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Emerging Health Professionals Program

The partnership of Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI), Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), and Penn State Lehigh Valley is pleased to offer this pioneering dual-enrollment program that combines interactive, university-level classroom learning and observation in a health care setting. The program is designed for high school seniors interested in the health care field and allows students the opportunity to explore careers in health care firsthand. In addition, the program is designed to prepare students for post-secondary education by offering college-level science courses.

Emerging Health Professionals

Emerging Health Professionals is a half-day program (8-11 a.m. or 12-3 p.m.) that runs the duration of the school year.

  • Students spend two half-days a week with Penn State faculty and the LCTI instructor at Penn State Lehigh Valley.
  • Students spend three half-days a week participating in a health curriculum taught by the LCTI instructor.

Participants in the program are offered a total of eight Penn State credits: in the fall semester, Biology 141, Physiology & Biology 142, Physiology Lab; in the spring semester, Chemistry 110, Chemical Principles & Chemistry 111, Experimental Chemistry. In addition, students can earn high school credit for the honors LCTI health component of the program. LCTI classes reinforce concepts taught at Penn State Lehigh Valley. This integrated model provides a strong framework for drawing connections between classroom learning and contextual, real-world application, and also for exposing students to the variety of careers in health care. Additionally, students have the opportunity to learn from and observe health care professionals in a variety of settings within LVHN. Penn State Lehigh Valley courses are taught by PhD and Master's level science faculty. The LCTI instructor is an RN, BSN, MEd.

High school juniors who attend participating Lehigh County school districts are eligible to apply. Please see brochure for further eligibility specifics.

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For further information, please contact Maggie Hadinger at or 610-402-2475.