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Health Careers Program

HCOPPP: Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence

Spelman's Health Career Opportunities Pipeline Preparation Program will mark its 10th anniversary during this year's annual Etta Falconer Senior Honors and Recognition Ceremony on Sunday, April 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Johnnetta B. Cole, Ph.D., Living & Learning Center II Auditorium

HCOPPP identifies highly motivated students who desire to be change agents in healthcare. Students participate in professional school application preparation workshops, summer internships and research programs, early acceptance programs, financial literacy, and test preparation. "Our nation is requiring that our students be aware of not only the physiology of disease but the political and public health ramifications of set policies in the 21st century," said Rosalind Gregory Bass, M.D., director of the Health Careers Program, chair and associate professor of the environmental and health sciences program.

"We must remain vigilant and aware of how to best meet the needs of underserved populations and prepare students for the challenges they may face in the future." -- Rosalind Gregory Bass, M.D.

About Us

The Health Careers Program of Spelman College initiated in 1971 to advance more and better- qualified young women into the professional/allied health professional schools of medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, optometry, podiatry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and graduate health programs.  Since 1970, the College has been successful in assisting well over 800 of its students in gaining admission to many prestigious professional/ allied health professional institutions.

The program serves as a repository of information.  We coordinate visits to healthcare facilities and professional schools, schedule on campus visits for lectures and recruitment personnel, and assists students in identifying facilities where they may participate in academic enrichment/research activities during the academic years and summers. The Health Careers Program provides additional opportunities such as:

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Training
  • First Aid/CPR Certification
  • Professional and Speech Workshops
  • Spelman Women in Science and Health Shadowing Program (WISH)
  • Development of Professional Schools Articulation Agreements
  • Professional Schools Application Workshops (Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, etc.)
  • Networking  and Leadership opportunities

Major  events  and activities sponsored by the program includes the Red Cross Blood Drive, Georgia Dwelle, M.D. Reception, Adrienne Bauduit Health Fair, Health Professions Conference, Annual Recruitment Fair, Nursing Roundtable, White Coat Ceremony and Donor Consortium Project Reception, etc.

Program Facts

Registration for the Health Careers Program occurs annually through an electronic process followed with a first year orientation.  The program holds monthly meetings to inform students of various activities planned and opportunities that may be available. 

We also have four registered student organization groups: Health Careers Club, AED, Operation SMILE, and ACTIVE Minds. We look forward to serving you and wish you much success on your Spelman journey!

Health Program Staff

Rosalind Gregory Bass, M.D.
Director of Health Careers Program
Associate Professor, Environmental
and Health Sciences Program

Alayna M. Blash, M.D., C'94
Associate Director of Health Careers Program

Contact Us

Health Careers Program
Tapley Building, Suite 125

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