Health Careers Summer Institute (HCSI)

Jump start your journey to a career in healthcare 

The Health Careers Summer Institute 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.  

HCSI 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. 

Program details

The Health Careers Summer Institute is a six-week program that meets

Monday - Thursday, 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., June 18 - July 26, 2018.

Students that successfully complete all six weeks will earn six college credits!

Program requirements

Required documents for high school students:

  • Apply to DVC - DVC application (please read instructions carefully)
  • Special Admission Recommendation Form (needs to be completed and signed by parent/guardian and school administrators). Students can enroll in person(or their parent) with this form starting on May 29 and the DVC Pleasant Hill or San Ramon Campus.
  • 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

Admissions & Records Hours:

Open Mon, Wed, Thurs from 8:30am-5:00pm, Tues 8:30am-7:00pm

For more information please email Barbara Hewitt at