Seeking a career where you can make life better for your community? Whether you are just starting your career or seeking a career change – ARHS is here for you! By becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), you will be a vital part of our team and have an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those you serve.
We are now accepting applications for a paid certified nursing assistant training. This nine-week training is offered in partnership with Caldwell Community College. Upon successful completion of the training, candidates will be placed in a certified nursing assistant role within the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System.
Apply for a paid training position
Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, complete the interview process, and pass all pre-employment screenings to be considered for the program.
Class will be held September 10th – November 9th on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm at the Watauga Campus of Caldwell Community College.
If selected, ARHS will cover the cost of
Candidates are responsible for the cost of
minor medical equipment
any other fees required by Caldwell Community College
Students will receive compensation for their time in class and have a schedule that allows additional working hours up to 40 hours per week.
At Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, we provide our employees with a robust benefits package. You can review the highlights below, and contact a recruiter for more information.
Your Benefit Highlights
Benefits are effective the first day of the month following 60 days of employment.
Health Insurance premiums as low as $50 a month.
Free Preventive Care (physicals, mammograms/paps, well-child visits, screening colonoscopy & some preventive meds).
The Doctor Will See You Now! Access to RelyMD telemedicine service for a flat fee.
Employer contributions to your Healthcare Savings Account.
Disability insurance benefits is provided by ARHS at no cost to you and replaces a percentage of your income while you are unable to work due to an illness or injury.
Retirement 403 (b) and Roth Plans. Available to all employees – full, part-time and PRN beginning the first day of the month following employment. Contributions to the 403(b) are tax deferred and are post-tax for the Roth. ARHS matches 75% up to 4% of employee deferrals after eligibility requirements are met.
Retirement meetings available with onsite financial professionals.
Additional benefit plans available include, but are not limited to dental, vision, cancer, accident, critical illness, supplemental and whole life insurance.
College savings program.
Paid Time Off (PTO) is available to all full-time and part-time employees assigned to work at least 20 hours per week. PTO benefits combine vacation, holiday and sick leave into a single program designed to provide employees with more control of their time off.
Enjoy employee discounts with special ARHS savings at local and national theme parks/attractions and select wireless providers.
Stay fit and improve your quality of life with our Award-Winning Love Your Life wellness programs for you and your spouse.
Discounts to Wellness Center and Avery County YMCA.
Access to Employee Assistance Program.
Employee to Employee Fund; caring for each other with financial assistance through the Helping Hands employee campaign.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare’s Behavioral Health internship program offers students the unique opportunity to get hands on experience. The internship will allow students to rotate through different behavioral health services and will provide students with insight into the patient’s experience. We encourage students to be open about their internship expectations and to tailor the content, length and hour requirements of the internship to meet their needs.
Our internships are offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Please review the information below regarding ARHS’s Behavioral Health Internship opportunities.
Internship Application Deadlines
Fall Semester: May 1st (Response back to intern applicant by June 1st)
Spring Semester: September 1st (Response back to intern applicant by October 1st)
Summer Semester: February 1st (Response back to intern applicant by February 1st)
Types of Internships Available
Recreational Therapy Internship
The Recreational Therapy department will accept 1 student per semester to participate in an internship with the Adult Behavioral health unit at Cannon Memorial hospital. The internship opportunity will allow for hands on experience on the unit, as well as in the Emergency departments. Participants can be expected to come in contact with patients with many different diagnoses and although most experience will be with adults on the behavioral health unit, there are possibilities of interactions with adolescent and geriatric population in the emergency rooms. Internship length will be based on NCBRTL/NCTRC minimum expectations and can be extended to meet school expectations if needed. Participant hours will normally be Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm. Please complete full application and have submitted before deadlines to be considered for internship.
3 students accepted each semester for a 1-day per week practicum or 1 student 5 days per week
Undergraduate or Master’s Level Psychology, Counseling or Recreation Therapy
Nursing Interns for Inpatient Unit
2 nursing students per semester – 2 to 3 days per week
1 student in Psychology or Social Work
Time split between Boone and Linville Outpatient Clinics
How to Apply for an Internship with Behavioral Health
Want to know more about practicing in the NC High Country?
Call Eddie Maple at 828-262-9511 or complete the form below.
Current Healthcare Provider Needs:
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The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System provides experiences to medical residents and students interested in a career in healthcare. Even though most people think only of nurses and physicians when considering a career in the healthcare field, opportunities abound many areas.
Shadowing & Internships
Shadowing/observing experiences (4-40 hours) are available for students through referral or requirement of their healthcare curriculum in a partnering school.
An internship is an extended experience in practical applications and must be a requirement for class credit. We works closely with each student’s individual requirements and needs to gain “real world” experience.
Contact Sallie Woodring Director Volunteer Services/Career Pathways (828) 737-7538
Clinical experiences provide students with hands on experience with patients with the supervision of a clinical instructor from the partnering school and an ARHS preceptor/designee.
Contact Sallie Woodring Director Volunteer Services/Career Pathways (828) 737-7538
Family Medicine Residency Program
The MAHEC rural family medicine residency at Boone is built to support the next generation of rural physicians. Recognizing ongoing needs, we are committed to developing family physicians with the heart to serve the entire family and lead healthcare transformation. We are slated to recruit our first class for July 2020. More Information >
Students interested in an educational experiences with ARHS must:
Be enrolled in a school with whom the healthcare system has implemented and partnered on an affiliation agreement
Complete an application and acceptance process for an approved educational experience to be administered through the career pathways department.
The career pathways department of ARHS seeks to engage professional students in activities within their scope to enhance their learning experience. Please explore the links attached below to gain more information on a variety of healthcare career paths.
Appalachian Regional Healthcare’s Behavioral Health internship program offers students the unique opportunity to get hands on experience. The internship will allow students to rotate through different behavioral health services and will provide students with insight into the patient’s…