Educational Assistance

Take the Next Step in Your Education

Atrium Health Career Development programs offer an Inside Up approach to teammate development. Teammates are encouraged to use tuition and professional development reimbursement for continuous learning. When teammates develop and apply new skills, they support the vision of Atrium Health to become the first and best choice for care. 

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Educational Assistance Benefit Policies (effective January 2021)

The existing policy will become two policies: 

Key changes include:  

  • Effective March 16, 2021, PRN Teammates are eligible for reimbursement up to $1,500/per year in Non-Degree Continuing Education courses that began January 1, 2021 and later. This benefit does not include degree-seeking courses for PRN teammates.
    PRN teammates should submit a new application request 90 days in advance of their non-degree program start date. Select New Application in the EdAssist Portal to get started.  
  • The new 2021 education benefits apply to courses ending in 2021 or later 
  • After 90 days of employment, full and part-time teammates are eligible for up to $3,000 for degree seeking courses; and up to $1,500 for continuing education courses
  • Critical Need Course of Study and years of service tiers removed. All courses of study are eligible for the maximum annual amount  
  • Degree and Academic Credit courses must be from a regionally accredited institution. Visit to learn if a school you are considering is regionally accredited. 
  • After the most recent Degree/Academic credit reimbursement there will be a one-year work requirement

What is Education Assistance?

Provides teammates with financial reimbursement for approved academic and continuing education course expenses. We are excited to partner with Bright Horizons EdAssist to improve educational assistance benefits to all teammates, including PRN teammates.  This benefit may be used for job-related education (for any Atrium Health job). This could include development for a specific skill, preparing for or maintaining a license or certification, or taking educational classes. 

Updated benefits include:

Access the EdAssist Portal

Log in to EdAssist

Use your Atrium Health username and password to log in.

EdAssist Support Is Available

By Phone: 833.211.2710 Monday through Friday,  8am-8pm
Live Chat on your Ed Assist Portal: Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm

  • Free, Expert Academic and Finance Guidance: Get a customized education plan, assistance with the admissions process, and tips on how to pay for your education
  • An Automated System: Apply online and receive status alerts via email notifications


Take a few minutes to watch this video outlining the benefits of the EdAssist Portal.

Who is Eligible to Apply

  • Full-time and part-time Teammates with 20 or more standard hours per week and who have also completed their 90-day orientation period.
  • PRN Teammates are eligible to apply for Continuing Education dollars only
  • Some teammates are provided alternative education benefits and are not eligible for assistance (i.e. Medical Residents, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists).


Degrees and Academic Credit Policy Benefits

Education Type Maximum Benefit Amount Eligibility
Certificates and Individual Courses $1,500 per year Full-time and part-time teammates with standard hours of 20 or more per pay period and who have completed the 90-day orientation period

College Degree*: Clinical & Non-Clinical Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate, Ph.D.
*includes one-year work requirement

$3,000 per year


Continuing Education Benefits

Education Type Maximum Benefit Amount Eligibility
Continuing Education Units & Certifications $1,500 per year  Full-time, part-time with standard hours of 20 or more per week and PRN teammates  who have completed the 90-day orientation period

 What is covered?

Please review the sections for Educational Assistance Policy to learn what is covered for the Degree and Non-Degree/CEU programs.  

Apply for Education Assistance Reimbursement

Apply for reimbursement through a two-step process of 1) Preapproval and 2) Reimbursement:

1. How to Receive Preapproval

Submit a preapproval request as early as possible or at least 10 days before the education is scheduled to begin.

  • Collect needed information to complete the online form, such as:
    • Course Information/Program Name
    • Begin/End Dates
    • Course Number
    • Institution/Location
    • Organization and Location
    • Projected Costs
  • Review the Confirmation page and Submit the Application.
  • The Tuition Reimbursement Team reviews the application.
  • Teammates will receive next steps via email and see an update in their EdAssist Portal.

2. How to Receive Reimbursement

  • Once your course has received preapproval and you have successfully completed, and within 60 days of completing the course you will submit the following documents to your online EdAssist Portal
    • Itemized receipt with proof of payment (student payment, loans, etc.)
    • For college course completion, a copy of course transcripts:
      • For undergraduate courses, with grade of C or better
      • For graduate courses, with grade of A or B
    • For continuing education course completion, certificate of completion/letter of attendance

Please allow a minimum of 30 business days from the submission date to receive your direct deposit reimbursement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition and Continuing Education frequently asked questions can be found on the EdAssist Portal.