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Program Overview

Program Overview

The Health Care Academy introduces rising 10th through 12th-grade students to a wide variety of health science professions.  The program focuses on providing skills that are transferable across multiple health professions.  Experiences are led by professional faculty from our nursing, physician assistant, nutrition, pharmacy, and exercise science programs.  Gain invaluable real-world experience in Nashville, the nation’s health care capital.  Due to COVID-19 protocols, the program will be a day program from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.  Housing will not be available on campus this year. 

Those accepted to the program may have the opportunity to earn college credit of 1 hour in Medical Terminology (BY2321) at no extra cost provided Lipscomb University admission criteria are satisfied. Students will have some online pre-work the week before the academy and will attend lectures each day in addition to the hands-on learning experiences.  Students should expect to have homework each evening.  Learning will be assessed throughout the week with quizzes and exams to earn their college credit.  

Applications will be reviewed for acceptance through April. 

Review our COVID-19 pre-college program protocols.

Sponsored by HCA TriStar


Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition & Scholarships

The cost of the program is $400, which includes all course materials, laboratory supplies and lunch on campus each day.

Scholarships are available up to full-tuition through a secondary application process.  Awards are made through a committee review process.  The scholarship application is made available to candidates after acceptance to the program.

Work With Faculty

Sessions are taught by award-winning professors in the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Benefit from the years of experience our faculty have across diverse health care settings. Note: The faculty below reflect summer 2020 and have not yet been updated to reflect 2021 faculty.

Discover Your Path

“Health Care Academy has helped me know where my interests lie. I know now that I want to be a pharmacist or maybe even a physical therapist with a focus in sports medicine.” —12th grade participant

Learn By Doing

There are some things you can’t learn from a textbook, which is why our program is hands-on. You’ll have the chance to respond to a crisis, practice pharmacy compounding in a lab and earn CPR certification.

Our Faculty

  • Kathy Williams headshot

    Kathy Williams


    Kathy Williams brings over 35 years of nursing experience into the nursing program here at Lipscomb University. She grew up in Henderson, Tennessee where she attended Freed-Hardeman College and earned...

    Meet Kathy Williams
  • Roletha Pillow

    Roletha Pillow

    Assistant Professor

    Roletha Pillow is a native of Nashville. After her academia appointment, Pillow earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Union University. She holds several nursing licensures, certifications and professional nursing...

    Meet Roletha Pillow
  • Jenna Sissom headshot

    Jenna Sissom

    Assistant Professor

    Jenna Sissom is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Middle Tennessee State University and her Master Science of Nursing in Nursing Education...

    Meet Jenna Sissom
  • Kevin Clauson

    Kevin Clauson


    Kevin A. Clauson is an Associate Professor at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Clauson interacts with student pharmacists in courses including health informatics and independent research in...

    Meet Kevin Clauson
  • Ben Gross headshot

    Ben Gross

    Director of Assessment College of Pharmacy and He

    Gross received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Murray State University and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Tennessee. Gross completed a specialty residency in...

    Meet Ben Gross
  • Jimmy Torr headshot

    James Torr

    Associate Professor

    Torr completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Accounting from Lipscomb University in 2001 and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy...

    Meet James Torr
  • Stephen Heffington headshot

    Stephen Heffington

    Heffington is the program director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies and assistant professor of medicine. He holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee and...

    Meet Stephen Heffington
  • Linda Elrod headshot

    Linda Elrod

    Assistant Professor

    Elrod ('77), assistant professor of physician assistant studies, holds a Master of Science in Medicine from Trevecca Nazarene University and is a Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C). She has eight years...

    Meet Linda Elrod
  • Matt Steidl headshot

    Matt Steidl

    Assistant Professor

    Matt ('00) met his wife Erin (Tews '99) at Lipscomb as an undergraduate. He and Erin have three daughters. He worked as a software engineer for Lockheed Martin on the...

    Meet Matt Steidl
  • Jessica Wallace headshot

    Jessica Wallace

    Associate Professor

    Jessica Wallace received her Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University followed by her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. She completed a...

    Meet Jessica Wallace
  • Allison Provine headshot

    Allison Provine

    Associate Professor

    Allison Provine received her Bachelor of Science in Education and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Samford University. She then went on to complete a pharmacy practice residency at Emory Healthcare...

    Meet Allison Provine
  • Justin Kirby headshot

    Justin Kirby

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Justin Kirby is a native of middle Tennessee having grown up in Lafayette before moving to Cookeville for college and, ultimately, to Nashville for pharmacy school. He remained in...

    Meet Justin Kirby