HCOP Academy

Academy Application

Academic Year 2022-2023 Application is now available.

Click HERE for the online application.

If you need an alternative application-please stop by HCOP Offices (Skaggs Building 242-244) for assistance.

For more information or questions,
please contact HCOP Office:


Brittney Hunter, (406) 243-4573


HCOP Academy Background

The Academy will provide a supportive environment in order to improve students’ chances of admission to such health profession programs.  The goal of the program is to enhance the academic enrichment of disadvantaged college students interested in pursuing careers in the health professions. They will receive year-round services including tutoring, mentoring, academic advising and financial aid information. Ultimately, the grant will increase the opportunity to improve the health care delivery to rural and NA populations through better professional preparation and primary care exposure. 

College students studying in the pre-professional portions of health professions programs such as pre-med, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, and pre-allied health; Allied Health students studying in Physical Therapy; and Professional students studying in Pharmacy.

The identification, recruitment, selection and retention of disadvantaged students matriculating in UM-HCOP programs will be the primary responsibility of the UM-HCOP Program Coordinator and Directors.  Undergraduate students will be recruited from two-year and four-year institutions of higher education in Montana, and the 34 Tribal Colleges, with an emphasis on the seven Tribal Colleges within the state of Montana. Recruitment and selection criteria for students to participate in the Academy and PMP are as follows: students with an interest in a health careers, disadvantaged status, teacher and/or counselor recommendation based on merit and academic achievement, and a completed application with essay.  Students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) will be selected using the following guidelines:

  • Economically Disadvantaged: Student’s individual or parental income meets Low-Income Levels based on HRSA poverty guidelines for 2019 or as determined by school AYP.
  • Educationally Disadvantaged:  Students who are below the national norm in performance on standardized tests, have parents with limited formal education, are first generation college students,  attend a school with below national norm performance on standardized tests,  attend a rural school that does not provide adequate (AP) courses to help the student excel or have limited English proficiency.
Click HERE for HRSA 2019 poverty guidelines.