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MA-R Program helps medical assistants advance

Sep 16, 2021, 15:38 PM
The MA-R on-the-job training program at Skagit Regional Health provides an introductory level of training to work safely as Medical Assistants.
Medical Assistant taking blood pressure of patient

The health care worker shortage across the nation and up and down the I-5 corridor remains a challenge for health systems and private practices. To help bridge the gap of supply and demand for allied health care professionals, Skagit Regional Health supported the development and ongoing expansion of a Medical Assistant on-the-job training program. The role of a Medical Assistant is to support the provider practice care team in a clinic setting. This entry-level category is recognized as a Medical Assistant - Registered (MA-R) with the Washington State Department of Health upon validation of training and competency.

The MA-R on-the-job training program provides an introductory level of training to work safely as Medical Assistants. The eight-week program provides theory and hands-on training in basic, routine clinical and administrative tasks in the provider office setting. The curriculum is comprised of 228 hours of didactic and skill-building sessions in conjunction with 92 hours of practicum immersion in the department. Program content complies with the Washington State Medical Assistants Scope of Practice regarding education expectations (RCW. 18.360).

Program participants are required to work 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday during the training program, then assume the specified work hours of a 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 MA-R in Washington state.

The initial cohort was comprised of five students who all successfully completed the course in February 2020 and all remain employed as MA-Rs with Skagit Regional Health. The most recent cohort of 10 students completed the program in July 2021.

Program instructors are highly respected, nationally certified medical assistants: Clinical Training Specialists Ciara Vega, BS-PH, CCMA and Jessica Leon, NCMA.

“It is an honor and privilege to support this program and see the progression of staff go from novice to competent members of the healthcare team,” said Karen Hiatt, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, Director of Clinical Practice and Education/Ambulatory Care at Skagit Regional Health.

The MA-R program is open to internal and external candidates. Openings are posted in the SRH job posting online system and listed as Medical Assistant - Registered. Qualified candidates will have a high school diploma or GED and a strong desire to work in directly with patients and the care teams. Prior experience in a healthcare setting or service industry is preferred. Start dates for the remaining 2021 cohorts are October 4 and December 13.

For more information or to apply, go to www.skagitregionalhealth.org/careers.

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MA-R Program helps medical assistants advance

Sep 16, 2021, 15:38 PM
The MA-R on-the-job training program at Skagit Regional Health provides an introductory level of training to work safely as Medical Assistants.
Medical Assistant taking blood pressure of patient

The health care worker shortage across the nation and up and down the I-5 corridor remains a challenge for health systems and private practices. To help bridge the gap of supply and demand for allied health care professionals, Skagit Regional Health supported the development and ongoing expansion of a Medical Assistant on-the-job training program. The role of a Medical Assistant is to support the provider practice care team in a clinic setting. This entry-level category is recognized as a Medical Assistant - Registered (MA-R) with the Washington State Department of Health upon validation of training and competency.

The MA-R on-the-job training program provides an introductory level of training to work safely as Medical Assistants. The eight-week program provides theory and hands-on training in basic, routine clinical and administrative tasks in the provider office setting. The curriculum is comprised of 228 hours of didactic and skill-building sessions in conjunction with 92 hours of practicum immersion in the department. Program content complies with the Washington State Medical Assistants Scope of Practice regarding education expectations (RCW. 18.360).

Program participants are required to work 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday during the training program, then assume the specified work hours of a 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 MA-R in Washington state.

The initial cohort was comprised of five students who all successfully completed the course in February 2020 and all remain employed as MA-Rs with Skagit Regional Health. The most recent cohort of 10 students completed the program in July 2021.

Program instructors are highly respected, nationally certified medical assistants: Clinical Training Specialists Ciara Vega, BS-PH, CCMA and Jessica Leon, NCMA.

“It is an honor and privilege to support this program and see the progression of staff go from novice to competent members of the healthcare team,” said Karen Hiatt, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, Director of Clinical Practice and Education/Ambulatory Care at Skagit Regional Health.

The MA-R program is open to internal and external candidates. Openings are posted in the SRH job posting online system and listed as Medical Assistant - Registered. Qualified candidates will have a high school diploma or GED and a strong desire to work in directly with patients and the care teams. Prior experience in a healthcare setting or service industry is preferred. Start dates for the remaining 2021 cohorts are October 4 and December 13.

For more information or to apply, go to www.skagitregionalhealth.org/careers.