HCOP-MPA AT A GLANCE
Alabama A&M University
The Alabama A&M Uni-
versity (AAMU) Health
AAMU HCOP-MPA evolved from a grant
PROGRAM awarded by the Depart-
Health Careers Opportunity Program– Medical Professions Assistance
ment of Health and Hu-
man Services in Washington, D.C. It is
housed under the School of Arts and Sci-
ences (in the Chemistry Department), lo-
Telephone: 256 372 8349 Facsimile: 256 372 8800
cated on the historic campus of AAMU.
program aims to
417 Carter Hall, Normal Alabama, 35762
minorities to pur-
careers in Medi- Rural Health Pipeline Program
cine, Dentistry or
Alabama A&M University
vision extends to
include Forensic Alabama University
try, Physical Therapy, Occupational Ther-
apy, Public Health and Nursing. HCOP’s
target audience is middle school, high
school, college level and post-baccalaureate “Diversifying The
students who are interested in health-related Healthcare Workforce
professions. Students must meet certain of America...One Qualified Stu-
economic and educational criteria to qualify dent At a Time!
For additional information, E-mail:
Telephone: 256 372 8349
We’re Online at: hcop-mpa.org
ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS HCOP - MIDDLE SCHOOL
Science Opportunities for Kids (SOKS) HCOP - UPPER HIGH SCHOOL
Program Dates: November through May Pre-Health Academy on Saturdays (PAS)
Program Dates: January through May
The SOKS program is designed to give eligible 6th, 7th
and 8t graders the opportunity to engage in activities that Pre-Health Academy on Saturdays (PAS) pro-
expand their understanding of the sciences and health
vides eligible 11th and 12th graders the opportu-
The HCOP-MPA mandate at AAMU is to assist nity to receive enrichment in math and science.
America in diversifying her healthcare work- SOKS participants meet for a once a month after-school- PAS provides student enrichment and test prepa-
force. Towards this end, the HCOP-MPA office session where they are engaged in a hands-on science
offers a variety of programs geared towards ad- session. Students will spend 2 hours conducting experi- ration services for the following examinations:
dressing the unrelenting disparities in health care ments or taking field trips led by area scientists, educators • ACT
education especially amongst minorities. Addition- and/ or health professionals.
ally, HCOP-MPA staff work hard to develop part-
• Alabama High School Graduation Examination
nerships and pro- All SOKS activities take place at the child’s middle school
PAS students meet 15 Saturdays for six hours
grams that cultivate or at the North Alabama Center for Educational Excel-
each Saturday in the Spring Term. Each PAS
our youth to become lence (NACEE). Parents are welcome and encouraged to
student is paid a stipend of $75.00 each week
leading academicians attend! Participating schools for this program include:
throughout the course of the PAS program.
with a hunger to learn Davis Hills, Ed White and Westlawn Middle Schools.
Each school selects up to fifteen students to participate in Location: All PAS events will take place at AAMU
and to become doc-
tors, dentists, pharma- SOKS.
cists or other health
care professionals. HCOP - UNDERGRADUATE
HCOP - LOWER HIGH SCHOOL (Seniors and Incoming Freshmen)
The HCOP-MPA Programs feature structured and
unstructured activities for participants, such as: Pre-Health Exploratory Summer Institute (PHESI)
Residential Enrichment Activities for Careers in
Program Dates: June Healthcare (REACH)
• ACT Test Prep—for high school juniors/
seniors by the School of Education at AAMU. Pre-Health Exploratory Summer Institute (PHESI) is Program Dates: June through July
designed for students in the 9th and 10th grades who are
• Medical Venturing for High School students in interested in a health career or have an interest to pursue REACH is an on-campus (residential) student en-
conjunction with Huntsville Hospital and Boy science in college. Unsure about becoming either a doc- richment program that is focuses on providing aca-
Scouts of America. tor, pharmacist, nurse, etc? Then PHESI is the program demic and other student support services for eco-
nomically and educationally disadvantaged stu-
• MCAT/DAT/PCAT Test Prep by Genesis E- for you. Explore your potential!
dents who are desiring a career in pharmacy, medi-
Learning Systems. PHESI students are participate in instruction and activities cine, dental or other health care related profes-
• Tutoring for students in all academic disci- aimed at enriching their knowledge and provide to them, a sions.
plines. hands-on science experience. Students attend two six-
hour workshops at Alabama A&M University, get paid, REACH focuses on preparing students through
• Mentoring /shadowing opportunities with
experience science projects, go to field trips and are ex- academic enrichment summer experience. Partici-
health-care professionals. pants spend eight weeks on the campus of AAMU
posed to role models in the health industry. There are two
• Health care-related field trips and lectures. workshops for each level. engaging in coursework, fieldtrips and recreational
activities. REACH students will receive college
• Scholarships, financial aid and more! PHESI targets students from disadvantaged backgrounds. credits, a stipend and a certificate of completion.
Successful students receive a certificate of completion.