VCU's Diversity P.A.T.H.S. Programs

VCU's Diversity P.A.T.H.S. features programs and initiatives to support you in your journey toward a healthcare career.  No matter where you are in your academic career, there are pathway programs from middle school through the post-baccalaureate level to help you. 

While each program has its own distinct goals and benefits, all pathway programs aim to:

  • Encourage students to explore career opportunities within the profession of healthcare,
  • Provide students with access to academic and social resources that contribute to their success in preparation for health professions/graduate school admissions, and 
  • Connect students with a network of health care providers and community partners who support our mission.

Considering a VCU P.A.T.H.S. program?  Programs are listed by current grade level and categorized by academic year and summer opportunities. All programs are subject to change if necessary and/or at the discretion of their respective coordinating body.

Middle School

Middle school students are exposed to an assortment of occupations within the field of healthcare, in addition to a variety of academic programs offered at VCU.  Middle school programs include lab field trips, pathway events, and summer exploration programs.  

High School

High school students are offered a variety of college preparation, health career exposure and exploration programs. High school programs range from academic-year programs and initiatives in select public schools to afterschool and summer programs that are open to students across the RVA.


College students are provided strategic programs supporting first-year math and science courses, exposure to a variety of health professions degrees including undergraduate programs and pre-professional health preparation. College programs include a first-year living-learning community, VCU events, and other summer enrichment programs.