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Northwest Health Career Path

NWHCP seeks to connect underrepresented students of all ages who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare to pathway and education programs that will help them to achieve their professional development goals.

To do so, we collect and distribute information on what we call pathway or outreach programs. Students can access this information on our website, allowing them to identify opportunities in their local area. Our hope is that other users like advisors, counselors, and program administrators will also utilize this information to direct students and find ways to bridge gaps in programming.


The Northwest Health Career Path Map will help you to find


Pathway Programs

The pathway programs on our map provide opportunities for under-represented students to gain the skills required to achieve their goal of entering health profession schools and training programs. A student may create their own “pathway” by participating in a series of programs starting in secondary school through college and beyond. These programs are sometimes referred to as pipeline, supplemental and enrichment activities, or professional development.

Ultimately, pathway programs help to build a healthcare workforce that reflects our communities. This site works to connect students to systems that improve equity and access to education

Examples of pathway programs

• Health Career Awareness Programs

  • Health career discussions
  • Hands-on activities and workshops
  • Career Fair
  • Field Trips and Tours
  • • Tutoring & Skill Building

  • Study Skills and Time Management
  • Soft skills development (e.g., communication and professionalism)
  • Life Skills development (e.g., team building, leadership, career planning, budget planning, resume/interview, work readiness)
  • Subject-based tutoring
  • Healthcare Skill Development
  • Computer Skills
  • • College Readiness Programs

  • Application, Personal Statement, and Essay Writing
  • Financial Aid, Grants, and Scholarships
  • Mock Interviews
  • Admissions Test Preparation
  • • Youth Camps

  • Summer Camp
  • Day Camp
  • Other seasonal camps
  • • Work-based Learning Opportunities

  • Internship
  • Shadowing
  • Apprenticeship
  • Inter-professional Education Training
  • Immersion
  • Fellowships
  • Residencies
  • • Opportunities to be Mentored

  • Mentorship by a healthcare professional
  • Mentorship by a healthcare professional student
  • • Certification Programs

  • Mental Health First Aid, First Aid, CPR/BLS, HIPAA, Bloodborne Pathogen/HIV
  • Suicide Prevention, Motivational Interviewing, De-escalation Training, Health Support Team
  • Stackable Professional Development Certificates
  • • Volunteer Community Service Programs

    Schools and Training Programs for the Health Professions

    Schools and training programs are also represented on our map. It’s important for students to identify their end goal as they work to create a “pathway” to get there

    Health Professions Schools and Training Programs

  • Academic Health Professions Schools
  • Health Professions Training Program Sites (for credit)
  • Competency-based Training Program
  • Career Technical Education Centers
  • Inter-Professional Education Training Centers
  • Apprenticeship Programs