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Huntingdon Health Sciences Academy

A program for rising high school seniors, Summer 2017

June 7–9, 2017, at Huntingdon College

HHSA logoThe Huntingdon College Health Sciences Academy (HHSA) allows rising River Region high school seniors to consider new career possibilities and to learn more about the important work of health sciences professionals. This three-day program, with evening seminars and overnight stays in Huntingdon residence halls, combines interactive and on-site learning and laboratories, a unique health-related research project conducted alongside Huntingdon professors, and networking with respected professionals in the health science field as well as with peers who have similar interests.

HHSA introduces students to the need for shadowing and networking in preparation for careers as physicians, dentists, pharmacists, chiropractors, physician assistants, nurses, or physical or occupational therapists, and to the vital roles these professionals play in serving their communities. During HHSA, students will tour a world-class healthcare facility, meet and network with a variety of health care professionals, participate in a meaningful White Coat Ceremony, and enjoy sustained interactions with peers, professors, and professionals as they prepare for college enrollment.

An experience like no other, HHSA will set students apart among college applicants and as they seek permanent careers in the health sciences.

photo of Huntingdon biochem studentsThe Huntingdon College Health Sciences Academy provides:

• A network of experienced professionals in the field of health sciences
• Hands-on learning through interactive laboratories and on-site observation at healthcare facilities
• Experience working alongside professors on a unique health-related research project
• Academic preparation for health sciences
• Meaningful White Coat Ceremony
• Continued interaction with HHSA professors and health professionals throughout the student’s senior year
• Service and shadowing opportunities

Who should participate

Rising River Region high school seniors with an interest in health sciences will find this program intriguing and inspirational. Students should have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or above in their high school coursework and be committed to stay for the entirety of the three-day/two-night program.


photo of student shadowing a neurosurgeonThe cost for meals, lodging on the Huntingdon College campus, materials, and entertainment for the program will be paid by the Health Sciences Academy. There is a $25 enrollment fee for each student selected for the program.


Rising seniors (those who will graduate from high school in the spring of 2018) who attend River Region high school and who have achieved minimum cumulative 3.4 GPAs during high school coursework may apply. Apply now using the online Health Sciences Academy Application Form.

Want to know more? Contact Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy, professor of chemistry and director of the HHSA at (334) 833-4462 or maureenm@hawks.huntingdon.edu.