The mission of the Health Careers Program at North Carolina Central University is to promote academic excellence and scholarship, provide outreach programs, sponsor enrichment activities, professional and developmental services, counseling, summer clinical experiences and overall student academic support services to NCCU undergraduate and graduate students who seek admission to graduate and professional medical and health related education programs upon completing the required prerequisites at NCCU.
To be recognized as one of North Carolina’s and the nation’s leading programs in preparing minority students professionally and academically to successfully to be the most qualified applicant and gain admissions to graduate, medical, and health professional schools, colleges and universities nationwide.
The Health Careers Program at North Carolina Central University was established in 1972 as a component of the North Carolina Manpower Development Program. The name of the program was changed to North Carolina Health Careers Access Program (NC-HCAP) at NCCU in 1991. This program is designed to increase admissions and enrollment in health training programs of minority and disadvantaged students. Since 1972, this initiative has been successful in assisting students to gain admission to health and medical professions programs.
The Health Careers Center was located at 521 Nelson Street until October 2013, when it was relocated to 1242 Mary Townes Science Complex. The office serves as space for meetings, recruitment activities, and serves as a resource for brochures, videos, catalogs, journals and handouts for students interested in the health and medical fields. On many days student volunteers from the Health Careers Club assist staff in answering questions, tutoring, and referring other students to academic and student life resources on campus and in the community.
The continued increase in the number of NCCU students applying to and being accepted to health professional schools is very encouraging. This program along with the academic preparation provided by our outstanding faculty and staff has been a direct contributor to the success of many of our students. The recruitment activities and services definitely make a positive impact on the increasing number of students accepted into professional schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, physician assistants, allied health, and graduate studies in public health, and biomedical research.