Rural Health Careers Camps

Through partnerships with various universities, colleges and hospitals, NCRHP offers an annual Rural Health Careers Camp.  The camps provide rural high school students with hands-on learning experiences about the different health careers and shows them the opportunities available in the various health profession fields.  

The purpose of the Rural Health Careers Camp is to:

  • Develop an increase a qualified rural student base to fill health profession workforce shortages in rural Illinois

  • Strengthen rural students’ educational backgrounds and interest in rural health professions

  • Provide rural high school students with a hands-on learning experiences about different health careers

Camp Facts:

  • First camp was held the summer of 2005

  • Three and one-half day overnight camp on a college campus

  • 40-50 high school students from rural Illinois attend camp

  • Hands-on labs related to various health professions

  • Recreational activities in the community

  • Health professions students (some with a rural background) serve as camp counselors and provide perspectives on the college experience

  • Parent session about how to prepare/pursue a career in the health professions including information about college admissions, requirements, and financial aid.  


Apply for the Rural Health Careers Camp 2017!

Rockford University is the host site for the 2017 Rural Health Careers Camp. 

The camp will be held June 26 – June 29, 2017.  The camp is intended for high school students residing in rural areas who have a budding interest in the health professions.  The camp is a partnership between NCRHP, Rockford University, Rock Valley College and the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) of Northwest Illinois.  

The faculty for the camp is comprised of health professions faculty, health professionals currently in practice, and health professions college students.

Current rural high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors from the the following 19 counties are eligible to apply: Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, Henderson, Henry, JoDaviess, Knox, LaSalle, Lee, Mercer, Ogle, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Stephenson, Warren, Whiteside and Winnebago. Students living outside of this region may be considered, pending available spots.

Applications are due by April 16, 2017. You can access the application HERE. Cost for the camp is $100 and is due when notified of camp acceptance. All meals and housing will be provided by Rockford University. 

For more information about our Rural Health Careers Camps, please contact Vicky Rhine at 815.395.5854 or by e-mail at

Interested in being a Camp Counselor? Access the application HERE.

Click to view the 2017 camp brochure.