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What are the summer Health Careers Enrichment programs?

WVU will conduct summer HAPPEN, GUIDE, and retention programs to prepare students for health professions schools. The primary goal of this project is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, support, and abilities to enter and graduate from post-secondary schools offering careers in allied health, medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy, then return to practice in the central Appalachian region.

What can HCOP do for me?

HCOP (Health Career Opportunity Program) is a summer enrichment program that helps students obtain the skills, abilities and knowledge base to become successful.

  • For HAPPEN, students will have simulated college-level coursework in biology, math, writing. There will be graded tests and quizzes (with no college credit) in the student files. Students will gain the academic and social confidence to help them become successful at any college or university. Students who do attend WVU may have an opportunity to take courses with HAPPEN professors. The summer program gives them a “head start” for their undergraduate education.
  • For GUIDE, students will take mock interviews, shadow, volunteer, essay writing and have admission test review for the MCAT, DAT, GRE and the PCAT.

How much does it cost to participate?

The program is FREE for those who qualify.

How are students selected and what are the qualifications?

A student seeking admission must be a U.S. citizen and a resident in the state of WV. Applicants must have a disadvantaged status (underrepresented minority, financial, educational and first-generation college bound). Other deciding factors will be based on school performance, standardized test scores and motivation toward improving current educational status. You are eligible to apply to the program if you are a graduating high school senior in May.

Students can apply for the HAPPEN program if they are a graduating high school senior (interested in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or allied health).

Students can apply for the GUIDE program if they are an undergraduate sophomore, juniors or graduating seniors seeking admission into the schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy or occupational therapy.

What defines a student as disadvantaged?

Disadvantaged is defined as financially, academically, first generation college-bound, non-traditional students, and an environment which inhibits chances of success.

Educationally Disadvantage: an individual that comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school or allied health program; e.g., a person who is the first generation to attend and graduate from a 4 year College/University, limited upper level courses in high school.

Economically Disadvantage: an individual that comes from a family with an annual income at or below low-income thresholds according to family size.

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