Health Careers Academy 

Information and Updates: 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


June 15 - July 24, 2020 - Pleasant Hill Campus

June 15 - July 24, 2020 - San Ramon Campus

Note: This is a 6-week academy




LHS 210, DVC Pleasant Hill Campus

TBD, DVC San Ramon 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

How to Apply: 

What can you do now?

Starting April 1st:

  • Complete Career Academy Application (link will be here and at top of page starting April 1st)
  • You will not enroll for this course through InSite and must receive permission from our office to enroll.
  • Hold on to your signed Special Admissions Recommendation Form until you receive an email stating you have been accepted into the Career Academy
  • Beginning of May, students will receive an email if they have been accepted or waitlisted
  • Once accepted, you must respond confirming your spot and complete the online permission forms by a certain date that will be in your email
  • You will receive a date in June to submit your Special Admissions Recommendation Form to either the Pleasant Hill or San Ramon Campus Admissions & Records Office. You can also pay your fee of $1/unit at this time.
  • Campus Hours: PHC - Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm and Tuesday 8:00am-7:00pm; SRC - Monday-Thursday 9:00am-6:30pm *Closed Fridays

For more detailed instructions: Steps to Apply to Career Academies


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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