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Apply by July 17 for the September 2020 term.

The $6,000 tuition cost will be fully covered by Erie Family Health Centers if student agrees to work for Erie for a minimum of 2,500 paid hours upon successful completion of the program. Loan details available upon application.
  • Classes run from September through April 2021
  • Students must spend at least 240 hours in clinic
  • As it is a part-time program, many students keep an outside job in addition to their MA education
  • Students must be 18 years of age or older by completion of the program with a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
  • Graduation rate: 89%
  • Application fee: $25 (non-refundable)
  • Program fees: $760
  • Tuition fees: $6,000

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. Students gain hands-on learning in leading primary care clinics, including Erie Family Health Centers.
Erie Family Health Centers currently trains more than 200 healthcare students and professionals each year, making it a leader in medical education. Erie is a nationally-recognized community health center with a respected 62-year history of providing high-quality, comprehensive health care to all members of the family. Erie now serves more than 80,000 patients at 13 state-of-the art health centers across Chicago and the northern suburbs.

Program FAQs

What is the class schedule for the program?​

The program is 29-weeks long and requires a commitment of approximately 30 hours/week. Each student’s weekly schedule varies based on their assigned clinical time and online content can be completed on their own schedule.  

What fees do I have to pay? And when?​

There is a $25 application fee due at the time of application and $760 of book, material and exam fees ($540 due at the beginning of the program, $220 due by approximately the midpoint of the program). 

See the NIMAA tuition and fee page for more information. If accepted into the Erie program, Erie can pay the $6,000 tuition payment directly to NIMAA on the students behalf in the form of an interest-free loan. All other fees are the student’s responsibility to pay directly to NIMAA by the dates indicated.  

I’m still getting my GED, can I apply?

Yes, you may can apply, but a high school diploma or GED certificate must be completed prior to the program start date.

Erie Family Health Centers’ MA Externship Sites

Erie Division Street Health Center
2418 W. Division Street, Chicago, 60622

Erie Helping Hands Health Center
4747 N. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, 60625

Erie MA Training Program Coordinator: Victoria Fernandez
NIMAA@eriefamilyhealth.org