EARN Maryland

For Motivated Residents Seeking Entry to the Healthcare Field

Based on workforce needs identified by healthcare employers, a partnership led by BACH increases the pipeline of qualified healthcare workers by providing talented and passionate residents with opportunities for meaningful work in the healthcare sector.

The BACH EARN program (Employment Advancement Right Now) provides skills training to direct participants to jobs as certified nursing assistants, geriatric nursing assistants, patient care technicians, certified medicine aides, and central sterile tech processors. Funded by the Maryland Department of Labor, BACH partners with the seven major Baltimore City hospitals plus a variety of community-based organizations to accomplish these goals.

To be eligible to apply, individuals must be 18 years or older, have a copy of their GED/ high school diploma, be authorized to work in the USA, be a Maryland resident, and have reliable transportation and access to a computer and Wi-Fi. In many programs, past experience working in healthcare is not required. Additional requirements may apply for specific programs.

Since its inception in 2014, the BACH EARN partnership has placed nearly 700 workers into employment.


Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) is a free, state-funded training program created to assist residents in entering and advancing in the field of healthcare. Job training tracks vary each year based on workforce needs. As the largest EARN grantee in the state, we have placed more than 600 workers into employment.

Healthcare employers select their own employees for training, however, when additional space is available, eligible residents who have completed our interest form or have been recommended by community based organizations are selected to participate.

You must be 18 years or older, have a copy of your GED/ high school diploma, have at least an 8th grade math and reading level, be authorized to work in the USA, be a Maryland resident, and have access to reliable transportation and a computer with Wi-Fi. Additional requirements may apply for specific programs. When a program is actively recruiting, BACH’s announcement will include the details.

Unless otherwise specified, past experience working in healthcare is not required. However, requirements do vary by program. For example, to qualify for Patient Care Technician training, you must already possess a Certified Nursing Assistant license in good standing with the Maryland Board of Nursing.

Yes, incumbent workers are eligible. For some programs, EARN specifically works with participating employers to recruit their workers for participation. If you already work for a healthcare institution, we encourage you to connect internally with staff in Workforce Development, Career Coaching, or Human Resources for help with balancing your work schedule with your training schedule.

Some training programs lead to certifications that require a criminal background check. If you have issues in your background that may be a concern, please ask to speak with BACH staff to discuss whether a given training program might be a good fit for you.

There is no cost associated with the application process for our healthcare career training programs. EARN covers training tuition and exam fees. Participants may be responsible for the cost of their own transportation and uniforms.

Recently, EARN has sponsored trainings for:

  • Medical Front Office
  • Phlebotomy
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Pharmacy Tech
  • Patient care Tech
  • Building Maintenance

Trainings for other specialties are offered as needed and funding permits.

Exact program length depends on the training. Training can last anywhere from 4 weeks to a year.

All participants who successfully complete the training will receive certificates of completion and/or continuing education credits as applicable. Generally, EARN trainings with BACH also lead to state-recognized certifications. To receive a certification or license, participants may need to pass an exam, background check, or fulfill other requirements.

Taking the training does not guarantee a job. Those who already work in a healthcare organization will maintain their employment, while unemployed participant who successfully complete training must complete a standard application process, which may include an electronic application, interviews, background checks, and health screenings.

Yes, consistent access to a computer and Wi-Fi is an expectation of this program.

You do not need a driver’s license or vehicle to complete the training program, but you do need access to consistent, reliable transportation. Training locations may vary throughout the Baltimore area.

Depending on the training, participants may complete clinical practicums in a hospital or long-term care setting and should be prepared to come in contact with people who are positive for COVID-19.

Tell us about yourself by completing this eligibility form. If you meet the requirement for the next training, we will contact you.

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To find out if you are eligible for any of our programs, please tell us about yourself.