthcare to see that there are careers that fit their personalities and abilities.”

The camp activities focus on the unique, constantly-evolving demands of modern healthcare — changes that require new approaches and competencies from healthcare workers. Some of these include communication skills, interprofessional thinking, teamwork and a dedication to lifelong learning.

To learn more about the mini-health professions camp, follow the link here.

Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions is one of the largest health-focused colleges in the country. The college’s five schools and departments offer programming on OHIO campuses in Athens, Ohio and Dublin, Ohio. Offerings include undergraduate and graduate programs as well as continuing education opportunities for health professionals. Learn more at www.ohio.edu/chsp.