Health Care Registered Apprenticeship and Career and Technical Education

How does apprenticeship fit into career pathways?

Apprenticeship programs are a key asset for state and local education and workforce development systems’ career pathway strategies. Apprenticeship can be a partner in the K-12 educational system and an integral part of career and technical programs in high schools. School or community-sponsored pre-apprenticeship programs can be valuable training approaches and serve as the start of a career pathway, which leads to “School to Registered Apprenticeship” opportunities for youth or low-skilled adult workers.

Apprenticeship programs pave the way for career-building and life-long learning through the attainment of stackable credentials. The foundation of the apprenticeship model is the continual building of skills and the ability for workers to obtain higher levels of employment in an occupation or industry. As a result, use of the apprenticeship model can provide communities with a competitive advantage by establishing a continual pipeline of qualified workers for local employers.

How is apprenticeship different from other types of work-based training?

First, apprentices are hired by employers and receive a paycheck from the first day of work. Wages increase over time as apprentices advance in their knowledge, skills, and abilities. This is often done as a school to work program.

Depending on the occupation, apprenticeships last from one to six years and add relevance to the education experience by connecting education and work simultaneously. Apprentices take classes while they are working, combining theoretical and hands-on learning. At the end of the apprenticeship, apprentices earn industry-recognized credentials and in many cases can receive college credits that may lead to an associate or bachelor’s degree.

What is Pre-Apprenticeship?

Pre-apprenticeship is designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship program. These programs promote a diverse and skilled workforce and prepare participants to meet the basic qualifications for entry into apprenticeship, through:

  • An approved training curriculum based on industry standards
  • Educational and pre-vocational services
  • Hands-on training in a simulated lab experience or through volunteer opportunities
  • Assistance in applying to Registered Apprenticeship programs.

In Alaska the Mat Su Borough School District has developed several programs that link through registered apprenticeship to careers and degrees. Below are their suggested CTE Programs of Study (CTEPS).

These documents are valuable for teachers, counselors, parents and students who are planning their high school classes and experiences that lead them to a career in their chosen field, industry or occupation.


Allied Health

Health Informatics


Below are the education Cross Walks for several of the health care CTE courses. They are less important for students and parents however they are part of Alaska’s education system insuring that programs and courses are aligned with the states standards for all CTE courses. They were updated to align with Alaska Standards for English, Language Arts, Mathematics, Employability and Cultural Standards.

Cross Walks

Medical Assistant

Certified Nurse Assistant

Introduction to Pharmacy

Recommended classes that will help you be successful in a healthcare career.

Applies to High School and College level

Algebra 1 or Int. Math 1, Biology, Chemistry
CPR / First Aide
Medical Terminology (available in college)
Anatomy and Physiology