I was inspired to be a medical assistant after researching different occupations in the medical field. Outside of the great benefits the position offers, like career advancement and job security, I also realize it is a rewarding career. My goal is to become a nurse, and I feel becoming a certified medical assistant is a great steppingstone along the way. I enjoy serving the community, which is why I feel HealthLinc is a great fit for me! They offer a variety of services to the community, and they offer a sliding fee scale for the underserved and uninsured, and believe health care is a right, not a privilege. Completing HealthLinc’s Medical Assistant Training Program gives me the opportunity to provide care, support and educate the families we serve.  

Jennifer Brown
HealthLinc Medical Assistant Student

Ever since I was in high school, I knew I wanted to be in the medical field. I worked as a certified nursing assistant for 4 years and decided I wanted to further my education. A family friend told me about HealthLinc’s different programs, and I was very interested in the medical assistant program and applied. I am excited to see where this new journey takes me and open new beginnings for my future.

Katherine Bye
HealthLinc Medical Assistant Student

When I was younger, I was always helping care for my ill grandparents. I knew from that time on I was meant to be in the medical field and that helping others was my dream. I attended vocational through high school and graduated with my CNA. I was a CNA for 12 years until my younger sister passed away unexpectedly in January. I knew I couldn’t return to my old job due to a lot of reasons, so I talked with friends and family about how my sister was always trying to get me to do better for myself and my son. She was always attending school and always asking me to go back, but I was so worried about debt with a younger child. That’s when they told me about the NIMAA program through HealthLinc. I applied instantly, as I knew this was the best option since I would still be in the medical field, but taking the next stepping stone wouldn’t leave me in debt. I got the call to start the process for NIMAA, and not even a few weeks later, I received a phone call to accept an actual position early through HealthLinc. I took the offer and felt HealthLinc was the answer to my prayers for a new beginning. I feel this change was needed to advance in the health field after so long. I am super excited to start working closer to the patients and staff as an MA. 

Tiffany Hatchett
HealthLinc Medical Assistant Student

From a very early age, I knew that I wanted to work in the medical field. I have always loved and enjoyed helping others and giving back to my community. Knowing that HealthLinc gives me the opportunity to do both through this program is amazing. Being able to pursue my dream, knowing that I have a secure job and no financial burden was an opportunity I could not pass up. My experience has been nothing but amazing. I look forward to starting this amazing journey with such great staff and an amazing environment.

Frida Perez
HealthLinc Medical Assistant Student

My inspiration to become a healthcare professional stems from a lot of personal experiences. Because of these experiences, I see the impact all parts of health care have on an individual’s life. I’ve always had a propensity to take care of others, and I found the opportunity to do so through HealthLinc’s Medical Assistant Training Program. The program allows me to expand my knowledge and skillsets and become a professional caregiver. I am very grateful to be part of the HealthLinc family and continue to work toward the common goal of providing our communities servant, accessible and, most of all, holistic health care.

Samantha Senevonghachak
HealthLinc Medical Assistant Student

Students who join HealthLinc’s Medical Assistant Training Program gain hands-on learning and experience in our primary care clinics throughout northern Indiana. They receive the knowledge needed to advance their future with a guaranteed job during and after the program.

  • To provide educational opportunities for career advancement in the medical assisting field
  • Enable graduates to gain the competencies, skills, productivity, and knowledge to assist as an entry-level medical assisting professional
  • Offer debt-free education through an accredited medical assisting training program (Note: book and supply fees are deducted from pay)
  • Increase the number of certified medical assistants within the HealthLinc organization as well as our communities
  • 8-month program with online learning and on-site experience, totaling 240 externship hours across four terms
  • Online work is estimated at 15-25 hours per week, depending on each student’s pace
  • 12 hours a week of on-site clinical experience at a HealthLinc clinic
  • 2-4 hours weekly or semi-monthly skills practice at our new corporate training center with a HealthLinc skills coach
  • 1 hour per week of National Synchronous Session and Huddles with NIMAA instructor and skills coach, typically via online interactive discussions
  • 4 interactive weeks with no clinical hours used for student case studies
  • Preparation for Medical Assistant Certification
  • 18 years of age and older
  • Valid proof of identification
  • Reliable transportation to training and clinics
  • A high school diploma, General Education Development (GED) certificate, or equivalent
  • Proficient in verbal and written English
  • Must be able to work part-time (maximum of 24 hours) as a patient service representative (PSR), phone operator, or scheduler while completing the NIMAA program
  • Must sign a 2-year mandatory employment agreement
  • COVID-19 vaccination or medical or religious exemption

 Thank you for your interest in the Medical Assistant Training Program. Applications for the 2024-2025 cohort will open late spring/early summer. Please check back or email the residency program coordinator for more information.

  • Complete a five-question online pre-screening interview by choosing Medical Assistant Program Trainee on our career page
  • Complete and return application sent by HealthLinc’s admissions team
  • Attend an in-person interview with HealthLinc’s residency coordinator, site director and skills facilitator
  • Participate in a phone interview with NIMAA admissions team
  • Complete externship interview questions
  • Pass pre-employment drug screening and background check
  • Application fee: $25 (non-refundable) paid by HealthLinc
    Note: The application fee will only be charged once NIMAA has confirmed externship locations in your state. Payment of the application fee must be received before you can advance to the next stage of the admissions process (phone interview).
  • Tuition: $6,000 paid by HealthLinc
  • Program fees (includes all textbooks, equipment required, CPR certification, immunizations needed, cost of practice and final national certification examination): $760 paid by HealthLinc employee (payroll deduction of $25 per paycheck)
  • $6,785 value at a cost of $760 to the student

Specific questions about the Medical Assistant Training Program should be addressed to the residency program coordinator at maprogram@healthlincchc.org or 219-413-5100, Ext. 2904.

Michael Glorioso

Michael Glorioso

Residency Program Coordinator

Brenda Riley

Brenda Riley

Clinical Nurse Educator

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