Medical Assistant Apprentice


An MA Program can cost up to $1,790 per quarter – at Unity Care NW, we pay YOU to learn!

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Are you looking for a career change? Are you interested in joining the UCNW clinical staff? Would you like to receive top-notch training while getting paid to learn? Then consider applying for Unity Care NW’s Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program!


As a medical home, Unity Care NW is committed to a patient-centered care team model that engages patients and their families in their care. The Medical Assistant supports daily patient management in our outpatient clinic as part of this multi-disciplinary team & has the opportunity to build relationships with patients since we try to consistently schedule them with their primary care provider.

As an MA Apprentice at Unity Care NW, you will receive 12 months/2000 hours of on-the-job PAID practicum with supplemental coursework and lab days. After successful completion of the program, you will qualify for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam through the National Health Career Association then be eligible to apply for the MA-Certified license through the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).

Safety is our priority through the Covid-19 pandemic. To learn more about what we’re doing to ensure the safety of patients and staff, please click here.


Fully funded course of study including instruction, mileage reimbursement for lab training days in the Seattle area & study materials
Fully paid fees for a CCMA exam and WA DOH Medical Assistant-Certified license (CMA)
Top-notch instruction and hands-on training in patient interaction, clinical procedures and diagnostic tests, data entry, quality improvement and care team interactions
An hourly wage and full benefits
Promotion to Unity Care NW MA role following successful program completion and licensure (subject to continued good-standing as an employee)
A new & rewarding career


Be a UCNW employee in good standing for at least six months – this is preferred, but may be waived pending other consideration (external applications will also be considered)
Complete an Application for Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Agreement and submit to HR if chosen for the program
Be able to commit to working at UCNW as a Medical Assistant for a minimum of two years following successful program completion, testing and licensure as long as you remain in good standing as an employee
Apply by December 1, 2021
Be available to start on Monday, January 10, 2022, and attend a virtual kickoff meeting on Thursday, January 13, 2022


Unity Care NW is a private, non-profit, federally qualified health center that has been proudly and successfully serving the greater Whatcom County area since 1982. With clinics located in Bellingham & Ferndale, we offer comprehensive primary medical, behavioral health, and dental care as well as pharmacy services to a diverse and often underserved patient population of all ages. Employing almost 300 caring and compassionate employees, our mission is to increase the years of healthy life in the people & communities we serve.


Here at Unity Care NW, we value:


We’re proud of our inclusive culture and strive to demonstrate our Values in Action in all that we do. We value each individual on our team and aim to onboard a diverse workforce of the very best talent, whose ambitions and values align with ours.


A friendly and collaborative team work environment
Competitive compensation package
Medical, Vision & Dental Insurance
Generous Paid Time Off & Paid Sick Leave
6 Paid Holidays
401(k) retirement plan with match after one year of eligibility
Alternative transportation incentive
Wellness reimbursement benefit

Help everyone have the opportunity to live their healthiest life! To apply, visit our Careers Page: We would love to hear from you!

Unity Care NW has an Employee Health Program for the safety of our patients and staff. The program requires all employees to receive annual flu immunizations. In accordance with Washington State Proclamation 21-14, Unity Care NW also requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

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