Medical Assistant on the Job Training Program

The Skagit Regional Health Medical Assistant on the Job Training Program was developed in 2019 and has been highly successful. The program provides an introductory level of training to work safely as a medical assistant. The nine-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 nine-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 one two-hour session monthly to complete a series of 12 sessions. 

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

MA Training2024 Program Start Dates

  • Cohort 20: February 5
  • Cohort 21: April 29
  • Cohort 22: July 22
  • Cohort 23: October 14 

Application Criteria

To be considered for the Skagit Regional Health Medical Assistant 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?

Cuff trainingSkagit 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.