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Youth Prodigy Program


ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Texas Health’s Youth Prodigy Program, offered through Texas Health Resources University, is both an educational and employment opportunity for recent high school graduates who have an interest in pursuing a career in registered nursing. After a summer of paid training and working full-time hours at Texas Health, Prodigy students take part-time jobs at Texas Health hospitals around Dallas-Fort Worth while continuing their academic work. The Prodigy Program is designed to be a pathway to eventually earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing by first earning an associate degree, with college-credit prerequisite courses taken at DFW-area community colleges

PRODIGY PROGRAM GOALS: Texas Health’s goal is to “grow our own” and to create a pipeline of future health care professionals by providing a career-path framework that guides our youth from high school to a professional health care career.

SUMMER TRAINING COMPONENT: The summer component of the program is 10 weeks (early June-early August), or 350 to 400 hours, of paid training to become an entry-level patient care technician. Included in the training is instruction and guidance about how to be a successful Texas Health employee and college student. The summer component requires the student to attend classes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. During the program’s clinical rotations, hours and days may vary to include possible early morning and late-evening hours. As determined by Texas Health, all costs for the Summer Training Component will be provided by Texas Health.

EMPLOYMENT & COLLEGE COMPONENT: Once the student has completed summer training and passed the certification exam, they will have an opportunity to transition into an approved part-time position at a Texas Health facility that requires working 24 hours per week. This will be a paid position and will afford them the same benefits as any other Texas Health part-time employee. It is our expectation that the student will work for Texas Health for the duration of their college career, utilizing their training and employment for supplemental income while attending college. The student is expected to be enrolled in at least nine college credit hours of approved health care prerequisite coursework each semester. A Career Development Consultant from Texas Health Resources University monitors the student’s academic and work performance.

The Youth Prodigy Program carries a contractual obligation. Upon selection into the program, students will receive the contract for review and signature.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT: Each Prodigy student has an assigned Career Development Consultant who will monitor their grades and work throughout the program, as well as provide academic counseling, work-performance counseling, etc. The Career Development Consultant’s primary focus is helping students be successful throughout the program. The consultant will assist with onboarding students, academic advising, and placement of students in positions at one of Texas Health’s wholly owned entities.

The ideal Youth Prodigy Program candidate will:

  • Graduate with a high school diploma and be 18 years old on or before June 15, 2014.
  • Have a career goal of becoming a registered nurse.
  • Live in one of the surrounding hospital service areas.
  • Have transportation to the training facility in Arlington, Texas, and designated Texas Health entities.
  • Demonstrate a strong aptitude in math and science or demonstrated success in a health magnet program.
  • Have a minimum 3.25 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have a great high school attendance record, excellent attitude and motivation.
  • Be available to attend the summer training component from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for 10 weeks (early June 2014-early August 2014).
  • Work part-time at a Texas Health facility while attending college.
  • Meet the physical requirements of the job — for example, walking and standing for long hours and lifting 50 lbs.

Please note: Proof of identification and eligibility to work in the United States will be required of each individual selected to participate in the Youth Prodigy Program. In addition, if selected for the Youth Prodigy Program, the student — like all Texas Health clinical employees — will be required, prior to starting the program, to pass a criminal background check, a drug screening, and a clinical-employee physical examination. These will be performed or provided by Texas Health.

Admissions process and timeline for 2014 Prodigy class:

  • Jan. 18, 10 a.m. — Information Session at Texas Health headquarters (612 E. Lamar Blvd.; Arlington, TX 76011); a reservation is required by emailing
  • Jan. 18 — Application becomes available at
  • Feb. 18, 5 p.m. — APPLICATION DEADLINE; an application postmarked by this date is acceptable
  • March 14 — Notifications sent to applicants not selected for an on-site panel interview
  • March 14 — Invitations extended to applicants for on-site panel interview
  • March 29 — On-site panel interviews at Texas Health headquarters (612 E. Lamar Blvd.; Arlington, TX 76011)
  • April 14 — Notifications sent to applicants not selected for the Youth Prodigy Program
  • April 14 — Students selected to participate in the Youth Prodigy Program notified
  • June 16 — Summer Training Component begins

ABOUT US: Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health has 25 acute-care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with the system. Our wholly owned hospitals are well known throughout North Texas and include the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial hospitals. Texas Health has more than 3,800 licensed beds, more than 21,100 employees of our fully owned/operated facilities, plus 1,400 employees of consolidated joint ventures.

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