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Educational and volunteer opportunities

No matter where you're at in your career, Allina Health provides dynamic educational and volunteer opportunities to help sharpen your knowledge, skills and expertise.



Allina Health offers a variety of internship opportunities to help provide hands-on experience outside of the classroom, develop professional expertise and build professional networks and relationships.

Volunteer opportunities

At Allina Health, we believe health care is more than just treating people when they are sick. We have the power to improve community health and to help people live healthier lives. Mission Matters, the employee volunteerism program, offers resources and rewards to employees who share their time and talents with their community. Through a partnership with VolunteerMatch, employees have an easy way to connect with volunteer opportunities they feel passionate about.

Mission Matters is an easy way for Allina Health employees to get engaged in their communities through volunteering and helping determine where Allina Health charitable contributions are made.

Every year, Allina Health employees volunteer more than 100,000 hours with community projects and organizations throughout our service areas in central Minnesota and western Wisconsin. In honor of their service, Allina Health annually donates more than $200,000 to organizations employees care about through the Dollars for Doers program and other charitable activities. Allina Health is proud its employees’ efforts to strengthen communities and improve health.

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Selecting a health care program

What you need to know

Choosing any health care educational program is a big decision. A majority of programs involve time, energy and financial resources.

The following tips are designed to help you research various health care educational programs that fit you and your style of learning.

Questions to ask yourself

As you explore your options, your answers to these questions could help you choose a program that fits you.

  • What kind of health care do I want to deliver once I complete a program? There are many different options to choose from for careers in health care. Some examples are caring for patients, management, administrative, technology and service positions.

  • How long will it take to complete the program? Depending on the health care program you choose, programs can range from a few weeks to years.

  • Do I need to be a full-time or part-time student? Do I prefer to go to school during the week or weekends? At night or during the day? The program you choose to fit with your lifestyle may offer full-time and part-time schedules. The program may also offer classes with some flexibility to attend during the week, weekend, or online courses.

  • When is a good time for me to start in a program? Consider your personal health, finances and family.

Questions to ask about an educational program

As you consider a health care educational program, ask these questions:

  • Is the college accredited? Is the program I am researching accredited?
    A college or program is granted accreditation when the accrediting body for the profession has determined the college or program meets applicable standards. Even if a college is accredited, the program may not be accredited. Some employers may require that a new graduate is from an accredited school and in addition, an accredited program. Also, some health care professions require an individual to be a graduate from an accredited program in order to take the licensure or certification exam.

  • What is the passing rate for the licensure or certification exam for the last three years? Some health care programs require a licensure or certification exam upon completion of the program. This information may be helpful when researching other programs and determining which program you want to attend.

  • How many new graduates of the program find positions within 6 months of graduation? Does your school assist with job placement? Some schools have a career center that assists their students with finding positions upon graduation. This information may be helpful when researching other programs and determining which school you want to attend.

  • What hours and times are the program offered? The program may offer classes on-campus, at satellite locations or online allowing some flexibility to attend during the day, at night or on the weekends.

  • What is the college and programs' philosophy? This information may be helpful to determine if the program matches with your beliefs and values.

  • How much does the program cost? What are the related costs? Tuition and related costs (i.e. parking, books, etc.) vary from program to program. Talk with an admissions representative about details regarding the full cost of the program.

  • Is financial aid available? You will want to check with the school's financial aid department to find out what options may be available to you.

Questions to ask a potential employer

Before starting a program, ask a potential employer these questions about job prospects in the health care field.

  • Does your organization hire new graduates into this career?

  • If yes, what are the job requirements?

  • What type of schedules are available for this position (i.e. hours, weekends, shifts, etc.)?
  • What is the minimum starting pay for this position?

Selecting a BSN/graduate nursing program

What you need to know

Choosing any nursing educational program is a big decision. A majority of health care programs involve time, energy, and financial resources. Many programs offer online, in-class or a combination of teaching modalities; and previous college courses may or may not transfer.

The following tips are designed to help you research various nursing programs that fit you and your style of learning.

Allina Health does not endorse or recommend any of the listed programs over another program. This is a list of all school programs available in Minnesota.

Tips and Questions

As you explore your options, consider the following:

  • Accreditation: Are both the school and program accredited? Most schools are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Nursing also requires the individual program be accredited by either the CCNE or NLNAC. Graduates from non-accredited programs may not be considered for employment by Allina Health.

  • Clinical experiences: Does the program require a clinical experience (preceptorship) for graduation? If you want to complete your clinical experience at an Allina Health site, the school must have a signed legal agreement on file with Allina Health. Not all schools are willing to sign our legal agreement. If the school fails to sign this agreement, you may NOT complete your clinical experience or practicum with Allina Health, even if you are an Allina Health employee. If you are an Allina Health employee, you can view a list of schools with current academic agreements in the education resources section of MyAllina.

  • Assistance with finding a clinical preceptor: Not all programs/schools help students find clinical sites in which to complete their clinical experience. Be prepared to make many phone calls searching for a willing preceptor if your school does not have a programmatic approach to matching students with preceptors.

  • Online programs/out-of-state schools: Although some online programs may appear less expensive and faster to complete, make sure that they prepare you for graduation. Ask questions about the program before signing up for a program outside of the Midwest's reputable academic institutions.

  • Faculty from out-of-state schools: It is Minnesota State law that the supervising faculty from any nursing program (BSN completion or advanced practice nursing) must hold a current Minnesota RN license. If you choose an out-of-state or online program you must confirm your faculty holds a current Minnesota RN license before you would be considered to complete your clinical experience within Minnesota. This law applies to faculty who never actually come on site.

Specialty RN development

Perioperative 101 Nurse Education Program

Are you interested in becoming a perioperative RN? Apply for a specialized training program designed to educate nurses without operating room experience and meet today’s operating room nursing needs. The program is open to internal, external and new graduate applicants.

The duration of the program is approximately six months, with a cohort of up to ten nurses. It includes didactic clinical simulations and supervised clinical opportunities based on AORN Perioperative Nurses 101 Curriculum. The cost of each nurse’s education is paid and nurses earn a salary while they are enrolled in the program. Allina Health offers this program at various times throughout the year.


Each applicant must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science/Art (or higher degree) in Nursing (required for all RNs not currently employed by Allina Health)

  • Have a current Minnesota RN license

  • Have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification within 90 days of hire

  • Work in accepted position for a minimum of two years after completing the Perioperative 101 Nurse Education Program; the duration of the program is approximately six months.

New graduate RNs (a registered nurse with less than one year of experience working as an RN) must:

  • Have graduated from a nursing program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (part of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

  • Have graduated from an accredited nursing program which is inclusive of a clinical rotation in an acute care facility

Internal applicants:

Must be employed within the Allina Health system for a minimum of six months and be in good standing.

Application process

In order to be considered, your application materials consist of the following:

  • Complete application

  • Updated resume

  • Essay answering why you are interested in becoming an operating room nurse

The Perioperative 101 Nurse Education Program at Allina Health is currently offered at two of our hospital campuses:

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis

  • United Hospital in St. Paul

To express interest in current and future Operating Room Perioperative 101 Nurse Education Program opportunities with Allina Health, please apply online:

External applicants: 21480 Pipeline RN Perioperative 101 Nurse Education Program Abbott & United

Current employees: Apply online for requisition number 21480 through the current employees portal.