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.
Our Medical Assistant Apprentices
Say hello to our current apprentices!
- Rachael H.
- Victoria V.
- Airyn S.
- Amara P.
Joining the Program
Interested in learning more about the program and how to apply? Contact Chris Heuston at Front Range Community College: Chris.Heuston@frontrange.edu
Learn more about Front Range Community College’s Apprenticeship Program.