Medical assistants (MAs) are key members of the health care team and are assuming
new and expanded roles amid health care delivery transformation. Some health
care employers are turning to apprenticeships to meet their MA workforce needs.
We conducted a literature review and semi-structured phone interviews in 2018 and
early 2019 with key personnel involved with registered MA apprenticeship programs
in 12 states. Interviews explored program origins, delegated responsibilities, and
resources and challenges with starting and maintaining MA apprenticeship programs.
Interviewees for this study identified 23 active MA apprenticeship programs and
one program in development across 12 states. Programs were found in a variety
of health care settings, including community health centers, school-based clinics,
tribal health centers, hospital systems, and hospice care among others. Programs
ranged in size from one apprentice in training per year to multiple cohorts of 20
apprentices per year.
Authors:Jopson AD, Skillman SM, Frogner BK
Journal/Publisher:Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington
Citation:Jopson AD, Skillman SM, Frogner BK. Use of Apprenticeship to Meet Demand for Medical Assistants in the U.S. Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington, Sep 2019.
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