The Health Sciences Collegiate Academy (HSCA) is a four-year program offering Lake County high school students the unprecedented opportunity to explore a career in the health sciences and fast track their career. As the demand for jobs in the healthcare field continues to increase in Central Florida and across the country, this program provides your student with a competitive edge. This free program offers internships and mentoring at South Lake Hospital and the ability to complete a STEM-focused AA degree from Lake-Sumter State College, all before graduating from high school.

Program Path

9th & 10th Grade

  • Attend Lake County high school
  • Participate in health career exploration activities at LSSC & South Lake Hospital

11th Grade

  • Attend LSSC’s South Lake campus full time as dual enrolled student
  • Participate in South Lake Hospital internship

12th Grade

  • Attend LSSC’s South Lake campus full time as dual enrolled student
  • Participate in South Lake Hospital internship
  • Special recognition of academy completers

Eligibility

9th Grade Enrollment Criteria

  • Be an 8th grader entering high school in Lake County
  • Earn a 3.0 average or higher in middle school courses
  • Have a promising score on standardized test of aptitude
  • Submit an essay detailing interest in the health science field
  • Complete an interview with HSCA

11th Grade Continuation Criteria

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have qualifying scores on the PERT
  • Have qualifying scores in Algebra & ELA
  • Be in good standing with conduct

Contact Infomation

South Lake

On Campus By Appointment
Monday:Closed
Tuesday:10:00am – 12:00pm
Wednesday:Closed
Thursday: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Friday – 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