HealthCare Academy

 

HealthCare Academy

The HealthCare Academy offers free training programs and career services.

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Congratulations to HealthCare Academy Class of 2020!

The San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s HealthCare Academy would like to congratulate the graduating Class of 2020!

Thank you to all of our program participants for putting your hearts and minds into these programs and into this work. You are truly the healers of the future and should be proud of all of your accomplishments. We created a short video to say congratulations on a job well done, and we wish you all the best as you embark on your next chapter!

OEWD Healthcare Academy Class of 2020 Graduates from SF OEWD on Vimeo.

What does this Program Offer?

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 Assistant and Dental Assistant

*All courses subject to demand and availability


Qualifications to join

Qualifications to join

  • Age 18 years or older
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Unemployed and/or low-income

Program Timeline

Program Timeline

Contextualized trainings are as follows:

  • Certified Nurse Assistant:  2 months of coursework. Bilingual English and Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply.
  • Certified Home Health Aide:  3 months of coursework. Combined Chinese/English instruction available for monolingual speakers.
  • Medical Administrative Assistant (EXCEL): 6 months of coursework
  • Medical Assistant:  6-9 months of coursework
  • Home Care Provider with Career Advancement Tracks:  2 weeks paid training or 100 hours of coursework
  • Certified Dental Assistant: 3 months of coursework

*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?

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
  • Certified Dental Assistant

How to get started

How to get started

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Background Information about the Program

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.