Get paid for a learning experience at CoxHealth.
Our medical assistant apprenticeship program gives participants a salary and pays for their tuition while attending class and getting hands-on experience in a health care setting. Students who successfully complete the program will be considered for a job.
The program features classes at OTC and time spent training in various CoxHealth facilities, including clinics, physician offices and urgent cares, in a clinical setting or as front office staff.
The 16-week program is open to anyone with a high school diploma or equivalent.
How long is the program?
It’s approximately 16 weeks, which includes class or lab time at OTC along with clinical rotations at a CoxHealth clinic.
What do I need to be eligible for the program?
You must have a high school diploma or equivalent. You cannot have a past-due balance with OTC. A personal computer or laptop with internet access to complete assignments outside of the classroom is highly recommended.
I don’t live in Springfield. Can I still participate?
All classes are held at the OTC campus in Springfield. Clinical rotations are heavily scheduled in our Springfield metro area, but some rotations may require travel to Branson or rural clinics for the best learning experience. Nearing completion of the program, you can apply for open medical assistant positions. We are unable to guarantee a position at a clinic in a specific location.
Who pays my tuition to OTC?
In return for a three and a half year work commitment, CoxHealth will pay the cost of tuition and supplies (books, uniforms, and other required materials needed) directly to OTC for those that are selected into the program.
Will I be paid while in this program?
Yes. This is a benefits-eligible, paid position with CoxHealth.
Will I get to take time off during the 16 weeks of the program?
No. It is mandatory to attend class because this is an accelerated program. If you miss, you will be behind in class and clinical work.
Will I receive credits for the program to other schools since it’s through OTC?
No. At this time there is no college credit awarded for the MA apprentice program. The MA apprentice program falls under the Center for Workforce Development, which provides non-credit, short-term, entry-level positions in health care. However, the MA apprentice will receive a certified credential upon successful completion of the program and a national apprenticeship certification under the Department of Labor when they complete the required training.
Once I fulfill the three and a half year work commitment, will I be able to work somewhere other than CoxHealth?
Once you have completed the hours required in your Work Commitment Agreement you have fulfilled your work commitment with CoxHealth.