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Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program

NIMMA Header Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program with NIMAA at Shawnee Health Care Applications now open.



The $7,360 tuition and fees will be fully covered by Shawnee Health if the apprentice agrees to work for Shawnee for a minimum of 2 years upon successful completion of the program. Apprentices will be paid an hourly wage while completing their clinical apprenticeship hours.

Apprenticeship details are available upon application.

  • $25 application fee will be reimbursed upon acceptance
  • apprenticeship consists of a 28 week course and required clinical hours
  • students must be 18 years of age or older or 16-17 with parent/guardian permission and have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Shawnee paid program and tuition fees: $7,360

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The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA) is a nonprofit education institute that trains Medical Assistants to work effectively in today’s high-performing primary care settings. Students gain hands-on learning in leading primary care clinics, including Shawnee Health Care clinics.

NIMAA Program FAQ’s

The program is 28 weeks long and requires a commitment of approximately 30 hours/week. Each student’s weekly schedule varies based on their assigned clinical time and online content can be completed on their own schedule.
A $25 application fee is due at submission. Upon acceptance into the apprenticeship, the application fee will be refunded. The rest of the program fees are covered at no cost to you!
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 23 percent growth in demand for medical assistants from now through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
The curriculum includes an entire set of skills and courses for the medical assistant of the future. The curriculum has a heavy emphasis on communication skills with patients, including agenda setting, goal setting and self management support. It covers all traditional subjects, including rooming patients, vital signs, and teach-back at the end of the visit. Then we add NIMAA’s unique focus on integrated team-based primary care, covering areas such as: working in an interprofessional team (understanding the different team roles and activities); understanding how the MA contributes to care coordination; learning approaches to health coaching and self-management support for patients, including motivational interviewing; understanding a population health perspective; and working with the team to address the needs of a large panel of primary care patients. Our curriculum provides instruction online, including synchronous video conference sessions with instructors. Then students practice in the clinic setting with the guidance of a preceptor.

The interactive online coursework combined with clinical experience from day one sets NIMAA apart from other online programs. Students have access to their instructors through Moodle, Zoom, phone, and email. Students also participate in a weekly video synchronous seminar with their instructor and classmates to discuss and breakdown topics.
There is a NIMAA certificate with significant value in and of itself because of the reputation in primary care of the founders and leaders of this program. Currently, NIMAA students sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) medical assistant exam just before graduation.
NIMAA teaches students traditional MA skills, such as rooming patients, taking vital signs, and administrative responsibilities. However, NIMAA goes beyond traditional MA programs by teaching students collaborative and critical thinking skills for effective team based care, patient portal management, and patient health coaching.

Shawnee Health Externship Sites


Entrada de Shawnee Health Care en Carbondale

Shawnee Health Carbondale
400 S. Lewis Lane
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

Shawnee Health Care Carterville CFPC

Shawnee Health Carterville
1006 S. División St.
Carterville, Illinois 62918

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