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Bridge to Healthcare Degree Program

Healthcare Industry

Michigan Works!

Organizations Involved

DESC Michigan Works!, Henry Ford College

Occupations Involved

Physical Therapist Assistants; Registered Nurses; Respiratory Therapists; Surgical Technologists; Radiologic Technologists and Technicians

Workforce Development Focus

Increasing number of healthcare workers

Workforce Issues Addressed

Attracting individuals to work in a healthcare profession


The Bridge to Healthcare Degree program is a partnership between DESC Michigan Works! and Henry Ford College. The program's goal is to increase the number of Detroit residents who are trained and can earn a degree in healthcare. Participants in the 30-week (2 semester) program take classes both virtually and in-person at Henry Ford College's Dearborn campus to earn college credits toward an associate degree for PT assistant, radiographer, RN, respiratory therapist and surgical tech. Additionally, participants receive resources and assistance to help them toward earning their healthcare degrees.

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