Workforce Wednesday: Healthcare apprenticeships
Four new health care apprenticeships are now available through the Alaska Primary Care Association.
- Certified Community Health Worker – 1-year program or 6 months with experience
- Certified Billing and Coding Specialist – 1-year program or 6 months with experience
- Certified Clinical Medical Assistant- 2-year program or 1 year with experience
- Certified Medical Admin Assistant- 1-year program or 6 months with experience
Classes are conducted online, so, you can “earn while you learn” in your respective community.
Cherise Fowler with the Alaska Primary Care Association said the health care field is projected to grow this year.
“We work with a huge array of community health centers throughout rural Alaska. We noted they don’t always have access to education and post-secondary education for their fields, so we wanted to deliver related technical instruction through the internet to them throughout Alaska,” said Fowler.
Pay during the apprenticeship varies by employer, but is typically a percentage of what a non-apprenticed employee would make. According to the Alaska Primary Care Association, this is how much you can expect to earn, on average, in each profession:
- Community Health Worker: $24 hourly
- Certified Billing and Coding Specialist: $21 hourly
- Certified Clinical Medical Assistant: $19 hourly
- Certified Medical Admin Assistant or front desk: $18 hourly
To find out if you’re eligible for one of those four apprenticeship programs, click here.