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First Step to Excellence Health Care Training Academy, Ltd. (FSTE) has been a life- long vision of Dr. Jerrilyn Pearson, who has always felt education is the key to unlocking doors and enhancing unlimited opportunities. Being a Registered Professional Nurse as well as a Nurse Educator, in an attempt to minimize disparities in healthcare delivery in meeting society's diverse cultural needs, Dr. Pearson has recognized the need for quality healthcare professionals. Therefore, the vision was incorporated in September 2015. FSTE opened its doors to the community on October 16, 2016.


FSTE has garnered approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education and Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations, to provide training programs leading to certification and licensure for the Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program, Practical Nurse Training, and Phlebotomy Certification programs.

FSTE is built on the principles of Integrity, Professionalism, Basic Human Needs, Caring, and Residents' Rights.

Academy description

 First Step to Excellence Health Care Training Academy (FSTE) is a 2200 square feet single-level building located between two major intersections, Stony Island Avenue and Jeffrey Boulevard with easy access to public transportation. FSTE is located within a diverse community with a mix of businesses, eateries, and daycare centers. The academy is unique to the area, being the first training facility offering health care training. WI-FI and computers are available on site. The skills lab is equipped with hospital beds, assistive devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and mannequins for training.




First Step to Excellence Healthcare Training Academy, Ltd. (FSTE) in Chicago, IL is committed to and directs its actions to provide quality educational opportunities which emphasize skill acquisition and knowledge, allowing students to become competent, quality healthcare deliverers. We are committed to exemplary educational standards which foster and support a curriculum founded on critical thinking, encouragement of intellectual curiosity, rational inquiry, problem-solving skills, and creativity. Our company is further enriched by a curriculum designed to enable students to demonstrate personal accountability based on self-development and evaluation, values of respect, caring, and justice along with a commitment to the healthcare profession, as evidenced by high standards of practice in healthcare delivery.

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  • Competent graduates who will become positive, productive members of society as well as the healthcare industry

  • Qualified service-oriented individuals who will be an asset to the healthcare arena, ensuring the implementation of quality healthcare in various venues of healthcare delivery (private- and government-managed healthcare facilities)


We are committed to the vocational enhancement of our students. Our conceptual framework is based on the following core principles: Basic Human Needs; Integrity; Professionalism; Caring and Residents' Rights.

First Step to Excellence Healthcare Training Academy LTD, is not accredited by the US Department of Education recognized accrediting body.





First Step to Excellence Healthcare Training Academy, Ltd. is approved to operate educational courses by Private Business and Vocational Schools Division of the

Job Placement


First Step to Excellence Healthcare Training Academy, Ltd. in Chicago, IL has formed a collaborative partnership with our clinical affiliations who expressed an interest to hire our competent graduating students with qualifying performances. Employment after graduation is not guaranteed by FSTE however made available through our affiliating partners for successful candidates.

We are not a secondary school, and therefore not accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized accrediting body.

Upcoming Events



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