Allied Health Career Exploration (AHCE)

Eligibility requirements

Any rising and current college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are interested in patient counseling, clinical laboratory sciences, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nurse anesthesia, rehabilitation counseling, radiation sciences, health administration and gerontology as health careers. 

Program description

AHCE is a two-week summer for students interested in any of the nine health career programs offered by the VCU College of Health Professions. Participants meet weekdays for full-day department/degree program admissions information, hands-on and interactive activities within each discipline, workshops on current health care topics, interviewing skills, resume development and more. AHCE participants receive the necessary information to pursue a School of Allied health Professions application process. 

Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from the program site on a daily basis. Lunch and any resource materials required to participate in the program will be provided at no cost to participants. Commitment to full attendance, including an orientation session and closing event, is required to participate.


June 13 - 24, 2022


VCU Health Campus. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing guidelines necessitated a virtual implementation of AHCE in 2020 and 2021 rather than the traditional on-site/residential model. As a result, we are proud to share that the program was successfully facilitated online for 30 participants last summer. We will continue following the healthcare guidelines mandated by VCU in accordance with the Commonwealth of Virginia as we plan ahead for AHCE 2022 however we are currently planning an in-person program. Regardless of the program's format, we are working diligently to ensure that AHCE 2021 participants will also have a valuable and transformative experience during the upcoming summer as well. Please continue to monitor our website for updates regarding the status of AHCE 2022. 

Contact information

VCU Pipeline Team at (804) 827-0982 or