Program Structure

Our 29-week program requires a commitment of approximately 32 -36 hours/week. Students practice hands-on skills with experienced medical professionals at externship organizations throughout the 29 weeks. Learning takes place through:

  • Personalized support
  • Live and recorded sessions
  • Interactive materials
  • Discussion groups
  • Customized education and mentoring

Towards the end of the program, all NIMAA students take the National Healthcareer Association MA examination. NIMAA instructors support students prior to the examination, leading to our high pass rate of 85%.

NIMAA student holding a laptop asks her preceptor a question at her desk

A Typical Student's Week

NIMAA Weekly Schedule


The NIMAA curriculum trains MAs on a full set of skills needed to join a high-performing primary health care organization. It was designed by health centers to prepare students for today's primary care settings. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Rooming patients
  • Taking vital signs
  • Teach-back at the end of visits
  • Communication skills
  • Agenda setting
  • Goal setting
  • Self-management support
  • Venipuncture
  • Working in an interprofessional team
  • Integrated team-based primary care
  • The MA role in care coordination
  • Health coaching
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Population health
  • Management of a large panel
  • Social determinants of health

Ready to Get Started?

Learn more about the opportunities NIMAA provides by contacting our team today!