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School of Allied Health Professions connects Louisiana high school students with health careers

The Allied Health Education and Discovery (AHEAD) Program is an annual summer program for Louisiana high school students to explore the health career programs offered at LSU Health Shreveport's School of Allied Health Professions, including:

  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Public Health Professional
  • Rehabilitation Scientist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist

The AHEAD program launched for the first time during the summer 2021 semester with 16 participants from several local high schools, including Caddo Magnet, Captain Shreve, C. E. Byrd, and Southwood. Students participated in full-day sessions of hands-on, interactive activities within each discipline. Participants also engaged with faculty, current allied health students, and clinicians through field trips to the Rehabilitation Clinic, Mollie E. Webb Speech & Hearing Clinic, anatomy lab, and Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport Hospital. In addition to the experiential learning sessions, students received information on how to pursue the application process for health professions schools and tips for success in college as they pursue these careers. The program concluded with a certificate ceremony for the AHEAD students and their parents, where participants shared what they most valued throughout the week.

The AHEAD Program strives to inspire students about the opportunities that a variety of health careers offer and provide mentorship from faculty, clinical providers, and professional students as they navigate their career path. The program is not only a great value for participants but also ensures a pipeline of diverse, talented students for the School’s health career programs through the recruitment of students from underrepresented backgrounds.

For more information about the AHEAD program, please visit their website at or contact the Student Admissions Office at (318) 813-2908 or

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