Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)


Frequently Asked Questions

I do not have health insurance, will I still be able to participate in SHPEP?

Students are required to obtain health insurance for the duration of their time in the program. This is to provide protection for student participants in the event that an unforeseen incident or illness occurs. 

Do I have to pay any fees to participate in WesternU’s SHPEP?

No, there will be no cost at all to any participant selected to be part of SHPEP. 

Can I work while participating in SHPEP?

The SHPEP curriculum at WesternU will be an intense, full-time program. Additionally, there will be evening and weekend events which participants will be required to attend. Students in the program will have little time for other activities such as holding a job or another project, 

Will I be able to bring my own vehicle?

Yes, you can park you car on the Pitzer College campus at no extra charge. Daily transportation to WesternU and back to Pitzer College will be provided by the program or you can utilize your own vehicle.

Will I have to purchase my own meals?

Breakfast and dinner will be guaranteed and served at Pitzer College throughout the 6 week program, from Monday through Friday. Students will need to budget accordingly for lunch and weekend meals. A stipend will be provided to students that can provide support to students. 

Do I need to provide my own transportation to and from the program?

No, buses will transport students from Pitzer College to WesternU and back every morning and evening.

Do I need to provide my own transportation to and from SHPEP events on the evenings or weekends?

Some events will allow you to utilize your own vehicle if you have it on campus. 

Will I have access to any facilities while at Pitzer College?

Yes, you will have access to the gym, swimming pool, the library, and other facilities on the Pitzer College campus, between the hours of 8am-5pm. Alternative options will be made available to students upon their arrival.  

Will there be anyone available from WesternU at the dorms in case an emergency occurs?

Yes, there will be WesternU student RAs during the duration of the program at the dorms. Additionally, an emergency contact number will be provided. 

I am currently in my 3rd/4th year at a community college, am I eligible to apply to SHPEP at Westernu?

Yes, as long as you have not enrolled into a 4 year undergraduate university. 

I will have more than 60 credit units once the program starts, am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, as long as you do not have more than 60 credit units at time of application. This also includes college credits earned during high school.

I am not a U.S. citizen, will I be able to apply?

Students must be U.S. citizens, granted permanent residency, or have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.