Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)

Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)

Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) students at Creighton University

The Pipeline to Success Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) is a federally funded grant that provides students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to develop the skills needed to successfully compete for, enter, and graduate from health professional schools.

Completed applications for Spring and Summer 2019 Sessions are due NOW.

    Eligibility

    An applicant to the Creighton University Pipeline to Success Health Careers Opportunity Program must:

    • Be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, permanent resident, or foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States.
    • Currently enrolled in high school, community college, a 4-year college/university or health professional school.
    • Must be economically OR educationally disadvantaged.
    • Must be interested in a health career or the health sciences.
    • Must meet additional HCOP eligibility criteria.
    • Must possess a 2.5 GPA or greater (cumulative) on a 1.0 – 4.0 scale.

    Application Process

    The Application and Application Checklist can be retrieved from the Pipeline to Success Health Careers Opportunity Program office (info located in the “Contact Us” section” or downloaded/printed below:

    Download the application and application checklist.

    A completed application should include the following:

    • Completed and signed application (by student and parent/guardian)
    • Most recent tax return or Statement of Benefits
    • One-Page Personal Statement
    • Official Transcript
    • Recommendation Letter(s) from School Counselor/Advisor (in a sealed envelope)

     

    IMPORTANT: Applicants can only apply to ONE (1) of the five (5) programs offered by the Pipeline to Success Health Careers Opportunity Program.  Please be sure to indicate which program you are applying for within your one-page personal statement.

    Programs

    Academic Year Ambassador Programs: September through April

    The High School Health Careers Ambassador Program (11th and 12th graders ONLY), Undergraduate Health Careers Ambassador Program and Health Professional Health Careers Ambassador Program will offer the following:

    • Formal and informal opportunities for counseling, mentoring and group support.
    • Academic support services, academic enrichment and skill development.
    • Reduction in cognitive or attitudinal barriers to learning through discussion of educational, personal, and/or family issues that may impact academic progress.
    • Educational and clinical shadowing activities.
    • Training in primary care settings as well as opioid abuse, mental and behavioral health.
    • Monthly meetings/workshops focused on financial aid planning, health disparities, stress management, public health, etc.
    • Group sessions with local practicing physicians, dentists, pharmacists, occupational therapists and physical therapists.
    • Scheduled field trips and tours of health professional private offices.
       

    Summer Program (six-week program): June through July

    The High School Summer Program (11th and 12th graders ONLY) and Undergraduate Summer Program will offer the following:

    • Structured coursework in Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Writing, Test Preparation, etc.
    • Formal and informal opportunities for counseling, mentoring and group support.
    • Academic support services, academic enrichment and skill development.
    • Reduction in cognitive or attitudinal barriers to learning through discussion of educational, personal, and/or family issues that may impact academic progress.
    • Educational and clinical shadowing activities.
    • Training in primary care settings as well as opioid abuse, mental and behavioral health.
    • Monthly meetings/workshops focused on financial aid planning, health disparities, stress management, public health, etc.
    • Group sessions with local practicing physicians, dentists, pharmacists, occupational therapists and physical therapists.
    • Scheduled field trips and tours of health professional private offices.

     

    IMPORTANT: Applicants can only apply to ONE (1) of the five (5) programs offered by the Pipeline to Success Health Careers Opportunity Program. Please be sure to indicate which program you are applying for within your one-page personal statement.

    Stipends and Scholarships

    Pipeline to Success – HCOP will provide monthly stipends to students that actively participate and complete ALL program activities required by each specific program. 

    In addition, Pipeline to Success – HCOP will offer a scholarship (to cover tuition, fees, books and other related educational expenses) to students who matriculate or are currently in the professional schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy or occupational therapy.

    FAQ

    Q: How do I submit my application packet?

    A: Application packets can be submitted in-person, by email or by fax using the information located under the “Contact Us” tab.

    Q: Do my transcripts need to be official?

    A: Transcripts must be official and sent as official hard copies.  Unofficial transcripts will not be considered.

    Q: How long should I make my personal statement?

    A: Try to limit your personal statement to one page.

    Q: How much does the program cost?

    A: The program is FREE.

    Q: How much does the program pay?

    A:  Each participant will receive a stipend and/or scholarship for active participation in the program and its activities.

    Q: How will I know if I am accepted into the Pipeline to Success - HCOP?

    A: If you are accepted into the program, you will be contacted via mail. Your acceptance letter will include information such as the date and time of Orientation Night, where to arrive on the first day of the program, and specific forms to be completed before the first day of your session. 

    If you are not accepted, you will also be contacted via mail.  Because both acceptance and non-acceptance materials will be sent via mail, it is CRITICAL that you provide in your application an accurate mailing address.

    Contact Us

    For more information, please contact us at:

    Creighton University
    Health Sciences – Multicultural and Community Affairs (HS-MACA)
    Suite G-13
    2500 California Plaza
    Omaha, NE 68178
    Office: 402.280.4112
    Fax: 402.280.4030
    Email: AminatuIssaka [at] creighton [dot] edu