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Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Program

penguinWelcome to the Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Program!

The Center for Rural Health offers two different Scrubs programs: the R-COOL-Health Scrubs Academy and the R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camps.

The R-COOL-Health Scrubs programs are opportunities for students to learn about careers in healthcare from healthcare professionals in fun, interactive ways. Modeled after programs from the South Dakota Healthcare Workforce Center and the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, the Scrubs programs aim to increase awareness about multidisciplinary health careers and encourage students to pursue a career in healthcare.

The R-COOL-Health Scrubs Academy I is a four day/three night camp held on The University of North Dakota Campus, and is open to any North Dakota student who has completed grade six, seven, or eight.

The R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camps are one-day camps in rural communities. A partnership of a local healthcare facility, economic or job development authority, and school work to create a one-day camp for students to learn about careers in healthcare from local healthcare professionals.

Check out the Scrubs Academy!


Thank you to the South Dakota Healthcare Workforce Center at the South Dakota Office of Rural Health for sharing Scrubs Camp materials and ideas.

Thank you to the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health for sharing their Club Scrub materials and ideas.

Most Recent Publications

  • The Scrubs Academy
    The Scrubs Academy initiative is starting to see results. Seven years after the first Scrubs Academy, former students are entering college and choosing healthcare majors.
    Author(s): Leier, Marv
    Date: September 2017
    Type: Magazine
  • Scrubs Project Report
    Project report for Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Camps and Scrubs Academy.
    Author(s): Nissen, K.
    Date: August 2017
    Type: Report
  • Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Camps and Scrubs Academy I & II
    Provides an overview of the Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Camps and Scrubs Academy I & II programs.
    Author(s): Nissen, K.
    Date: August 2014
    Type: Report
  • Scrubs Camps: Growing the Program That’s Growing Our Own
    North Dakota Medicine, Vol. 38, Issue 2. The Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Camps began in 2009 as a mini-grant program focused on introducing rural North Dakota students in Grades 5 through 12 to various careers in healthcare. If you fast-forward four years, you will clearly see that the 41 camps involving 184 communities and over 2,600 kids have touched people in every corner of the state.
    Author(s): Morin, K.
    Date: June 2013
    Type: Magazine
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