Health Careers Connection Program

The Health Careers Connection Program is a unique program, established in 2017, designed to help disadvantaged, underrepresented and high-achieving high school students from counties in West Michigan succeed at WMU and return to their communities to practice after graduation.

2018 cohort

Students in the program will earn six credits toward their bachelor's degree at the College of Health and Human Services. They will earn those credits through a combination of online coursework and three weeks of face-to-face instruction on WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo. In addition to regular coursework, the program features several off-campus experiential learning opportunities at health and human services facilities throughout the region.

During their time on campus, students will live in a residence hall and eat in WMU dining facilities to fully experience campus life.

All of the costs of the program are covered by a scholarship provided by the College of Health and Human Services and the Western Regional Area Health Education Center.

Students who are admitted to WMU and who are from the 19-county catchment area of the Western Regional Area Health Education Center are eligible for the program.


Students accepted into the program will receive a scholarship to pay for the entire cost of the program. Those costs include:

  • Six undergraduate credit hours and all books required for two courses
  • Residence hall and dining plan for time spent on campus
  • Any and all transportation on campus and to experiential learning activities

Important dates for 2019

  • January 15 - Application deadline
  • March or April - Required initial meeting on campus
  • June - Students will move into residence hall
  • June - Students last day on campus

Coursework for 2019

  • Students will take two classes to earn six credits toward their bachelor's degree at WMU.

How to apply

As long as you are a high school graduate living in the 19-county catchment area of the WR-AHEC, you may be eligible.

  1. Apply at Western Michigan University.
  2. Once accepted at WMU, complete this application for the Health Career Connection Program. (Note: The application includes a written essay and requires three letters of recommendation.) Application deadline for 2019 is January 15.

More information

For more information, contact Lisa Brennan at the Western Regional AHEC at (616) 771-9497.