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.

Applications for this program are now closed. Information provided below is for informational purposes only. Applications will reopen in 2022 for rising 9th graders at that time.

2021 Information Session

Application Process 

  1. Attend an Information Session 
    Please plan to attend one of our informational sessions in January. Students currently in 8th grade at South Lake County middle schools, Montverde Academy, Pinecrest Lakes Academy Middle High, and Imagine South Lake Charter with an unweighted 3.0 GPA or higher will receive a letter to their home address, and students will receive a reminder card at school.
  1. Complete an Application 
    The HSCA application contains five parts: Admission Process and Agreement, a Writing Sample, a Report Card, two Teacher Recommendation forms, and the Honor Code.
  1. Group Interview 
    HSCA will work with your middle school to set up a 15-minute group interview. The group interview is completed with 2-3 other applicants from your school. Students will be interviewed by 2-3 staff members from the HSCA partner institutions. 

Program Path

9th & 10th Grade

  • Attend high school at East Ridge, Lake Minneola, South Lake, Montverde Academy, or Pinecrest Lakes Academy Middle High
  • Participate in health career exploration activities at LSSC & Orlando Health South Lake Hospital

11th Grade

  • Attend LSSC’s South Lake campus full time as dual enrolled student
  • Participate in observations at Orlando Health South Lake Hospital

12th Grade

  • Attend LSSC’s South Lake campus full time as dual enrolled student
  • Participate in job shadowing at Orlando Health South Lake Hospital
  • Special recognition of academy completers


9th Grade Enrollment Criteria

  • Be an 8th grader entering high school in Lake County
  • Earn a 3.0 unweighted GPA or higher in middle school courses
  • Submit HSCA application
  • Complete an interview with HSCA

11th Grade Continuation Criteria

  • Have an unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have qualifying scores on the PERT
  • Be in good conduct standing
  • Attend August orientation

Contact Information

South Lake

On Campus Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday8:00am – 4:30pm

Phone: (352) 536-2228
Location: Science-Health Partnership Building