Our Approach

  • Supporting newcomers to America with their healthcare career aspirations
  • Provide professional skills workshops
  • Enhance job placement and performance in collaboration with healthcare employers


Our Programs

HealthCare Career Pathways Program


Newcomers to America can improve their English language, computer knowledge and professional skills needed for allied healthcare jobs.





The program of classes and counseling includes:

1) English lessons for health care jobs (language, communication skills, pronunciation)

2) Workplace skills, such as, understanding the U.S. healthcare system, professionalism and expectations on the job, and communicating with patients, families, co-workers, and supervisors

3) Computer skills that are required for job applications and on the job

4) Individualized counseling to plan steps (education, training, licensing, and job search) to reach specific career goals

5) Bonus Component:  See a Workplace - Introduction by healthcare employers to career pathways and employment criteria



  • Intermediate (or higher) level English skills
  • Training in healthcare outside of the U.S.
  • Resident of Alameda or Contra Costa County



Program details:

  • 20-weeks
  • two days per week
  • 3-1/2 hours per day
  • No tuition. (There is a $90 fee for printed materials, and hardship cases are considered.)
  • Location: downtown Oakland 

The Healthcare Career Pathways Project is operated by DHTI in partnership with The English Center.

See a Workplace

People who successfully complete the 20-week HCPP course are invited to participate in this additional job search program:

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  • classes and orientation sessions hosted by local healthcare providers
  • information about jobs for which there are current or future workforce shortages
  • see the actual work environment
  • question and answer sessions
  • job shadowing and mentoring



To find a job in the U.S., it is often very useful to know someone who is already employed in your area.  In the See a Workplace program students meet several times with a current healthcare worker to talk aboutjob opportunities and responsibilities.  These meetings can be background discussions (orientations) and might include tours of the workplace.  Some students are able to follow the host while he or she is working; this is often called “job shadowing.”

See A Workplace Partners

Alameda Health System – A large public healthcare provider operating five hospitals and four wellness centers. AHS provided 311,000 patient visits in 2012 and employs 4,500 people in Alameda County.  Read more about this employer at:  http://www.alamedahealthsystem.org/health-professionals/careers

Asian Health Services - A community health clinic serving more than 24,000 patients a year in three service locations and headquartered in downtown Oakland.  The annual operating budget of AHS is $34 million. Serving a diverse, low-income population is part of the AHS mission. The staff is fluent in English and eleven Asian languages: Cantonese, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Karen Korean, Khmer (Cambodian), Mien, Mongolian, Tagalog, Lao and Burmese. Read more about this employer at:  http://www.asianhealthservices.org/handler.php?p=careers

Family Bridges - A community based organization specializing in senior healthcare and immigrant services.  Family Bridges also operates a community adult service center for low income seniors.  The agency has an annual operating budget of $5.7 million and five service locations in Alameda County. Read more about this employer at:  http://www.fambridges.org

Kaiser Permanente - One of the largest health care employers in the country with facilities in nine states, more than 190,000 employees and 19 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about this employer at http://www.kaiserpermanentejobs.org/default.aspx

Samuel Merritt University - A fully accredited health services institution that offers degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistants, and podiatric medicine. Read more about this institution at https://www.samuelmerritt.edu/about/history

See a Workplace will vary each year depending on the host employer. During the 2013-14 program, the program included:

  • half-day orientation
  • job-shadowing at two community clinics
  • students were selected based on space availability and career interests


  • successful completion of the HCPP 20-week program or meet language and communications competency
  • match with career interests

or information about the next class schedule and how to apply contact Frida Tamrakar, frida.tamrakar@dhti.org. 


Success Beyond the Classroom

Special: For Merritt College Students Only

Success Beyond the Classroom - Choosing a Health Care Job

  • Jobs are available in many special health care areas; each requires special training and many require a special license
  • By comparison, for many professions like nursing jobs are very hard to find
  • Many students enrolled in allied health programs are not successful in completing the program and finding a job
  • Many immigrants speak English daily but don’t know the words and ideas they must have to be successful in finding a health care job 

The Success Beyond the Classroom has been designed in collaboration with Merritt College to make their students more successful. The program includes:

  • English classes for health care jobs and to learn about working with patients and employer expectations and computer skills required for education and job applications
  • Classes are free, held on the Merritt campus, 2 days per week, 3? hours per day
  • Individual job counseling to discuss career options
  • Lunch-time meetings with professors and other immigrant students to learn how they chose their healthcare career path
  • Discuss your career plans with a volunteer mentor/advisor who is currently employed in a health care profession

Success Beyond the Classroom is a collaboration of DHTI with Merritt Community College to provide career support services to immigrant students who are enrolled in Merritt’s allied health programs and plan to get a certificate, credential, or degree in a healthcare career.

For more information, contact Frida Tamrakar at frida.tamrakar@dhti.org or call her at (510) 708-DHTI  (-3484)

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For many immigrant doctors, nurses and other health care professionals who were educated and trained outside the U.S. choosing one of the many allied healthcare careers is a good option, especially if they want to continue to work and live in the Bay Area. Resources to help you research allied healthcare career options is in this self-guided section.

from Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences

Kaiser Permanente is a very large health care provider in the U.S. and California is one of its major locations.  In 1989 Kaiser Permanente established the School of Allied Health Sciences with studies for careers where there are jobs available and not enough job applicants.  The campus is in Richmond, California.

The Kaiser programs include longer-term studies and shorter-term and evening courses.  For complete information about their programs and how to get information about upcoming sessions, go to:  www.kpsahs.org

Current Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences Programs:

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography (18 months) - Sonographers, also known as ultrasound technologists, use high-frequency sound waves to image organs, masses, and fluid accumulations within the body. An ultrasound image results from the reflection of the sound waves by the body. The images are viewed on a computer screen and may be recorded on film for permanent record and use in interpretation and diagnosis by a physician. The technology is advancing rapidly which requires sonographers to be flexible, adaptable team players who are committed lifelong learners.
  • Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography (18 months) - Echocardiographers also known as Diagnostic Cardial Sonographers use high frequency sound waves to image the heart. An ultrasound image results from the reflection of the sound waves by the heart. The moving clips of the heart are viewed on computer screen and may be recorded in digital format and used in interpretation and diagnosis by a Cardiologist. The technology is advancing rapidly which requires Echocardiographers to be flexible, adaptable, team players who are committed lifelong learners.
  • Nuclear Medicine (18 months) - The Nuclear Medicine Technologist uses high-tech equipment and radioactive tracers to study the function of the various organ systems. This includes imaging the progress of disease, as well as treatment of disease. The technologist is responsible for quality control of equipment and radiation safety practices in the hospital or clinic.
  • Radiography (Day Program – 24 months)
  • Radiography (Evening Program – 27 months) - The radiographer is responsible for producing diagnostic images using various types of x-ray producing equipment and image-processing and recording devices. Obtaining high-quality diagnostic images requires conscientious selection of exposure factors, optimal positioning of anatomy and diligent application of safety measures to protect the patient and others in close proximity from the potentially harmful effects of x-rays.
  • Phlebotomy (320 hours) - The primary responsibilities for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician I involve Venipuncture and skin puncture. More complex procedures are performed in a Medical Center or Clinical Laboratory including specimen processing, plating and processing microbiology specimens, operating and maintaining semi-automated test equipment.
  • The primary responsibilities for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician II involve arterial punctures as well as Venipuncture and skin puncture. All Certified Phlebotomy Technicians I & II must abide by the policies and procedures for laboratory safety and patient confidentiality.

Kaiser also recommends the following website links to research other allied health careers:

Healthcare Profession or Job Title | Organization | Website

Biomedical engineer |     Biomedical Engineer Society |    www.bmes.org

Clinical laboratory scientist | American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science | www.ascls.org

Clinical systems engineer | Assn. for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation| www.aami.org

Dosimetrist | American Assn. of Medical Dosimetrists   | www.medicaldosimetry.org

Emergency Medical Tech. | National Assn. of EMT’s | www.naemt.org

Health Info. Tech/Med Coder | Amer. Health Info. Management Assn.      | www.ahima.org

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist | California Board of Behavioral Sciences | www.bbs.ca.gov

Medical Assistant | Amer. Assn. of Medical Assistants| www.aama-ntl.org

Medical Physicist | Amer. Assn. of Physicists of Medicine | www.aapm.org

Medical Social Worker  | National Assn. of Social Workers | www.socialworkers.org

Nuclear Medicine Tech. | Society for Nuclear Medicine | www.snm.org

Nursing-Clinical Specialty Registered Nurse| National Assn. of Clinical Nurse Specialists | www.nacns.org

Nursing-Emergency Nurse | Emergency Nurses Association | www.ena.org

Nursing-Multicultural Assn.

National Black Nurses Assn. | www.nbna.org

National Assn. of Hispanic Nurses | www.thehispanicnurses.org

Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Assn.   | www.aapina.org

Philippine Nurses Assn. of America | www.philippinenursesaa.org

National League for Nursing |  www.nln.org

Nursing – general |

Choose Nursing | www.choosenursing.com

Nursing Pathways| www.nursingpathways.kp.org

Nursing – Nursing Assistant | National Network of Career Nursing Assistants |www.cna-network.org

Nursing - Public Health Nurse | Assn. of Community Health Nurse Educators     | www.achne.org

Nursing – Registered Home Health Care Nurse | Home Healthcare Nurses Assn. | www.hhna.org

Nursing – Registered Nurse |

American Nurses Assn. | www.nursingworld.org

California Nurses Assn. | www.calnurse.org

Nursing – Registered Nurse Anesthetist | American Assn. of Nurse Anesthetists | www.aana.org

Nursing – Registered Nurse Midwife |    American College of Nurse Midwives | www.midwife.org

Nursing – Registered Nurse Practitioner | American Academy of Nurse Practitioners    | www.aanp.org

Operating Room Nurse | Assn. of Operating Room Nurses | www.aorn.org

Pharmacist |

American Pharmacists Assn. | www.aphanet.org

California Board of Pharmacy | www.pharmacy.ca.gov

California Pharmacists Assn. | www.cpha.com

Pharmacy Technician | American Assn. of Pharmacy Technicians |www.pharmacytechnician.com

Physical Therapist | American Physical Therapy Assn.  | www.apta.org

Physician |

American Medical Assn. | www.ama-assn.org

California Medical Assn. | www.cmanet.org

Physician Assistant | American Academy of Physician Assistants | www.aapa.org

Radiation Therapist | American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology | www.astro.org

Radiology Technologist | American society of Radiologic Technologists | www.asrt.org

Respiratory Therapist  | American Assn. for Respiratory Care   |www.aarc.org

Sonographer |Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography | www.sdms.org

Speech – Language Pathologist | American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn. | www.asha.org

Sterile Processing Dept.Tech. | Sterile Processing Department Board | www.sterileprocessing.org

Surgical Technician | Assn. of Surgical Technologists | www.ast.org

From the U. S. Department of Labor

The U. S. Department of Labor gives information about healthcare jobs, the type of work, the education requirements, the typical salary, and if the number of jobs is growing.  To read about these careers and others, please go to www.bls.gov/oco:

  • Dental assistants
  • Dental hygienists
  • Diagnostic medical sonographers
  • Cardiovascular technologists and technicians
  • Dieticians and nutritionists
  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics
  • Genetic counselors
  • Home health aides
  • Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
  • Medical assistants
  • Medical, clinical and laboratory technicians
  • Medical records and health information technicians
  • Nuclear medicine technologists
  • Nurse anesthetists, practitioners and midwives
  • Nursing assistants and orderlies
  • Occupational health and safety specialists and technicians
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Physical therapists
  • Physician assistants
  • Radiation therapists

Upwardly Global

For immigrants and refugees who were engineers, doctors, scientists, accountants, and nonprofit professionals Upwardly Global, which does not specialize in healthcare professions, creates employer partnerships that want to access this talent pool. Upwardly Global provides customized training and support to give immigrants an equal opportunity to find and secure skill appropriate opportunities and achieve their full economic potential in the U.S. For more information, please visit www.upwardlyglobal.org.

Scholarships & Mentoring

DHTI offers scholarships if funds are available. The goal of the scholarship program is to provide financial support to our program participants to help them advance to the next career level. This might include, paying for licensing fees, credit evaluation, a licensing test preparation course, graduate school entrance exam fees (i.e. GRE, GMAT), books and supplies, or tuition for an allied health program, etc.  Another goal of the scholarship program is to encourage program alumni to be a part of furthering DHTI’s mission and vision as volunteers to serve as a Peer Mentor.  The program is new and guidelines are reviewed and modified each year.

In 2015/16 scholarships offered are:

Tier 1: Up to $3000 for enrollment into an allied health program

Tier 2: Up to $1000 for licensing, equivalent credential evaluation, and standardized test fees

Tier 3: Up to $500 for books & supplies for an Allied Health Program

Note: Only one application will be accepted for one of the three scholarship categories

Total funds to be distributed: $10,000


  • a DHTI program participant between July 2014 and June 2015
  • live, work, or study in Alameda or Contra Costa County


Applications will be scored based on the resume, cover letter, and application. The cover letter and resume answer all the questions listed in the Application Instructions and state how the scholarship will advance the applicant to the next step in a career path:

  • shows a clear and realistic career plan that identifies the applicant’s place along a series of steps toward an ultimate career goal;
  • demonstrates that the scholarship will facilitate connection between prior education achievements and/or professional work and current career goal;
  • demonstrates that a way to pay the difference between the scholarship and the total amount needed; 
  • for a Tier one applicant, demonstrates that  choice of a reputable educational institution;
  • for all Tiers, extra points are given for agreeing to serve as a Peer Mentor in the new program year. Peer Mentor volunteers, will share experiences as a past participant and discuss personal career journeys with new participants and provide an opportunity for a job shadowing, if appropriate. Peer Mentors are asked to contribute 3-5 hours in outreach, new participant orientation, workshops, and if appropriate, job shadowing activities for program participants.

Partnerships with Employers