Clinical Career Advancement

What is DaVita's Clinical Ladders Program?

Clinical Ladders is a career-mapping model that puts our frontline teammates in the driver's seat of their careers. Our Clinical Ladders framework provides clarity on what it takes for teammates to progress in their role and links career progression to compensation in a way that is consistent with our pay-for-performance philosophy. All Patient Care Technicians (PCT), Licensed Practical / Vocational Nurses (LPN/LVN), Registered Nurses (RN), Care Coordinators (CC), Field Managers, Social Workers (MSW), Registered Dietitians (RD), Biomed Services Specialists (BSS) and Administrative Assistants (AA) have adopted Clinical Ladders. 
teammates are a part of DaVita's career pathways program, Clinical Ladders
teammates were promoted internally in 2023 as a result of Clinical Ladders

What are the Clinical Ladders Levels?



In training, focused on learning. Nurses are working toward license.



Completed training. Building skills and positive relationships with patients.



Works independently–PCTs work under nurse supervision.
Certified PCT | Charge RN


Extends their dialysis knowledge to others.


Deep knowledge in care for dialysis patients. Leads facility initiatives.

How does Clinical Ladders Work?

Clinical Ladders provides teammates with the development tools needed to thrive in their role and advance to the next. Through a quarterly review process, teammates have the opportunity to earn promotions in a timely manner after demonstrating promotion readiness. 

Fostering Economic Mobility

We know that representation metrics are just one dimension of a true commitment to Diversity & Belonging. Our work dives deep to address the drivers of inequality among traditionally underrepresented groups, with a specific focus on economic mobility. 

By creating meaningful opportunities for economic advancement, we're helping to break down historical barriers and drive enduring change.  


of our manager-level facility administrators were promoted internally as of 2022.​​​​​​​
Of these, 
76% are women 
33% are people of color

What our Teammates are Saying

DaVita takes the time to prepare you for how to be successful, and gives you a never-ending supply of resources for how to get there. Walter DaVita Clinical Coordinator

I absolutely enjoyed my journey. I started as a graduate nurse at a hospital, and the journey has been amazing. My preceptor was awesome. She helped me to learn different modalities, almost everything that she knew and I grew from there. I went from floor nurse to in center hemodialysis nurse, CRT, apheresis, clinical coordinator, and now hospital services administrator.

Shalonda DaVita Hospital Services Administrator
As a Facility Administrator, I've been fortunate enough in my time here at DaVita to see a lot of growth opportunities with our teammates. I think that is a function of our leadership, encouraging growth in teammates. 
Catherine DaVita Facility Administrator

Ready for an Opportunity Where You Can Advance your Career?