The Department of Professional and Continuing Studies (formerly the Department of General Studies) offers special programs for high school students who are exploring careers in science and the health professions.
Students who have completed at least two years of high school, are in good academic standing and demonstrate a sincere interest in biomedical sciences can apply for a four-week summer program focused on exploring how science is used in everyday life.
Areas of study include cell biology, molecular biology, cellular pathology and the biology of disease. Students learn laboratory techniques such as cell culture, DNA sequencing and polymerase chain reaction, and they discover how these techniques are applied to criminal investigations, paternity testing, disease diagnosis and the development of new pharmaceutical products.
Health Professions Field Experience (HPFE)
Students from Mastery Charter High School in Philadelphia can explore the role of various health professions career options through the Health Professions Field Experience (HPFE). The six-week interdisciplinary program, sponsored by a grant from the Brook J. Lenfest Foundation, offers an overview of careers in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, radiologic sciences, bioscience technologies and pharmacy.