Health Career Opportunity Program (HCOP)

What is HCOP?

The North Central Massachusetts Health Career Opportunity Program (HCOP) is a selective program that prepares students for careers in the allied health fields. Our area of Massachusetts has a critical need for more allied health workers – health care professionals who provide direct and indirect patient care. Getting a job in one of these professions starts with a career-focused college education.

HCOP aims to expose participating students to a wide variety of allied health professions, which begins with in-depth career exploration and exposure to professionals with a broad range of healthcare experiences. With HCOP, you work toward an associate degree in a non-nursing allied healthcare profession from Mount Wachusett Community College and/or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program.

Apply to the Right HCOP Program for You:

  1. HCOP Catalyst College: Current MWCC students enrolled in an allied health major or a major that articulates to a bachelor’s degree in an allied health field
  2. HCOP Catalyst Immersion: Incoming students already enrolled at MWCC
  3. HCOP Catalyst High School: Rising high school juniors and high school seniors at Athol, Fitchburg or Gardner High Schools

Admission to each of the HCOP Catalyst programs is based on the student’s educational and/or economic need therefore only fully completed applications will be considered.


HCOP Catalyst College

HCOP Catalyst College is a 
Year-Long Program

  • Be one of 20 students who have an interest in healthcare professions or are enrolled at MWCC in allied health programs or transfer programs that lead to a bachelor’s degree.
  • Get free MWCC classes
  • Earn up to a $1,500 scholarship to cover tuition, fees, books and other educational expenses at MWCC


HCOP Catalyst Immersion


HCOP Catalyst Immersion is a 5-Week Summer Program

  • Be one of 20 students who enroll in a 5-days per week, 5-weeks long college summer program at MWCC that prepares students for a career in a healthcare field.
  • Get 5 weeks of field trips, course work, college advising, and experience at healthcare sites
  • Earn a $1,000 summer stipend


HCOP Catalyst High School

HCOP Catalyst High School is a Year-Long Program

  • Students from Athol, Fitchburg or Gardner High School who have an interest in healthcare will be introduced to allied/behavioral health career fields through high school coursework, ultimately preparing you for a healthcare career major at MWCC.
  • This is a non-credit, non-transferable course during your junior year
  • During your senior year, you will have the opportunity to take free dual enrollment courses for college credit
  • Earn up to a $1,500 scholarship to cover tuition, fees, books and other educational expenses at MWCC



The NCM HCOP is supported by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $3,200,000.00 with zero percentage financed with non-governmental sources.  The contents are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of nor an endorsement by HRSA, HHS, or the US Government.