Externship Program | Altamont Healthcare

Externship Program

Altamont Healthcare offers externship opportunities exclusively to our graduates. Whether it be SPD or EKG, we're willing to provide you with the experience you need to excel in your career.

A surgical assistant picking up sterile equipment for a surgery in Stockton, CAWhat's an externship?   

Externships are potential job opportunities that provide our graduates with structured, supervised hands-on experience which helps them develop their manual and practical skills in their field of certification. Our externs are closely supervised by staff who take them through the daily routine at an affiliated medical facility, clinic or hospital. The experience allows our externs to apply their classroom knowledge to the healthcare setting. This knowledge prepares our graduates for a smoother transition from our school to a career.

Does it have any advantages?

Externships lead to job opportunities and can help graduates get their foot in the door for available job positions within the facility or hospital they are serving. It also connects them to the right people in their newly chosen line of work and provides them the opportunity to showcase their personality, work ethics, employability, and vice versa. In this sense, externships are also a source of establishing good work connections and a network of job-related contacts. If an extern displays their ability to be an effective worker as well as a positive addition to the work environment, they may secure a paid position.

How do I qualify?

Only graduates of Altamont Healthcare's SPD or EKG programs can participate in our Externship Program. It is required that you pass the CBSPD Board Exam or the ISCHMM Board Exam to be considered for an externship. 

How long is the externship?

Anywhere from 200-400 hours. This depends on the coordinator of the hospital in which you are placed. It is possible to request increased or decreased hours.

Do I get paid?

No, externs do not get paid. However, the experience provided by the externship meets the "one-year of experience" requirement for most SPDT and EKG Technician jobs. It also provides a technician with connections within a hospital of their preference.