NMMC Programs Offer Students Opportunities to Explore Careers
TUPELO, Miss.—North Mississippi Medical Center offers several programs for students interested in a health career. For more information about any of these, call 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843- 3375).
Summer Health Academy
NMMC offers a Summer Health Academy three days each June for students who are interested in a health career and have completed the seventh or eighth grade. Participants spend four hours daily with nurses and other health professionals who are eager to share their expertise. Applications are due each April.
Student Volunteer Program
Student volunteers must be at least 15 and willing to volunteer on a set schedule three weeks of the summer. Volunteers are selected based on an application and interview, and are assigned to various areas throughout the hospital. Applications are due each March.
Survey of Healthcare Careers Exploratory Course
Sponsored by Northeast Mississippi Community College and NMMC, and funded by the Toyota Wellspring Education Fund, the Survey of Healthcare Careers Exploratory Course involves weekly online instruction combined with several days onsite at NMMC for job shadowing, lecture and mentoring. The dual enrollment course is open to juniors and seniors from Lee, Pontotoc and Union counties who receive academic credit from both their high school and NEMCC.
High school seniors in NMMC’s Mentorship Academy attend after-school classes for eight weeks and receive 80 hours of certified nursing assistant training during the summer at Itawamba Community College. This training prepares participants to take the certification exam in July and gives them a head start on a career in health care. Applications are due each November.
Physician Shadowing Program
In NMMC’s Physician Shadowing Program, college juniors and seniors do rotations with physicians in various specialties to better prepare for medical school. Two three-week sessions are offered each summer. Thanks to the Dr. P.K. Thomas Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund, each student receives hourly compensation, a lab coat and support materials. Applications are due each April.
Nurse Externship Program
NMMC’s Nurse Externs spend nine weeks each summer working one-on-one with a registered nurse preceptor putting the theories and skills they have learned into practice. To be eligible, students must have completed their first year of nursing school and are paid to work 40 hours each week. Applications are due each February.
Nurse Internship Program
Once a student nurse has completed NMMC’s Nurse Extern program, he or she is eligible to participate in the Nurse Internship Program. Nurse interns stay employed by NMMC until they graduate but have flexible schedules and are only required to work a minimum of 40 hours per quarter during school.