Emerging Health Professionals

Physician assistant, nurse practitioner, physical therapist — those are the job titles for three of the nation’s Top 5, best paid and most-wanted professionals. All three earn a median annual salary of $85,000 or (much) more.

Our Emerging Health Professionals program is a must-consider for rising high school seniors interested in these and other medical professions.

The intensive, dual-enrollment program is designed to give students a head start on college and expose them to a variety of health care careers through hands-on training and clinical study at Lehigh Valley Health Network facilities, among others. In order to be eligible for this distinguished program, students must:

  • Be rising seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or better and an excellent attendance record
  • Have completed biology and chemistry, each with grades of B or better
  • Have either scheduled trigonometry or completed it with a grade of B or better
  • Meet academic prerequisites for Lehigh Carbon Community College and Penn State Lehigh Valley
  • Submit an application and a written recommendation from their high school counselor

In a typical school week, students spend one half-day immersed in the program curriculum at LCTI, two half-days in science courses at LCCC or PSU and two half-days shadowing health professionals or participating in other activities at LVHN’s campuses. Successful participants complete the program with at least eight readily-transferable college credits  Students also have opportunities to earn industry credentials that signal their readiness for higher learning to college admissions officers and prepare them to work in the health care field.

Industry Credentials

Emerging Health Professionals students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

  • BLS Healthcare Provider and Heartsaver First Aid via American Heart Association®
  • Personal Care Home – Direct Care Staff Certification via Pa. Dept. of Human Services
  • OSHA Certification via CareerSafe®
  • Pennsylvania Skills Certificate via NOCTI®

College Credits

The following schools have articulation agreements with LCTI that allow Emerging Health Professionals students to earn college credit for work they complete in high school:

  • Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Penn State Lehigh Valley


Career Pathways

with bachelor’s degree

  • Health Educator
  • Medical Technologist
  • Registered Nurse

with master’s degree:

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physician Assistant

with doctoral degree:

  • Medical Scientist
  • Physician
  • Surgeon


Teacher: Kristin Applegate

Email: applegatek@lcti.org

Teacher: Veronica DeBlois

Email: debloisv@lcti.org

Counselor: Christina Luey

Phone: 610-799-1339
Email: lueyc@lcti.org

CIP Code: 51.0899

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Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses serve on the Emerging Health Professionals program’s Occupational Advisory Council:

  • Cetronia Ambulance Corps
  • Good Shepherd Rehabilitation
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Manor Care
  • St. Luke’s University Health Network

Student Organizations

Emerging health Professionals students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • HOSA
  • SkillsUSA

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