Health Careers Camp - NIU - College of Health & Human Sciences

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Exploring Careers in Health and Human Sciences Camp

July 22-27, 2012

The purpose of the Exploring Careers in Health and Human Sciences Camp is to provide high school students opportunities to explore careers in healthcare through hands-on learning experience about health professions careers, and to show them the opportunities available in health professions. Students will also receive information about education and training, academic requirements, financial aid, and campus life. The faculty for the camp is comprised of health professions faculty, health professionals currently in practice, and health professions college students.

Eligible Students

Current high school students who have expressed an interest in healthcare with a grade point average of 2.5 or better. 

How are students chosen?

Students are chosen for the camp based on recommendations from counselors and teachers and high school GPA.

Why should I go?

If you are chosen to attend this camp, you will have an exciting chance to meet other students who also want to learn more about health and human sciences careers. This will be a great opportunity for you to gain more knowledge of areas you might want to pursue, meet new people, and find out what being a college student is really like! 

What activities are planned?

To get the "campus experience", students will be housed in the dorms on campus and will have most meals in the dorm food courts and cafeterias.  Campers will visit "hands-on" labs in fields including Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Physical Therapy, Dietetics and Nutrition, and Nursing; work on projects as teams and individually throughout the week for a final presentation to parents at the close of camp.  Campers will have an opportunity to earn certificates for such things as CPR and various guest speakers and faculty will add presentations on health related subjects, including college prep and financial aid.  Fun evening activities will include games in Anderson Gym and an "Amazing Race" game in which all campers will participate in a team based race in which they will complete health related tasks to progress through each leg of the race to the finish.


The camp costs $515, if paid before June 1, 2012 and $545 if paid after June 1, 2012.  A $100 deposit is required with your application which is applied toward the cost of the camp or refundable if the camp is cancelled or a student is not admitted.  The cost for the camp includes housing and meals, instruction, awards, and camp supplies.  A Financial Assistance Application is available for families who qualify.


To apply, click on the link below to print the required documents, which include instructions for application. Camper Packet

 Possible Day Camp Option

If you are interested in a daytime only option for this camp, please email Stacy Jackson at for more information.  This option will be offered based on the number of inquiries.  The cost would be slightly less for the day camp.


For more information and questions about the camp, contact Stacy Jackson, Outreach Coordinator for the College of Health and Human Sciences, 815-753-0031 or email: