Clinical Ladder Program
Program Overview 

At SSM Health, we believe our work is more than a career, it’s a calling. The SSM Health Clinical Ladder Program is an optional 12-month growth and development opportunity designed to support professional growth and recognition of eligible SSM Health clinicians in acute, ambulatory and post-acute settings. Eligible clinicians within imaging, lab, nursing, pharmacy, and respiratory departments can receive an achievement bonus and professional development reimbursement for completing Clinical Ladder Program milestones. 

Program Objectives

  • To provide reward and recognition for career advancement and professional development.
  • To be nationally recognized as the ministry where people can reach their greatest potential and fulfill their calling to serve others.
  • To live the tenets of the SSM Health Professional Practice Model, described by the five “I Am” statements.

SSM Health Professional Practice Model "I Am Statements" 

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I am an Advocate

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I am Accountable

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I am a Partner

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I am Professional

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I am a Leader

Program Eligibility 

  • Employed for a minimum of 6 months 
  • Works in a frontline position directly with patients, or a clinician managing a team that works directly with patients at the time of application 
  • Classified in a full-time, part-time, or Internal Travel Program position (minimum 40 hours per pay period)
  • In good standing, defined as not on level 2, 3 or 4 of corrective action at the time of application throughout the receipt of awards 
  • Not a director, contingent worker, PRN staff member (other than Internal Travel Program) or a hired student
  • Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement are not eligible for this program unless provided for in their collective bargaining agreement or a side agreement

Eligible Departments











Program Criteria

  • Successfully complete the number of points and variety of activities required for the level of the Clinical Ladder they are pursuing

Program Length

  • 12-months

Program Benefits

  • Receive achievement bonus after completing a Clinical Ladder level
  • Access professional development reimbursement for use the following year ​​​


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