Opportunities for High School Students

High school is the best time to start planning for your future in healthcare.

Here are some opportunities in Wisconsin that can help on your journey. Get involved, today!

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Wisconsin Regional Career Pathway in Healthcare

Regional Career Pathways are offered at many Wisconsin high schools. Students who participate are able to:

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  • Take a sequence of aligned courses,
  • Earn an industry-recognized credential,
  • Enroll in dual college credit classes,
  • Participate in career-based and work-based learning experiences, and
  • Access related career and technical student organizations

Learn more about the Regional Career Pathway in Healthcare here and schedule time with your School Counselor to see if your high school offers it.

HOSA - Future Health Professionals

HOSA – Future Health Professionals is a student-led global organization that provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for middle school, secondary, postsecondary, and collegiate students interested in or currently pursuing a degree in health and biomedical sciences.

hosa.pngWisconsin AHEC partners with Wisconsin HOSA – Future Health Professionals to help support local chapters and organize statewide events.

Learn more about Wisconsin HOSA – Future Health Professionals here and see if your school has a chapter you can join!


Future Oral Health Workforce Day

Picture of tooth and toothbrush advertising Future Oral Health Workforce day. High School students learn about dental health professions― including dentist, dental hygienist, dental assistant, and lab tech―in this one-day workshop. Click to Learn More.


This program is offered by Wisconsin AHEC in collaboration with Wisconsin Department of Health Services and our statewide oral health academic programs and provider sites.

Each year we offer 7 workshops throughout the state.

Click the image to learn more and apply.

Future Physician's Day

This day long workshop is offered each fall by North Central AHEC in collaboration with Medical College of Wisconsin – Central Wisconsin for high school and college students interested in learning more about a career in medicine.

More information available in late summer.

Youth Health Service Corps at Messmer High School

Milwaukee AHEC partners with Messmer High School and the UW School of Medicine & Public Health – TRIUMPH Program, to implement Youth Health Service Corps (YHSC). 

Milwaukee AHEC started YHSC in 2008 and continues to this day to inspire teens to explore health careers.

Learn more here.

The Pulse in Northwestern Wisconsin

Northwest AHEC offers the Pulse as a 4-day, healthcare exploration experience that provides opportunities for high school students aged 15 and up from the six schools listed below to experience first-hand the challenges, opportunities and rewards of health professions. The hands-on activities are facilitated by instructors and health care professionals. Learn more about the Pulse here.

  • Baldwin-Woodville High School
  • Hudson High School
  • New Richmond High School
  • River Falls High School
  • Somerset High School
  • St. Croix Central High School

Indigenous Health and Wellness Day

Native American Center for Health ProfessionsThis event brings 100 Wisconsin middle and high school students to Madison for a fun day of learning about the health sciences and is offered by UW’s Native American Center for Health Professions. Learn more and register here.

UW Carbone Cancer Center ARISE Program

High School Education – UWCCC Research – UW–MadisonThe goal of the Advancing Research In Science with Equity (ARISE) program is to enrich the education of high school students from groups historically underrepresented in science and health professions, in cancer research and to provide career development training that will help them prepare for a career in the cancer workforce.

ARISE is for rising high school juniors, rising high school seniors, and rising 1st year college students.

Application due in early spring each year. Learn more and apply here.

UW Surgery Clinical Research Continuum: High School to College Program

This UW program is designed for current juniors in high schools who have a genuine interest in medical or healthcare careers, as well as research. Applications are due in early spring each year.

Learn more and apply here.

Virtual Reality (VR) Simulations

North Central and Northeastern AHEC are teaming up with Transfr to offer virtual healthcare reality simulations for youth between the ages of 14-21 through out-of-school programming.

Through this innovative approach, students will have the opportunity to increase awareness of and interest in various healthcare careers and gain invaluable skills in a simulated environment. In collaboration with Transfr, we are happy to provide students with the Healthcare Career Exploration 2.0 and the Virtual Healthcare Clinic.

Career Exploration 2.0: In the Career Exploration 2.0 Module, students are able to explore various healthcare careers in 5 minute simulations. Current career exploration simulations include: Registered Nurse, Emergency Medical Technician, and Surgical Technologist.  Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assistant, and Radiology Technician are anticipated to be available in summer/fall 2024.

Virtual Healthcare Clinic: The kind of training that occurs in a medical facility is replicated in Transfr’s Virtual Healthcare Clinic. Transfr’s simulations, which combine one-on-one instruction from a virtual coach who adjusts to student performance, concentrate on creating a pipeline of healthcare professionals to fill open positions. This is achieved by collaborating with workforce development, education, and employers while lowering risk and expense for employers. Current Patient Care Foundations include: Safety Practices: Infection Prevention and Control, Technical Skills: Data Collection, Technical Skills: Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), and Technical Skills: Regulatory Requirements and Safety Practices. With 25 simulations ranging from 15 minutes to an hour long, there is a wide array of healthcare skills based simulations to experience.

Ready to schedule your after-school VR sessions or want more info? Contact us today!

North Central AHEC –
Tyler Schmidt, Pathways Program Coordinator. Email: tschmidt@nahec-wi.org
Serving: Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Marathon, Pepin, Pierce, Portage, Taylor, Waupaca, and Wood counties.

Northeastern AHEC –
Program team, programassistant@newahec.org
Serving: Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Ozaukee, Outagamie, Sheboygan, Washington, and Winnebago counties.

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Recommended web resources to explore

  • Learn about the diverse careers in health through the Wisconsin Healthcare Careers website.
  • Check out this Health Professions Toolkit provided through the Summer Health Professions Education Program.
  • Consider getting involved in UW’s Badger Precollege program during the summer. Badger Precollege offers an array of academic programs for students ages 7-18 — from advanced learning programs and STEM classes to music clinics and college readiness conferences.
  • Check out UW’s PEOPLE Precollege Program. The program recruits students in 8th grade and partners with students to help them reach their goals of college attainment and degree completion. PEOPLE consists of two programs: one specific to precollege students and one specific to college scholars at UW-Madison.