Did you know healthcare organizations in Dane County had a total of 325 Medical Assistant job openings last year? The demand for these trained workers will only continue to increase each year for at least the next five years as the Madison population grows.
To address this healthcare workforce need, we partnered with UW Health, UnityPoint-Meriter and the State of Wisconsin Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards to create the UW Certified Medical Assistant Program.
The UW Certified Medical Assistant Program provides instructional and clinical training to students to prepare them for the Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Students primarily are incumbent workers (those in entry-level positions who identify with one or more underrepresented population demographics) at UW Health, SSM Health and UnityPoint-Meriter.
Medical Assistant positions start at $16 per hour in the Dane County area. After passing the CCMA exam, individuals have a strong foundation from which to pursue other healthcare careers, including nurse, physical assistant, medical imaging technologist and more.