Program Dates, Costs, Credentials
Learn more about the health care and training providers participating in the West Michigan Works! medical assistant registered apprenticeship program (MARAP), including program dates, costs, support services and credentials earned.

Application Period Timeline

  • Friday, Sept. 1, 2023: Last day to submit a participation form.
  • Friday, September 8, 2023: All prescreening steps complete
  • Friday, October 25, 2023: last day of employer offers.
  • Friday October 27, 2023: Deadline for candidates to accept offer.

*Please note submitting an application and other required materials does NOT guarantee acceptance to the program.


MARAP Participant Quick Reference Guide & Checklist


Grand Rapids Community College
Muskegon Community College
Trinity Health
Corwell Health
University of Michigan Health-West

Grand Rapids Community College

Program Schedule

      • Jan 9 – Mar 15, 2024, Quarter I
      • March 19 – March 29, 2024 Practicum I
      • April 1-5 – Spring Break week ( no class April 2 and 5)
      • April 9 -, June 14, 2024, Quarter II
      • June 18, – June 28, 2024, Practicum II ( No class July 2 and 5)
      • End of Phase I
      • July 9 – August 30, 2024 Quarter III
      • September 3, – September 13, 2024 Practicum III
      • September 17, – November 8, 2024 Quarter IV
      • November 12, – Nov 26 (off Nov 29) Dec 3 – Dec 10, 2024 Practicum IV

Tuesdays and Fridays off from class

  • April 2 & 5
  • July 2 & 5
  • November 29


Thursday December 18, 2024, at 4 p.m., students to report at 2: 30 p.m.

Learning takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The classroom for in-person learning is on GRCC’s downtown campus – 4th floor of the Cook building in room 424/426/431. Theory portions of the program may be delivered online. Please be prepared for hybrid learning.

Certificates/Credentials Earned in the Program

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider CPR and Heartsaver First Aid
  • WorkKeys NCRC, WorkKeys Talent, WorkKeys Fit
  • Vaccines Across the Lifespan
  • Digital Literacy Badges in Basic Computer, World Wide Web, Windows, Using Email
  • Typing Speed Certification
  • Certificate of Successful Completion from GRCC
  • Eligibility to sit for the RMA (AMT) and the CMA (AAMA) certification exam.  RMA(AMT) certification exam fee and registration is included in GRCC’s program

Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Articulation: Davenport University

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Pre-Licensure: 39 credits
  • Health Services Administration: 30 credits
  • Medical Case Management: 30 credits
  • A. Business Administration/B.S. Health Services Administration: 30 credits
  • S. Medical Assisting: 30 credits

Program Costs

Program costs are covered for MARAP participants by a combination of federal dollars, grants, and employer contributions. Any costs incurred by participants will be minimal.

  • Tuition includes books, equipment, supplies, certification exam fee, WorkKeys Talent and Fit assessments, AHA BLS CPR and Heartsaver First Aid training
  • Not included in the program cost are WorkKeys NCRC assessment and a timepiece with a second hand (a watch or fob)

 Tutoring/Support Services Offered to Apprentices

  • Health Learning Lab
  • Disability Support Services
  • Occupational Support Services
  • Counseling Services
  • Tutoring Department
  • Laptop and Hotspot Loaner Program
  • Student Food Pantry
  • Career Coaches

 Program Environment

  • Plan that learning will be hybrid. There will be 5 hours of in-person lab and 3 hours of virtual instruction with trainers each week. Assignments, lectures, and skill videos will be carried out outside of the time with trainers on the Tuesdays and Fridays of class.
  • A team of Instructors and Clinical Lab Assistants staff the program. The number of staff is dependent on the number of students enrolled in the program.
  • A student may miss no more than 24 hours in the program. Some classes are mandatory attendance.

 Student Expectations/Time Commitment

  • Time for learning: 8 hours/day, 2 days/week. Some time is given for study; however, the student will need to study outside of class time.
  • Study time out of class: It will vary, depending on whether the student has previous knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and pharmacology
  • Workplace standards are taught and reinforced.

Contact Information

Phone: 616.234.3800

Muskegon Community College

Weekly Schedule

  • Monday: Work 8 hours (paid)
  • Tuesday: Work 8 hours (paid)
  • Wednesday: Attend Classes (unpaid)
  • Thursday: Work 8 hours (paid)
  • Friday: Attend Classes (unpaid)

Courses Required for the MA Program

SemesterCourseCourse Details
Semester 1: Winter 2024MA101 Medical Assisting Administrative I

MA102AL&L Medical Assisting Clinical 1

AH104 Medical Terminology
Hybrid: Mostly online but must meet twice per semester Wednesdays from 2:30 - 5:30 pm

Wednesdays 8 am - 1:30 pm (lecture & lab); Fridays 8 am - 10 am (lecture only)

Online (no set scheduled time)
Semester 2: Summer 2024MA105 Medical Assisting Administrative II

MA106AL&L Medical Assisting Clinical II

BIOL115 Intro to Anatomy & Physiology
Wednesdays 4:30 pm - 8 pm

Wednesdays 8 am - 4 pm (lecture & lab); Fridays 8 am - 10:30 am (lecture only)

Online (no set scheduled time)
Semester 3: Fall 2024AH196 Electronic Health Records

MA110 Medical Assisting Seminar/Practicum
Online (no set scheduled time)

Wednesdays 6 pm - 8pm (lecture); Wednesdays & Fridays 8 am - 5 pm (8 hours each day for practicum hours = total 16 hours each week)

Must complete a minimum of 160 practicum hours.

Muskegon Community College Academic Calendar

Winter Semester 2024

    • Friday, January 5, 2023, from 8:30 am – 12 pm: New MA Student Orientation
    • January 8: First Day of the Winter Semester
    • January 15: Dr. Martin Luther King Day, No Classes
    • March 4 – March 10: Mid-Semester Break
    • March 29: No Classes after 12 pm
    • April 29: Last Day of Semester
Summer Semester 2024

    • May 13: First Day of the Summer Semester
    • May 27: Memorial Day, No Classes
    • July 4 – July 7: No Classes, Independence Day Celebration
    • August 5: Last Day of the Summer Semester
Fall Semester 2024

    • August 26: First Day of the Fall Semester
    • September 2 – 3: Labor Day Break, No Classes
    • November 27 – December 1: Thanksgiving Break, No Classes
    • December 11: MA Graduation Ceremony, 6 pm – 8 pm
    • December 14: Last Day of the Winter Semester

Trinity Health

Who is Trinity Health Michigan?

Trinity Health Michigan is a partnership of hospitals, doctors, and other health care professionals throughout West Michigan and Southeast Michigan. We work together to strengthen the care in our communities, while giving patients access to more experts and a wider range of advanced services.
Here, you’ll find a compassionate, professional, faith-based setting where your personal and professional goals are celebrated. We view our jobs as ministry, as a calling to a higher purpose. As a member of Trinity Health, the country’s second-largest Catholic health care system, we’re steadfast in our mission of improving the health of the communities we serve.

Our Core Values

  • Reverence – We honor the sacredness and dignity of every person.
  • Commitment to Those Experiencing Poverty – We stand with and serve those who are experiencing poverty, especially the most vulnerable.
  • Justice – We foster right relationships to promote the common good, including sustainability of earth.
  • Stewardship – We honor our heritage and hold ourselves accountable for the human, financial and natural resources entrusted to our care.
  • Integrity – We are faithful to who we say we are.
  • Safety – We embrace a culture that prevents harm and nurtures a healing, safe environment for all.

    Our Guiding Behaviors

    • We support each other in serving our patients and communities
    • We communicate openly, honestly, respectfully and directly
    • We are fully present
    • We are all accountable
    • We trust and assume goodness in intentions
    • We are continuous learners

      Excellence in Action
      Excellence in Action is one of our guiding principles as an employer. Imagine working for an organization that holds its associates accountable for always:

      • Delivering on its promise of providing a safe environment
      • Exceeding customer needs
      • Providing unwavering respect
      • Offering an uncompromised positive environment
      • Promoting and enabling healing
      • Valuing inclusion

      That’s what we do at Trinity Health, because it’s what our patients expect — and it’s the right thing to do.

        Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
        Trinity Health is a family of 115,000 colleagues and nearly 26,000 physicians and clinicians across 25 states. Because we serve diverse populations, our colleagues are trained to recognize the cultural beliefs, values, traditions, language preferences, and health practices of the communities that we serve and to apply that knowledge to produce positive health outcomes. We also recognize that each of us has a different way of thinking and perceiving our world and that these differences often lead to innovative solutions.
        Our dedication to diversity includes a unified workforce (through training and education, recruitment, retention, and development), commitment and accountability, communication, community partnerships, and supplier diversity.

          Wage range for apprentices:
          $15/hr starting wage and opportunity for an increase after 6 months in the program

            Apprentice commitment to the employer:
            One year post graduation

              What benefits/support services:
              Medical, Dental, Vision, Flex Spending Plan, Life Insurance, LT/ST Disability, Employee Assistance Program, PTO, 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan, Tuition Assistance, and vendor discount program

                Program testimonial:
                Teresa, a first generation Latino to attend college, was taking general courses at Muskegon Community College. She was just about to give up on her studies when she became aware of a pathway into health care, the Medical Assistant Apprenticeship program. She applied, was accepted, and is now working for Trinity Health Medical Group.
                “This program has changed my life,” said Birkman. “I’m a hands-on kind of person, so being able to immediately apply what I’m learning in the clinical setting is perfect for me. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

                Teresa Birkman
                2016 MA Apprenticeship Graduate
                Current Medical Assistant

                Connect with Trinity Health:

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                Corwell Health

                Company Description:

                At our core, we are here to help people be well so they can live their healthiest life possible.

                • Through health care and health coverage, we create more value.
                • Through compassion, collaboration, clarity, curiosity and courage, we make anything and everything possible.
                • Through our people, we care for the whole person with respect, dignity and love.
                • Everyone deserves opportunities and resources for better health.
                • Everyone deserves opportunities and resources for better health.
                • Everyone deserves our relentless pursuit to innovate and always do better.
                • Everyone deserves to have a community be a great place to live, work, learn and play.
                • We believe health and well-being should be within reach for all.
                • We believe the system to support the entire health and wellness journey starts with prevention.
                • We believe that together we will make a difference.
                • That together we are here to make health better for everyone.
                • Together, we are Corewell Health.

                We invite you to get to know us and our services better (Corewell Health), and see for yourself what makes us unique.

                  Our Mission: Improve health, instill humanity and inspire hope.
                  Our Vision: A future where health is simple, affordable, equitable and exceptional.
                  Our Values: Compassion. Collaboration. Clarity. Curiosity. Courage.

                What are the Corwell Health requirements?

                • Currently employed with Corewell Health
                • On-track or high performance
                • Upline support and endorsement

                What is the required commitment if I am accepted?

                • Maintain performance threshold of on-track or high performing
                • Maintain employment with Corwell Health in one of our clinical office spaces during the program
                • Commit to employment as a Medical Assistant at Spectrum Health for a minimum of one year post-graduation.
                • Uphold Corwell Health values while at work and in the classroom.

                What are the benefits / support services offered?

                • Access to program coordinators and recruiters at Corwell Health
                • Accommodations to work schedule to maintain employment at Corwell Health
                • Immediate career opportunities at Corwerll Health after graduation

                University of Michigan Health-West

                University of Michigan Health-West is a nonprofit multispecialty medical provider that is relentlessly advancing health to serve West Michigan as part of the state’s top-ranked health system. Founded in Grand Rapids in 1942 by a group of osteopathic doctors, our organization today serves more than 250,000 patients annually at 30 locations across four counties, including a 208-bed teaching hospital in Wyoming, Michigan. More than 61,000 emergency patients are treated each year at the hospital, a Verified Level II Trauma Center, certified Comprehensive Stroke Center and accredited Chest Pain Center.

                Our physician-led medical group, University of Michigan Health Partners, drives excellence and convenient access to primary and specialty care, including the expertise of University of Michigan Health, consistently ranked among the nation’s top academic medical centers. In addition to earning top grades for safety and quality, University of Michigan Health-West is consistently recognized as a leader in the use of technology and as an inclusive employer of choice. It supports the health and wellness of all in the community, offering free Live Healthy education programs as well as outreach clinics to underserved areas. More information is available at

                Benefits Offered:
                Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance, Flexible Spending Account, Life Insurance, short-term and long-term disability, hospital discounts, employee assistance programs, 403(b) retirement savings, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, childcare discounts, discounts at area businesses, and more.

                Connect with University of Michigan Health-West:

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