Lawrence Latino Nursing Program

Pathways to Health Care Careers

The Merrimack Valley Area Health Education Center (MVAHEC) is committed to the elimination of health disparities and improving the health outcomes of the communities we serve.  The MVAHEC created the Pathways to Health Care Careers Program with the mission to improve culturally competent quality health care in the Merrimack Valley.

Lawrence Latino Nursing Program

The Lawrence Latino Nursing Program seeks highly motivated bilingual/bicultural candidates with a strong desire to become a nurse.  Through this pre-entry program, students will become prepared to enroll in a Registered Nursing program and eventually practice nursing in the community.

The Lawrence Latino Nursing Program has three components to meet the different needs of interested candidates.  All programs look for candidates who are bilingual and bicultural and all candidates are required to submit an application and undergo an interview process. Our three components are:

  • Piloting Pathways Nursing Program: Looks for candidates interested in nursing who have a high school diploma or GED.  Offers students three pre-nursing classes at Northern Essex Community College that teach basic medical terminology, note-taking and test-taking skills, and critical thinking.  Also provides students with tutoring, mentoring and academic advising. 
  • Summer Academy: A four week enrichment program for high school students.  Includes classes, seminars, field excursions, CPR training, and cultural competency workshops.  One college credit through Northern Essex Community College and a stipend are provided to students who successfully complete the program.
  • Tutoring and Mentoring:  Small group work in math and reading and online courses to better prepare for the nursing entrance exams.  Also includes advising with Latino nurses who share insights, experiences, and strategies for balancing family, work and school.

High School Internship Program

The High School Internship recruits local high school students interested in health care professions with the goal of supporting our students’ interests and helping them to reach their goals of working in a health care setting.

The High School Internship program offers students paid after-school work in a variety of health care settings at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center.   The program also provides the students with academic counseling and mentoring, workshops on job skills, and health care career seminars.

For further information about the Lawrence Latino Nursing Program, please contact the Program Director at (978)-685-4860 or email

The Lawrence Latino Nursing Program is funded by:

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With generous additional support from:

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