Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program

The WACMHC Medical Assistant Apprenticeship is a Registered Apprenticeship through the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and the federal Department of Labor.

The Medical Assistant (MA) Apprenticeship is an alternative to a college certification program. This intensive 12-month program combines paid on-the-job learning at a Community Health Center with online coursework in MA clinical skills and the principles of patient-centered care. Since the role of Medical Assistants in Community Health Centers continues to expand, the program also allows apprentices to specialize in either principles of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), or to become certified as a cultural liaison and medical interpreter.

The program prepares graduates to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) [AL3] exam through the National Healthcareer Association and receive their Medical Assistant – Certified (MA-C) credential in Washington State.

Program Overview

Registered Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program

Sponsored by Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers

The Registered Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program is a 12 month program that prepares students to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) test through the National Healthcareer Association. It has been approved by the State of Washington as an equivalent to an MA-C program at a community or technical college. The program:

  • Is a registered apprenticeship program through the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
  • Is governed by an Apprenticeship Committee of 50% employer and 50% MA representatives
  • Is administered through the Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers
  • Trains students in the specific skills required to achieve the MA-Certified credential, as outlined in RCW Chapter 18.360 and WAC 246-827
  • Curriculum is approved by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Employer Expectations

1. Register as an approved training agent
2. Provide a 1:1 MA-C coach for each apprentice
3. Allow apprentices and coaches adequate time to meet and practice skills on the job

Apprentice Expectations

1. Complete 2000 hours of on-the-job training (paid) with the support and guidance of an experienced one-on-one MA coach

2. Complete 364 hours of supplemental coursework (unpaid). Apprentices must complete two of the three online courses:
a. Technical Skills for Medical Assistants (MANDATORY)
b. Role of Medical Assistants in the Patient-Centered Medical Home model OR
c. Role of the Medical Assistant as a Cultural Liaison

3. Attend 3 in-person lab days with an expert instructor to practice and demonstrate mastery of hands-on technical skills.

4. Log and report on-the-job hours and skill practices as required.