Health Careers Program

The Pee Dee AHEC Health Careers Program provides opportunities for students wishing to explore health career options, learn more about education and training opportunities, and to build the skills and knowledge needed to pursue their passion. The Pee Dee AHEC Health Careers Program provides support to diverse high school, college, gap year students on their paths to becoming healthcare professionals, building a future healthcare workforce that will reflect the diverse range of communities it serves in the Pee Dee region.

Health Careers Academy

The Health Careers Academy Program is an introduction to the careers available in healthcare. Focus areas will include the following: communication skills, job qualifications, educational requirements, career opportunities for healthcare professions, health disparities, the workforce of the state, and health equity. Students will also have an opportunity to network with healthcare professionals, attend virtual workshops and seminars, community, and college site visits, and explore undiscovered areas of healthcare.

SC AHEC Learning Portal (Online Health Careers Modules)

South Carolina AHEC is offering free, self-paced, online modules open to students in the state interested in careers in healthcare. The topics fall into three categories: career preparation, soft skills, and healthcare terms and trends. The modules are designed to help students expand their knowledge about various healthcare fields and develop skills that will help them on their path to a career in healthcare. These modules are available 24/7 for registration and completion via the  South Carolina AHEC Learning Portal (ALP) to access the modules.

Live Webinars

Several statewide education seminars will be offered during the academic year, conducted virtually by videoconference. Students will learn more about health careers, public health topics, personal health, and understanding the healthcare needs of South Carolina.

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Pee Dee AHEC offers regional summer programs. Programs may include workshops, college level course instruction, internships in healthcare offices or facilities, or health professions training.

Pee Dee AHEC Pathways Program

Pee Dee AHEC assists in educating undergraduate and gap year students on awareness and knowledge of basic health h information while cultivating their skills to enter health-related professions. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities (in-person and virtually), complete learning modules, complete community service projects, peer-to-peer mentoring, develop leadership skills, improve soft skills, GRE/MCAT prep, clinical and non-clinical observations, and internships.

SC AHEC Summer Careers Academy

The Summer Careers Academy (SCA) is presented by South Carolina AHEC in collaboration with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Colleges of Dental Medicine, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and the MUSC Library.

The SCA is a one-week summer program for students enrolled in or admitted to college. The SCA is designed to help students, especially students from underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged backgrounds, prepare for entry into health professions programs in South Carolina.

The Summer Careers Academy supports students' career goals by helping them learn more about:

  • Health professions
  • Admission requirements for graduate health professions programs
  • Financial assistance resources
  • Academic success skills
  • Professional techniques and hands-on skills workshops
  • Educational/professional opportunities

Available Summer Careers Academy Health Professions Tracks:
  • Dental Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant

2024 Summer Careers Academy

This year’s program will be a blended format: instruction on June 3-4 will be online followed with in-person programming on MUSC’s campus in Charleston from June 5-7.

  • Classroom lectures and project topics will focus on several health disparities prevalent in South Carolina. Academy Fellows will research assigned topics and engage in Socratic discussions to foster collaborative dialogue.
  • Hotel lodging and food are provided for the on-campus portion of the Summer Academy. Students are responsible for travel to and from Charleston.
  • Fellows will receive a stipend of $200 upon the successful completion of the Academy.

Applications Now Open

Applications for the 2024 Summer Careers Academy are now being accepted. Click the button below to complete the online application. See more about eligibility and application requirements in the Summer Careers Academy flyer via the button below.

Applications are due by March 25, 2024 at 5:00pm EDT.

For more information, please contact:

Subira Smalls, MS
Health Careers Program Coordinator