How to Join - Undergraduate Trainees


Application Deadline: Closed. Please check back at a later time for more information.


Undergraduate Trainee benefits:

  • Participate in cohort retreats.
  • Join a community of like-minded peers.
  • Receive mentoring.
  • Get 1-on-1 social support and graduate school preparation guidance.
  • Gain access to dedicated study space.
  • Free GRE test preparation course.
  • Special consideration with graduate school linkage partners.


Minimum Eligibility Criteria to Apply to be an Undergraduate Trainee:

  • Interested in pursuing a career in allied health – mental health, public health, social work, physical therapy, and/or speech therapy.
  • Currently enrolled at California State University, Fullerton with junior (60-89 units) or senior (90+ units) standing. Full-time and part-time students are eligible.
  • U.S. Citizen, non-citizen national, or foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States.(1)
  • From an economic OR educationally disadvantaged background:
    • Low-income background.(2)
    • First generation college student(3) OR from a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in graduate education.(4)

1. Individuals with temporary or student visas (e.g., F-1, J-1) or AB-540 undocumented students may participate in the Academy as guests, but will not be eligible to receive financial support. DACA students with Social Security Numbers may be eligible to participate.
2. Proof of income must be provided through a Student Aid Report (SAR) form for the current academic year. ( How to View Student Aid Report) Individuals meet the criteria for low-income background if their 2018 annual family income does not exceed the following guidelines.
3. First-generation college student is defined as a student whose parents did not graduate with a bachelor's degree or higher from the United States before the student started middle school.
4. The following ethnic and racial groups are considered underrepresented in graduate education: Black (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Southeast Asian, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.


Undergraduate Trainee Commitment:

  • Check in with the student case manager once per month.
  • Attend three cohort retreats per year (November, February, and May) which will cover:
    • Identity development and community building,
    • The graduate school application process,
    • Financial literacy and financial aid, and
    • Exposure to primary care and other health professions.
  • Receive mentoring as a junior and provide mentoring as a senior.
  • Be actively involved in a student organization (20 hours per year):
    • Allied Health Student Assoc. (AHSA)
    • CAS Student Assoc. (CASSA)
    • Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG)
    • Flying Samaritans
    • HUSR Student Assoc. (HSSA)
    • Kappa Omicron Nu (KON
    • Latinx Student Psychological Association
    • Spanish for Health Services
    • Student Health Professions Association
    • Student Speech Therapists and Audiologists Nurturing Cultural Enrichment (STANCE)
    • Substance Abuse Awareness Prevention Student Association (SAAPSA)
  • Volunteer at a healthcare facility or community-based organization (40 hours per year).
  • Take the GRE preparation online course during Winter break during junior year or the summer prior to senior year (21 hours). Take the GRE, if required for graduate admissions.
  • Develop an academic plan for graduate school prerequisites.
  • Take at least three courses total from three of the following four categories by graduation:
    • Note: Some courses may require prerequisites. Additional courses may be petitioned.
    • Becoming a health professional:
      • HESC 202 Exploration of Health & Allied Health Professions
      • HUSR 300 Character & Conflict
      • HUSR 350 Leadership Skills and Personal Development
      • HUSR 400 Ethical & Professional Issues in Human Services
      • KNES 205 Medical Terminology
      • PHIL 314 Medical Ethics
    • Service learning:
      • ASAM 230 Civic Engagement through Asian American & Pacific Islander Studies
      • COMD 478 Counseling Skills in Communicative Disorders
      • KNES 386 Movement and the Child
      • KNES 432 Applied Exercise Psychology
    • Working with diverse populations:
      • CAS 345 Child & Adolescent Development in Diverse Family Contexts
      • CAS 370 Development of African American Children & Youth
      • COMD 404 CD in Children from Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds
      • HESC 338 Barrios & Health
      • HESC 410 Community Health Education
      • HESC 411 Promoting Health in Diverse Populations
      • HESC 425 Alternative Healing Therapies
      • HUSR 318 Human Services for Immigrants & Refugees
      • HUSR 465 Human Services Delivery to Latinos
      • PSYC 421 Psychology of Immigration
      • PSYC 456 Psychological Study of LGBTQ Experiences
      • SOCI 353 Sociology of Children & Youth
      • SOCI 354 Gender, Sex and Society
      • SOCI 356 Social Inequality
      • SOCI 357 Race and Ethnic Relations
      • Any ethnic studies or women and gender studies course
    • Mental health and substance use:
      • HESC 321 Drugs & Society
      • HUSR 380 Theories & Tech. for Counseling
      • HUSR 415 Treatment Issues in Drug Addiction
      • HUSR 434 Physiological Effects of Alcohol & Drugs
      • HUSR 435 Drug Abuse Prevention & Early Intervention
      • HUSR 436 Dynamics of Substance Abuse Treatment in Families
      • HUSR 437 Co-Occurring Disorders: Assessment, Treatment & Referral
      • HUSR 410 Crisis Intervention for Para-Professionals
      • HUSR 450 Theory & Practice of Group Counseling
      • HUSR 480 Case Analysis & Intervention Techniques
      • PSYC 474 Health Psychology
      • PSYC 475 Psychopharmacology
      • SOCI 325 The American Drug Scene

Still have questions? Email Anel Tavares, Program Assistant at to discuss your situation.



2019 Poverty Guidelines (200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines)
Persons in family/household Family Income
1 $24,980
2 $33,820
3 $42,660
4 $51,500
5 $60,340
6 $69,180
7 <$78,020
8 $86,860
For each additional person, add $8,840

SOURCE: Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 47, March 11, 2019, pp. 8729-8730