NorthCrest Medical Center is proud to offer the Camper Program to rising high school seniors who have chosen their career path the opportunity to gain relevant healthcare exposure and marketable job skills. Chosen career paths that are supported through the Camper Program: RN, RAD Tech, MT/MLT (Laboratory), Ultrasound Tech, Respiratory Therapist, Pharmacy Tech, and Physical Therapist. This is our first line of recruitment in a long-range plan to ease the critical shortage of healthcare workers.
Camper selects its participants from applicants who have been nominated by high school guidance counselors, local Health Occupations Students of America organizations, and other community leaders. Each applicant must complete an essay on his/her aspirations for a hospital-related career; demonstrate good citizenship (through written references provided by his/her instructors); and must go through an interview process with the program coordinator(s).
After selection, participants are provided an orientation to the facility as well as departmental tours and speakers. Students are assigned an area to “camp out” in based on interest and availability. Assigned mentors will direct each participant’s daily work routine and will act as liaison between the departmental and camper program coordinators. Mentors will facilitate on-the-job learning activities and identify potential areas for growth. By job shadowing hospital professionals, participants will learn first-hand the commitment and preparation necessary to deliver quality patient care.
Camper is funded completely by NorthCrest Medical Center. Due to space, time, and instructor/mentor limitations, we are able to accept 10 participants. Priority will be given to those who have participated in the NCMC SHIP program in the past.
Information will be updated annually as applications become open. Applications will be available in the spring, the program takes place in the summer.