STEP Program- School to Employment Program

STEP is a community partnership founded in 2002 between Parkview and Pueblo School District 70. Our mission is to generate a quality academic experience which provides observation/internship opportunities along with a pipeline to a career at Parkview Medical Center. Students must apply spring semester, junior year in high school. 


Apply spring semester junior year in high school, D70 students only. Applications available through school counselor in February.

Applications are due in March, usually the Thursday before Spring Break.

Must have a 2.8 cumulative GPA or higher and be in good standings within the school setting before granted an interview.

If chosen,  rotation is  Mon.- Thurs. 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., senior year August -May. The experience consists of an 18 week observation and 18 internship.  

Enrollment of a 2 credit Medical Terminology Class on-line, fall semester (waived if student has taken course). This is done through STEP.

Completion of CPR – Basic Life Saving Course – done through STEP.

We encourage pathway certificate courses for all students who wish to enter the healthcare field. Assistance for those who are interested are advised during STEP.

Orientation is required for each student the summer before senior year as a group.

Flu vaccines are mandatory from October -March.

COVID vaccines are mandatory, students must be fully vaccinated or be willing to do so before the experience.

Proof of MMR/Varicella vaccination titer are mandatory.

TSpot blood draw is required to rule out Tuberculosis.


Possibility to receive 209 observation hours within the year.

Awarded a letter grade from home D70 high school along with credits from Pueblo Community College upon completion of the semester.

Pre & post testing through Precision Exams/You Science with potential to earn a Certificate of Proficiency from the National Consortium for Health Science Education.

Medical pathway students take the (NCHSE) National Consortium for Health Science Education Exam. 

Plant Operations students will take a Career Skills Certification Exam specific to the industry. 

Guaranteed interview for employment at Parkview upon graduation from high school, if minimum job qualifications are met for the position they are applying.   

Graduate amongst an elite group of students who have completed the STEP Program since 2003.

Confirm desire to work in the medical field.