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Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Initiative (MAAI)


Overview of the NCCHCA Medical Assistant Apprentice Initiative (MAAI)

To help address workforce shortages and recruit more medical assistants to work in rural and underserved areas, the North Carolina Community Health Center Association (NCCHCA) launched the MAAI program pilot in August 2022 with nine apprentices placed at two community health centers: OIC Family Medical Center and Rural Health Group. The Association has seen positive results for the medical assistants and the health centers they serve and are currently working to expand the program to more sites.

MAAI is a registered apprenticeship program with Apprenticeship NC. It is operated by NCCHCA, in partnership with community health center (CHC) training sites.

MAAI has three main goals:

What is an MAAI Apprenticeship?


Apprentices must complete the MAAI apprenticeship application and be able to work on site at a participating CHC.

Commitment Details:

Medical Assistant Apprentices are expected to:

NCCHCA and the CHC will:

How to apply:

MAAI is not currently accepting applications. When applications open, the application link and list of participating CHCs will be available on this webpage. The projected application dates for future cohorts are listed below.

Cohort Timeline Applications Expected to Open
August 2023-July 2014 April 2023
February 2024-January 2025 November 2023


If you have questions regarding MAAI please email Alice Pollard.



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