College Readiness for Medical Careers

The Institute’s College Readiness for Medical Careers course is an academic English language program for New Americans who are employed in or interested in an advanced career in the medical field. Many of our students are nursing assistants who intend to go to college to further their medical careers. After this course, most students show significant improvement on the Accuplacer, the community college placement test. As a result, they usually start college at more advanced levels of ESL or Developmental English courses, saving hundreds -or thousands- of dollars. Some students are able to test out of these courses altogether and begin their General Education courses. Students also feel better prepared for college because they now understand what college work involves and what they must do to succeed.

Courses in 2014
September 8 – December 17 2014 – fall  semester

  • Classes meet four days a week: Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. AND Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

Skills students attain through the College Readiness course:

  • College-level reading skills, including critical analysis and textbook use
  • College-level writing skills, including note taking and essay-writing
  • Study skills, including skimming, scanning, test-taking, vocabulary-building, process-writing, and budgeting time
  • Medical Terminology
  • Math skills, taught by tutors in small groups
  • Computer skills, including word processing and research tools

Eligibility is foreign-born students who:

  • Demonstrate “college ready” English language skills in grammar, reading, and writing tests
  • Are currently working or have worked in the health care field, within or outside the U.S. OR who have medical training


  • Total course fee is $20

Assessment and Registration:

To enroll in the course, applicants must participate in one of the following Information and Testing Days, 9:30am – 12:30pm on:

  • June 30
  • July 16
  • July 24
  • July 30
  • August 11
  • August 19
  • September 2

At these sessions the instructor will explain how this course compares to ESOL courses at area colleges, and students will take assessment tests. Together, the instructor and applicant will decide if this course meets the applicant’s academic needs. Contact Lauren Tomlinson (651-647-0191 x353 to register for a testing day.