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Student Career Exploration Program

Student Career Exploration Program

Student Career Exploration Program

Are you a student considering pursuing a career in healthcare? There are many specialties and areas to learn about. At PinnacleHealth, we are committed to helping students navigate this exploration through a variety of programs. 

Summer Student Program

The Summer Student Program is designed to introduce the activities of a healthcare institution to students, 15 years of age and older. Students who are considering medical careers or who have an interest in helping others can see first-hand how a hospital functions as they interact with patients, clinical staff and visitors. Applications are available on our website beginning February 1. For information on our Summer Student Program, contact Volunteer Services, (717) 782-3353, at Harrisburg Campus or (717) 657-7397 at Community Campus. Please note, students interested in participating in a senior year co-op program are asked to contact their co-op coordinator for guideline information.

Destination Imaging

Have you ever wondered how our imaging technologists create impressive images of the human body on a daily basis? Come investigate a career in the field of medical imaging.

Held twice a year, PinnacleHealth’s free workshop consists of presentations about the fascinating roles of diagnostic X-Ray, ultrasound, MRI, CT, bone densitometry/mammography, interventional radiology, and educational pathways in imaging technology.  Participants will attend six separate interactive presentations and learn why medical imaging is such an important part of the healthcare field.

Program dates:

  • Saturday, April 22, 2017
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017

Time:  8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

More Information:
Cheryl Bargo
(717) 652-5840 (ext. 4202)

Extreme Nurse Program

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take care of someone who is sick or recovering from surgery or another medical procedure? Come spend the day exploring a career in nursing.

PinnacleHealth has created an Extreme Nurse Program for high school students interested in exploring nursing as a career. This program allows students to experience a day in the life of a nurse in a wide variety of settings throughout PinnacleHealth.

Program dates:

  • Saturday, April 8, 2017
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017

Time: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

More Information:
Dana Dolan

Student Recruitment Team

Experience the Lab

For students interested in the laboratory field, we offer a new half-day program two times each year. 

The program will help students:

  • Understand where diagnosis is made
  • Witness the growth of living cells and bacteria
  • See where blood is prepared for a transfusion
  • Tour the department where scientific research is performed daily

Date: April 29 and October 28, 2017
Time: 7:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free 
To register contact:
Heather Cassatt (717) 782-5289,
Tarah Fisher (717) 782-3160,

Shadowing Opportunities

PinnacleHealth’s shadowing program allows college students age 18 or older who are planning a career in a specific healthcare field to observe the responsibilities and duties of hospital personnel, such as speech pathologists, medical technologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses and radiology technologists.

To participate in the shadowing program, complete the online Shadow Request form.

Your request must be submitted at least four (4) weeks prior to the desired shadow date. You will receive notification of the result of the shadow request within two (2} weeks of submission. If the department that you select is able to accommodate the request for the date and times listed, you will receive confirmation and instructions on how to proceed. You will also be notified if PinnacleHealth is unable to accommodate your specific request. Shadows are limited to 4-8 hours.

NOTE: In order to be eligible to shadow in any department, a flu shot is required every year prior to the start of flu season. You must submit documentation of your flu shot to the department you are assigned to shadow. The documentation can be from any provider, but MUST state that you have received the flu shot for the current season.

Healthcare Career Night

PinnacleHealth invites you to spend Wednesday, October 11 from 6-8 p.m. with our staff and representatives from colleges and technical schools that have healthcare programs to learn more about healthcare career opportunities. 

Learn about various healthcare careers including:

  • Community Life Team (EMT)
  • Imaging/Ultrasound
  • Laboratory Services
  • Nursing
  • Patient Care Assistants
  • Pharmacy
  • PinnacleHealth Medical Group
  • Physicians
  • Respiratory
  • Surgical Techs
  • Volunteer Services

Career Night Location

PinnacleHealth Harrisburg Campus
Brady Building, First Floor
205 S. Front Street 

(Brady Building is located next to Harrisburg Hospital)

Career Night Schedule

Registration: 5:30-6 p.m.
Welcome/Physician Opportunities Overview: 6-6:30 p.m.
Networking with schools & department: 6:30-8 p.m.

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