VCU Acceleration is a comprehensive program for incoming VCU freshmen who are interested in pre-health concentrations in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and other health sciences. The program provides exposure to various health professions, preparatory course work in math and science, and academic support throughout the freshman year.

  • Students will live with other pre-health sciences students in a living-learning community.
  • Students will learn about the different roles and responsibilities of various health care provider services with a holistic approach to patient care.
  • Study groups, one-on-one tutoring, and specialized academic support will be available.
  • Students will have opportunities to volunteer and participate in research in and around the Richmond, Virginia, community.
  • Students completing the program will be eligible for scholarships upon acceptance to health sciences programs at VCU.
  • Juniors and seniors in the program will have the opportunity to serve as mentors or participate in leadership roles.

Students must be accepted for admission at VCU for the fall semester in order to participate.

Applicants should have a minimum overall GPA of 3.25, average combined math and verbal SAT scores of 1000, and past participation in extracurricular or volunteer activities.

Applications, letters of recommendation, and a copy of an official high school transcript must accompany the application.  The application deadline is May 1, 2015. Students are welcome to apply before they have learned of their acceptance status to VCU.

For program information and application, go to: or call (804) 827-0982.




Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
October 25, 2014 September 19, 2014 September 20–October 3, 2014
December 13, 2014 November 7, 2014 November 8–21, 2014


Test Date                            Registration Deadline              (Late Fee Required)

October 11, 2014                   September 12, 2014                       September 30, 2014

November 8, 2014                 October 9, 2013                               October 28, 2014



4 Ways to Jump-Start Your College Search Process

Spring has sprung … sort of. While many of us are still digging ourselves out of snow and ice, the signs of spring have arrived: more sunlight, rising temps and blossoming flowers. For admissions offices, spring is a time to both work with high school seniors as they commit to the colleges that are the best fits for them and work with juniors as they begin their college search processes. If you’re a junior in high school, this is a great opportunity to start working with your high school counselor or other adviser to get ready to apply to colleges in the fall. Here are a few helpful tips to get a jump-start on your college search process:

Ever thought about becoming a Medical Assistant ?

why become a medical assistant

There are several good reasons to consider going to work as a medical assistant, even though the pay is not the highest (the median according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2010 was $28,860 per year).  With experience, for starters, you can make more than that.  The top 10% earn more than $40,190 per year.  So there are opportunities for advancement and growth.  Here are the other reasons to consider a career in medical assisting:


This job is growing at a rate of 31%.  That is much faster than the average for all other jobs in the country.  What’s even more exciting is how many new job openings that represents in real numbers.  According to the BLS, that is 162,900 new openings between 2010 and 2020.  Why so many jobs?  We have an increasingly large elderly population that needs extra medical care.  That means that more medical staff members are needed, including medical assistants.

It is also pretty easy to become a medical assistant.

Requirements vary from state to state.  In some states, you may need to pass a course, while in others you may not have any official requirements at all.  You can earn your certification in less than a year though, and in many cases, you only have to take a single class and then pass the CMA exam.  It is a good idea to get certified even in states where it isn’t required, since that will give you access to more jobs and a higher salary.

The last reason to consider becoming a medical assistant is that it can be a rewarding career which gives you a chance to help others.

You will feel proud of your work at the end of the day knowing you are making a difference in the lives of your patients.

Medical assisting is not the highest-paid career out there, but the educational barriers are incredibly low, and there are a ton of jobs appearing around the country, both in cities and in rural locations.  When you become a medical assistant, you have a chance to help others and to enjoy fulfilling, rewarding work.  It might also serve as a bridge for you to consider another medical career later which requires more training.  You might take some of the money you earn as a medical assistant and invest it into becoming a nurse for example, or a radiology technician.

USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo with high school career and job fair

USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

Date: April 26 – 27, 2014 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington D.C.
Free and open to the public!


What is the universe made of? What will be the next medical breakthrough? What does science have to do with Extreme Sports? And does Hollywood get the science right? Find out at the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo, hosted by Lockheed Martin! Explore science and engineering with more than 3000 fun, hands-on activities in fields like robotics, genomics, advanced manufacturing, 3D printing, DIY/Makers, space exploration, green chemistry, bioengineering, oceanography and many more.


The festival will feature more than 100 stage shows starring Dirty Job’s Mike Rowe, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Grammy Award Winners They Might Be Giants, Basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar, MoneyBall’s Paul Depodesta, cast and crew members from TV Shows like Big Bang Theory, House and  Breaking Bad. Other highlights include the Career Pavilion for high-school students with a Job and College Fair, and a Book Fair featuring over 30 leading science authors.  The Expo is free of charge and is perfect for teens, children and their families.


Click here for more information.


NOVA K-12 STEM Collaboration – An Industry-Student Partnership Convened and organized by WashingtonExec

Date: March 8, 2014 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location: The Nysmith School 13625 EDS Drive Herndon, Virginia 20171

The WashingtonExec Inaugural K-12 STEM Symposium will held on March 8 in Herndon, Va. The event is open and free for the public. This event is expected to bring together 500 parents, students, teachers, corporate/government executives and non-profit representatives.

There is a real need of community action to enhance our nation’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, training, careers and leadership and this is a great way to help a great cause. Please consider attending.

More information can be found at

This all-day free event includes exciting exhibits, inspiring speakers, and panel experts who will highlight just how vital it is to engage parents, students, teachers, corporate/government execs and non-profit representatives alike in STEM education and careers.

Did You Know…

Construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, and is currently facing critical skilled-labor shortages. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the construction industry will need to hire over 1.8 million additional workers by 2020. Women comprise only 9 percent of the estimated 8.4 million workers in construction trades and related occupations, representing the single largest untapped resource for tomorrow’s construction workforce.

College Week Live

CollegeWeekLive is the world’s biggest virtual college fair, with hundreds of colleges and universities from around the world exhibiting and tens of thousands of attendees. CollegeWeekLive events revolutionize college admissions, making the process easier and more cost-effective by bringing together students, parents, counselors and colleges online to interact, transcending time and distance. CollegeWeekLive is completely free to attendees. Sign-Up Now.

CollegeWeekLive attendees can watch admissions experts speak on topics such as how to prepare for the SAT, how to write a winning application essay or how to pay for college and have questions answered via live chat. Attendees can also video chat with college students and learn what campus life is really like. The event features scholarships and special promotions available only to those who attend. Sign-Up Now.