Registered Apprenticeships are the gold standard of workforce development strategies and have been deployed as a tried and true approach to workforce development in many industries. H-CAP saw an opportunity to bring this powerful model to healthcare. 

H-CAP created a national collaboration to build targeted workforce solutions through Registered Apprenticeship that effectively address healthcare industry challenges while improving job quality and developing pipelines/career advancement opportunities for healthcare workers. H-CAP serves as a national industry intermediary contractor with the U.S. Department of Labor providing technical assistance, subject matter expertise, shareable resources, and capacity building infrastructure


  • Ambulatory Coder

  • Assistant Case manager

  • Central Sterile Processing Technician

  • Certified Nursing Assistant

  • Community Health Worker (CHW)

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE)

  • Emergency Medical Technician

  • Home Health Aide + Specialties

  • Hospital Code

  • Interventional Radiologic Technologist

  • Licensed Practical Nurse

  • Medical Assistant

  • Optical Dispenser

  • Support & Retention Coordinator 1 + 2

  • Surgical Technologist


The occupations registered with the U.S. Department of Labor and state departments of labor through H-CAP support are varied and targeted to high-growth, in-demand occupations, with demonstrable career pathways for apprentices. To view all approved healthcare apprenticeable occupations click here.


  • Increase the supply of skilled healthcare workers for a changing healthcare delivery system

  • Reduce turnover and related costs

  • Build internal training capacity and creating opportunity to focus on competency: highly flexible and customizable

  • Allow for non-traditional approaches to workforce education with real career pathways

  • Create accessible advancement opportunities for women, people of color, immigrants, and experienced low-wage workers

Registered Apprenticeship programs are successful because they are nimble, responding to changing industry demands by gathering direct input from employers, unions, and workers to create competency-based programs that both meet current industry needs and help to build the healthcare workforce of the future.