The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement Receives Accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools

First accredited program to combine distance learning with in-clinic experience

In recognition of is rigor and accountability, The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA) has been accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). NIMAA is the only ABHES accredited program combining full distance learning with a robust in-clinic experience.

NIMAA’s unique model was created by two of the nation’s leading federally qualified health centers, Community Health Center, Inc. of Connecticut and Salud Family Health Centers of Colorado, both of which recognized the need to address a critical healthcare workforce shortage by making healthcare careers accessible to residents of medically underserved communities.  Support from Colorado’s healthcare community, notably the Colorado Health Foundation, contributed to NIMAA’s development and growth nationally.

NIMAA prepares graduates to work in high-performing, team-based practices through a combination of flexible online learning and an extensive hands-on externship experience in NIMAA’s partner primary care clinics across the US.  Accreditation by ABHES allows NIMAA graduates to meet eligibility requirements for credentialing examinations administered by various recognized certifying agencies including the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and the American Medical Technologists (AMT).

“We are delighted to have NIMAA’s unique and effective program recognized through ABHES,” said Elena Thomas Faulkner, NIMAA’s Chief Executive Officer. “Medical Assistants are vital contributors to high-quality healthcare and with accreditation we will continue to expand our educational offerings to underserved communities nationwide. We are very appreciative of the time and effort ABHES has devoted to considering our petition for accreditation.”

“NIMAA plays a vital role in making healthcare careers possible for many, while building workforce capacity in underserved communities,” according to Community Health Center, Inc.’s Founder/President and NIMAA board chair Mark Masselli. “We thank our many Community Health Centers and hospital systems that have already utilized the NIMAA program. This accreditation will allow us to further our mission.”

Stephanie Ivers Heine
Community Health Center, Inc.
(860) 262-2546 or [email protected]

About the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement. NIMAA is a learning institute focused on a new and innovative approach to medical assistant training created in partnership between Community Health Center, Inc., in Connecticut and Salud Family Health Centers in Colorado. The NIMAA program uses the latest on-line teaching methodologies with extensive in-clinic experience to prepare medical assistants to be effective members of the primary care team in community health centers and other high-performing healthcare organizations. This is not an employment opportunity. NIMAA is an education and training provider. Address: 1525 Raleigh St. Suite 260, Denver, CO. Phone: (720) 710-9050. For more information, visit