Registered Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program


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 for Community Health.

  • 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.

  • Full completion of the MA Apprenticeship is worth college credit from a local community college.

Employer Expectations

  • Register as an approved training agent.

  • Provide a 1:1 MA-C coach for each apprentice.

  • Allow apprentices and coaches adequate time to meet and practice skills on the job.

Apprentice Expectations

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

  • Complete 410 hours of supplemental coursework (unpaid). Online coursework.

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

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



For more information

Contact Katherine Lechner 

Workforce Development Manager

360.786.9722 ext. 239



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