VCPA Candidates FAQ's

  • None. VUMC provides VCPA free of charge to attendees who commit to working in a Care Partner role after completing the program.

  • Yes. Prior to being admitted to the program, you will interview with one or more hiring managers. When you accept an offer from one of our managers, you will be enrolled in the next available VCPA start date.

  • Yes. VCPA teaches trainees many skills to assist in patient care that are applicable to other hospitals and care settings.

  • Yes. You will apply directly to the department that you are interested in working. 

  • No, this is not a requirement for VCPA or the Care Partner role. For Care Partners interested in enrolling in a nursing program, VUMC provides Nursing Tuition Assistance. 

  • No. VCPA is designed to teach patient care skills for applicants without related healthcare experience.

  • Once you have accepted an offer from VUMC, you will be enrolled in the next available VCPA start date. VCPA holds courses most months.

  • VCPA will provide attendees with all required training supplies and their first set of scrubs. Attendees will need to provide their own closed-toe shoes to wear in the clinical environment. 

  • The hiring manager will discuss pay with you when they offer you a position at VUMC. Differentials are provided for nightshift, weekends, and holidays. 

  • VCPA requires full-time commitment to complete the program. Once the program is completed, you may be eligible to move to part-time or PRN positions (pending department availability and hiring manager’s approval).

  • VCPA offers training M-F 7:00a to 3:00p for the first 3 weeks of employment. Flexible hours, including night and weekend shifts, may be available. Talk with your department manager to learn about specific opportunities that may be available to you.

  • Many departments have opportunity to work overtime, although overtime is not required. Some departments require one or more call shifts during a scheduling window. Ask your department manager about their department’s requirements in your interview. 
     

  • Weekend and holiday work requirements vary by department. Ask your manager about their department’s requirements during your interview.
     

  • Certification requirements vary based on the organization that sponsors certification. VCPA provides training on basic skills needed to provide patient care in the hospital. We cannot guarantee that it will prepare participants for certification.