Topics: Emerging Models and Innovations
Research Center: University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies
Medical assistants (MAs) are among the fastest-growing occupations in the US. However, there are high turnover rates and providers have difficulty filling MA positions. Employers are increasingly using apprenticeship to meet emerging workforce needs.
This article discusses a qualitative study that examined perspectives of 14 employers using registered MA apprenticeships in 8 states. Findings included motivations for using apprenticeship, perceived benefits to the organization, challenges with implementation, and reflections on successful implementation.