Health Careers Pathway Programs

Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) is a grant program to support local high school, college, and post-college students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who wish to pursue healthcare careers and enroll at Touro University California.

Why Choose HCOP?

How Our Health Careers Opportunity Programs Can Help You

Our programs prepare you for the next step in your education, helping you meet admissions requirements for health professions degrees or certificates. Our goal is to help you enroll and graduate from a health professions program. Our programs provide unique opportunities for community-based experiential health professions training, with a special emphasis on experiences in underserved communities.

What Our Health Career Opportunity Programs Provide

We’re here to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds pave the way for a bright future in healthcare. We provide:

  • Mentorship
  • Tailored enrichment programs focused on healthcare careers
  • Financial support pathways to pursue careers in healthcare

Who Can Apply?

To qualify for any of our health career opportunity programs you must be:

  • Interested in pursuing a career in a health profession
  • A resident of a County North of San Francisco Bay (Solano, Napa, Contra Costa, San Joaquin)
  • From an educationally and economically disadvantaged background

Economically Disadvantaged

Individuals are considered from an “economically disadvantaged” background if they come from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds, according to family size established by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Secretary defines a ‘‘low-income family/household’’ as having an annual income that meets the criteria listed below:

Persons Per Family

(includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms)

Annual Income level
1 $30,120
2 $40,880
3 $51,640
4 $62,400
5 $73,160
6 $83,920
7 $94,680
8 $105,440
If > than 8, add these $ amounts for each additional person $10,760

Educationally Disadvantaged

Individuals are considered from an “educationally disadvantaged” background if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • First generation in their family to attend college;
  • Graduated from (or attended) a high school which either had a:
    • Low percentage of seniors receiving a high school diploma; or
    • Low percentage of high school graduates who attend college the following year after graduation
  • Graduated from (or attended) a high school with low per capita funding;
  • Graduated from (or attended) a high school where many of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.

Our Pathway Programs

High School & College Summer Healthcare Program

A six-week exploration of health professions careers. Dive into hands-on experiences, community research projects, and mentoring opportunities to guide your path. Get support for college applications so you are ready to take the next step of your educational journey.
- $600 to $750 Stipend

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Health Professions Bridge Program

Prepare for your first academic year in one of Touro’s professional programs (Medicine; Pharmacy; Physician Assistant Studies) with our immersive 4-week summer session. Orient yourself, connect with Touro faculty, and tap into academic support services for a strong start.
- $1,000 Stipend

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HCOP Post-bac Enrichment Program

Enhance your Touro University post-bac – Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences or Master's in Public Health – with our year-long 1-credit course. You’ll get help with career planning, study methods, and gain insights into the admissions process and requirements for health careers programs.
- $500 Stipend

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HCOP Ambassador Program

We have Ambassador programs that form a ladder toward admission into a healthcare program at Touro University California. You will get help navigating educational pathways and gain career guidance while actively participating in a year-long public health project.

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Contact Us

Office Operation Hours:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are located at:
1310 Club Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94592
H-84 - Office 206

Call or Email:
(707) 638-5517
(707) 638-5287

HCOP Academy Program Coordinator
Stacie Butler

HCOP Academy Community Coordinator
Nathaly Manrique