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Click here to learn more about various health careers, including educational requirements and pay range.


Summer Health Academy

Students who are interested in pursuing a health career and have completed the seventh or eighth grade are eligible for NMMC's Summer Health Academy. Sessions meet from 8 a.m. until noon June 6-10, 2016. Participation is limited to 25 students who will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, community service and desire to enter a health profession. The deadline is April 15 to submit an application, transcripts and two Teacher Recommendation Forms.

NMMC's Summer Health Academy introduces students to various careers in health care while reinforcing positive lifestyle choices. Participants spend four hours each day with nurses and other health care professionals who are eager to share their expertise and enthusiasm.

Students tour several nursing units at NMMC, as well as the Wellness Center. Because enrollment is limited, students are able to interact one-on-one with nurses, physicians, radiologic technologists, pharmacists, physical therapists and other health care staff.

The fee for Summer Health Academy is $75, which includes educational materials, a T-shirt, snacks and Friday lunch.

An application will be posted here closer to the program start date.

Click here for the Teacher Recommendation Form. Teachers may mail the recommendation form to the address above, fax to (662) 377-6221 or email responses to

For more information, contact the NMMC Employment Services Department at (662) 377-3245 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375). Students who are selected to participate will be notified in early May.


Summer Volunteer Program


Students entering grades 10-12 are eligible for NMMC's Summer Volunteer Program.

Participation is limited. Interested students must apply before April 3 and include a high school transcript, as well as three references. Interviews will be scheduled, and students will be notified if they are selected for the program.


An application will be posted here closer to the program start date.



Advanced Summer Health Academy


NMMC's Advanced Summer Health Academy will meet form 8 a.m.-noon June 21-23, 2016, for students who completed Summer Health Academy the previous summer. An application will be mailed to eligible participants. The fee is $75.



Dual Enrollment Program


Sponsored by Northeast Mississippi Community College and NMMC, and funded by the Toyota Education Endowment, this dual enrollment course involves weekly online instruction combined with several days onsite at NMMC for job shadowing, lecture and mentoring. The program is limited to juniors and seniors from Lee, Pontotoc and Union counties. Students receive academic credit from their high school and NEMCC. For more information, call (662) 316-3944.


Job Shadowing

Job shadowing allows you to explore various health careers to see firsthand what each career involves. Students can shadow no more than 12 hours per semester. Students who shadow between October 1 and March 31 are required to provide proof of current flu immunization. To arrange an appointment, call (662) 377-4179.

Job Shadowing Agreement

Job Shadowing Guidelines


Mentorship Academy

NMMC will host area high school seniors for its Mentorship Academy from Feb. 4-March 10, 2016. The Mentorship Academy meets from 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays and from 2-5:30 p.m. Thursdays for six weeks. Tuesdays will be class lecture, and Thursdays will feature guest speakers, life skills and job shadowing. Participants will be provided a uniform and T-shirt.

Interested students should apply before Nov. 13 and must be 18 before June 30, 2016. Click here for program details. Twenty students will be selected to participate in the program. The $50 fee will be refunded upon successful completion of the program and certified nursing assistant training.


Click here for Mentorship Academy application.


Applicants must submit an application, 250-word essay, two letters of recommendation and high school transcript. Orientation will be held Feb. 2


Participants who successfully complete NMMC’s Mentorship Academy will receive certified nursing assistant training June 13-28, 2016. This training will prepare participants for the certification examination and a career in health care.


Click here for the Teacher Recommendation Form. Teachers may mail the recommendation form to Employment Services Department, North Mississippi Medical Center, 830 South Gloster Street, Tupelo, MS 38801, or fax to (662) 377-6221.


The NMMC Mentorship Academy is made possible by a grant from the Bower Foundation. For more information, call (662) 377-3245 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-8430-3375).

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Physician Shadowing

Students in the Physician Shadowing Program must have completed their second year of college in pursuit of a medical career. During the program, they spend time with family physicians, surgeons, radiologists, cardiologists and emergency physicians. The Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi funds the program through the P.K. Thomas Jr., M.D., Endowed Scholarship Fund. Each student receives hourly compensation, a lab coat and support materials. For more information, call (662) 377-3245 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).

The application process begins March 2. Application deadline is April 20.


Two sessions are offered each summer with six students each. The first session is scheduled for June 13-July 1, 2016, and the second session is July 11-29, 2015. Applicants may request which session they prefer; however, there is no guarantee. Selected individuals are hired, provided a lab coat and paid minimum wage while in the program.


Click here for more information about 2016 sessions.


Click here for a Physician Shadowing brochure.

Click here for an online application.

To read profiles of two NMMC physicians, click here.