Health Sciences Academy (HSA)

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility is based on grade and participating school partnerships. Please click on the participating high school information below. 

Program description

HSA is an academic year program that offers participants college-preparedness skills and health careers exploration. HSA participants take a health sciences exploration course that includes interactive lectures from health care workers, a mentoring program with VCU undergraduates and field trips to the VCU Monroe Park and VCU Health campuses.

VCU field trip transportation service is provided. Commitment to full attendance, including an orientation session and closing event, is required to participate.


January - May 2021

Contact information

Dr. Seth Leibowitz at (804) 828-1761 or

For program eligibility, location and application information please click on the participating high school information below.

Developed in 2008, the Health Sciences Academy (HSA) helps high school students make informed choices about the health professions they wish to pursue while providing resources to pursue their chosen careers. 

More than 20 percent of the graduates who complete the course choose to attend VCU for their undergraduate studies. Participants also report that the curriculum has a dramatic impact on their career choices and makes them feel prepared for the academic rigor of the college experience.

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