Cleveland Aspiring Doctors Precollege Program


Cleveland Campus

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About our program

The Heritage College’s Aspiring DOctors Precollege Program is a comprehensive, three-year pipeline program targeting high school students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to foster their interest in pursuing careers in science and health. Students in the program visit the Cleveland campus each year starting in 10th grade to learn more about osteopathic medicine and other healthcare careers through participation in academic enrichment and hands-on learning activities. Lectures, hands-on clinical activities, case-based learning lessons and college/career readiness workshops will be delivered by the Heritage College, Cleveland, faculty, staff and medical students. The Cleveland campus has partnered with Warrensville Heights High School,  Whitney M. Young Leadership Academy and  High Tech Academy through Cuyahoga Community College to deliver this program to selected high school students.


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INSIGHT Into Diversity  magazine awarded Aspiring DOctors an Inspiring Programs in STEM Award for 2018. This award honors colleges and universities that encourage and help students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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The Aspiring DOctors
Precollege Program
is generously supported
by the St. Luke’s Foundation,
the City of Warrensville Heights,
the Cyrus Eaton Foundation, and
Omnova Solutions Foundation .

Program Highlights

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  • FREE for participating students

  • Hands-on STEM Curriculum

  • College Readiness Activities

  • Mentoring by medical students

  • Guest speakers from medical and health professions




Contact Us

For more information on the Cleveland Aspiring DOctors Precollege Program, contact:

Terra Ndubuizu
Senior Director, Campus Administration
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cleveland
Phone: 216.295.7519

Samantha Baker
Assitant Director, Admissions & Outreach Coordinator
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cleveland
Phone: 216.295.7941

Interested parents and students at partner schools should contact your school guidance counselor.

10th Grade

9th graders Informational Day

Spend a day at the Heritage College, Cleveland, learning more about medical school and osteopathic medicine participating in hands-on clinical experiences. You will also have the opportunity to particpate in college readiness activites, led by Heritage College, Cleveland, staff.


ShaDOw Day - Optional for Seniors

OMM demonstration ShaDOw Day

Step into the shoes of a medical student and spend the day on campus learning alongside current Heritage College students. Attend a class, participate in clinical hands-on activities,eat lunch with faculty and staff, and learn more about medical school admissions.


11th Grade

11th graders Throughout your junior year, you will visit the Cleveland campus four times, where you’ll have an opportunity to learn and practice clinical skills and techniques through interactive activities with our students, faculty and staff. As juniors, you will be paired up with a medical student buddy. On visit days, you and your buddy will have the opporunity to connect over lunch, giving you the perfect opportunity to listen, learn and be inspired!

3.0 GPA Requirement


12th Grade

12th graders with firefighters Expand on what you learned

Expanding on what you learned in the program during your junior year, the senior program is a yearlong experience that incorporates an upclose look at diagnostic, treatment and laboratory settings. You will also participate in career & college readiness activities that will support your transition into higher education.

3.0 GPA Requirement