Program Overview

Learn to assist physicians by performing functions related to the administrative and clinical responsibilities of a medical office.

  • Program designed to meet standards set by the Affordable Care Act
  • Teaches skills required by regional employers

Great Bay Community College in partnership with Core Physicians and Wentworth-Douglass Physician Corp developed a twelve-week Medical Assistant Certificate program of 320 hours of classroom instruction, hands-on lab experiences and a 160-hour practicum at local medical offices.

NOTE: Funding may be available for qualified candidates to help with tuition costs

Program Details

National Certification

Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination.

Medical Assistant Certificate Digital Badge

Participants who successfully complete the Medical Assistant Program will automatically receive a digital badge micro-credential that verifies their accomplishment and documents their skills.  Like a digital resume, the badge can be shared on social media (LinkedIn) and with potential employers.

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive an email with further information on claiming their badge.

Program Requirements:

  • Age 18 & older
  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • High School Diploma, GED or HiSet
  • Interview with medical assisting program team
  • Prior to the 160-hour practicum – immunizations, health and drug screen and criminal background check will be required before you can attend externship

Program Schedule:

  • 8-week classroom instructional time (M-Th 9-5, F 8-4)
  • 4-week clinical practicum in a medical office (40 hours/week)

Curriculum includes (but is not limited to):

  • Medical terminology
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Technical aspects of phlebotomy
  • Pharmacology
  • Cardiac life cycle
  • Proper use and administration of medications
  • Obtaining and documenting vital signs
  • Accessing and recoding information appropriately in electronic medical records

Medical Assistant Program Dates

2024 Dates:

  • January 16 – April 5, 2024
  • April 8 – June 28, 2024
  • July 1 – September 20, 2024
  • September 23 – December 13, 2024

How to Apply

Send the following documents to: [email protected]

  • Application
  • Resume
  • Proof of highest degree achieved (HS, GED, HiSet, College) either diploma or transcripts

The Selection Committee will review the completed application and supporting documentation. All candidates will be interviewed for the program.

The selection process will consider:

  • Candidates who are 18 years or older
  • Candidates who have a desire to work in the medical field
  • Candidates who will commit to an intense twelve-week/480-hour program of instruction and practicum
  • WRNH program can strengthen your application

Note: if accepted into the program, the following will be required during the first week of class:

  • Physical Examination/Health screening, up to date immunizations
  • Criminal Background Check and Drug test

NOTE: List of immunizations will be provided with your acceptance letter; background check and drug test information will be provided on the first day of class

Want to get an even stronger start in your career as a Medical Assistant?

We highly recommend taking the tuition free WorkReadyNH course to strengthen your application and enhance your success as an MA.

WorkReadyNH Helps Medical Assistants:

  • Improve communication with patients and co-workers
  • Enhance customer service skills
  • Increase workplace sensitivity
  • Strengthen interview skills & improve your resume

Visit the WorkReadyNH website or call 603-427-7636  for more information about the program.

Job Outlook 2018-2028

  • Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 6% from 2018 – 2028
  • The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to spur demand for preventative medical services which are often provided by physicians
  • As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties allowing the physicians to see more patients
  • In May 2022, the median annual wage for medical assistants in NH was $42,870, MA $46,130 and ME $41,400

From the United States Department of labor’s website.

Source: Median wage data are from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey.


Learn more about the Medical Assistant Certificate Training program by contacting Business and Training Center or by phone 603-427-7653.

Medical Assistant Information Sessions
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April 4th
Two session times:  4:15-4:45PM or 5-5:30PM
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Hear What Our Students  Say…

Lauri Smith:
Great Bay is a “steppingstone” to my long-held hope of becoming a nurse.

Ariana White:
I recommend this program because in just 12 weeks, you can start a new rewarding career.


Our students have a pass rate of the CMMA exam of 95-100% the last 3 years – 10% above national average

Over 300 students have been through the program since its inception

Still Have Questions?

For further info, call 603-427-7653 or email us at [email protected]
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