About USA Health Workforce Development

The curriculum, instruction and assessments for the program’s first class, for surgical technicians, were designed by Ashley Sylvester and Helen Phillips, surgical technologists who have a combined experience of 40 years in the operating room and more than 20 years in the instructional arena.

Members of the training class spend six months learning the necessary skills. The course is divided into two sessions. During session one, trainees learn objectives and practice skills in the classroom environment and through simulations. In session two, trainees move into internship positions in the surgical environment to obtain a surgical technician certification.

The workforce development team plans to expand class offerings to include additional training programs in the following areas:

  • Medical assistant
  • Patient care assistant
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Sterilization technician


If you are interested in learning more about workforce development initiatives, contact us at workforcedevelopment@health.southalabama.edu.

"Workforce development is a great stepping stone for USA Health. Through these various programs, we will have the ability to offer paid training for positions that are crucial to our day-to-day operations in healthcare."

Kerry Flowers, director of organizational development at USA Health

Are you ready to work someplace where you're valued?

If you're excited about the possibility of joining our team and making a difference in the lives of people along the Gulf Coast, start the process by submitting an application.

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