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 primary health care employers and educators. We believe that experience is the source of learning and development.
At NIMAA, students learn from national leaders in primary health care, use the latest on-line teaching tools, while simultaneously participating in their experiential learning in our partnership host clinics. NIMAA graduates are prepared to work as effective members of the medical team in community health centers and other high-performing primary care organizations across the country. Graduates of NIMAA are in a position to command living wages and benefits from employers who demand high quality medical assistants with integrated team-based skills.
NIMAA is a collaboration between two of the nation’s leading FQHCs, Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) in Connecticut providing care to 145,000 patients and Salud Family Health Centers in northern Colorado, serving more than 70,000 patients. Both organizations are recognized by the National Committee on Quality Assurance as Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Homes, using teams to provide comprehensive medical, dental and behavioral health services to the medically underserved in the communities they serve.
In the fall of 2016, NIMAA Phase I began. NIMAA offers a unique medical assisting curriculum that includes person-centered care with student learning embedded in the integrated health care team. During Phase I, a small group of students, our “Pioneer Partner Students”, participated in the curriculum while learning at their host clinics. In 2017, we started our second cohort in three states with externships in five clinics.
NIMAA is actively enrolling students in Connecticut, Colorado, and Hawaii for classes beginning September, 2018.
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Become a NIMAA Externship Site – Do you want to help train high quality MAs to become effective members of the integrated health care team? A NIMAA Externship Site serves as the clinical training location for MA students. NIMAA provides training to preceptors, and the externship sites gain the benefits of getting to know students for an extended period of time in their clinic. Being a NIMAA Externship Site can improve MA recruitment and contribute to lowering training costs.
Become a NIMAA student – Do you want to learn how to become a vital member of the health care team? NIMAA combines experience and learning during a 7-month program of online courses with skill practice rooted in the health care setting. NIMAA students practice their skills onsite in a participating NIMAA Externship Site.
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