Medical Assisting On the Job Training Program

The Skagit Regional Health Medical Assisting on the Job Training Program was developed to help bridge the gap of supply and demand for allied health care professionals. The program provides an introductory level of training to work safely as a medical assistant.  The eight week program provides entry level theory and hands on training in basic routine clinical and administrative tasks in the provider office setting. The curriculum is comprised of didactic and skill building sessions in conjunction with practicum immersion in the various clinic departments. Program content complies with the Washington State Medical Assistants Scope of Practice regarding education expectations.

Program participants are required to work full time (40 hours per week, Monday - Friday) during the 8 week training program, then assume the specified work hours of the job offer accepted when hired into the role. Upon successful completion of training, the MA-R will be prepared to support both providers and clinical team members in primary and specialty care areas within the Skagit Regional Health (SRH) system; fully understanding the role and scope of practice for the medical assistant registered in Washington State.

Following successful completion of the MA-R training program each graduate is enrolled into the SRH MA-R Residency program. Residency program sessions consist of two 2 hour sessions occurring ideally in the month following course completion and one 2 hour session monthly thereafter to complete a series of 12 sessions. These sessions may be in person or virtual depending on content. Participation and attendance is mandatory thus time to attend the Residency program is paid time. 

Successful program graduates are encouraged to continue their professional growth and development through a variety of educational offerings with Skagit Regional Health.

MA-R Training

2023 Program Start Dates

  • Cohort 16: April 17
  • Cohort 17: June 26
  • Cohort 18: September 5
  • Cohort 19: November 13

Application Criteria

To be considered for the Skagit Regional Health Medical Assisting On the Job Training Program, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • High School graduate or GED credential
  • Desire to work directly with patients 
  • Meet/clear all requirements set forth by the Washington State Department of Health:
  • Background check
  • Ability to read, write and converse in the English language.
  • Practice professionalism and participate in Skagit Regional Health’s mission and guiding principles.
  • Commitment to the organization for no less than 2 years



Why Skagit Regional Health?

Medical TeamSkagit Regional Health is a healthcare leader in Northwest Washington State, providing advanced technology and high quality, patient-centered care to the people of Skagit, Island and north Snohomish Counties. The providers, clinicians and staff who provide compassionate care to patients in our facilities, live and play in the communities they serve.

The Skagit Regional Health system is diverse and comprehensive, offering a connected continuum of care across the region. The Skagit Regional Health system includes two acute care hospitals and approximately two dozen outpatient clinics.