About NIMAA

We train medical assistants to go above and beyond.

Our Mission

To provide educational opportunities that address critical workplace shortages in primary care.

Our Objective

To enable graduates to gain the competencies and knowledge to be eligible to apply for an entry-level position in the medical assisting profession.

Where We Come From

The National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement (NIMAA) is a nonprofit education institute that trains Medical Assistants to work effectively in today’s high-performing primary care settings. NIMAA was created by community health centers to provide access to education and employment opportunities in the communities they serve, while addressing a critical workforce shortage.

NIMAA is a collaboration between two of the nation's leading Federally Qualified Health Centers, Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) in Connecticut and Salud Family Health Centers in Colorado. CHC provides care to 145,000 patients and Salud serves more than 70,000 patients. Both organizations are recognized by the National Committee on Quality Assurance as Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Homes, using teams to provide comprehensive medical, dental and behavioral health services to the medically underserved in the communities they serve.

NIMAA started in August 2016 and offers a unique medical assisting curriculum that includes person-centered care with student externship embedded in the integrated health care team. NIMAA graduated its first class of “Pioneer Partner Students” in April 2017.   In September 2017, we started our second cohort in Colorado, Connecticut, and Hawaii with five health centers providing externships in 18 clinics. Today, we are qualified to work in 9 states and are expanding each year.

Founding Partners

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