Northeast AHEC


PA Area Health Education Center

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Health care is predicted to continue to be one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. This growth reflects the demand for health care workers to address the needs of an aging population. As a result, rewarding career opportunities will continue to be available in multiple health care settings.

The recruitment and educational preparation of Middle School and High School students is necessary in creating the workforce that will be needed to provide future services.

What students are saying about the PA AHEC SEARCH Academy

It is a good way to get information as well as it is a lot of fun!"
Senior, Susquehanna Community High School

"If you are unsure about what you want to pursue but know it’s healthcare it’s very beneficial."
Senior, Susquehanna Community High School

"It is helping me decide which field is best for me and what to focus on."
Freshman, Wyoming Valley West High School

"I would recommend this program because it was very informational and helped me learn the possible career paths in the nursing industry."
Freshman, Western Wayne High School

"I would recommend this program to others because it could help others learn about the process to become part of the medical field."
Sophomore, Saucon Valley High School

"It was very educational and gives you skills for not just your future, but for everyday emergency situations."
Freshman, Jim Thorpe High School

"I found it very informative and easy to sign into the meetings at convenient times. It wasn't very demanding and was very reasonable at only once a month, completely free."
Freshman, Riverside High School

"I am so happy I did it, because it teaches you about different medical professions, which can help narrow down options for your future."
Sophomore, Tunkhannock Area High School

"This program was well thought out. It gave students the perfect opportunity to learn more about job opportunities, careers within medicine, health, science. One could explore these options and then blossom when needed! The connections and directional assistance that one will make while attending these sessions is outstanding!"
Senior, Freedom High School

"It's a great program because it allows those interested in the medical field to meet people who work in the medical field. I really like that the program sends out items that correspond to the session's career. For example a stethoscope for nursing. I also like how we are taught to use those items and what a day in that career is like."
Sophomore, Abington Heights High School

"I would definitely recommend someone to this program because it is very educational and eye-opening. The program is worth it all and they can get a chance to actually speak with professionals to understand more about the job."
Junior, Wyoming Valley West High School

Our Health Careers Pipeline Program promotes awareness and exploration of job opportunities for Health Careers Clubs. We work with teachers and faculty to offer education and training opportunities for students to select topics most important for entrance into advanced education programs upon graduation from High School. In addition, the program provides supplemental resources to assist the clubs in fostering students' interest in learning more about healthcare career options available to them.

Students can apply for a discounted rate to take a year-long self-paced Princeton Review course for SAT or ACT. Normally, this costs $299, but AHEC has a collaboration with Princeton Review to offer this to students for $60. Completing this self-paced program puts you in a better place for higher SAT or ACT test scores for your goal to enter college or universities.

If you feel you might qualify for a scholarship based on "disadvantaged" status, please reach out to Debra Youngfelt.

Click here to apply in the Eastcentral Region!

Click here to apply in the Northeast Region!

SAT/ACT Self-Paced Program Course Content

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is one of the nation's leading student aid organizations and national provider of student financial aid services, serving millions of students and thousands of schools through its loan guaranty, loan servicing, financial aid processing, outreach, and other student aid programs.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is a form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.

Our AHEC Centers offer additional enrichment activities throughout the year to further assist middle school and high school students in learning about the career opportunities available to them in the healthcare field. We participate in Open Houses, Orientation, Career Days or as a Guest Speaker for health-related classes.

Students interested in health careers can gain a great deal by having the chance to hear and speak with individuals currently employed in a medical profession and those instructors whose academic programs lead to medical professions. Through our strategic partnerships, we have partnered with area Physicians, Educators, and other Healthcare-related Professionals throughout the regions we serve. Through our Health Careers Program, speakers can be arranged to present at club meetings and/or special events on a variety of topics.

For more information about scheduling any of the following events for your school, please contact us.

Community Outreach:

Our Centers provide educational resources and information on a variety of health-related topics to help students pursue their interest in a health career by participating as a Guest Speaker at youth events and Summer camps.

The Eastcentral and Northeast PA Area Health Education Centers enjoy working with schools in our regions and love to hear about what is going on in your school. If you would like to share information about your Health Careers Club or Program, please email us at

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Northeast AHEC Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center
164 Scranton Carbondale Highway, Archbald, PA 18403 |

570-209-9644 |

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