Carroll University
Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)

You want a career in health care. Carroll University can help. Whether you’re a high school, undergraduate or graduate student, Carroll’s National Academy Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) can give you the tools and real-world experiences to help you succeed. HCOP can help wherever you are on your journey. Receive special attention and advising from Carroll’s top-rated healthcare programs.

Pre-College Students  |  Undergraduate Students  |  Graduate Students

Pre-college Students

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Who is Eligible?

High school juniors and seniors interested in careers in physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, clinical exercise physiology, pharmacy, athletic training, public health, radiologic technology, diagnostic medical sonography or an undecided health career. 

CU Rising Scholars at Carroll University

Our weeklong summer residential program gives you an opportunity to explore university life and gain academic, social and life skills that will help you succeed in college. Application is required; HCOP ambassadors are given preference.

Project Pioneer

Our pre-college, academic-year program that includes cultural activities, panel presentations with diverse primary and mental health care professionals and service projects in medically underserved community settings.

Preparing and Advancing Students for Opportunities in Science (PASOS)

If you’re a student graduating from Bruce Guadalupe Middle School or Acosta Middle School, you can apply to join our special CU/UCC PASOS program, which provides personal and professional development activities, including a high school peer mentorship program.
 
If interested, please contact cuhcop@carrollu.edu for more information and to apply. 

Undergraduate Students

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Who is Eligible?  

Students must first be admitted to Carroll University as a full-time, first-year undergraduate student and: 

  • Intend to major or declare an emphasis in:
    • Public Health 
    • Radiologic Technology 
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonography 
    • Pre-Physical Therapy 
    • Pre-Occupational Therapy 
    • Pre-Physician Assistant 
    • Pre-Pharmacy 
    • Pre-Athletic Training 
    • Pre-Exercise Physiology 
  • Come from an educationally or economically disadvantaged background 
  • Have at least a 2.75 cumulative high school GPA 
  • Be US Citizens or Permanent Residents and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 

Financial Support 

All first-year undergraduate ambassadors are eligible for a scholarship starting at $5,000. The scholarship will increase each year based on participation in the program. Stipends available for approved educational experiences. 

Bridge Program 

As an incoming HCOP ambassador at Carroll, you’ll participate in a week-long summer residential college program to support your transition from high school to Carroll.  

Personal and Professional Development 

HCOP ambassadors receive financial literacy training, mentorship opportunities, career exploration and advising, and hands-on experiences in medically underserved communities and in primary care. 

Academic Support 

Students receive academic coaching, assistance in the creation of a study plan, and guidance in applying to graduate level health science programs. 

Apply here

Graduate Students

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Who is Eligible? 

Students must first be admitted to Carroll University as a 500-level graduate student and: 

  • Be studying in one of the following programs:
    • ​Physical Therapy
    • Physician Assistant
    • Occupational Therapy 
    • Clinical Exercise Physiology
    • Athletic Training 
  • Come from an educationally or economically disadvantaged background 
  • Be US Citizens or Permanent Residents file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 

Financial Support 

Graduate HCOP Ambassadors are eligible for a scholarship of $7,500 each year in the two-year program. Stipends for approved clinical experiences are also available. 

Personal and Professional Development 

Students engage in a common read to learn more about social determinants of health and lead discussion clubs to encourage reflective practice.  Students also receive education to improve personal wellbeing, financial literacy, leadership development, and professional etiquette.  

Academic Support 

500-level ambassadors receive one-on-one support in time management and study plans. 600-level ambassadors receive support in National Board Examination preparation.

Apply here

Supported Health Careers

  • Athletic Training 
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology 
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Occupational Therapy 
  • Pharmacy 
  • Physical Therapy 
  • Physician Assistant 
  • Public Health
  • Radiologic Technology 

Community Partners

  • United Community Center 
  • Boys and Girls Club 
  • Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers
  • Center for Health Care Careers of Southeastern Wisconsin 
  • Data You Can Use 
  • Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association 
  • Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers 
  • Medical College of Wisconsin 

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