Emerging Health Professionals

  • Work alongside and build relationships with doctors and nurses as they treat patients in local hospitals

  • Earn eight college credits for dual enrollment courses in anatomy and physiology at LCCC or Penn State

  • Explore health-related careers while using advanced medical equipment and diagnostic techniques

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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 award-winning 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 and St. Luke’s University Health Network facilities, among others. In order to be eligible for this distinguished program, students must:

  • Reside in one of Lehigh County’s nine school districts
  • 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 and SLUHN’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.

In 2018, the Emerging Health Professionals program was recognized as the:

PA-ACTE Program of the Year

Find out what Emerging Health Professionals alumni Dan Everett, Rob Gyory and Rosalie Mattiola have to say about the program:

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

Emerging Health Professionals is a dual-enrollment program that allows students to earn eight readily transferrable college credits from the following school(s):

  • 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@mylcti.org

Teacher: Veronica DeBlois

Email: debloisv@mylcti.org

Counselor: Daniel Snyder

Phone: 610-799-1344
Email: snyderd@mylcti.org

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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
  • Country Meadows
  • Good Shepherd Rehabilitation
  • KidsPeace
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Penn State Lehigh Valley
  • 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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Entrance Requirements

In addition to meeting academic standards for admission to the Emerging Health Professionals program, students must:

  • Complete a health certification signed by a health care professional for Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke’s University Health Network
  • Have up-to-date immunizations, including COVID-19, flu and tuberculosis (either 2-step TB or QuantiFERON) vaccinations*
  • Commit to the program for an entire school year

*Medical or religious exemptions are not accepted at our partner sites.

Tuition & Other Expenses

Students in the Emerging Health Professionals program are responsible for the cost of their LCCC or PSU college credits, textbooks, lab fees, dissection kits, etc. Both LCCC and PSU offer a tuition reduction for program students.

Students are also responsible for the purchase of lab coat to be worn during job shadows, speaking engagements and industry visits. Vendor information is provided to students at the program’s June orientation.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to all sites. Busing is not available. With written permission, students may carpool.

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