Health Careers Counseling Center

Health Careers Counseling Center

Health Sciences Counselors provide support to students for health career pathways to earn degrees and certificates.  Students learn about admission requirements and criteria, program curriculum, program cost, financial aid, application for licensure/certificates, and transfer to baccalaureate programs.

Counseling & Advising:  

For New, Returning, Transfer, and Program major advising

Counselors:   Russell Kinningham and Lani Suzuki-Severa         


Virtual Walk-in Hours: Monday thru Thursday from 9:00-11:30 am & 1:00 – 3:00 pm. No appointments are needed. Closed on holidays.

*Please use the Health Science Express Kiosk to sign-in for a virtual counseling session during virtual walk-in hours.


Counselors are available to help you:

  • Explore health career pathways through program advising and information sessions
  • Select a health career program pathway
  • Identify ‘professional qualities’ of your career pathway to ensure that the career path is the right one for you
  • Select appropriate courses
  • Develop an academic plan (STAR Graduation Pathway; semester-by-semester plan of courses)
  • Achieve academic preparation for program admission
  • Connect to resources for your academic and personal success
  • Thrive for program graduation and employment

You should also meet with a counselor before:

  • You register each semester
  • You apply to a health program
  • You are ready to graduate and prepare for employment

Career Exploration
Do you know what health career you may find satisfying? Do you know what professional qualities of your profession/occupational cluster are important for success? Do you know what your personal, academic, and career strengths are? Have you volunteered, engaged in service-learning, and/or have enrolled in an introductory health professions course for your occupational pathway?

We encourage you to attend program information session(s) and visit the website for your program of study.  Furthermore, meet with a counselor who can help you identify your career interests, decide on appropriate next steps in the journey, and connect you to available campus and community resources.

Campus and Community Resources
Campus Resources

  • Health Career Programs and Counselors in Nursing — Access to programs in nursing including Associate degree in Nursing, Practical Nursing, LPN-RN Transition, Nurse Aid Training, Adult Residential Care Home Operator, Pre-Nursing, and Surgical Technology Program.
  • Health Education Non-credit (HENC) Programs — Access to programs specializing in preparation for health care training including short-term, evenings, weekends, certificates, and certification examination.
  • Hawai‘i Career Explorer — Online tool for interactive exploration of career pathways and related academic programs at the UH Community Colleges
  • Targeted Population and  International Student Counselors — Access to student support counselors for First-Year Experience (FYE), Transfer Year Experience (TYE), Deaf Studies/Deaf Education (CORE) and Deaf Students, Disability Support Services Office, Honda International Center, Kuilei Outreach Program, Running & Jump Start, & Early Admit, Mental Health and Wellness, Military & Veterans Program, Kapo‘oloku Program for Native Hawaiian Student Success, Kulia ma Kapi‘olani – Native Hawaiian Career & Technical  Educational Project, Student Parents Program, and TRIO Student Support Services
  • Kapi‘olani Community College Employment Prep Center — Connects Kapi‘olani Community College students with job shadowing, volunteer, and internship opportunities

Community Resources

  • Hawaiʻi Is Hiring — Access labor market statistics and trends in the Hawai‘i economy
  • Hawai’i Career Explorer  — Explore Hawai’i job markets, postings, educational pathways, trends, and earnings.
  • SECE  — In addition to student employment (on-campus) jobs, students are now currently able to view and search for non-UH (off-campus) positions. Alumni will only be able to view and search for full-time off-campus positions.

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Contact Us!

Virtual Walk-in Advising: Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 – 11:30 am & 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Sign- in by clicking on the Health Science Express Kiosk link.


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