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.

In addition, students can also prepare for the biology/anatomy/physiology
classes required for many medical training programs in “Introduction to Human
Body Systems.” This class is a once-a-week add-on to the program.

Courses in 2014
January 26 – May 29, 2015 – spring  semester

  • Classes meet 4-5 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
    Friday (optional – Intro to Human Body Systems) from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Skills students attain through the College Readiness course:

  • College-level reading skills, including critical analysis
  • College-level writing skills, including note taking and essay-writing
  • Study skills, including skimming, scanning, test-taking, vocabulary-building, process-writing, and note-taking
  • Math skills, taught by tutors in small groups
  • Computer skills, including word processing and research tools
  • Build knowledge of medical vocabulary, the medical field (guest speakers from many medical professions), and human body systems

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.” The session will take about 3 hours:

  • Thursday, November 6, 1:00 pm
  • Friday, November 21, 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 9, 9:30 am
  • Monday, December 22, 9:30 am
  • Monday, January 5, 9:30 am
  • Wednesday, January 14, 9:30 am
  • Wednesday, January 21, 9:30 am

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