Health Careers Academy 


Application Closed for Summer 2019


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DVC Career Academies Summer 2020 Interest Card


Jump start your journey to a career in healthcare 

The Health Careers Academy is a two-course program (Medical Terminology and Introduction to Health Careers with CPR training) that is open to high school juniors and seniors who have completed high school biology.

This six-week summer program is for college credit and introduces students to healthcare and healthcare careers through lecture, laboratory, and fieldwork experiences. These activities allow students to explore healthcare career specializations and provides a foundational overview of healthcare systems, processes, culture, ethics, and integrated professions.  

HCA students will visit local healthcare facilities and participate in patient-centered experiences firsthand. Course content focuses on trending healthcare practices and current standards and will assist students to select appropriate educational programs and professional goals according to their academic goals.

Patient care experience is as valuable as the theory and academics that are behind the medical treatments. These courses are intended to develop students to become future healthcare leaders who will deliver excellent patient care as well as quality industry outcomes. 


Career Academy details



Note: This is a 6-week academy




LHS 210, DVC Pleasant Hill Campus


High school students pay ONLY $1.00 per unit.

*This is a 6 unit academy

College Credit:

HSCI-100-1115 and HSCI-128-1145: Earn 6 units of college credit and 15 units of high school credit

CSU Transferable


Special Admissions Recommendation Form

  • Fill out and have signed by your high school principal before school gets out for summer
  • Hold on to this signed form until you receive an email stating you have been accepted into the Career Academy
  • Once accepted, you will be able to turn in this form starting June 2020 at either the Pleasant Hill or San Ramon Campus
  • Campus Hours: PHC - Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm and Tuesday 8:00am-7:00pm; SRC - Monday-Thursday 9:00am-6:30pm *Closed Fridays

Academy Requirements

  • You must have completed Biology; if homeschooled, you will need to submit your biology course outline
  • Be current on mandatory high school vaccinations
  • Students must register for BOTH below courses on their Special Admission Recommendation Form:
    HSCI 100-1115 Introduction to Health Careers
    HSCI 128-1145 Medical Terminology

Who can apply:

This course is appropriate for students entering grades 11 and 12 for Fall 2020

*However, 9th and 10th grade high school students who have completed Biology will qualify as well


  • DVC does not provide meals; please make sure to pack your own lunch and snacks
  • Because this class gives college credit, students must attend everyday for the whole time or they may receive a non-passing grade for the class on their college transcript.
  • This Career Academy is a boot camp into the healthcare career world. There will be homework and students will earn a letter grade.


Limited to 30 students

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