The COPE Health Scholar program gives an immersive experiential education program for aspiring health professionals. The program allows unprecedented access to direct patient care. Health Scholars become valuable members of the patient-care team alongside nurses, physicians and allied health professionals in clinical and administrative settings. They receive training to assist in basic patient-care tasks such as bathing, changing and feeding patients as they rotate among the different departments within the hospital(s).
Students accepted to, enrolled in or graduated from local 2-year or 4-year colleges and universities.
Students attend one 4-hour shift per week in order to complete 280 graduation hours and be awarded a record of completion from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Each quarter, Scholars rotate to a new department where they assist staff with non-clinical tasks and support with key initiatives targeted to improve the patient experience.
All applicants complete an online application, in-person interview, 30 hours of training and are required to pass two exams before becoming Health Scholars.
To be considered for the pilot cohort beginning in October, interested students must apply online by August 15, 2018.