WI Youth Apprenticeship (YA) Program 

Program Overview

At SSM Health, we’re committed to growing the next generation of health care professionals. We are proud to partner with high schools and community consortia to participate in the Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Program throughout our system of hospitals and clinics in Wisconsin. Apprentices make significant contributions to our patient care and operational goals. 

Program Opportunities

If you’re interested in the health care field, SSM Health offers nine career pathways including:

Imaging Assistant

Assist with the transport and care of patients receiving medical imaging services while maintaining a clean and well stocked workspace.

Lab Science Assistant

Prepare and stock lab supplies and instruments while properly disposing of biohazardous waste. Operate lab equipment under direct supervision.

Care Partner (Nurse Aide)

Assist with the admission, treatment, and discharge of patients. Provide direct patient care and monitor any change in condition under direct supervision.

Medical Assistant

Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations and assist with interviews and care under direct supervision. Assist with answering phones, maintaining records, and filing.

Medical Office Assistant

Assist with locating and maintaining patient records and provide excellent customer service. Use facility software to manage patient appointments, scheduling and payment collection. 

Pharmacy Assistant

Prepare supplies and monitor inventory while supporting pharmacists and techs in locating, packing, and delivering prescription orders. Apply precautions and injection prevention controls.

Phlebotomy Assistant

Collect and prepare specimens for lab testing under direct supervision. Deliver samples to the lab and maintain collection areas plus equipment. Perform record keeping and office duties.

Physical Therapy Aide

Set up and maintain treatment area by cleaning and restocking after each patient visit. Assist with direct patient care exercise program activities under the direct supervision of a licensed professional.

Supply Chain Assistant

Assist with inventory management including orders, supply counts, expiration date management. Create product reservations using handheld devices and assist the inspection of goods in Receiving. 

Program Objectives 

  • Develop employability and technical skills by applying classroom and on the job learning
  • Make a difference by contributing to the health and safety of patients through direct care or indirectly through supportive services
  • Explore a specific career path and determine your future career goals
  • Earn credit towards high school graduation
  • Earn an industry-recognized completion certificate

Program Eligibility

  • High school junior or senior at least 16 years of age by the time you begin working
  • On track for graduation with strong school attendance
  • Ability to work at an SSM Health site for 10-15 hours per week throughout an entire school year
  • Reliable transportation to get to class and work
  • Completion of all prework with your high school YA Coordinator
  • Applicants for our CNA pathway must hold a current Nurse Aide certification in WI

Program Length

  • One-year programs require students to work 450 hours at an SSM Health site
  • Two-year programs require 900 hours
  • This averages out to 10-15 hours per week
  • Summer enrollment is optional

Program Benefits

  • Flat rate pay of $18/hour (rates subject to change)
  • Receive hands-on training in your chosen career path
  • Apply classroom learning to real world experience
  • Receive credit for work and prepare for the next step in your career journey
  • Earn an industry-recognized completion certificate

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