Healthcare Support Career Accelerator

Welcome to a transformative opportunity designed to empower healthcare support professionals, with a special focus on Home Health Aides aspiring to advance their careers. In a city where thousands of African immigrants contribute to healthcare support roles, career stagnation is a common challenge, particularly among HHAs. We understand that various barriers can hinder progress, and our goal is to break down these obstacles and pave the way for your advancement.

If you aspire to enter the healthcare field without a relevant background, keep reading—you may be eligible.

Addressing Language Barriers

For some, limited English proficiency hinders access to advanced training programs. Our program begins with a 16-week healthcare-contextualized training, focusing on building healthcare-related vocabulary. Through role plays and interactive exercises, participants explore and practice real-life work situations, enhancing their language skills in a healthcare context.

Affordability Concerns

Affordability is another significant barrier to career progression. The cost of additional healthcare support training and certification can be a roadblock for many. Healthcare Support Career Accelerator is committed to breaking down this barrier. Our program is designed to be accessible, ensuring that cost is covered by the program and is not a hindrance to your career advancement.

Eligible participants who successfully complete the English training will then embark on an 8-week Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training. This phase covers the fundamentals of the CNA role and prepares participants for the CNA state exam. The CNA certification serves as a pivotal step, opening doors to increased employment opportunities and higher earning potential.

Job Placement Support

Upon successful certification, our commitment continues with job placement support for newly certified CNAs. While we strive to assist you in kickstarting your new role, it's essential to note that job placement is not guaranteed, as is typical in any job search. Our aim is to facilitate a smooth transition from training to employment, empowering you to make a meaningful impact in the healthcare support field.

Who Is This Program For?

This program is designed for individuals who:

  • Reside in New York City
  • Hold valid work authorization
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have intermediate English proficiency
  • Work in healthcare support or aspire to enter the healthcare sector
  • Are not currently enrolled in a degree program
  • Can commit at least 8 hours per week for the program's duration (approximately 6 months)

Support Offered by the Program

Participants in the program will benefit from access to high-quality healthcare-contextualized English training and CNA training, including certification preparation. Importantly, all program costs, including training and certification, are covered by our program funders, ensuring no financial burden on participants.

Additionally, we offer wraparound services to further support participants, including childcare, assistance with transportation, and access to computers, among other resources. Our goal is to provide comprehensive support to help you succeed in your healthcare support career journey.

Why CNA Certification?

CNA certification not only aligns with the growing demand for healthcare support professionals but also provides a platform for career growth, improved language proficiency, and better compensation. Advancing a career in healthcare support holds numerous advantages, and pursuing Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification can be a pivotal step for several reasons: 
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More Opportunities

CNA roles offer substantial benefits, including full-time schedules and better pay. By obtaining CNA certification, you position yourself for a more financially stable career in the healthcare support sector.

Career Advancement

CNA certification is not just a destination but a stepping stone to broader horizons. It opens doors to more advanced certifications, such as Patient Care Technician (PCT), phlebotomy, and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). This progression allows you to explore diverse roles within the healthcare field.

Improved English Proficiency

Enhancing your language proficiency is a key component of CNA certification. The program provides a unique opportunity to bolster your English skills in a healthcare context, making you a more competitive candidate in the job market. The improved communication skills will not only benefit your current role but also contribute to your long-term professional success.

How to Apply?

Ready to join the program? 

Apply now by filling out the application. Applicants meeting all program requirements will receive an email with next steps, including scheduling an in-person English assessment at the ACT office.


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