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Education & Training

Are you interested in starting a career in the health field?

SEARHC offers internship, residency and training programs for students and professionals in various health fields. To learn more, review the opportunities listed below or email recruitment@searhc.org.

Dental Assistant Training Program

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Dental Assistant Training Program prepares individuals for professional career placement in dentistry. Within a few months, you will develop the skills and knowledge for new career opportunities through this paid training program.


  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must be 18 years of age or older

Course Components

The two to four month course combines academic and hands on clinical training on the SEARHC campus.

Your paid training will include:

  • Academic classroom instruction
  • Learning materials (including textbooks)
  • Training in a state-of-the-art dental clinic
  • Knowledge of dental disease and prevention
  • Professional customer service skills
  • Four-handed dental assistant skills
  • Proper infection control practices
  • Dental radiology
  • Computerized dental charting
  • Delivering oral hygiene instructions to patients

Core Competencies Gained:

Upon completion of the program you will receive:

  • Indian Health Service certificate in radiology
  • Introduction to Dental Assistant certificate
  • Eligibility for continued employment at SEARHC
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Medical Assistant Program

Embark on a new career path with SEARHC. Start now with our 6-week medical assistant paid training course. Become part of a healthcare team that is proud to serve Juneau and our southeast Alaska communities. In one year, become nationally certified as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA).

Cohort Details

Last day to apply | September 26, 2023
First cohort start date | October 2, 2023

Core Competencies Gained:

Course Components

  • General patient care
  • Communication and customer service
  • Care coordination and education
  • Medical law and ethics
  • Medical terminology
  • Teamwork in healthcare

Skills/Hands-On Learning

  • Rooming patients
  • Vital signs
  • Urgent care response
  • Phlebotomy/ lab
  • Pediatrics
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Certified Nursing Assistant Program

Are you interested in a paid training opportunity to help people in your community?

The SEARHC Certified Nuring Assistant (CNA) Program is paid training approved by the State of Alaska and prepares students to sit for the Alaska Nurse Aide Certification exam.

Course Components

The six-week long program is held at the Wrangell Medical Center. It consists of 35-40 hours of classroom lecture, 35 hours of online courses, 32 hours of skills lab and 48 hours of clinical shifts with an instructor. The program textbook and all the necessary supplies are included. Students will need access to a computer and internet connection.

The CNA program runs Monday through Friday. Upon completion of the course and passing the state exam, students have the opportunity to apply for a full-time benefited position with SEARHC.


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 18 years of age or older

Compensation & Benefits

Students who pass the course, receive their CNA certificate and are hired into a permanent position are eligible for:

  • $5,000 sign on bonus (with a 2-year commitment)
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits
  • 401(k) retirement plans
  • Paid time-off
  • Employee assistance program and more!

Core Competencies Gained:

  • Foundation in nursing care for adult and geriatric populations
  • Bed side care techniques
  • Medical safety standards and cleaning techniques
  • Alaska Nurse Aide Certification exam preparation
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Health Careers Scholarship

University of Alaska students, apply for aid to help you achieve your higher education goals!

Giving out more than $3 million in scholarship awards each year, the UA Foundation helps make higher education a reality for any student who seeks it.

The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Health Programs Scholarship, funded by the UA Foundation, is available for students attending any UA campus (UAA/UAF/UAS and all community campuses).


  • GPA: 2.0
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Grade Level: Undergrad, Graduate

Submission Deadline:

Applications must be received by February 15, however, any applications received through July 15 will be used for any late awarded scholarships or any new scholarships that may open.

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High School Opportunities

Most students are not aware of how many different kinds of jobs there are in the health care field and aren’t sure where to begin learning about them.

What can I do while I’m still in high school to help prepare for a career in health?

  • Attend the Della Keats Program for Alaska Native high school students interested in health careers or apply for a summer student health internship.
  • Take as many science and math classes as you can at your high school.
  • Talk to the SEARHC Talent Acquisition Partner or your high school counselor to get more information on preparing for a career in health.

Core Competencies Gained:

  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Explore a career path
  • Give yourself an edge in the job market
  • Develop and refine skills
  • Network with professionals in the field
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College/Grad School Student Opportunity

In addition to Summer Internships SEARHC offers several externships each year for pharmacy students. SEARHC Pharmacy Student Externships at Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center focus on inpatient, ambulatory, and clinical pharmacy.

For additional information pharmacy students can contact Stephen Riley, PharmD by email at sriley@searhc.org.

Core Competencies Gained:

  • Inpatient pharmacy experience
  • Ambulatory pharmacy experience
  • Clinical pharmacy experience
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