Health Sciences Academy

Health Sciences Academy

Cosby High School Partnership


Richmond Public Schools Partnership

Richmond application:
September 4 - November 11, 2016

Program Description

Developed in 2008, the Health Sciences Academy (HSA) helps high school students make informed choices about the health professions they wish to pursue while providing resources to pursue their chosen careers. The program offers a health sciences exploration course that includes interactive lectures from health care workers, a mentoring program with VCU undergraduates and field trips to the Monroe Park and VCU Health campuses.

More than 20 percent of the graduates who complete the course choose to attend VCU for their undergraduate studies. Participants also report that the curriculum has a dramatic impact on their career choices and makes them feel prepared for the academic rigor of the college experience.


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Participating School Information

Chesterfield County Public School Partnership: Cosby High School

Richmond Public Schools Partnership: Richmond Community & John Marshall High School

Program Contact Information

Shelly Schuetz, HSA Program Coordinator, at (804) 828-1716 or HSACADEMY@vcu.edu.


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The VCU Health Science Academy is supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number 2P60MD002256.

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Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
Division for Health Sciences Diversity
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