Apprenticeships

Health care has a multitude of unique jobs and skillsets where traditional schooling is not always an option. Apprenticeships provide affordable pathways to careers without the typical student debt associated with college. FHP offers on the job training through federally registered apprenticeships. 

An apprenticeship is a paid job with Foundation Health Partners. You will receive a paycheck from the first day of work, as well as health and retirement benefits while receiving on-the-job training from experts in the field.

  • Wages increase as you advance in knowledge, skills and abilities
  • You will earn at completion of the apprenticeship term, a National Occupational Credential, recognized nationwide
  • Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED for acceptance as an apprentice

Apprenticeships open at various times throughout the year, and we will post them as a Foundation Health Partners job opportunity on our Careers Page. Be sure to create a new user account or edit your existing account’s email subscriptions to receive notifications on Apprenticeships and Trainee Programs.

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Sterile Processing Techs

The term of the Sterile Processing Tech apprenticeship is one year, with 2000 hours of on-the-job training, and 144 hours of related instruction through an online program with Purdue University.

What does a SPT do?

  • Decontaminates, assembles and packages surgical instruments, as well as performing necessary repairs, reassembling and storing specialized surgical instruments
  • Operates steam autoclaves, ETO and Gas Plasma sterilizers
  • Responds to problem calls from the Operating Room
  • Candidates must have mechanical aptitude with the ability to break down moving parts, clean, lubricate and reassemble; problem solve incomplete trays and missing instrumentation and have effective organizational, communication and human relation skills

Pharmacy Techs

The term of the Pharmacy Tech apprenticeship is one year with 2000 hours of on-the-job training and 160 hours of related instruction through Penn Foster online.

A pharmacy tech will, among other duties:

  • Select and/or prepare medications under direct supervision, as indicated on patient medication orders
  • Charge/credit patients for medications and IV solutions as appropriate.
  • Repackage bulk medications into unit of use packaging
  • Use automated dispensing technology or requisition to restock medications to nursing and ancillary areas and restock medications to areas without automated dispensing
  • Skills required of a candidate include good organizational, problem solving and computer skills, and good written and verbal communication skills. Candidates must pass an algebra exam as part of the recruitment process

Phlebotomy Techs

The term of the Phlebotomy Tech apprenticeship is one year, with 2000 hours of on-the-job training and 110 hours of related technical instruction through OPRET Education.

A Phlebotomist Technician will, among other duties:

  • Provide excellent patient care services, including appropriately identifying patients according to policy, explaining procedures and demonstrating compassion and integrity
  • Perform specimen collection and patient preparation, appropriately labeling, processing and transporting specimens
  • Performs patient registration processes, including insurance verification, obtaining authorizations and signatures
  • Utilize EMR to access patient orders, print requisitions, input orders
  • Communicate with physicians, clinical and hospital staff, nursing and medical records about issues and/or patient concerns
  • Maintain laboratory equipment

Surgical Techs

The term of the apprenticeship is two years, with 4000 hours of on-the-job training and 144 hours of related on-the-job instruction (288 total). Coursework also includes online portions.

A surgical technologist will, among many other duties:

  • Prepare for surgical procedures. Pull instruments and supplies and ensure instruments are in good working order
  • Anticipate the needs of the surgeon. Pass instruments, retract tissue and operate equipment during surgery
  • Assist with operating room turnover between cases. Participate in stocking, replenishing and cleaning the OR
  • Candidates have manual dexterity and the ability to maintain professional decorum in highly stressful emergent situations

Foundation Health Partners is an EEO/AAP employer; qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.


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