Paid Training Opportunity: become a Certified Nursing Assistant

Paid Training Opportunity: become a Certified Nursing Assistant

Foley Center Nurses

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

  • registration fee
  • malpractice insurance
  • online modules
  • certification exam

Candidates are responsible for the cost of

  • scrubs
  • 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.

ARHS Employee Benefits Overview

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.
  • Tuition reimbursement.
  • 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.
RN or LPN? Join our team!

RN or LPN? Join our team!

Foley Center Nurses

Whether you are a new graduate, returning to the workforce, or looking for a change, check out The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge – a 5-star facility in quality and staffing. The patient to nurse ratio is 50-65% better than similar facilities, and nurses will be cross-trained in post-acute care, assisted living, and long-term care. You will have access to expert support staff in areas like wound care, ostomy care, and many other opportunities for continuing education – you are not alone. Learn more about the Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge >

I absolutely love working at The Foley Center. There is just such a positive and supportive atmosphere here that you simply do not find anywhere else. Read Holly’s incredible story >

Holly Spencer

RN, BSN, The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge

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Beautiful Environment >

Brand new 5-star facility with breathtaking views and lots of natural light. Learn more >

Great Benefits >

Core benefits include health insurance, health savings account, retirement, disability, paid time off and more. Learn more >

Friendly Staff >

A supportive, team-oriented atmosphere with opportunities for professional development

Satisfied Residents >

“The staff here gave a part of themselves to me. They saw potential in me every time they helped me get in-and-out of bed or encouraged me through my exercises.” Read Caron Wike’s story >

Behavioral Health Internship Opportunities

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.

Inpatient Unit

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

Outpatient Unit

1 student in Psychology or Social Work
Time split between Boone and Linville Outpatient Clinics

How to Apply for an Internship with Behavioral Health

If interested in an Internship with the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s Behavioral Health Division, please send completed internship application, along with the following to:

Sallie Woodring, Director
Volunteer Services/Career Pathways
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System
P.O. Box 2600
Boone, NC 28607

Documentation to support your application:

  1. A Letter of Interest stating the following:
    1. Why you want the internship and why you are the best choice for our organization
    2. How an internship with us will complement and enhance your career goals
    3. How you heard about our internship program
  2. Resume/Vita
  3. Internship Application, with reference sheet
  4. A current, certified transcript
  5. Two reference letters

Learn more about student opportunities at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System.

Provider Opportunities

Provider Opportunities

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Eddie Maple, President, ARMA, Sr. Vice President, Physician Services
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