Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG)

Training for entry-level positions in nursing, pharmacy, emergency medicine and other healthcare professions

St. Louis City and County residents have a new opportunity to earn a living wage and learn or advance to higher paying professions in the healthcare industry. The Heath Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) apprenticeship program will train workers, including but not limited to TANF/Missouri Work Assistance recipients, for healthcare occupations.

A total of 159 eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in this training opportunity each year, for a total of 795 participants over the next five years. For those selected, SLATE will provide funding for tuition, on-the-job training, books and supplies, as well as supportive services, such as child care and transportation. Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate; the process is by computer selection and is completely random.

The program is designed specifically to help low-income individuals improve self-sufficiency while also increasing the quality and availability of health care workers in high demand professions such as:

  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Home Health Aids
  • Personal Care Technicians
  • Phlebotomy
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • EMT/Paramedics
  • Dental Assistants
  • Medical Assistants (administrative and/or clinical)
  • Registered Nurse

The program provides skills or certification upgrades to increase participants' earnings potential.

The program is made possible by the Administration for Children and Families' Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) to service TANF Recipients and other low-income individuals.

Eligible Participants Must Be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Laid off, Long-term unemployed or currently working in healthcare or in any other field
  • Able to show their income is under 200% of the federal poverty level, or $48,500 a year for a family of four.

To Apply:

Interested individuals must attend an Orientation.

Orientations are scheduled:

  • Mondays, at 2 pm
  • Fridays, at 10 am

Location: SLATE, 1520 Market St., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63103

Prior to attending an Orientation, participants will be asked to register, fill out an application and complete a quick assessment.

What to Bring:

  • State-issued I.D. or Driver's License

Why Participate:

The career demand for healthcare occupations is expected to grow over the next 10 years, making it a great career pathway option for job seekers. According to the DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, seven of 30 occupations with the most job growth were healthcare-related. The Healthcare Industry Training and Education (HITE) program offers numerous training possibilites in the healthcare field ranging from a Certified Nursing Assitant to a Registered Nurse. To learn more about the program, please visit HPOG-HITE's new webpage at

Funding Disclaimer:

This program is supported by Grant 90FX0050-01-00 from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health &Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS.

HPOG is a study funded by the federal government which is being conducted to determine how these training opportunities help people improve their skills and find better jobs. During the study, all new eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in these training opportunities. Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate in these opportunities.

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