HEART - Health Education and Rural Training


The HEART project received $2.5 million (27% of its total cost) from a grant awarded under the TAACCCT grants, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

The TAACCCT grant funded the following HEART programs in FY14-15:

26.4% of the total cost for Dental Assisting
46.1% of the total cost for Medical Assisting
22.6% of the total cost for Pre-Nursing
19.3% of the total cost for Emergency Services and Public Safety

Fast Track Allied Health certification in high-growth medical fields

A grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in partnership with UAF Community & Technical College

The HEART program is designed to provide students with distance learning opportunities in Allied Health. You will earn a valuable medical certificate that builds a foundation for further education-- or a "pathway" to advanced degree programs. Not only are you obtaining a certificate that will lead to high-demand jobs in healthcare, you also are on the path to a healthcare degree--which leads to increased job opportunities and pay.

The following HEART certificate programs are offered through UAF Community & Technical College (CTC), while "pathways" are options for further education. See the sidebar for links to program details, and stay posted for success stories from our students!

Certified Nurse Aide --> Pathway to LPN Associate or Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing

Medical Assistant --> Pathway to Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Medical Assisting

Dental Assistant --> Pathway to AAS in Dental Hygiene

Paramedic Academy--> Pathway to AAS in Emergency Medical Services or Bachelor of Emergency Management

Learn more about healthcare careers in Alaska.

Check out healthcare job opportunities and the labor market in Alaska.



Cathy Winfree

(907) 455-2876

UAF HEART is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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