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Exploring Nursing and Health Professions

Please see below for 2015 Camp CHLA dates and application deadlines.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work as a health care professional? Camp CHLA is your chance to explore these exciting careers and is designed for high school students wishing to get into the profession. Join us for five full days of education, observation and participation in the daily activities of professionals.

At Camp CHLA, you will:

  • Observe medical procedures and job shadow health care professionals, as they care for patients.
  • Participate in skills lab, where you will learn how to take vital signs, perform CPR and acquire other essential skills for the medical field.
  • Gain exposure to different career paths by participating in presentations given by medical professionals in various specialties.
  • Debrief at the end of each day to reflect and share your experiences with other campers.
  • Get a firsthand look at health care through this life-changing opportunity.


Important Dates

Camp #1  
June 22-26, 2015

Camp #2 
August 3-7, 2015

To Apply

Click Here to Apply for the 2015 Camp

Please note the change in eligibility requirements: ONLY freshmen, sophomores, or juniors in high school are eligible to apply.

Applications open online starting December, 8, 2014. Applications will close January 22, 2015 OR when 400 applications have been received. 

*Only the first 400 applications submitted will be reviewed.

All accepted applicants will be notified by March 30, 2015.

Only current freshmen, sophomores, or juniors in high school are eligible to apply. Students will be chosen based on their completed online application, essay, and letter of recommendation. If you have attended Camp CHLA before, you are not eligible to re-apply. If selected, you will only be able to attend one camp session. On your online application, you will have the option of providing your first and second choice for dates. If you do not have a preference, you will be able to choose "No Preference." If you are unavailable for one of the dates, you will be able to choose "Not Available."

Since we are closing the applications after 400 have been received, we suggest that you start working on your application before it opens online. Here are a few things you can do to prepare in advance:

  1. Think about who you would like to write your recommendations.
    Once the applications open online, you will need to email the electronic recommendation to your teacher or counselor to complete. You may obtain a second recommendation from a professional of your choice (i.e. Employer, volunteer coordinator, etc.) You will not be able to submit more than two recommendations. Please make sure that the person you choose to write your recommendation has access to email and is aware of the deadline and your interest in applying to Camp CHLA.

  2. Research different health careers.
    In your application, you will have the option of choosing your top three professions and units you would like to shadow. Here is the list of available careers you can shadow during Camp CHLA.

  3. Write your essay.
    If you write your essay before the applications open, you can quickly copy and paste your essay into your online application. Here is the prompt: Please describe your career interests, how you would benefit from attending Camp CHLA, and why you should be selected to attend. We strongly encourage creativity in your response. Please make sure your essay is between 300-500 words.

Tuition Fees

There is no charge to attend Camp CHLA due to special grant funding. We sincerely thank the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development for the Health Careers Training Program Grant, and we also thank the Children's Hospital Los Angeles staff for their generous support and continual dedication.


Participants are expected to take part in all Camp CHLA activities.  If your application is accepted, please ensure that your work, personal or school schedules will not conflict with Camp CHLA.


Participants will need to provide their own transportation to and from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Parking validations will be provided to students who drive. Those students who take public transportation will receive a 5-day Metro Pass on the first day to be used for local bus and rail systems.

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Join our Camp CHLA Facebook page to get up-to-date information on our program and to see various photos of all of our activities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

See our list of FAQs.

See our flyer with additional details.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at