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 or a certificate in a non-nursing allied healthcare profession from Mount Wachusett Community College and/or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program.
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.
Please Note: The 2022/23 academic year is the final year of the MWCC 5-year HCOP award from the Health Resources and Service Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services. HCOP academic and financial support is not guaranteed beyond 8/31/2023. MWCC intends on re-applying for this grant should it be made available through HRSA.
Click each program below to expand to view program details, requirements, and applications.
HCOP Catalyst College is for current MWCC students enrolled in an allied health major or a major that articulates to a bachelor's degree in an allied health field.
- 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 in our year-long program.
- Get a free 4-credit course: HEA 106: Exploring Health Careers: Charting a Plan for Success (HCOP section)
- Earn up to a $1,500 scholarship to cover tuition, fees, books and other educational expenses at MWCC
- Download and complete the HCOP Catalyst College Immersion 2022 Application
HCOP Catalyst High School a year-long program for rising high school seniors at Athol, Fitchburg or Gardner High Schools.
- 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 them for a healthcare career major at MWCC.
- This program gives students 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.
- Download and complete the HCOP Catalyst High School Dual Enrollment Application
- Be one of 20 students who enroll in our condensed college summer program at MWCC that prepares students for a career in a healthcare field.
- This summer program requires participation in our free, 4-credit hour MWCC HEA 106: Exploring Health Careers: Charting a Plan for Success course and our free, health research training course. Additionally, students are provided the opportunity to participate in educational field trips and exposure to primary health care sites.
- Participants can continue to be served with HCOP support during the entire academic year.
- Click here to download and fill out the HCOP Catalyst Immersion Application
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.