Mississippi will soon be welcoming its first-ever medical apprenticeship program as ground has officially been broken at the Singing River Healthcare Academy in Biloxi.
The Healthcare Academy will allow for expanded training opportunities and apprenticeship operations, then offer immediate employment to qualified graduates in high-demand critical specialties.
These specialties include:
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in collaboration with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
- Surgical Technologist
- Medical Assistant
- Phlebotomy Technician
“I am excited about the future outlook of healthcare at Singing River Health System and for our entire “state through Mississippi’s first medical apprenticeship program,” Singing River CEO Tiffany Murdock said. “This program sets us up for success by allowing for a more trained and skilled workforce while offering rewarding long-term careers in specialty critically needed areas.”
Career pathway specialties will be developed in collaboration with local high schools and community colleges as well as state workforce programs. Through this apprenticeship, students will receive on-the-job training and classroom learning at no cost.
In year one, a total of 1,000 or more students are projected to be trained through the Healthcare Academy. All of the apprenticeship programs will prepare apprentices to sit for nationally recognized certifications or licenses. Upon completion of the program, apprentices will be qualified to accept immediate employment in high-demand specialty areas.
Singing River anticipates that the new facility will officially open in the fall of 2024.
To apply for an apprenticeship at Singing River Healthcare Academy, click here.
MS again made history today as we broke ground on the state’s first healthcare academy.
Higher wages, better quality of care & better quality of life- that’s what this academy will deliver by strengthening the pipeline of medical professionals!
— Governor Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) November 10, 2022