Nurse Assistant Apprenticeship Program

Jumpstart your healthcare career

The demand for healthcare services is growing — and with it the need for nurse assistants (NAs). Enrolling in Henry Ford Health’s Nurse Assistant Apprenticeship Program will give you a great start to your nursing career. Even if you discover nursing is not the right fit for you, the skills and experience you gain during your NA apprenticeship will open the doors to a variety of career pathways and specialties in the healthcare field.

Get paid while you train

The Henry Ford Nurse Assistant Apprenticeship is a 12-month program that provides paid, on-the-job-training. It also pays for you to take the State of Michigan exam to become a certified nurse assistant (CNA).

“I was doing patient registration in the Emergency Department when I enrolled in the NA Apprenticeship Program. This gave me an entryway into patient care, which I really wanted to do, and I learned a lot. I would recommend this program to anyone seriously interested in patient care. It will get you ready for your nurse assistant position.”
– NA Apprenticeship Program Graduate

How the apprenticeship works

  • During your 12-month apprenticeship, you will work full-time at Henry Ford Health (between 36 and 40 hours per week).
  • Your training will begin with two weeks off campus at a Henry Ford partner training facility.
  • Early in your training, you will take the State of Michigan exam to become certified as a nurse assistant.
  • When you complete your training, you will be hired full-time at Henry Ford.
  • You may also take advantage of our Tuition Assistance program to further your nursing education and advance your healthcare career path in nursing or other patient care positions.

A great place to learn and work

  • Henry Ford Health is Michigan’s only health system to receive America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity recognition by Newsweek
  • Named to Becker’s Top 150 Places to Work in Healthcare 2024

Program requirements

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Completion of Henry Ford Health pre-employment requirements

What does a nurse assistant apprentice do?

  • Under the supervision of a registered nurse, help to keep patients safe, clean and comfortable.
  • Help patients with activities of daily life, including bathing, grooming, dressing and eating.
  • Record their vital signs and weight.
  • Assist them with walkers, canes and other devices.

With every patient and family member encounter, you can be proud of your ability to ease anxieties and improve their care experience.


Get Started on a Great New Career
To apply for an NA apprenticeship position, or for more information, email us at:

Candidates may be contacted by email or phone to schedule an interview. If you are accepted into the NA Apprenticeship Program, you will receive a conditional offer of employment from Henry Ford Health.

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