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High School student learns how to listen to lung sounds at Quinnipiac’s School of Nursing, during an interactive day on Quinnipiac’s North Haven Campus.

Pre-College Summer Programs

Healthcare Career Exploration Academy

The Healthcare Career Exploration Academy introduces high school students to ten different healthcare disciplines to make it easier to decide which degree program matches their skills and interests. Students will learn about career opportunities within allied health professions, gain certification in health-related skills and earn two credits that will transfer to Quinnipiac University.

This program is full and is unable to accept new registrations. Please consider another Summer Program for High School Students at Quinnipiac University.


This program is perfect for high school students who are interested in a future career in health professions. In this exciting 2-week program, high school students will be introduced to a variety of health professions all while engaging in hands-on skill building such as proficiency in taking vital signs, introduction to suturing techniques, fabrication of custom orthoses, basic gait training and transfer skills, bench science laboratory techniques and basic dissection techniques.

At the end of this interactive experience, you’ll walk away with:
  • Three Certifications: Basic First Aid and CPR, Stop the Bleed and Teen Mental Health First Aid

  • The opportunity to earn up to two (2) college credits transferable to Quinnipiac University

  • Foundational knowledge in interprofessional education and experience with patient simulation

  • Hands-on, skill-building experiences within specific health professions, including but not limited to: measuring vital signs, performing suturing techniques, clinical lab anatomy and dissection, acquiring bench research skills with DNA testing, gait and transfer training, fabrication of custom orthoses and splints, diagnostic imaging, nutrition/dietary with hands on cooking.

  • An understanding of health profession career options, and knowledge of how different professions use their skills and expertise to solve problems across the healthcare industry

Earn Industry Certifications and College Credits

Stacked logo for the American Red Cross

All attendees will have the opportunity to earn two course credits transferable to Quinnipiac University as well as industry certificates in:

  • Basic First Aid and CPR issued by the American Red Cross

  • Stop the Bleed by American College of Surgeons-Committee on Trauma

  • Teen Mental Health First Aid by National Council for Mental Wellbeing

  • Certificate of participation following their day at CESI-Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation at Hartford Hospital

Program Dates and Schedule

July 8, 2024 - July 19, 2024

Sample Daily Schedule: This is only a sample schedule and is subject to change due to a variety of factors.

Time Activity Details

9 a.m.

Ice Breaker

Skill Building: Interview like a health professional

Morning Program Meeting

  • Program 1: Health and Wellness / Nutrition

  • Program 2: Nursing Profession

Check-in with the group, quick introduction to the day's theme, and a challenge or game to get excited and motivated for the day!

10 a.m.

Morning Lesson: Nursing Profession

  • Holistic Healthcare

  • Vital Signs

  • Anatomy "Have Bones", Pig Lungs

  • Case Study: A Nurse's Perspective

Health and Wellness / NutritionPromoting Healthy EatingHands-on Cooking

QU faculty will teach and discuss the key topic for the day through an engaging lesson that incorporates group discussions, fun activities, and foundational theory.



Eat and socialize with your classmates

1 p.m.

Afternoon Lesson: Intro to Healthcare

  • Identifying personal characteristics, strengths, knowledge and skills

  • Putting it into action

  • Elevator speech and application letter

There is a lot to learn in just two weeks, but the limited program size means there are lots of opportunities to ask questions throughout the lessons.

3 p.m.

Group Discussion

  • Practice taking your vital signs

  • Analyze your data: baseline, interim and post hike up Sleeping Giant

  • Make comparisons and graph your data

Put what you have learned into practice by working on a project using real data sets to analyze data, detect patterns, and solve problems!

4 p.m.

Review and Debrief Meeting

  • Nursing

  • Nutrition and Dietary

  • Intro to Healthcare

A chance to reflect and discuss the day as well as look to the days ahead.

4:30 p.m.

Day Program Ends

Dismissal for commuter students.

5 p.m.


Dinner will be provided for those students with full room and board.

6 p.m.

Evening Activities (Group Recreation in our new Recreation and Wellness Center, Games, Guest Speakers, Independent and Group Enrichment Projects)

The evening is reserved for overnight students to have fun, experience our on-campus amenities, and bond with each other and staff through organized enrichment activities.

10 p.m.

Quiet Time



Weekend Programming and Excursions

In addition to the daily schedule listed above, our two-week programs offer organized trips and excursions during the weekends. Last summer, program attendees spent time in our local community while mini golfing, visiting the Mystic Aquarium and shopping in New Haven. 

Field trips and weekend excursions may vary by program and session. 

Participation Requirements

Participants must be current high school students in grades 10, 11, 12 or recent graduates. Typically, participants are 15 to 18 years of age at the start of the program entering their sophomore, junior and senior years.

Equipment and Materials

Quinnipiac University will provide all required materials, including laptops, for students within this program. Students are welcome to bring their own laptops or other devices for use outside of instruction periods or with the approval of their instructor.

Program Costs

Option 1: 2-week overnight program from Sunday to Saturday. Includes full room and board as well as evening and weekend activities: $3,360

Option 2: 2-week on-campus commuter program from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Includes lunch daily: $2,400

Attendees will also need to cover the credit fee of $100 to receive academic credit ($50 per credit hour). 

Both options offer:

  • Two weeks of faculty-designed programs taught on-campus with educational support staff

  • Technology and software support

  • A Quinnipiac T-shirt

  • A digital badge for use on social media, resumes or portfolios

  • Access to special Quinnipiac Admissions events


Discounts and Financial Aid

Partial financial support may be available for those who indicate the need for financial assistance in their online application. Financial support awards are based on a combination of financial need and academic merit.

We are pleased to offer a 10% discount on all summer camps and experiences to current Quinnipiac employees, Quinnipiac alumni and employees of our corporate partners.

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Quinnipiac University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as an institution of higher education. Students who have a current IEP or 504 plan are encouraged to share any accommodations or modifications they may require in order to access the fundamentals of a QU summer program or camp they plan to attend.

Students requesting disability-based accommodations should indicate this within the application as well as email summerprograms@qu.edu about any and all specific accommodation needs.


Rules & Regulations

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