Providence Ready connects career seekers of all ages to health care careers through experiential learning. Our innovative and award winning program encourages career seekers to explore the many career opportunities that exist within health care. Not only does this help them make better-informed career decisions, but it often motivates and inspires them on their own career pathway.

For high school students, Providence Ready events can demonstrate relevancy to classroom learning and may be used to meet Oregon high school graduation requirements. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to partner with teachers, counselors and schools to bring health career exploration to Oregon and SW Washington students.

Why Providence Ready is important

Health care careers are expected to be the No. 2 area of career growth in Oregon between 2012 and 2022. In fact, career opportunities for health care workers are expected to rise 20.2 percent, according to the Oregon Labor Market Information System. For the career seeker, it is important to know that additional schooling is associated with higher pay and less unemployment over the course of one's lifetime.

Frequently asked questions

Are Providence Ready events available to everyone?
Anyone may participate in Providence Ready events. Career Highlights and Surgical Viewings are designed at the high school level however adults may attend as well.

Are there fees for Providence Ready events?
No. Every Providence Ready live event is free of charge.

Do students interact with real patients?
No. Providence Ready 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 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.