What does this Program Offer?
- Internships (administrative and clinical) and job placement assistance
- Assistance with employment portfolio development
- Resume and interviewing workshops
- Access to employer networks
- Job readiness training
- Industry-recognized credentials and certifications
- VESL and computer literacy coursework
- Contextualized trainings as Personal Care Giver, Home Health Aide, Medical Adminsitrative Assistant, Certified Nurse Assistant and Medical Assistance
*All courses subject to demand and availability
Qualifications to join
- Age 18 years or older
- Authorized to work in the U.S.
- Unemployed and/or low-income
Contextualized trainings are as follows:
- Certified Nurse Assistant: 8 weeks of coursework. Bilingual English and Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply.
- Certified Home Health Aide: 11 weeks of coursework. Combined Chinese/English instruction available for monolingual speakers.
- Medical Administrative Assistant (EXCEL): 6 months of coursework
- Medical Assistant: 24-36 weeks of coursework
- Medical Assistant (MA) Refresher: 12-16 weeks. Current MA certificate required.
- Home Care Provider: Two Weeks paid training or 100 hours of coursework
- Health Care Bridge: 4 months.
*Please note that eligibility requirements may apply to each track. Course offerings are subject to availability and unless otherwise noted are held during business hours.
What careers does this program prepare me for?
- Certified Nursing Assistant
- Certified Home Health Aide Worker
- Medical Administrative Assistant
- Medical Unit Coordinator
- Medical Patient Access Rep
- Medical Assistant
How to get started
Learn More at an Orientation Session:
Downloadable brochure: Forthcoming
Background Information about the Program
Launched in January 2010, the HealthCare Academy falls under OEWD's sector strategy and is designed to improve the responsiveness of the workforce system to meet the demands of the growing industry. Through a dual customer approach, the HealthCare Academy provides employers with skilled workers while expanding employment opportunities for local residents.
The health care industry and health care occupations have been identified both nationally and locally as a priority for workforce invesetment due to stable and/or increasing demand for new workers, replacement of retirees, and skills development in response to new technologies and treatment options, as well as evolving service delivery options (including local and federal health care initiatives, such as the Affordable Care Act). Because the health care sector encompasses occupations in such a wide variety of settings and requires various levels of education and skill, it presents excellent opportunities for a broad spectrum of local jobseekers.
The HealthCare Academy engages with industry partners to identify key needs of the industry, including skill requirements, vetting and approving a programmatic framework, review of training curriculum, identifying partnership opportunities, and providing programmatic oversight of any workforce programs related to the health care sector. Collaborative partners include the San Francisco Hospital Council, the Department of Public Health (and affiliated hospitals), SEIU-UHW West, UC Berkely's Center for the Public Health Practice, California Health Workforce Initiative, and industry employers: California Pacific Medical Center, Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco Community Clinics Consortium, Chinese Hospital and Homebridge.