Providence School Outreach connects K-12 students to careers in health care through experiential learning. Our innovative program encourages students to consider a health care career, demonstrates relevancy to their classroom learning and may be used to meet high school graduation requirements. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to partner with teachers, counselors and schools to bring health career exploration to Oregon students.

Why Providence School Outreach is important

Health care careers are expected to be the No. 1 area of career growth in Oregon between 2008 and 2018. In fact, career opportunities for health care workers are expected to rise 23.3 percent, according to the Oregon Labor Market Information System.

Providence School Outreach encourages K-12 students to explore the many career opportunities that exist in the health care field. Not only will this help them make better-informed decisions, but it often inspires them to stay focused in school and plan for their future. “More than 80 percent of drop-out high school students said their chances of staying in school would have increased if classes were more interesting and provided opportunities for real-world learning,” according to a report by Civic Enterprises in association with Pete D. Hart Research Associates for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


Frequently asked questions

Are Providence School Outreach events available to students from any location and/or school?
Yes. Any student from any location can participate in Providence School Outreach events. The program welcomes public, private and home-schooled students.

Are there fees for Providence School Outreach events?
No. Every School Outreach live event is free of charge. There is a nominal fee to view eventcasts.

Do students interact with real patients?
No. Providence School Outreach does not allow students to engage directly with patients, in adherence with HIPAA regulations regarding patient confidentiality. Students who attend surgical viewings are required to sign confidentiality statements.

What can I do now in high school to prepare for a career in health care? 

  • Take chemistry, biology, math and other science-related courses. 
  • Challenge yourself with AP or honors classes.
  • Keep your GPA up.
  • Keep your immunizations up to date.
  • Talk with professionals about their careers.
  • Take CPR and basic first aid courses.
  • Learn a second language that is commonly spoken in Oregon.
  • Develop your computer and writing skills.
  • Request college catalogs and make campus visits. 
  • Attend college open houses and informational sessions. 
  • Explore scholarship and financial aid opportunities.  
  • Consider volunteering or working in a health care area to improve your chances of standing out on college and scholarship applications.