The Wright Center and The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement Partner for New Medical Assistant Training Program

Scranton, Pa. (September 13, 2021) The Wright Center for Community Health is pleased to announce the introduction of a one-of-a-kind, 29-week Medical Assistant Training Program to provide education and employment opportunities in the region while addressing a critical workforce shortage thanks to a new arrangement with The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement. 

The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA) is a nonprofit education institute that trains Medical Assistants to work effectively in today’s high-performing primary care settings. NIMAA’s fully accredited, affordable programming offers students hands-on education and prepares graduates to work in high-performing, team-based practices. On Aug. 31, NIMAA announced its approval to operate as a private licensed school in the state of Pennsylvania. 

“NIMAA is delighted to help meet the demand for medical assisting in Pennsylvania, where it is recognized as a ‘job of tomorrow,’ and is expected to grow by 20% over the next 10 years,” says NIMAA Chief Executive Officer Elena Thomas Faulkner. “We are particularly excited to work with our community-based clinical partners to make entry into a career in health care accessible to diverse members of Pennsylvania’s medically underserved communities.”

The Medical Assistant Training Program provides an innovative proactive learning experience containing both flexible online courses and hands-on learning at The Wright Center for Community Health’s primary health locations throughout the duration of the program. 

“Medical assistants are an integral member of our patient care teams and there’s high demand in our region to fill positions. The addition of this new training program is a forward-thinking opportunity where not only can graduates complete their training but start their career with The Wright Center upon completion,” says Kathleen Barry, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of The Wright Center for Community Health. “The opportunity to extend the Medical Assistant program to our existing staff and the entire region is responsive to the needs of our community to provide exceptional health care services combined with the introduction of well-paying jobs and new career opportunities.”

Working alongside physicians and patient care teams, medical assistants maintain patient records, assist during examinations and ensure records are secure. Applications to the Medical Assistant Training Program are being accepted until Nov. 14, 2021. For more information visit NIMAA – The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement. To register for the course, visit Online Registration Software for NIMAA Student Information System (

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