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COPE Health Scholar Programs

A hands-on clinical and administrative experience opportunity for pre-healthcare professionals

The Health Scholars Programs at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley and Frank Howard Memorial Hospital gives pre-healthcare professionals unparalleled access to direct patient care and hospital administrative areas. Program participants become valuable members of the care team working alongside nurses, physicians and allied health professionals in clinical and administrative settings. These programs give high school students, college students, and career changers the opportunity to learn a patient-centered approach to care, advance their professional school candidacy, build a foundation for their careers, and begin lifelong relationships through the COPE Connect alumni network.

Junior Health Scholars Program (ages 16-17)

The Junior Health Scholar program provides high school students between the ages 16 and 17 years old who are interested in health care with a unique, firsthand educational experience within the health system and hospital setting, while also earning a completion certificate from Keck Graduate Institute. Through continuous recruitment, screening, education, interactive training and professional development, Junior Health Scholars are able to shift independently in the health care setting. Junior Health Scholars will also have opportunities to be paired with Health Scholars in various clinical and administrative departments to better understand care delivery and the components of the care team. The experience through the Junior Health Scholar Program helps foster long-term success in school, as program participants progress through their education and prepare for careers in health care.

What you need to know about the programs:

  • 2 options available
    • 9-month program
    • 3-month program
  • 164 total hours
    • 16-hour online module training
    • 4 in-person training
    • 144 practicum hours

Health Scholars Program (ages 18+)

Scholars 18+ participate in immersive educational experience with direct patient care in a clinical setting. Participants receive training on proper bedside etiquette, taking vitals, bathing a patient, and more. This program is offered year-round, with enrollment occurring every quarter.

What you need to know about the program:

  • 3 options available
    • 15-month program
    • 9-month program
    • 3-month program
  • 280 total hours which include:
    • 15 online module training hours
    • 15 in-person practicum hours
    • 250 in-person practicum hours
  • Gain Clinical Hours for school or future medical programs
  • Mentorship opportunities available

Medical Assistant Program (ages 18+)

COPE Health Scholars Medical Assistant School is a 7-month program with weekly didactic learning, clinical rotations, and practicum hours. Trainees will earn a certification of completion (Medical Assistant Scholar) from our partners at Keck Graduate Institute. This entry-level program is offered to community members and Adventist Health associates.

Graduates of the program will sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam, as well as pursue a career as an MA with Adventist Health.

What you need to know about the program:

  • Prepares graduates for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant exam
  • Co-design approach with Adventist Health that centers on the spirit of humanistic collaboration
  • 720 total training hours, which include:
    • 430 online lecture hours
    • 90 lab hours
    • 200 in-person practicum hours under supervision / mentorship of a certified MA, RN, LVN, or MD/DO

All COPE Health Scholar Programs offer:

  • Hands-on experience and education through a Keck Graduate Institute accredited course.
  • Mentorship opportunities with healthcare professionals and COPE Health Scholars staff.
  • Opportunities for entry-level hospital positions.
  • Leadership opportunities to increase professional development skills.
  • Seminars with guest speakers and healthcare panels.
  • Test-prep service discounts.
  • Attendance at networking events.
  • And much more...

To be successful in the program, applicants must be a self-starter and a motivated individual. For more information and to apply, visit the COPE Health Scholar website or join our upcoming events listed here.

Contact Kristina Long for all Health Scholar inquiries at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley and Howard Memorial:

Kristina Long
(213) 574-2634
Program Coordinator

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