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High school

Our Pipeline programs for high school students are designed to assist in the college and career decision process. Learn from current college students, health care professionals and researchers about the extensive and exciting options in the health care fields.

Dental Career Exploration Program

The Dental Career Exploration Program (DCE) is offered to 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students who are interested in exploring a career in dentistry. The program provides students with hands-on workshops emphasizing reading comprehension, public speaking and study skills. Click to learn more about DCE.

Dental Hygiene Career Exploration Program

The Dental Hygiene Career Exploration Program (DHCE) is designed to expose diverse high school juniors and seniors to the dental hygiene profession. Program participants will gain hands-on laboratory experience dealing with dental hygiene instrumentation, dental anatomy, scaling and more.  Click to learn more about DHCE.

Governor’s School for Medicine and the Health Sciences

The Governor’s School for Medicine and the Health Sciences (GSMHS) is a four-week summer program that explores the health sciences and medicine through a systems-based, problem-solving approach that utilizes case studies, laboratory investigations and real-world shadowing experiences.  Click to learn more about GSMHS.

Health Sciences Academy

The Health Sciences Academy (HSA) offers a health sciences exploration course to high school students attending Cosby High School Health Sciences Specialty Center, John Marshall High School and Richmond Community High School.  Click to learn more about HSA.

From Jump Rope to Stethoscope

From Jump Rope to Stethoscope - High School (FJR2S - HS) is a community outreach program that aims to increase and awareness of health care professions for students from kindergarten to 12th grade.  Click to learn more about FJR2S - HS.

Learning Excellence Academics Program

The Learning Excellence Academics Program (LEAP) is a five-week college preparatory pipeline program for students to explore STEM-H majors and careers. It is designed to help students better understand the needs during the transition to college from high school, specifically the increased personal responsibility, level of expectation, and independent time management. Click to learn more about LEAP.

Physical Therapy Career Exploration Program

The Physical Therapy Career Exploration Program (PTCE) is a two-week program that exposes high school students to the profession of physical therapy and provides them with the opportunity to improve their overall academic skills.  Click to learn more about PTCE.

Project ACEe

Project Academic, Career and Educational experiences (ACEe) is a program sponsored by the VCU School of Medicine to expose under-represented high school students to the medical profession by providing them with workshops and mentoring opportunities.  Click to learn more about Project ACEe.

VCU Dental Scholars

VCU Dental Scholars is a program offered to high school students who are interested in exploring a career in dentistry. Scholars meet twice a month for 90-minute hands-on workshops from November through April.  Click to learn more about Dental Scholars.

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