What is the Nurse Aide Apprenticeship Program?

The Nurse Aide/Nursing Assistant (NA) Apprenticeship Program is a training program designed for current employees who are interested in receiving training on paid work time. The program recently opened to external applicants as well.

Who should participate in the program?

The NA Program has been developed for individuals looking for a professional development and training opportunity to become a Nursing Assistant.

What does the course consist of?

  • Interpersonal communication and social interaction
  • Basic nursing skills
  • Personal care skills
  • Basic restorative services
  • Rights of clients (patients)
  • Dementias

The program shall cover all of the following during the first 16 hours of classroom training before clinicals at the hospital.

  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Infection control
  • Safety and emergency procedures
  • Promoting residents’ independence
  • Residents’ rights


Eligibility to take the Nurse Aide written and skills examination through the Department of Health Services (DHS).

How will my current employee benefits be impacted if I participate in the program?

If accepted into the program, you transfer into a temporary, 1.0 Career Pathways trainee position for the duration of the program (6 weeks) and while getting a position as a Nursing Assistant at UW Health. The hours are 6:30 am – 3:00 pm M-F for in-person sessions and the hybrid program is two days per week in-person. The knowledge portion is online. Part of the time will be spent in class at the Whitney Way location and at University Hospital for clinical. Pay and benefits will not be impacted with participation in the program. Upon successful completion of the program and placement on registry, participants will be placed on units throughout the hospital in available NA positions.

For any questions regarding pay and/or benefits, please contact the HR Service Center through a service request in HR Help Desk or (608) 263-6500, Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm.