Fast Facts for Externship Sites
A shortage of primary care physicians results in an average patient panel of 2,500 patients, which would require 18 hours of care a day from one physician without a team.
As a result, primary care organizations are changing from physician-centered practices (only I can do it) into patient-focused teams with shared responsibility for care.
NIMAA is prepared to tackle the expected 23 percent growth in demand for medical assistants projected over the next decade.
NIMAA provides externship sites with an opportunity to support the medical industry’s demand for well-trained medical assistants. Externship sites have the opportunity to hand-select medical assistants, hiring from a pool of candidates participating in NIMAA.
Existing Medical Assistant Training is Outdated and Expensive
Today’s medical assisting programs fail to prepare students to work in high-performing health centers practicing team-based care. With programs ranging from six months to two years of coursework and tuitions as high as $20,000 or more, these programs lack consistent, affordable, quality offerings for students.
The traditional medical assistant curriculum is centered on administrative tasks and clinical support but neglects other critical skills necessary to perform on patient-centered care teams. Graduates of these programs enter the workforce with high levels of debt only to discover that the modest wages are not sufficient to reduce their debt.
NIMAA's Medical Assistant Training is Transforming Health Care
NIMAA delivers an innovative approach to teaching and training medical assistants. The NIMAA coursework and theory increases the student’s knowledge and simultaneously, the externship is the source of ongoing observation and practice of medical and affective skills. The combination of both didactics and hands-on experiences enriches student development and growth.
NIMAA has expanded the development of skills to prepare medical assistants to work as effective members of the medical team, including competency in:
- critical thinking skills
- training in population management
- patient panel management
- patient education and health counseling
Certification Counts in the Marketplace
The average annual salary for an uncertified medical assistant is $26,500 plus benefits, while certification delivers an average annual wage of $34,000 plus benefits. Training medical assistants in the best practices of team-based primary care should make them even more valuable and pave the way to further professional growth.
The NIMAA Program
NIMAA is a learning institute focused on a new and innovative approach to medical assistant training. The program was created in partnership between primary healthcare employers and educators whose primary concern is well-trained, satisfied staff to improve healthcare service delivery, not teaching for profit. We expect NIMAA to charge tuition one third to one half of the tuition typically charged by for-profit professional schools.
The NIMAA Result
NIMAA delivers a national training program for medical assistants that provides enduring economic opportunities and strengthens healthcare delivery for primary care organizations that ultimately employ NIMAA graduates.