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Study Healthcare at CCA and Have a Guaranteed Job Waiting for You

A patient care technician checking the blood of an older woman.

Are you interested in a career in healthcare?

How does studying healthcare in college and having a guaranteed job waiting for you after you graduate sound?

That’s what you’ll get if you participate in the Community College of Aurora’s new Patient Care Technician apprenticeship program. 

CCA and HealthONE, the largest healthcare system in the metro Denver area, partnered to create the program as a way to increase the number of entry-level healthcare workers in regional hospitals.

Participants selected for the 21-week program will alternate between attending classes at CCA and working in a HealthONE hospital for each week of the academic program.

Compensation begins at $13.45 per hour and at week 5, compensation increases to $14.39 per hour with CNA Licensure. Upon completion of the program, pay increases to $15.20 per hour as a PCT Mentor. Apprentices are also eligible for a benefits package and merit increases.

HealthONE also plans to make the program low to no cost for the apprentices. The tuition cost for the apprenticeship is $6,584. HealthONE will contribute $3,000 toward tuition and require a signed commitment from the student committing to work a minimum of 13 months as a Patient Care Technician for HealthONE after program completion. The remaining tuition balance will be the responsibility of the PCT Apprentice.

At the end of the program, the students will have a ton to show for their participation: They’ll have received a Patient Care Technician certificate from CCA, they’ll have learned on-the-job skills relevant to their career, and they’ll have a position as a patient care technician at a HealthONE hospital waiting for them. Students will also be eligible to take the State of Colorado Nurse’s Aide Certification exam. Pretty cool, right?

Ready to learn more? Five information sessions will take place in August for those who might be interested in this exciting opportunity. HealthONE will hold the information sessions at its hospitals and shortly after offer spots in the apprenticeship program to candidates. The first cohort of between 15 and 25 students will start in October.

The information sessions will be held:

Sign up to attend an info session at the Richard Castro Building in Denver.

August 21 at 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Richard Castro Building (1200 Federal Boulevard, Room 1033, Denver, CO 80202)

Sign up to attend a virtual session on August 22.

August 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. online.



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