Norton Healthcare is increasing support for professional development by increasing tuition assistance for eligible health care degrees. Through the Norton Healthcare Scholars Program, the organization has expanded tuition assistance options for employees and nonemployees seeking to become registered nurses, respiratory therapists, medical technologists and medical laboratory technicians.

As part of the program’s Accelerated Scholar track, eligible students may receive up to $40,000 in tuition assistance for associate, bachelor’s, or master’s-level entry into a clinical practice degree that leads to a new clinical credential in registered nursing, respiratory therapy or laboratory sciences.

If you are a licensed practical nurse or medical laboratory technician employed with Norton Healthcare, you also may receive tuition assistance to advance your clinical credentials in your current area of work. This includes degrees to go from licensed practical nurse to registered nurse, and medical laboratory technician to medical technologist.

Up to $24,000 in Norton Healthcare Scholars Program tuition assistance remains available for other identified clinical degrees in key areas of workforce need.

A post-graduation work commitment is required. The length of the commitment is based on the amount of tuition assistance the program scholar received. The accelerated option is available to current Norton Healthcare employees as well as nonemployees. Graduating high school students, college students interested in pursuing a clinical degree, and those looking to change careers are encouraged to apply. Individuals must be age 18 or older for consideration.

“By providing financial support to our employees and future employees, we are minimizing financial barriers that limit opportunities,” said Kim Blanding, system director, Talent Acquisition and Workforce Development. “By investing in education for our employees, as well as other eligible applicants within the community, we are able to better meet workforce needs and serve our patients and the community as a whole. We encourage anyone who is interested in a health care career to connect with us to learn more about our Norton Healthcare Scholars Program as well as our on-the-job training programs.”

Louisville’s Bellarmine University and Galen College of Nursing have collaborated with Norton Healthcare to ensure Norton Healthcare Scholars can complete identified registered nursing, respiratory therapy, medical technologist or medical laboratory technician degrees with limited out-of-pocket cost to the student. The Norton Healthcare Scholars Program also extends to all eligible post-secondary academic institutions, providing potential students the ability to attend a program of their choice while reducing the financial burden associated with tuition expenses.

Prospective scholars must complete a career coaching session as part of the application process for the Norton Healthcare Scholars Program.

For more information, contact the Workforce Development team at, visit or call (502) 446-5835.