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.

High School Students  |  Undergraduate Students  |  Graduate Students

High School Students

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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.

Who is Eligible?

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

If interested, please contact Eric Sancen, Pre-College Counselor at for more information and to apply.

Incoming Freshmen

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Personal and Professional Development

  • Financial aid sessions each semester to understand debt and to be informed on scholarship opportunities
  • Mentorship opportunities: Bridge Scholars program, PASOS, Horizontes
  • Participate in the Hispanic Collaborative Network Health Access Fair
  • Participate in medically underserved community and primary care experiences

Bridge Program

As an incoming HCOP student at Carroll, you’ll participate in a week-long summer residential college program to support your transition from high school to Carroll. It includes primary care/mental health career exposure activities.

Academic Support

  • Get individual support sessions, including guidance of your personal study plans
  • Participate in one on one meetings each semester to keep your plan on track and to prepare for graduate school
  • Participate in the WI area Health Education Centers (AHEC Scholars Program Case Competition)
  • Participate in primary care and mental health research experiences

Financial Support

  • All undergraduate ambassadors are eligible for a scholarship starting at $5,000. The scholarship will increase every year depending on participation in the program. Stipends available for approved shadowing experiences.

Learn more and apply to the HCOP program

Graduate Students

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Personal and Professional Development

  • Engage in Common Read to bring students together as a community by creating common ground for discussion
  • Participate in primary care, community-based care, rural and medically underserved communities, and career exploration
  • Participate in leadership development activities and work life balance planning

Academic Support

  • Participate in cognitive skills development and learning strategies
  • Participate in one-on-one writing consultations to review grad level writing
  • Participate in National Board Examination test preparation strategy sessions

Financial Support

  • All 500 level graduate ambassadors are eligible for a scholarship of $7,500. Stipends available for approved clinical experiences.

HCOP Graduate Student Application

Applications are currently closed.

Approved Health Careers

Community Partners

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