Allied Health Career Exploration (AHCE)

Program description

AHCE is a two-week summer for students interested in any of the nine health career programs offered by the VCU College of Health Professions. Participants meet weekdays for full-day department/degree program admissions information, hands-on and interactive activities within each discipline, workshops on current health care topics, interviewing skills, resume development and more. AHCE participants receive the necessary information to pursue a School of Allied health Professions application process. Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from the program site on a daily basis. Lunch and any resource materials required to participate in the program will be provided at no cost to participants. Commitment to full attendance, including an orientation session and closing event, is required to participate.

Eligibility requirements

Any rising and current college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are interested in patient counseling, medical laboratory sciences, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nurse anesthesia, rehabilitation counseling, radiation sciences, health administration and gerontology as health careers.

Dates – June 13 – 24, 2022

Deadline – April 1, 2022

Professional Development Seminar: ‘Choosing a Postdoc Path’

Thursday, Sep. 30, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

Women in Science will host a professional development seminar via Zoom. A panel of postdocs from industry, government and academia will discuss their career trajectory and goals. Panelists will include Leon Tejwani, Ph.D.: Denali Therapeutics; Vanessa E. DeLey Cox, Ph.D., U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense; Melissa Maczis, Ph.D.: VCU IRACDA Fellow and Yasmine-marie Cissé, Ph.D.: University of Maryland School of Medicine. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Haley Adcox at or visit

Introduction to Different Healthcare Fields

Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2021 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

United Healthcare Network will present an opportunity to learn more about and discuss different fields of healthcare and available career options. The event, open to all VCU students, will be held in Virginia Room A, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. For more information, contact Sharmeen Sattar at

Majors Fair

The Discovery Advising team invites ALL students, declared and undeclared, to attend the fair to explore majors, minors, and connect with academic departments. In addition to academic programs, we also invite our university partners and campus resources such as Career Services, Education Abroad, da Vinci Center, and more!

Majors Fair will be held on September 15th from 12pm-3pm in the Commonwealth Ballroom, which is located on the second floor of the University Student Commons.
Majors Fair will be held on September 15th from 12pm-3pm in the Commonwealth Ballroom, which is located on the second floor of the University Student Commons.

Play Therapy and the Therapeutic Power of Play

Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join Jan Williamson, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, to learn about the therapeutic power of play and how it is used.  An overview will be included and information will be shared about the VCU Play Therapy Training Program. VCU is an approved continuing education provider by the Association for Play Therapy. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education at or (804) 828-1322 or visit

Week in the Life of an SHPEP Scholar

Monday, Feb. 1 at 6:00 p.m. EST
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Are you interested in applying for the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)? Ever wonder what happens at the SHPEP Program Sites?In case you are unaware, SHPEP is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions while preparing them for a successful matriculation to health professions schools.During this session, attendees will hear directly from program sites, who are reviewing applications, to learn more about what they have to offer and how they will implement the program. You’ll also receive the perspective recent SHPEP scholars to give you their insights about the program.As you may know, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing guidelines, and the closure of some campuses, SHPEP will again be a 100% virtual experience in summer 2021. The pandemic necessitated virtual implementation of SHPEP in 2020, and we are proud that the program was successfully delivered online to more than 930 scholars last summer.

Informational Session for Online Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Health Behavior Coaching

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 from noon to 12:30 p.m.

The online Post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Health Behavior Coaching is accepting applications for its next cohort. The program is managed by VCU’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences. The deadline for a spring cohort (minimum eight students) is Jan. 4, 2021. The deadline for a fall cohort (minimum eight students) is July 16, 2021. Questions: or Register for the Zoom informational session at the following URL. For more information, contact Joann T. Richardson at or visit

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