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Making lives healthier in Washington. Put your talent and passion to work improving the health and well-being of others. From our members and colleagues to our families and communities, we provide high-quality, affordable, and industry-leading medical care and health plan coverage to more than 700,000 members from Spokane to Seattle to Silverdale. As trusted partners in total health, our drive is to continually advance — but our motivation remains simple: we’re here to make lives better.

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Training Programs

If you’re building a clinical career with Kaiser Permanente of Washington, we have programs, apprenticeships, and rotations that allow you to keep learning, growing, and making an even greater difference with us.

RN Residency Program

This four-month program gives new graduates in nursing the opportunity to learn ambulatory (outpatient) care as they start their careers. We provide a mentor to guide your transition from education to practice as well as structured learning and bi-weekly professional development sessions. You’ll also complete and present an evidence-based project specific to your specialty. The programs are available throughout the Puget Sound region and Spokane.


  • Full-time salary and benefits including vacation, paid holidays, sick leave, medical coverage, tuition reimbursement, and paid CE hours.
  • Upon program completion, you secure a regular benefitted staff nurse role.


  • New-grad or novice RN with less than one year of experience.
  • Active Washington RN license.
  • BSN preferred.

When to Apply:

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New to Specialty Program

Designed to help experienced nurses transition into new clinical settings, such as Advanced Urgent Care, Perioperative Services, or Oncology. Our New to Specialty Program provides a solid foundation for your career development. Upon completion, you’ll start a regular benefited staff nurse position in one of our 34 medical centers.


  • Full-time salary and benefits including vacation, paid holidays, sick leave, medical coverage, tuition reimbursement, and paid CE hours.
  • Upon program completion, you secure a regular benefitted staff nurse role.


  • One year of RN experience or a newly transitioned LPN to RN with an unrestricted RN WA license.
  • Offered in multiple specialties with each area requiring different experience requirements. Please review minimum requirements in the job posting.

When to Apply:

  • This program is offered during winter and summer.
  • Search for “New to Specialty” and complete the application.
  • If no open positions are available, please join our Talent Network to receive email notifications about Kaiser Permanente career opportunities.
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Nurse Tech Program

This program helps registered nursing students build skills, explore career paths, and earn a wage while attending nursing school. You’ll work alongside an RN and perform specialized nursing functions that utilize your education to provide safe and preventative care. As you progress and build knowledge and skills, your duties will increase in scope.


  • Temporary, part-time role.
  • Flexible hours available.
  • Opportunities are available in many KP medical facilities throughout Washington.
  • Upon program completion, you can apply for the KPWA RN Residency Program.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Currently enrolled in an RN bachelor’s or associate degree program and has completed the first clinical term, semester, or quarter.
  • Basic Life Support and Nursing Technician Registration (Washington) required at hire.

How to Apply:

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Medical Assistant Apprenticeship

Even if you have no medical background, this 14- to 15-month program allows you to become a Medical Assistant through hands-on learning opportunities. Throughout the apprenticeship, you’ll be a paid, full-time employee and take part in classroom and lab projects while completing more than 2,000 hours of on-the-job training. Plus, when you graduate, you’ll have a guaranteed role at Kaiser Permanente as a Medical Assistant.

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You are guaranteed an MA position upon completion of the program.


  • At least 18 years old.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete an assessment or course.

How to Apply:

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Student Clinical Rotations

If you’re a student in a health care field, or considering a career in health care, we host clinical placements in a variety of disciplines. We’re proud to partner with educational institutions by offering learning opportunities to students and creating a real investment in our next generation of leaders. An active affiliation agreement with your learning institution is required for you to participate in a student placement.

Disciplines offered:

  • Nursing
  • Medical Assisting
  • Pharmacy
  • Laboratory
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Mental Health
  • Surgical Services
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language & Learning
  • Eye Care Services

To Learn More:

To submit a placement request, complete the online form.
Required student paperwork can be downloaded via this link.
For questions, contact

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What Our People Say

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Senior Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis

I value Kaiser Permanente's equality, inclusion, diversity, and speak-up culture. I enjoy being able to have an indirect impact on patient care and making it more affordable so all people can receive the appropriate care they require.
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Staff Nurse

I enjoy working for Kaiser Permanente because this company encourages its employees to pursue their education. In addition, my managers and staff members have been more than accommodating regarding my class schedules, preceptorship, and leadership project. As a result, I obtained my BSN at the end of Summer 2022. It has been an incredible journey, and I couldn’t have done it without the exemplary leadership here at Kaiser Permanente.
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Medical Assistant

I started my Kaiser Permanente career journey through the Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program. Providing excellent care for our patients is very important to me – and having the ability to connect with vulnerable patients in our community through the Mandarin language has been an amazing opportunity. I'm so grateful that Kaiser Permanente has helped me achieve my career goals and for all the work that the organization does to benefit the communities we serve.

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