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What is the Health Care Careers Exploration Program?

The Health Care Careers Exploration Program is aimed at students who might be interested in pursuing a career in the fast-growing field of health care. The program will help you explore a range of career options in the field and learn about important issues in health care.

Who is eligible to attend?

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students who are entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade in fall of 2020 and are in excellent academic standing.

Applicants must submit:

  • a high school transcript and audiogram along with their application,
  • plus a short essay or paragraph indicating why they want to attend this program and what their long term goals might be in the health care profession.

What happens at the program?

Each day, you will participate in exciting classes doing hands-on activities with a group of 10 – 12 other students and the counselor assigned to your group. There you:

  • learn about different careers in health care
  • discover what types of careers you are interested in
  • Attend medical demonstrations
  • Enjoy field trips to area medical facilities, some of the finest in the country
  • Participate in group activities and discussions
  • Be part of hands-on demonstrations in biology, exercise science, medical laboratory science, microbiology, nursing, nutrition and more.
  • Become CPR/First Aid certified

You also will get a taste of life on a college campus, make new friends and have fun!

What does the program cost?

  • The cost is $700 and covers room, board, and all activities—everything but spending money and transportation to our campus. You can pay by check or credit card (VISA and MasterCard).
  • Program fees will no longer be refundable after June 29, 2020.

How do I pay?

If you are accepted, we will provide you with links to web pages with payment information and program registration forms. If you are paying by credit card, you will have the option to pay online. Program fees will no longer be refundable after June 29, 2020.

Is there any financial aid available?

In some states, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), or a similar office, will pay some or the entire fee. To find out, contact your VR counselor or the state VR office. There are limited scholarships available based on your financial need. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please complete the Financial Assistance form.

How do I apply?

Please complete and submit the online application, then immediately after completing it, mail the official transcipt, the unaided audiogram and the essay to the address on the Apply page.

When will I know I am officially accepted?

If you are accepted into the program, you will receive an official acceptance letter by mail. In addition, you will be directed to go online to print and complete the required program forms and mail to us with payment by May 31, 2020.

Where will I stay? Where do I go to eat?

You and a roommate will share a room on campus in one of the residence halls. This is a great way to get a taste of college living!

The dining hall is nearby and there are vending machines and other places on campus to grab a snack if you get hungry between meals. You won't starve!

When is arrival and check in?

Arrive at room 1300 of the CSD Student Development Center between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 25. You can check in there.

If your parents are coming and plan to stay in Rochester, we provide a list of hotels online, as well as a list of sights to see.

If you are unable to arrive within the check in time period, please let us know of your expected arrival time on the Transportation Form. We will have drivers ready for pick up, if shuttle pick up is requested.

When does the program end and when is check out?

The program ends on Thursday, July 30. You will need to check out of the residence hall and return your room key between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

What about transportation to the program?

You are responsible for arranging transportation to the program. We recommend that if you are flying, you fly into the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC), not to the airport in Buffalo.

Why? Even though the flight to Buffalo may be cheaper, Buffalo is at least an hour away and the ground transportation from there to Rochester actually makes the trip more expensive.

**Students departing on Amtrak westbound (toward Chicago) please contact Health Care Careers Exploration Program before purchasing tickets.

How do I get from the airport, train or bus station to campus?

  • From the airport, train or bus station, shuttle transportation is available directly to RIT for $20 each way. Let us know if your student wants shuttle transportation, and we will make reservations for him or her.

  • There will be a representative from Apple Transportation present at the baggage claim area (Look for the "Health Care Career Exploration Program" sign and drivers with “Apple” logos on shirts or logos on the shuttle) at the airport to pick up students.

  • No matter which mode of transportation and/or arrival time, if we have your transportation information, and you requested the shuttle, we will have someone there to meet you.

What if my parents need to contact me or a programp counselor in an emergency?

For emergencies, please call RIT Public Safety at 585-475-3333.

What do I need to bring?

All of the following items are a must for your comfort and well-being!

  • Pillow, sleeping bag or extra-long single sheets and blankets. If you forget to bring linens, there will be a $15 charge to rent them. This may be the preferred method for students who are flying and don't want to pay extra luggage fees.
  • Photocopy of your medical insurance card
  • Bath towel, face towel, and wash cloth
  • Your own toiletries: soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, band-aids, sun screen/lotion, shampoo, comb, blow dryer, etc.
  • Bathing suit, sneakers, jeans, sweatshirts, shorts, t-shirts, underwear, socks, a rain-resistant jacket, walking shoes
  • Extra towels for swimming
  • Laundry facilities are available (bring laundry detergent if you plan to wash clothes)
  • Spending money for campus bookstore or snacks