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African American nurse and elderly patient
Kaiser Permanente
Published: 24 June 2019

Kaiser Permanente has teamed up with Seattle Colleges to create the Career Launch Scholarship program to train Medical Assistants, the frontline care providers who welcome patients into medical offices by taking and charting vitals and helping physicians provide great care. The program, which enrolled eighteen future MAs in 2018, provides full tuition plus expenses for books and supplies to support 24 entering students in fall 2019.  Students can apply now by completing the Seattle Colleges application process and then the scholarship application.

The new Medical Assistant students are entering Seattle Central College this fall with the backing of fully paid tuition and expenses, professional development workshops, and college navigation. These wrap-around supports ensure students can complete the program successfully with the experience they need to be excellent caregivers.

Demand for Medical Assistants in the Northwest region continues to grow with the demand for health care and services.  Seattle-area MAs earn about $40,000 each year and overwhelmingly have access to benefits and paid time off. Studies show that Medical Assistants can improve health outcomes when fully trained and working to fill critical roles.

Students will complete their training next August after four quarters at Seattle College and will participate in professional development workshops and externship throughout their program. Upon successful completion of their program, students will be certified to work as Medical Assistants at an employer of their choice. The scholarship program is slated to run for three years, welcoming a total of sixty students.

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