Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium

a partnership created to provide all healthcare employers within Washington State access to the benefits of skilled apprenticeship training for their workforce.

Overview of Healthcare Apprenticeships

Join the Medical Assistant (MA), Central Sterile Processing Technician (CSPT), or Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Apprenticeship programs and receive the benefits of skilled apprenticeship training for your workforce. These are full-time, paid positions combining technical instruction with hands-on learning. Cohorts are underway and being developed for 2021 and 2022.

Through apprenticeship, employers gain a pipeline of skilled workers, lower turnover for apprentices and mentors, skills matching your needs and culture, increased loyalty, and higher productivity. Employers choose their apprentices – remote learning near or at your location is available.

  • Pay & benefits: Apprentices are full-time, paid employees with benefits. Apprentices complete 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and 288-362 hours of technical instruction within 12-24 months.
  • Certification: These programs prepare students to receive the MA-C, CRCST, or CPhT certification and work as a Medical Assistant, Sterile Processing Technician, or Pharmacy Technician in Washington State.
  • A full-time job at clinics and hospitals throughout Washington: Apprentices work and learn in full-time positions (post-completion service commitment required). 



Contact Training Fund Apprenticeship Director Mark Beaufait at 425.255.0315 or email .

Details for Employers

Employers, invest now for skilled workers in the next couple of years! The Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium is the solution to recruit and retain employees.

Benefits of Apprenticeship for Employers: increased retention for apprentices and mentors, pipeline of skilled workers, better matching of skills with your needs and culture, increased bottom line, employee loyalty, and higher productivity.

Apprenticeships and Training Programs commonly attract qualified, local, diverse applicants at a 10 to 30:1 ratio to openings. Your community has able candidates for your positions who want long-term positions–they just need training. 

Return on investment: Data from the Seattle Jobs Initiative shows that in their first year, an academically trained Medical Assistant (MA) has the advantage over an apprentice. In the second year, the apprentice begins to pull ahead. By year three, an apprentice has a 57% ROI ($102,488 net-cost benefit) compared to 27% for the academically trained MA ($53,850 net-cost benefit). And it’s important to keep in mind that the apprentice is providing value from the beginning as they see patients (generating revenue) and move through their apprenticeship.

How does it work? The Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium will partner with you to create and implement an apprenticeship program. You only need one apprentice. Watch our implementation video below to learn more.

Apprenticeship Eligibility

  • Applicants must be 18 or older, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be able to perform the physical duties of the role.
  • Prior to program entry, applicants must pass an assessment to enter or have completed courses in college level Math and English.
  • Applicants are selected by individual employers who participate in the Health Care Apprenticeship Consortium. Most cohorts are open to general applicants. Current SEIU Healthcare 1199NW members are encouraged to apply.


Teri Lindsay

Teri Lindsay

Medical Assistant, Kaiser Permanente

“This program will help bring a new perspective to the Medical Assistant field and will help grow the profession. It’s great to work with management to help people move forward in their healthcare career.”