Pathways to Healthcare

The Pathways to Healthcare program is a collaboration among St. Olaf’s Piper Center, the Northfield Retirement Center (NRC), and Three Links (assisted living, nursing home, senior living). The goal is to offer an opportunity for pre-health students to develop skills and gain direct patient contact in an active healthcare environment, receive mentoring from healthcare professionals, and obtain shadowing experiences. Northfield Retirement Community is conveniently located to St. Olaf, making it easily accessible to St. Olaf students.

Students can work in a Northfield Retirement Community assisted living location and after 90 days of employment, will be reimbursed for the expense of a NAR course (around a $850 value) and have an opportunity for meaningful work that will contribute to their vocational discernment.  Student employees are welcome to shadow other healthcare professionals within our locations including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and physical, occupational, and speech therapists, with their permission.

More Details for Interested Students:
  • Can be a domestic or international student, but international students must meet requirements for CPT
  • Interest in working with the geriatric population and ability to empathize with this population
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to communicate well in English, through documentation in medical records, as well as oral and written communication
  • Ability to work a minimum of 32 hours per month (comparable to student employment at St. Olaf, which is about 7.5 hours/week)
  • Students are welcome to work more hours!
  • Shift lengths can vary
  • Strong preference will be given to students who can commit to continuing to work beyond the one semester required, including either the summer and/or the following year

Reach out to Dana Rechtzigel, Pre-Health Career Coach, for more information about this program.