The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement Celebrates Graduation of 10th Cohort

The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA) is pleased to celebrate the graduation of its Fall 2022-2023 cohort, marking the 10th graduation since NIMAA was founded in 2016.

Growing from two founding externship organizations, Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) in Connecticut and Salud Family Health in Colorado, to partnering with over 50 clinical partners in 18 states, NIMAA is fulfilling its mission of reducing workforce gaps in the health career sector by providing accredited, high-quality, team-based care education for Medical Assistants in the communities partnering health centers serve.

More than 430 Medical Assistant students have graduated from NIMAA, with more than 350 continuing to work in the field.

Mary Blankson, NIMAA Clinical Director and CHC Chief Nursing Officer stated, “I cannot imagine our organization without NIMAA, or our MA students, as they are one of the best demonstrations of our commitment to training the next generation. I am proud to have spent the last 7 years working to create truly exemplary Medical Assistants through NIMAA who are now able to engage with patients in this new way. High-performing MAs are such an important anchor to delivering comprehensive and high-quality primary care. We could not do it without them!”

“What an honor to be part of the NIMAA program, let alone being part of the 10th graduating cohort,” said Cindy Luyando, a Fall 2022-2023 NIMAA graduate from Pennsylvania’s Wayne Memorial Community Health Center. “I had an amazing support team all around. The instructors were amazing and answered anything I needed.”

“Celebrating the graduation of our 10th cohort is a huge milestone for NIMAA,” said NIMAA Chief Executive Officer Elena Thomas Faulkner. “Every graduate is heading into their future with the knowledge and skills needed to make great Medical Assistants for some of the country’s most vulnerable and complex patient populations. Today’s graduation marks the successful completion of an 8-month journey of growth and achievement for our students, and the loved ones who have supported them.  It provides our graduates the foundation for a career in health care, and to achieving their long-term goals.”

NIMAA exists to make post-secondary education and health careers accessible to students from medically underserved communities. NIMAA graduates are prepared to succeed 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 U.S. 

NIMAA is now enrolling students for Fall 2023 at 40 Externship Organizations in 14 states and accepting new clinical partners for our Spring 2024 cohort.

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