School of Allied Health Professions

The Allied Health Education and Discovery (AHEAD) Program is a free, 5-day program for Louisiana high school students interested in exploring the health career programs offered at LSU Health Shreveport – School of Allied Health Professions. Participants will engage in full-day sessions that include hands-on, interactive activities within each discipline and field trips. Students will receive tips for success in college and guidance on how to pursue a professional career in healthcare. Our emphasis will be on recruiting students from underrepresented backgrounds with the primary goal of contributing to a diverse educational environment.


Session 1: June 10 – 14, 2024, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Session 2: July 8 – 12, 2024, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Location: LSU Health Shreveport, School of Allied Health Professions (1450 Claiborne Ave. Shreveport, LA 71103)

Cost: There is no cost to participants. Daily lunch and any resource materials required to participate in the program will be provided. Please note: This is a non-residential program and housing is not provided. 

Directions: (1) Complete all sections of the electronic application and (2) upload a copy of your most recent high school transcript by the deadline. 

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2024. 


Eligibility Criteria
  • Students must be at least 16 years old by the first day in the session. 
  • Enrolled in a Louisiana high school. Graduating seniors are welcome!
  • Minimum 3.0 high school GPA at the time of application.
  • Access to reliable transportation and commitment to full attendance. Please note: This is a non-residential program. 

Have Questions?

Student Admissions Office
(318) 813-2908

Are you a High School Student interested in healthcare? 


Through our AHEAD program you can gain insight into the following allied health professions:

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

Get AHEAD this Summer!


Words from our AHEAD Graduates! 

Participating in the AHEAD program was truly a life changing experience. Throughout the program, we had daily hands on learning experiences. We were given the opportunities to visit the cadaver lab, tour parts of the hospital, and learned about many Allied Health Professions that I never knew existed. This program taught me so much about the different health professions. Before the AHEAD program I did not know about Respiratory Therapy, however, I now know how important respiratory therapists are to helping people recover from illnesses.  The program provided us with a visual map and outlined the steps to take in college to achieve these careers. Attending the AHEAD program gave me more confidence in pursuing a career in the healthcare field. I am truly thankful to have had this experience.
-Madison Evans, AHEAD Program Participant 2021

I have really enjoyed the AHEAD program and I think it is amazing because it gives us so much insight into so many other medical careers other than the typical doctor or nurse. I think that is important because a lot of us are at a pivotal place in our lives, we are making decisions and plans that are ultimately going to affect our future. It is nice to know that we have so many options and opportunities out there.
-Alissa Lane, AHEAD Program Participant 2021


Begin training for your healthcare career at LSUHS!

Apply for an AHEAD Scholar Tuition Waiver for Students from Underrepresented Groups


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LSU Health Shreveport adopts a definition of diversity that embraces a broad spectrum of human expression and characteristics that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, social and cultural attributes, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, rural or metropolitan background, military or veteran status, and age. In addition, diversity also includes life experiences, record of service, and other talents and personal attributes that enhance the work and learning atmosphere. We are dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity.