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The Health Sciences Collegiate Academy (HSCA) is an accelerated academic program offering Lake County students the opportunity to explore careers in the STEM and health sciences through hands-on activities and early exposure to college courses.

HSCA is a unique partnership among Lake-Sumter State College, South Lake Hospital, Lake County Schools, Montverde Academy, and the University of Central Florida. Students can apply to the four-year program (9-12th grades) or the two-year program (11-12th grades).

Academy Benefits

  • Fast-track program to a college degree
  • Experiential, hands-on learning activities
  • Hospital observation and job-shadowing opportunities
  • Offers in-depth exploration of health care careers
  • Students can earn technical certificates
  • Students earn college credits toward an associate’s degree
  • Credits can transfer to all state college and universities in Florida
  • Graduates are guaranteed admission to UCF
  • Program is free for LCS students

Program History

The Health Sciences Collegiate Academy (HSCA), founded in 2015, is an accelerated academic program that you can only find in Lake County, Florida. Students in the HSCA program have the ability to get real-world experience at local hospitals and take college-level courses focused on STEM to earn an associate’s degree, all while still in high school.

As the demand for jobs in the healthcare field continues to increase in Central Florida and across the country, HSCA offers Lake County students a competitive edge.

“These academic programs are so important for the children of our community. We know that the early exploration of health sciences and college-level science courses for young people will prove a likelihood that they will pursue STEM and medically related degrees and careers.”

John Moore, President and CEO of Orlando Health South Lake Hospital

HSCA is a collaboration and partnership among Lake-Sumter State College, Orlando Health South Lake Hospital, Lake County Schools, Montverde Academy, and the University of Central Florida.

Leadership

Dr. Michelle Crozier Nash
Director of HSCA

Latisha McCray
Assistant Director of HSCA

Academic Partners

LSSC logo with blue lakehawk
Orlando Health South Lake Hospital text logo
Lake county schools logo
Montverde Academy logo
Black UCF logo with gold pegasus

Contact Infomation

South Lake

On Campus By Appointment
Monday-Friday8:00 am- 4:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday:Closed
Remote
Monday– Friday:8:00am – 4:30pm
Saturday – Sunday:Closed

Email: hsca@lssc.edu
Phone: (352) 536-2228
Location: Science-Health Partnership Building
Way(s) to Contact: Email
Website: lssc.edu/HSCA