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Patient Care Technician Registered Apprenticeship Program

On November 17, 2021, CTDOL and Yale New Haven Health System announced a new Registered Apprenticeship program that will bring 1,250 Patient Care Technicians into the healthcare field over the next four years. The program is funded by a $10 million federal grant through the CTDOL Office of Apprenticeship Training.

Patient Care Technicians work under nurse or physician supervision and see patients daily for vital signs, blood draws, and other procedures. They interact daily with patients, advocate for them and support them and their families while they are in the healthcare setting. YNHHS Patient Care Technician apprentices achieve certification after classroom learning and on-the-job training.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the four-year $10 million State Apprenticeship Expansion, Equity, and Innovation grant to the CTDOL Office of Apprenticeship Training to:

  • support new and innovative apprenticeship programs in industries hit hard by the pandemic;
  • provide career opportunities to people who lost their jobs or had other major hardships due to the pandemic;
  • ensure opportunity for under-served and under-represented populations such as people of color or those who are unemployed.

CTDOL partnered with YNHHS on this grant to build on success in other healthcare Registered Apprenticeship programs. The system already has nearly 1,000 registered nurse and surgical technician apprentices working throughout Yale New Haven Health System hospitals.


All newly hired Patient Care Associates and Patient Care Technicians across the health system will be enrolled as apprentices.

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