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, Feb. 11, 2022: Last day to submit a participation form.
  • Friday, March 11, 2022: final application is due.
  • Friday, April 1, 2022: last day of employer offers.
  • Friday April 8, 2022: Deadline for candidates to accept offer.


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

Grand Rapids Community College

Program Schedule

  • May 13 – July 29, 2022, Quarter I (No class July 5 & 8)
  • August 2, 5, 9, 12, 2022, Practicum I
  • August 16 – Oct 21, 2022, Quarter II
  • Oct 25, 28, Nov 1, 4, 2022, Practicum II
  • End of Phase I
  • November 8 – Dec 16, 2022, Jan 3-30, 2023, Quarter III (Off Nov 22,25 & Dec 20-30, 2022)
  • January 24, 27, 31, February 3, 2023 Practicum III
  • February 7 – Mar 31, 2023, Quarter IV
  • April 4 – 28, 2023, Practicum IV

Tuesdays and Fridays off from class

  • July 5 & 8
  • November 23 & 26
  • Dec 21, 24, 28 & 31


Thursday May 4, 2023, at 4 p.m., students to report at 2 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
  • S. Health Services Administration: 30 credits
  • S. Medical Case Management: 30 credits
  • B.A. Business Administration/B.S. Health Services Administration: 30 credits
  • A.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.

  • $8,158 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

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Muskegon Community College

Orientation starts May 13, 2022, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Summer Semester 2022: May 16 – August 8 


  • MA102AL&L (Medical Assistant Clinical I) Lecture 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 
  • MA102AL&L (Medical Assistant Clinical I) Lab 10:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
  • Break 2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
  • MA101 (Medical Assistant Administrative I) 4:30 p.m. – 8:10 p.m. 


  • MA102AL&L (Medical Assistant Clinical I) Lecture 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 
  • Online Classes: AH101 (Medical Terminology) and AH104 (Medical Insurance Billing) 

Fall Semester 2022: August 22 – December 10 


  • BIOL115 (Intro to Anatomy & Physiology) Lecture 8 am – 9:55 a.m. (this may turn to an online class—TBD) 
  • MA106AL&L (Medical Assistant Clinical II) Lecture 10:10 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.  
  • MA106AL&L (Medical Assistant Clinical II) Lab 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
  • MA105 (Medical Assistant Administrative II) Lecture 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. 


  • BIOL115 (Intro to Anatomy & Physiology) Lecture 8 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. (this may turn to an online class – TBD) 
  • MA106AL&L (Medical Assistant Clinical II) Lecture 10:10 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.  

*Thanksgiving Break: November 23 – 27 

Winter Semester 2023: January 9 – May 1 


  • MA110 (Medical Assistant Practicum/Seminar) 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
  • Online Class: AH196 (Electronic Health Records) 
  • *Mid-Semester Vacation: March 6 – March 12 
  • *No School April 7 – No Practicum 

Practicum Hours:  

Wednesdays: 8 hours each day

1/25/23, 2/1/23, 2/8/23, 2/15/23, 2/22/23, 3/1/23, 3/15/23, 3/22/23, 3/29/23, 4/5/23, 4/12/23 and 

Make up days: 4/19/23 

Fridays: 8 hours each day

1/27/23, 2/3/23, 2/10/23, 2/17/23, 2/24/23, 3/3/23, 3/17/23, 3/24/23, 3/31/23 

Make up days: 4/14/23, 4/21/23 

NOTE: Some of these services may not be available or have online availability only due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please see MCC’s website for further instructions.

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Mercy Health

Mercy Health is a regional multi-campus health care system serving West Michigan and the lakeshore with five hospital campuses, more than 60 physician offices, more than 1,300 medical staff physicians, more than 800 hospital beds and 7,200 colleagues, and hospice, home health and long-term care service offerings.

Mercy Health Physician Partners, our multi-specialty physician network, employs more than 500 physicians and advanced practice professionals in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland and the lakeshore. Mercy Health, part of Trinity Health – the nation’s second-largest Catholic Health System – is committed to being a trusted health partner for life, transforming the communities we serve, by providing high-quality care that is the most accessible, compassionate and personalized in West Michigan.

Wage range for apprentices:

$14/hr starting wage and opportunity for an increase after each quarter during 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 Mercy Health.

“This program has changed my life,” said Beltran.  “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 Beltran
2016 MA Apprenticeship Graduate
Current Medical Assistant

Connect with Mercy Health:

Website:  |  Facebook  |  Twitter at @MercyHealthWM  |  LinkedIn

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Spectrum Health

Company Description:

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit, award winning, integrated health system based in West Michigan. Our organization includes a medical center, regional community hospitals, a dedicated children’s hospital, a multi-specialty medical group and a nationally recognized health plan, Priority Health.

Spectrum Health Medical Group is a multi-specialty physician group dedicated to putting patients’ needs first. The medical group is a gateway to Spectrum Health’s many qualified and highly skilled specialists, and comprehensive services. We invite you to get to know us and our services better (, and see for yourself what makes us unique.

What are the Spectrum Health  requirements?

  • Currently employed with Spectrum 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 Spectrum 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 Spectrum Health values while at work and in the classroom.

What are the benefits / suppprt services offered?

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

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Mary Free Bed

Mary Free Bed, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the largest non-profit rehabilitation system in the country. Since 1891, Mary Free Bed experts have restored hope and freedom through rehabilitation for children and adults with brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple traumas, amputations, cancer and other diagnoses, including COVID-19. The combination of more than 100 specialized medical and sports rehabilitation programs and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enables our specialty physicians and staff to help patients achieve extraordinary clinical results. Established in 2011, the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network extends rehabilitation expertise to more than three-dozen acute-care hospitals in Michigan and Indiana. #AskForMary