Join Henry Ford Health’s Nurse Assistant Apprenticeship Program

The perfect way to jumpstart a career in healthcare.

The demand for healthcare services is growing — and with it the need for nurse assistants. Enroll in Henry Ford Health’s nurse assistant apprenticeship program and, upon completion, get hired full-time at Henry Ford Health.

What does a nurse assistant do?

Nurse assistants (NAs) help care for patients in medical facilities and at home, under the supervision of nursing and other medical professionals. They:

  • Perform specific patient care duties assigned by the registered nurse to meet the safety, hygiene and comfort needs of the patient.
  • Observe the patient’s mental, physical and emotional states and report changes to the nursing or medical professional.
  • Provide direction and assist with requests from the patient, their caregivers and family members.
  • Respond to emergent (or urgent) situations according to established procedures.

Nurse assistant wages are competitive. It’s a skill set that can open many opportunities, as there are a variety of career paths and specialties in the nursing field.

How does Henry Ford Health’s nurse assistant apprenticeship work?

  • The nurse assistant apprenticeship offers paid training for four to six weeks. Nurse assistant apprentices work full-time, between 36-40 hours per week.
  • Nurse assistants are required to attend offsite training for two weeks. After that, you’ll return to your department to complete your additional training.
  • During your apprenticeship, you must have excellent attendance with few absences or tardiness.
  • You must remain employed with Henry Ford Health for at least one year after training completion.
  • You may choose to pass the State of Michigan’s nurse assistant certification exam and become a certified nurse assistant.

What are the requirements to enroll in the nurse assistant apprenticeship program?

  • Possess a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Complete Henry Ford Health pre-employment requirements
  • If you are currently an employee at Henry Ford Health, in order to transfer into the apprenticeship program, you must have a minimum of six months in your current position and no active corrective action
  • Complete a background check by the State of Michigan
  • Have fingerprinting completed by the State of Michigan

How do I apply?

  1. Submit your resume to the Henry Ford Health nurse assistant apprenticeship position on
  2. Be sure to attach references and recommendation letters to your application.
  3. Candidates may be contacted by email or phone to schedule an interview. If you are accepted into the apprenticeship program, you will receive a conditional offer of employment from Henry Ford Health.
Information for Applicants
Interested in applying to one of our programs, call (800) 436-7936 .

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