Why should I attend the Health Careers Institute at Dartmouth?

Are you thinking about what college you might want to attend or what career you might want to pursue? Are you a sophomore, junior or senior in high school?  Here is your opportunity to learn more about the world of health care today, study with some of the best educators in the nation and meet other teens with similar interests.  In the end, you might have new insights about what you want for your future.

What if I am unsure of my career aspirations?

Are you interested in math or science?  Does investigation and mystery-solving appeal to you? Do you love working on or with computers? Are you artistic, yet interested in technology?  Do you want to work in a field that is rewarding in many different ways and challenges you?  If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then you may benefit from the Health Careers Institute at Dartmouth.  Health care is a diverse field, which continues to grow rapidly.  There is a large demand for dedicated health professionals, including nurses, physicians, dentists, lab, pharmacy, and radiology techs, as well as researchers, scientists, medical illustrators, medical photographers, information management specialists, public health professionals, and many other career areas. The Health Careers Institute at Dartmouth is a perfect opportunity to explore what's available to you in the health field.

What does my tuition cover?

Your tuition covers lodging, meals, curriculum materials and on-site transportation for this residential program.  Support for staff, faculty, additional materials and miscellaneous expenses are provided by the New Hampshire Area Health Education Center Program (AHEC), The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, individual sponsors and volunteers.

What about transportation?

Once the student checks in for the Health Careers Institute at Dartmouth, we provide all transportation to and from all planned activities.  Students/families are responsible for transportation to and from the Institute. Directions will be provided upon acceptance into the Institute.

Will there be chaperones?

Yes, at all times. The Institute will have a minimum of three HCID faculty mentors who will stay in the dorms and act as Resident Counselors during the week.

What is the dress code?

During the Health Careers Institute, you will have the opportunity to meet health care providers in a hospital and other professional sittings. As a representative of the NH Area Health Education Center and the Health Careers Institute, you will be expected to present a positive and professional image. Clothing guidelines will be provided upon acceptance into the Institute.

What are the lodging and meal arrangements for the week?

You will be experiencing life as a college student during the Health Careers Institute. You will stay in a campus dormitory and meals are eaten together at one of the dining halls on campus. The main dining hall at Dartmouth (The Class of 1953 Commons) is where most meals are eaten as the wide variety of food choices easily accommodates the equally wide variety of culinary preferences (i.e. vegetarian, etc.) and dietary restrictions (i.e. allergies, gluten free, etc.). Snacks are provided throughout the week, but students often bring snacks of their own or spending money to cover incidental needs. 

Do I have to stay overnight?

Part of what makes the Health Careers Institute experience valuable is the interaction that takes place throughout the days and into the evenings. We begin early, usually around 7 a.m. and typically end around 10 p.m. Students have also said that the week of "college life," staying in the dorms, and bonding with their fellow students is a special aspect of the Institute.

What information should I include in my application?

Tell us what makes you a prime candidate for the Health Careers Institute at Dartmouth. What are your interests, what motivates you, what experiences have you had that have influenced you? You each have a unique story and telling it is an important exercise and useful to the Admissions Committee.

Will I have any free time while I am at the Health Careers Institute?

Yes, there are daily opportunities for semi-structured free time. Please note, the Health Careers Institute has designed a full and ambitious schedule and consequently there is limited unsupervised free time built into the schedule.

How do I get to the HCID if I have to fly?

The three most common airports that participants fly into to get to the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, NH, are Logan Airport in Boston,  Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, NH and the Lebanon Muncipal Airport. There are buses that run to and from the Logan Airport to the Hanover Inn in Hanover, NH. The Hanover Inn is located in the center of town and it typically within a five minute walk to anywhere on campus.

The links to the airports and the bus services are below. There may be other airports and transportation services available for consideration and these selections are not in any way exclusive listings in relation to the Health Careers Institute at Dartmouth (HCID).


Bus Services:
http://www.dartmouthcoach.com/ (to/from Boston, MA)
*Please note, HCID Staff will not meet participants at the airport or travel with them.

Can I bring my car to the Health Careers Institute?

Students are not permitted to drive their own vehicle to the Health Careers Institute. Exceptions are sometimes made if there is no other means of transportation available. However, students will not be permitted to drive their vehicle during the time they are here and will surrender the car keys to the HCID staff.  There is also an additional fee of $60/week for parking a car on campus.

What if I have more questions?

We would love to hear from you and welcome the opportunity to answer questions and provide you with additional information.
Contact: Lillian Emerson

Office: (603) 646-1225
Health Careers Institute at Dartmouth
37 Dewey Field Rd, Rm 205
Hanover, NH 03755-7253

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