Free Medical Assistant Apprenticeship

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This all-expense paid, 9-month accelerated program will provide you with paid, on-the-job training and mastery of Medical Assisting skills learned in the classroom at York County Community College.

Through the apprenticeship, 14 participants will work with medical assistants 20 hours a week at a partnering medical office (see below for the full list). At the same time, they will receive blended classroom and online instruction from YCCC’s medical assisting instructors. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will take a national accreditation exam to become Certified Clinical Medical Assistants (CCMA).

Additionally, participants who successfully complete the program are eligible to receive up to 30 college credits in York County Community College’s Health Studies degree program.

Funding is generously provided through the Maine Quality Centers. MQC is part of the Maine Community College System and provides customized workforce training grants to Maine employers, with training delivered through YCCC and Maine’s other community colleges.

What does a Medical Assistant Do?
Medical assistants typically do the following:
• Record patient history and personal information
• Measure vital signs, such as blood pressure
• Help physicians with patient examinations
• Give patients injections or medications as directed by physicians and as permitted by state law
• Schedule patient appointments
• Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
• Enter patient information into medical records

Job Outlook: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 19 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.”

When: The program begins on August 27th and runs through June 3rd. This includes an orientation as well as a CCMA boot camp study week and assistance with your resume and interview skills.

Qualifications: All applicants must meet the eligibility requirements below and complete the appropriate application. Selected applicants will complete an interview with the medical partner and York County Community College.

*Eligibility Requirements:

  • 18+ or older
  • Maine Resident
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Unemployed, underemployed, or employment impacted by Covid-19
  • Vaccination requirements vary by medical organization
  • A Criminal Background Check will be completed before final hiring decisions are made