Health Career Opportunity Program (HCOP)

The North Central Massachusetts HCOP (Health Career Opportunity Program) 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. Getting a job in one of these careers starts with a career-focused college education.

With HCOP, you can work towards an associate degree in a non-nursing, allied healthcare profession from Mount Wachusett Community College and/or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program.

Program Highlights:
You have two opportunities to join HCOP:

  • A 5-week Summer Pre-Matriculation Program or
  • A Year-Long HCOP Ambassador Academy

Apply to HCOP

5-Week Summer Pre-Matriculation Program:

Be one of 20 students who enroll in a 5-days per week, 5-week long college summer program at MWCC that prepares students for a career in a healthcare field.

  • Get 5 weeks of field trips, coursework, college advising, and experience at healthcare sites
  • Earn a $1000 summer stipend

Year Long Ambassador Program:

Be one of 65 students who have an interest in healthcare professions or is enrolled at MWCC in allied health programs or transfer programs that lead to a bachelor’s degree program.

  • Get free MWCC classes
  • Earn up to a $1500 scholarship to cover tuition, fees, and books and other educational expenses at MWCC


  • You can apply if you are a current MWCC student or a high school student
  • High School applicants must be enrolled at one of the following high schools:
    • Athol High School
    • Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School
    • Gardner High School
  • Currently enrolled MWCC students must be enrolled in an allied health major or a major that articulates to a bachelor’s degree in an allied health field

Apply to HCOP