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.

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 The Workforce Team.

2022 Start Dates for the Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program: 

July 2022 MA Apprenticeship Cohort: 

Enrollment Opens for CHCs: 5/9/2022

Enrollment Opens for All: 5/16/2022

Apprentice Application Deadline: 6/24/2022

Kickoff: 7/14 or 7/15

Cohort Official Start Date: 7/18/2022

October 2022 MA Apprenticeship Cohort: 

Enrollment Opens for CHCs: 8/8/2022

Enrollment Opens for All: 8/15/2022

Apprentice Application Deadline: 9/23/2022

Kickoff: 10/13 or 10/14

Cohort Official Start Date: 10/17/2022

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Currently Enrolled

Young Female Student


Apprentice Graduates

to Date

Student in Library


CCMA Exam Pass Rate


Confident Female Teacher




Science Lab Student

19% Higher

CCMA Exam Pass Rate is 19% higher than the national average

Blood Pressure Exam


Medical Assistant Employee

Retention Rate of One-Year

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For more information

Contact The Workforce Team.

2022 Start Dates for the Dental Assistant Training Program: 

November 2022 Dental Assistant Training Cohort: 

Enrollment Deadline: 9/30/22

App Due Date: 10/14/22

Kickoff Orientation: 11/4/22

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