Training Opportunities at Aurora Health Care

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We offer training and education for most employees. For some careers, we'll even train you to work for us:

Aurora Minority Nursing Student Scholars Program

Preparing you for the transition from student to graduate nurse

At Aurora Health Care, we bring professionals together from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives in order to help us better serve the unique needs of our patients. Our diverse workforce is a key component for innovation and finding better ways to provide health care. Our minority student nurse scholars program invites qualified ethnic minority candidates to join us as we work together to improve the health of diverse communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

womanExplore the benefits:

  • Up to $15,000 in loan forgiveness: $5000 per year for up to 3 years work commitment post graduation, upon securing a graduate nurse position with Aurora Health Care, and passing NCLEX.
  • A mentoring relationship with a staff RN in the clinical area where employed while in a nursing assistant or nurse extern role at Aurora Health Care.
  • Leadership development available under the direction of the unit manager
  • Apply for part time employment as a certified nursing assistant or nurse extern.

Eligibility for applying to the Aurora Minority Student Nurse Scholars Program

  • For Aurora employees who are a minority, undergraduate nursing student, and currently in a nursing assistant or nurse extern position.
  • Completion of qualifying clinical rotation as a student nurse.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 from an accredited school of nursing.
  • Be "in good standing" with your school and demonstrate a satisfactory attendance record.
  • Recommendations from two nursing faculty.
  • Required acceptance into the program no later than six months before graduation as an RN.

Interested employees who meet the above qualifications can fill out the attached questionnaire

Community-Based Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program

CNA Class Highlights

  • The class fees are $600 for the class and $115 for the testing fee.
  • The course lasts 15 days and is 120 hours long, per requirements of State Statute DHS 129. Class times are 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., week days only
  • The classroom portion will be held at the Aurora Parkway Building, Milwaukee
  • Five (5) clinical days will be held at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee
  • Perfect Attendance is REQUIRED for successful completion of the class and to be eligible to take the State of Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry Exam
  • During the first two weeks of training participants can expect to have homework most nights. This can be as much as 2 to 3 hours per night. Failure to complete the required reading and worksheets will significantly affect classroom and clinical success.
  • Participants should plan to attend a blood pressure class from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. on the day following the last class day.

Appearance Policy Information:

  • CNA course participants will be required to wear scrubs on all clinical days.
  • Participants may wear business casual attire during classroom days.
  • Visible tattoos must be covered at all times
  • Aside from stud earrings, jewelry may not be worn in any visible body piercings
  • Hair must be of a natural color
  • Artificial fingernails may not be worn. Natural nail tips must be kept less than ½ inch long

Application process for classes: Download Application (PDF, 380kb).

  • The application deadlines are listed in the table below. No late applications will be accepted.
    • I will consider your application for the next class after it’s received.
  • Applications are to be submitted to Rebecca Moreno-Garcia in one of the following ways:
    • In person (during our regular office hours of 7:30am – 4:30pm) or by mail to:
      Talent Acquisition Department
      Forest Home Business Center
      3307 West. Forest Home Avenue
      Milwaukee, WI 53215
    • By fax 414-671-8111
    • By email to –
    • Please indicate which class dates you are interested in.
February 16th – March 7th December 18th, 2015
April 12th – May 2nd February 19th, 2016
May 31st – June 20th April 8th, 2016
July 19th – August 8th April 8th, 2016
September 6th – September 26th July 15th, 2016
October 25th – November 14th September 9th, 2016
December 14th – January 11th
(These dates are tentative.)
October 21st, 2016
*Applications are due by 4:00 pm on the designated application date. Any applications received after the deadline will be considered for the next class.

Application/participant assessment:

All application elements will be reviewed and the top chosen applicants will be invited for a personal interview. Factors considered in determining placement into the nursing assistant training class are:

  • Applicant response to interview questions
  • Academic achievement
  • Employment history
  • Knowledge of healthcare and the Nursing Assistant role
  • Compliance with all application requirements
  • Perceived communication skills, motivation, ability to follow instructions and ability to provide passionate patient care
  • The ability to pass the math assessment

The most qualified applicants will be selected for admission into the class.

Participant Notification:

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the Nursing Assistant Training class by phone approximately three weeks before the class starts.

Those offered a space in the class must submit to mandatory criminal and caregiver background checks for the state of Wisconsin as well as applicable out-of-state checks.

Class participants are responsible for providing documentation of:

  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination – Proof of 1 MMR or a positive titer
  • Hepatitis B series – You may decline by a form or submit proof of the immunization
  • Negative TB skin test or a QuantiFERON blood test for TB
  • Current influenza vaccination, only for classes during flu season - October through March.
    (There is an exception process for those with a nationally accepted, documented, medical contraindication or religious belief.

Vaccinations completed in Wisconsin may be found by using:

We maintain a smoke-free environment at all of our locations.

Phlebotomy Training Class

At this time there are no phlebotomy classes scheduled – please check back at a later date for new opportunities for training.