Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program

Over the past few years, you may have noticed some smiling faces come and go at our Thornton and Westminster locations. That’s because we have the honor of serving as one of the locations selected by the Colorado Department of Labor for the Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program! There’s a shortage of qualified healthcare workers nationwide. This is one of the ways we are giving back to our community and to the future of healthcare in our nation. It also gives us a constant flow of enthusiasm, new skills, and new ideas that help us better serve patients like you.

How the Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program works

It is a standard part of medical training to learn on the job by helping patients at a medical facility. This program uses a “earn while you learn” model. Students in the medical assistants program take classes at Front Range Community College (FRCC) in Westminster for a semester while also being a paid employee of Arbor Family Medicine, which gives them an opportunity to apply what they are learning. Students get 2,000 hours of hands-on learning—which ensures they’ll be successful in their job. When students successfully finish the program, they have a diploma from FRCC, a national occupation credential from the U.S. Department of Labor, and the potentially for employment in the future at Arbor or other medical practices. They also have the opportunity to sit for a National Exam to become certified. Given the demand for medical assistants, it can be challenging to find enough medical assistants. Our partnership with FRCC helps us to get students trained better and faster, and the opportunity to get them on our team sooner.

We also have Medical Administrative Assistant positions. These can be on the job training or apprentice. You do not need to have any prior experience

Download Apprenticeship Flyer

Our Medical Assistant Apprentices

Say hello to our current apprentices!

  • Jenniel
  • Nayeli
  • Avarie
  • Amanda
  • Anahel

Congratulations to Ashley, who recently completed her Apprenticeship, and was offered a position with Arbor family Medicine!. She is now a Full time Medical Assistant for our PA, Mariam (Maria) Mikeladze, PA-C.

Joining the Program

Interested in learning more about the program and how to apply? Contact Sheena Martin at Front Range Community College at

Attend an information session. If you are still interested, please email Jeanne Buscietta at

Learn more about Front Range Community College’s Apprenticeship Program.