Are you interested in becoming a Medical or Dental Assistant but don’t know where to start? MNACHC currently offers an apprenticeship programs that allow you to become an MA or DA with no prior experience or knowledge. Keep reading to learn more.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a model that pays you a livable wage while you work full-time and learn skills on the job. You will also receive classroom education to help you gain all of the necessary knowledge.

How does the MNACHC apprenticeship program work?

During the 12-month program, an apprentice is a full-time employee at one of Minnesota’s 17 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). While working at the FQHC, apprentices are trained in all on-the-job skills required to become a medical or dental assistant. At the same time, the apprentice completes a required online curriculum.

At the end of the 12 months, MA apprentices are eligible to take the CCMA exam. If passed, the apprentice becomes a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA). DA apprentices are not eligible for any certification and will be considered Unlicensed Dental Assistants.

When does the program run?

MNACHC administers one cohort per year starting in January. The next cohort will begin in January 2023. We will begin recruiting for this cohort in the Fall of 2022.

How can I join the program?

If you would like to learn more about becoming a part of the MA or DA apprenticeship program at MNACHC, please fill out the form below and we will get back to you with more information.

Are you a MN health center interested in hosting apprentices?

Please contact Erica Lester at