Introduction to Healthcare Employment & Apprenticeship Program
An Entry-level Healthcare Career Program!
This innovative employment program trains entry-level job seekers for careers in the healthcare sector. Candidates can earn the Nursing Assistant Certification (NA-C or CNA) – which is a prerequisite for several healthcare positions – through this convenient 6 – 8 week program.
Online training and in-person labs provide candidates with flexibility and access to hands-on learning.
In January 2023, the NA-C program was officially recognized by the Washington State Apprenticeship & Training Council (WSATC). Read more about what this recognition means.
IHAP grads are ready to be hired upon completion. Get involved and meet your workforce needs by providing spots for the IHAP clinical requirement (40 hours).
IHAP covers these core topics:
Phase 1: Healthcare Foundations (3 weeks). Candidates explore available healthcare careers and develop healthcare workplace readiness. Provided by Seattle Jobs Initiative.
Phase 2: NA-C training program (6 weeks + testing). Candidates complete online classes, hands-on labs, and clinicals. Provided by Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium.
Assessment: Pass the Washington State written and skills assessments, and register as a Certified NA-C.
IHAP Phase 2, provided by Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium, consists of:
|Weeks 1 – 4||
Zoom classes (online)
9 am – 3 pm, Mon – Wed
9 am – 2 pm, Thurs or Fri
Preparation and Orientation Week (in-person)
CPR class/Skills Practice/Make-up Days
|Times vary based on activity|
|Week 6||Clinical work experience (in-person)||40 hours|
To be eligible for IHAP, you must:
- Be 18 yrs or older, or be in a pre-approved high-school cohort
- Be approved to work in the US without sponsorship
- Be proficient in English (ESL Level 5 or English 098)
- Successfully pass a background check
- Be up to date on all vaccinations and immunizations
This program is changing lives. I’m proud of programs like [IHAP], because they help us prepare for the future. If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s how much we depend on having adequate capacity in our healthcare system.
IHAP was developed by the Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium/SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training Fund and is implemented in partnership with Seattle Jobs Initiative.