Training Opportunities at Aurora Health Care

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We offer training and education for most employees. For some careers, we'll even train you to work for us:

Aurora Minority Nursing Student Scholars Program

Preparing you for the transition from student to graduate nurse

At Aurora Health Care, we bring professionals together from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives in order to help us better serve the unique needs of our patients. Our diverse workforce is a key component for innovation and finding better ways to provide health care. Our minority student nurse scholars program invites qualified ethnic minority candidates to join us as we work together to improve the health of diverse communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

womanExplore the benefits:

  • Up to $15,000 in loan forgiveness: $5000 per year for up to 3 years work commitment post graduation, upon securing a graduate nurse position with Aurora Health Care, and passing NCLEX.
  • A mentoring relationship with a staff RN in the clinical area where employed while in a nursing assistant or nurse extern role at Aurora Health Care.
  • Leadership development available under the direction of the unit manager
  • Apply for part time employment as a certified nursing assistant or nurse extern.

Eligibility for applying to the Aurora Minority Student Nurse Scholars Program

  • For Aurora employees who are a minority, undergraduate nursing student, and currently in a nursing assistant or nurse extern position.
  • Completion of qualifying clinical rotation as a student nurse.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 from an accredited school of nursing.
  • Be "in good standing" with your school and demonstrate a satisfactory attendance record.
  • Recommendations from two nursing faculty.
  • Required acceptance into the program no later than six months before graduation as an RN.

Interested employees who meet the above qualifications can fill out the attached questionnaire

Community-Based Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program

Classes are 120 hours, 15 consecutive weekdays in length. Classes run from 7:30 am until 4:00pm each day. Perfect attendance is required for successful completion of the class. The class fee is $500 for the class and $115 for the testing fee.

Information Session:

Any interested individual must register for and attend a Nursing Assistant Training Program Mandatory Information session. Sessions are held approximately 2 months prior to the start of each class. See the table below for the dates of the next information session and the date the on-line registration to attend starts. Registration is limited to the first 120 registrants.

At the time of Registration, you will receive Confirmation, including the location of the Information Session. To register online for the Information Session:

  • Go to
  • Click on the tab "classes and events"
  • Search by keyword 'nursing assistant' or by event date.
  • Complete online registration form and request email confirmation

Each session will be approximately 1 hour long. It is only necessary to attend one information session per calendar year. Participants may check-in at the session starting 1/2 hour prior to the session beginning. Photo ID will be required for admittance into the information session. No late arrivals will be accepted. There is no childcare provided for the sessions, and with limited seating available, children will not be able to attend with applicants. Please bring a pen and notepad to the session.

At the end of each session, participants will be provided with detailed information including an application form and instructions. Only those who attend an information session will be considered for the CNA Training Class.

Application deadline for classes:

The application deadlines are listed in the table below. No late applications will be accepted.

  • On-line registration starts at 8:30am on the date listed below and is limited to the first 120 registrants. ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY.
  • On the day of the information session sign in starts 30 minutes prior to the start time listed below. No late admittance.
  • The application deadlines are listed in the table below. No late applications will be accepted.
Class Dates On-Line Registration Starts Information Session Date and Start Time Application Deadline - this date at 4:00pm
April 22nd - May 12th January 20th, 2014 February 4th, 2014 - 10:00am 2/13/2014
June 10th - June 30th and July 29th - August 18th March 3rd, 2014 March 20th, 2014 - 5:00pm 4/3/2014
September 16th - October 6th and November 4th - November 24th June 30th, 2014 July 17th, 2014 - 10:00am 7/25/2014
December 16th - January - End Date To be Determined September 22nd, 2014 October 7th, 2014 - 5:00pm 10/17/2014

Application/participant assessment:

All application elements will be reviewed. Applicants meeting guidelines will be invited in for a personal interview. The decision for selection into the Nursing Assistant Training class is based upon information provided in the application, in conjunction with a personal interview. Factors considered are:

  • Applicant response to interview questions.
  • Academic achievement
  • Employment history
  • Knowledge of healthcare and the Nursing Assistant role
  • Compliance with all application requirements
  • Perceived communication skills, motivation, ability to follow instructions and ability to provide passionate patient care.

The most qualified applicants will be selected for admission into the class.

Participant Notification:

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the Nursing Assistant Training class. The participants who are offered a space in the class must submit to all required background checks (including out of state background checks for those who have resided outside the state of WI in the last 3 years), employment verifications, immunization record verification and influenza vaccination (when applicable).

Phlebotomy Training Class

At this time there are no phlebotomy classes scheduled – please check back at a later date for new opportunities for training.