The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine offers a pipeline program as a pathway to health professions success. The program aims to increase the number of individuals underrepresented in medicine and provide a more diverse workforce to meet the health care needs of the communities they serve.

The pipeline program will identify and recruit students at every educational level - elementary school, middle school, high school, undergraduate and post-graduate programs - who have expressed interest and academic potential for a health profession career.

The program offers career exploration, academic support and mentoring activities during the academic year and through summer science enrichment programs. Participating students gain exposure to medicine, nursing and other health science professions to enhance their career interests.

This multigenerational outreach aims to better prepare students to be competitive applicants to health profession programs.

High School Programs

Health Professions Club
High school students at select schools have the opportunity to participate in the Health Professions Club. Students in the club engage in regular information activity sessions and receive mentorship from a college student.
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Health Science Professions Summer (HSPS) program
The School of Medicine partners with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Quinnipiac to offer the Health Science Professions Summer (HSPS) program. The HSPS program is a one-week commuter program designed for high school students interested in discovering the variety of professions available to students who pursue a college degree in biological and health sciences, nursing and medicine.  The students spend four days immersed in hands-on activities and also learn about the college application process.
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Recent Events

Students learn about health professions at Exploration in the Health Sciences event 

Exploration in the Health Sciences event

This past May, area high school students in the Health Professions Club were invited to the School of Medicine for the Exploration in the Health Sciences event. Students received exposure to the fields of occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing and diagnostic imaging. 

Both students and teachers reacted positively to the program and shared their testimonials with the Health Career Pathways office. 

"I really enjoyed today and I have learned so much that I did not know previously. Overall, this visit to the Quinnipiac School of Medicine was an eye-opening experience." - Ummi Rahman, student at Hill Regional Career High School. 

"The most memorable part for me was learning about personal trainers. It was also interesting to learn about the immense variety of imaging equipment that medical professionals use." - Vishal Patel, student at Hill Regional Career High School. 

"The trip today to Quinnipiac was wonderful, just as it was last year. I enjoyed every bit, from the presentations up to the diagnostic imaging activities." - Jameelah Uddin, student at Hill Regional Career High School.  

"Thanks so much for organizing a fantastic day for the students. The small group explorations of diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nursing were excellent. My students enjoyed themselves and learned about new opportunities." - Dr. Wendy Decter, teacher at Hill Regional Career High School. 

The Pipeline Newsletter

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine presents The Pipeline, the Health Career Pathways' (HCP) triannual newsletter. This forum serves as a podium to share the accomplishments of Netter Club members, highlight various health profession information, and to update readership about ongoing HCP initiatives.

Issue 3, May 2015 (PDF)
Issue 2, December 2014 (PDF)
Issue 1, May 2014 (PDF)

About Us

Charles N. CollierCollier
Assistant dean, health career pathways

Collier works with a number of University and community-based partners to establish a pipeline to health professions for students in elementary school and up. In addition, he developed and oversees the pre-matriculation program for entering medical students. He is also responsible for assisting in the recruitment of students seeking admission to the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine and is an ex-officio member of the admissions committee.

Collier came to Quinnipiac from Emory University, where he served as director of pre-professional services. He was responsible for the career development and advisement of matriculating pre-health students. He oversaw a credentialing service for those seeking entry into professional programs after graduation. In addition, Collier established and coordinated a mentorship program where students had the opportunity to explore and observe health professionals in their day-to-day roles.