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Career Exploration

Whether you are a student, medical professional, behavioral health practitioner, or looking to start a new career, we invite you to join our healthcare community. If you’re ready to learn more and get started, browse the career exploration resources below for more helpful information.

Health Career Army Pathways Program (HCAPP)


Are you a military spouse or dependent (over 18 years of age), a Reserve Soldier, or a Soldier transitioning out of the military and looking for a new career in a rapidly growing industry?

A career in HEALTHCARE may be just what you’re looking for.

Whether you know that healthcare is what you want to do, or if you would like to find out, the Health Career Army Pathways Program (HCAPP) provides an opportunity to explore the many facets of healthcare to determine what is the best fit for you. HCAPP supports your transition from a military career to one in healthcare by connecting you to the resources you need to be successful.

In partnership with local hospitals, HCAPP opportunities can be tailored to your background and interests to provide a virtual job shadow online platform, even if you have no background in healthcare. Explore traditional and non-traditional healthcare jobs while you’re transitioning.

Health Career Army Pathways is a collaboration between Fort Drum’s Army Career Skills Program and the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization. It is made possible with funding from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of diverse communities, eliminate barriers to care, and bridge gaps in health services.

Applications are currently being accepted for these upcoming 12-week programs: March 3 - May 12, 2023 & August 25 - November 3, 2023.

Transitioning Soldiers can inquire and apply through the Army Career Skills Program. Call or email Wendy Brown, or Lorilei Matteson,

Reserve Soldiers, military spouses, and dependents (over 18) can apply or find out more by calling or emailing FDRHPO’s workforce team at or 315-755-2020 ext. 19 or ext. 25.

HCAPP Application

Career Close-Ups

In an effort to increase awareness of health careers in high demand, FDRHPO has made available a series of informational brochures and flyers, called “Health Career Close-Ups.”

These materials highlight different healthcare careers, including information on: work environment, pay, education requirements, and local educational programs. Click on any of the images below for more information about these exciting healthcare professions! They are also downloadable for your use electronically or in print format. We add new professions regularly, so please check back if there’s something that you’re interested in that is not listed. If you have a specific request for a Career Close-up on a certain profession that is not shown here, please email our workforce team!

PT Flyer
Dental Assistant Flyer
Physical Therapy Assistant Flyer
CNA Flyer
Medical Assistant Flyer
RN Flyer
LPN Flyer
Home Health Aides Flyer
Community Health Workers Flyer
Surgical Technologist Flyer
EMT Flyer
Pharm Tech Flyer
Healthcare Admin
Lab Tech Flyer
Medical Billers Flyer
Medical Coding Flyer
OT Flyer
OTA Flyer
Phlebotomist Flyer
Social Workers Flyer

Loan Repayment Programs

We do our best to maintain a current list of federal and New York State loan repayment/forgiveness programs for healthcare providers. However, for the most accurate and up-to-date information, please click on the link for any program to be directed to that agency’s website.

Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA)
Doctors Across New York (DANY)
  • Psychiatrist Loan Repayment Program

  • Physician Practice Support Funds and Physician Loan Repayment

Scholarship and Funding Opportunities
  • Nurse Corps Scholarship Program

  • Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program

Career Exploration Videos

External Resources

GPS for Success is a multi-platform website that students and underemployed adults can use to learn about career opportunities, income potential and education/training requirements in 16 career clusters identified locally and nationally as experiencing a shortage of skilled workers entering the workforce. The website features digital content showcasing the careers as a distinct group of occupations and industries based on the knowledge and skills they require. Its goal is to help educators and students of all ages explore different career development options and better prepare them for college and/or a vocational career.

The Northern Area Health Education Center, Inc. (NAHEC) works to improve health and healthcare through education. As part of the larger New York State AHEC System, NAHEC is one of nine centers throughout the State of New York. NAHEC serves Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin, Essex, and Clinton counties.Together with the statewide office in Buffalo and regional offices in Syracuse and Manhattan, the New York State AHEC System offers statewide capacity for addressing healthcare workforce needs. At the national level, NAHEC is a member of the National AHEC Organization (NAO).

HW Careers is a nonprofit dedicated to health workforce development in New York State. HWNY consists of three managing partners: Upstate Medical University, Central New York Area Health Education Center, and Northern Area Health Education Center.