College Readiness for Medical Careers

College Readiness for Medical Careers provides college preparation to New Americans and others who are employed or interested in a career in the medical field. Many of our students are nursing assistants who intend to go to college to advance their medical careers.

This free program practices the same reading and writing skills as expensive prep classes run by colleges. After this course, most students show great improvement on the Accuplacer, the community college placement test. They need fewer reading and writing classes (in “Developmental English”), saving $100’s or $1000’s — and some are eligible to begin General Education classes. Students also learn how the college system works and what they have to do to be successful.

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

  • Classes meet 5 days a week:
    Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.(English) AND
    Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (math) AND
    Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Grammar Clinic)

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 and the medical field (guest speakers from many medical professions)
  • Grammar refresher

Eligibility is 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.), have medical training, OR are interested in health careers.


  • Total course fee is $20 (supply fee)

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:

  • 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 class compares to classes at local colleges, and students will take three tests. Together, the instructor and applicant will decide if this class meets the applicant’s academic needs. Contact Jacob Cohn (651-647-0191 x353 or to register for a testing day.