Camps for High
School Students

The Eastern Montana AHEC at RiverStone Health sponsors activities to help students of all ages gain knowledge about healthcare careers.

REACH (Research and Explore Awesome Careers in Healthcare) is a hands-on healthcare career day for students in grades 9-12. Students hear from a variety of healthcare professionals about their careers and the education needed. Students participate in hands-on activities, such as learning how to give shots using oranges for practice and stitching up a chicken breast.

Contact us to bring REACH to your area

Eastern MT AHEC at RiverStone Health
Attn: REACH Camp
123 South 27th Street
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: 406.247.3297
Email: ahec@RiverStoneHealth.org

Schedules are unique to each camp and feature professionals and career options at the host medical center.

Cost: Lunch is provided, and the entire day is FREE for all participants.

A typical REACH Schedule

  • 8:30 am – 9 am: Introduction
  • 9:10 am – 9:45 am: Nursing
  • 9:50 am – 10:25 am: Laboratory
  • 10:30 am – 11:05 am: Radiology
  • 11:10 am – 11:45 am: Physical Therapy
  • 11:50 am – 1 pm: Lunch
  • 1:10 pm – 1:45 pm: Emergency Medical Services
  • 1:50 pm – 2:25 pm: Hospital Administration
  • 2:30 pm – 3 pm: Wrap Up/Evaluations

MedStart Summer Camp is designed to encourage Montana high school sophomores and juniors to pursue healthcare careers.

Homeschooled or GED students are eligible as well; however, students must be no older than 18. Students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, low-income families, rural areas, minorities, or first-generation college students are encouraged to apply. MedStart provides students a chance to learn about college life, and realize it is possible to pursue higher education. Students may apply for a second year of camp.

2024 MedStart Camp Dates and Locations:

  • University of Missoula in Missoula: June 17-21, 2024
  • Montana Tech in Butte: June 23-27, 2024
  • University of Providence in Great Falls: July 7-11, 2024
  • Miles Community College in Miles City: July 14-18, 2024
  • MSUB in Billings: July 21-25, 2024

SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarships are available based on need and/or merit.

COLLEGE CREDIT: Students completing the MedStart Camp are eligible for one college credit through Montana Tech that is transferable to all schools in the Montana University System. More information will be available upon acceptance.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications for 2024 MedStart are due March 15, 2024. Apply online here.

IMMUNIZATION NOTE: Students will receive further guidance about immunizations upon acceptance into a MedStart Camp.

ACCEPTANCE & PAYMENT: Notification of camp acceptance will be announced in April 2024. After notification of acceptance, students will receive a packet to complete and submit with payment in full. The regional camp coordinator will send more information about this upon acceptance.

Ensuring the next generation of healthcare professionals

Montana offers many options to pursue a degree leading to a healthcare career. You can explore those possibilities through Montana institutions for higher education in our Pathways to Health Careers in Montana.

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