Healthcare Careers


Pathways in Health Care

Experience a career in health care at a school, hospital or technical center in Vermont and New England that may lead you on a path to a health care professional. Geared towards middle, high school and college students.

Dartmouth Hitchcock Pathway students

Examples of Health-Care Related Programs Of Study

Resources for Educators

October is officially Health Care Careers Awareness Month in Vermont!

To help you put a focus on the many health care career opportunities that exist, we have composed a Toolkit of information about health care careers and fun activities for students, to be incorporated into your school’s career lesson plans.

Summer Health Professions Education Program

SHPEP  is a national, competitive, and free six-week summer enrichment program for 1st and 2nd-year premedical students. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing guidelines, and the closure of some campuses, SHPEP will again be a 100% virtual experience in summer 2021. The online applications open on November 1st, and early application is strongly advised. If possible, aim to submit an application by December. The application deadline is February 5th and application decisions are released on March 15th.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled as a freshman or sophomore in college
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5
  • Be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa
  • Not have previously participated in SMDEP

Other Considerations

  • Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in medicine and/or dentistry OR
  • Comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background OR
  • Has demonstrated interest in issues affecting underserved populations AND
  • Submits a compelling personal statement and strong letters of recommendation

This residential program provides academic enrichment; clinical experiences; career development activities; learning, study skills, and financial planning seminars; and a lot of mentoring. There are 12 hosting sites that offer similar activities and support, but there will be differences in the dates and structures of these individual programs.

Visit the website for admission guidelines and the online application.

Videos and Other Resources

The Top 50 Health Care Careers in the U.S.

Take a look at a new Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis of health care careers to learn the 50 best ones for salary and growth.

Health Sciences Videos

CareerOneStop is your pathway to career success with tools to help students, job seekers, businesses, and career professionals. CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Browse CareerOneStop’s video collection to learn about careers, industries, skills and abilities, or work options and education levels. See for yourself what a health care career is like. Select from over 60 health science career videos!

The Role of the Community Health Worker

Life and Dentistry in Vermont

[YouTube Video]

Watch this 7-minute video of interviews with Vermont dentists and their families. Learn why Vermont is an incomparable place to live and practice dentistry.

College Scorecard

The federal government has created an interactive scorecard for higher education that allows consumers to compare and contrast college costs in ways never before possible. The site reveals average annual cost, graduation rate and average salary after attending a college, types of student aid, GI Bill benefits, and a calculator for determining possible aid. Average annual cost is impacted by the amount of financial aid a school gives out, and average annual salaries is based on data collected only from students who got federal assistance.

Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary: Allowing Dentists to See More Patients, October 23, 2015

Dr. Chuck Seleen explains how he works with an EFDA in his Winooski, Vermont dental practice to increase productivity and maximize the potential to provide high quality care for patients in his community. We also hear from Kathy Delucco about her experiences and training as an EFDA in Vermont.

Rebecca Onie at TEDMED, 2012

Rebecca Onie, co-founder of Health Leads, talks about her organization’s efforts to link social services efforts to healthcare, helping to ensure patients have the basic resources needed to heal.

Financing Your Education

How do I pay for it?

Funding for education and training programs can come in the form of:

  • grants (based on financial need, do not need to be repaid)
  • scholarships (based on need, achievement or other factors, do not need to be repaid)
  • loans (which must be repaid)
  • work-study jobs (a student earns wages in part-time work while in school)

Some employers offer tuition reimbursement programs as an employee benefit. A health care employer may also offer scholarships to encourage its employees to continue their education for a critically-needed position in health care.

If you are a Vermont resident and have not already received a bachelor’s degree, you can also apply for a Vermont Grant by contacting VSAC.

Study a career in health care.

Colleges may participate in the New England Board of Higher Education’s (NEBHE) Tuition Break program, the New England Regional Student Program (RSP), enables thousands of New England residents to enroll at out-of-state New England public colleges and universities at a discount.

Read more about financing your education.



American Nurses Association – Vermont
Bi-State Primary Care Association
Green Mountain Care Board
New England Regional Student Program for Vermonters
Physician Assistant Academy of Vermont (PAAV)
Vermont Agency of Education 
Vermont Agency of Human Services
Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Care 
Vermont Board of Medical Practice
Vermont Dental Assistants Association (VDAA)
Vermont Dental Hygienists’ Association (VDHA)
Vermont Department of Health 
Vermont Department of Labor 
Vermont Labor Market Information
Vermont Medical Society (VMS)
Vermont Nurse Practitioners’ Association (VNPA)
Vermont Office of Professional Regulations
Vermont Public Health Association (VTPHA)
Vermont Public Health Institute
Vermont Program for Quality in Healthcare 
Vermont State Dental Society 
Vermont State School Nurses’ Association (VSSNA)
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC): Explore Careers
VNAs of Vermont


American Medical Student Association
Aspiring Doctors 
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Association of Schools of Public Health
Careers in Substance Abuse Disorders Treatment 
College Board Health and Medicine Majors 
Discover Nursing (Johnson & Johnson) 
Health Career Resources Guide
Family Medicine Interest Group
Health Careers Network
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) 
Health Professions Network 
Mapping Your Future: Explore Careers – Healthcare 
National Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) 
National Health Service Corps 
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Life Works 
National Rural Health Association (NRHA) 
Outbreak at Watersedge – Public Health Discovery Game
Psychology Career Center
Rural Assistance Center
States’ Career Clusters Initiative
U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook