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 will gain hands-on experience at one of our clinics throughout northern Indiana and our clinical training center in Valparaiso, Indiana. This earn-while-you-learn program provides full-time employment during the education experience with potential continued employment at one of our clinics upon completion.

  • To provide opportunities for career development in the medical assisting field
  • Enable medical assistant trainees to gain the knowledge, skills and professional development to better prepare for an entry-level position as a medical assistant
  • Offer an earn-while-you-learn model of career development to provide a debt-free education to those wishing to start or advance a career in the medical field
  • Provide a smaller class size to enhance learning and growth of trainees
  • Increase the number of certified medical assistants within HealthLinc and our communities
  • 25-week program, 40 hours per week
  • On-site precepted clinical training at a HealthLinc clinic and skills training at our corporate location
  • Hours after orientation:
    • 24 hours a week of precepted clinical experience
    • 16 hours of classroom and skills lab sessions, including mixed instruction (audio-visual and hands-on learning) with built-in classroom study time
  • All learning objectives are based on the NHA developmental resources in preparation for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) 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 full-time (40 hours per week) as a medical assistant trainee at one of our clinics
  • Must sign a 2-year mandatory employment agreement
  • COVID-19 vaccination or medical or religious exemption

Please note that those who have previously completed a medical assistant training program are not eligible for HealthLinc’s program. 

Thank you for your interest in HealthLinc’s Medical Assistant Training program. Applications for the 2024-2025 cohort are now open! Click here or visit our career page to view and fill out the application.

  • Three-part application and interview process.
    • Part one: Complete the online pre-screening interview questionnaire by choosing Medical Assistant Program Trainee on our career page
    • Part two: Complete and return fillable application sent to you by HealthLinc’s educational team
    • Part three: Attend an in-person interview with HealthLinc’s Medical Assistant Training program team and recruiter
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background check
  • Application fees: $0
  • Tuition fees, which cover instruction, classroom materials and general costs: $5,000 paid by HealthLinc
  • Program fees, which include all digital training materials, CCMA exam prep materials and CCMA exam: $3,670 paid by HealthLinc
  • Cost to trainee: $0

All trainees must sign a two-year employment contract with HealthLinc upon acceptance into the program. If you leave before completing your contract, you will be required to pay the prorated program cost of $8,670 back to HealthLinc.

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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