PORT TOWNSEND — The deadline is Wednesday to apply for Jefferson Healthcare’s Medical Assistant Apprentice Program, an intensive 18-month work-study program that combines online coursework with on-site clinical training.
The program is designed to provide individuals interested in becoming a medical assistant (MA) with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to begin a career.
It is open to anyone who is passionate about healthcare and eager to learn. Jefferson Healthcare is committed to investing in the next generation of MAs and will cover the $3,750 tuition costs through Return in Service, officials said.
In exchange for this investment, apprentices are asked to commit to staying in the MA-C role for two years.
The hospital is accepting applications for six paid positions, each offering 40 hours a week with benefits, as well as a $200 stipend for scrubs, equipment, computer or childcare costs.
Participants will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced MAs, nurses and other healthcare professionals, gaining real-world experience while learning, officials said in a press release.
They will have the support of a dedicated coach to guide apprentices through the program and prepare them to sit for the MA-C certification exam.
“MAs are an essential part of the healthcare team, performing a variety of tasks that are critical to the smooth operation of a medical clinic,” officials said.
“With this program, apprentices are prepared to take on this important role in a variety of settings, from primary care to specialty clinics like sleep medicine, dermatology and orthopedics.
Individuals over the age of 18 with a high school diploma or equivalent can apply through the online job portal on the Jefferson Healthcare website at jeffersonhealth care.org. Search “Apprentice” from the Careers page. A cover letter and resume are required for consideration.