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.
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.
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.
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.
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.