Apprenticeship Plus Scholarship

The Apprenticeship Plus Nursing Assistant to Medical Assistant Bridge Program is a project supported by Methodist College, UnityPoint Health, and CareerLink.  The scholarship is for low income young adults (high school grad/GED to age 24) and it includes tuition, fees and many expenses.  Students will benefit from College Readiness training and Professional Development while enrolled in the Nursing Assistant program in the Fall 2017 semester.  Upon successful completion of the Nursing Assistant program and certification in December 2017, students are hired by UnityPoint Health and work as CNAs while completing the coursework to become a Medical Assistant.  Successful students will then be hired as Certified Medical Assistants by UnityPoint Health once the Medical Assistant program and certification is completed.  

(Funding for the program is provided by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity [Grant Number 16-638103].)

In order to participate, students must meet eligibility requirements and be full-time students.  Classes begin August 22, 2017 and the program concludes in August 2019.

The Apprenticeship Scholarship provides an unprecedented opportunity to earn two credentials essentially free WHILE earning an income!  Furthermore, up to 22 college credits can be transferred to bachelor programs at Methodist College including Nursing, Social Work, or Health Sciences.  

This is a pilot program that Methodist College plans to expand in the future, but currently there are six slots available for an August 20th start date. 

Methodist College Apprenticeship Plus Scholarship Flier

Income Guidelines for Eligibility in Apprenticeship Plus Scholarship Program

For more information contact Mr. Kyle Bright at or by phone at (309) 672-5513.