Ochsner Health System and Louisiana Workforce Commission Expand Medical Assistant Training Program

NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Health System and the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) have partnered to expand the successful Ochsner Medical Assistant Training Program to the River Parishes.

This program is a tuition-free Medical Assistant training and development program targeted to the unemployed and underemployed of St. John, St. James and St. Charles parishes through funding provided by the River Parishes Workforce Development Board and the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Launched in New Orleans in 2013, the four-month Medical Assistant Training Program features accelerated classroom, clinical and on-the-job training and addresses both the need for certified Medical Assistants (MAs) and the need to build additional career pathways. Additionally, the program includes training for students to be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). More than 550 MAs are currently part of the Ochsner team, and they play an increasingly important role in healthcare delivery. These professionals are typically the first and last to see a patient, taking vitals and translating patients’ concerns to the physician before circling back at the end of the appointment to take questions and schedule follow-ups.

“As the healthcare landscape continues to change, there is an ever-growing need for well-trained healthcare professionals,” said Missy Sparks, Ph.D., associate vice president of talent management, Ochsner Health System. “Programs like the Ochsner Medical Assistant Training Program are important in creating opportunities where they may not have existed before and identifying the next generation of healthcare professionals. We are excited to have the opportunity to bring this impactful program to the people of the River Parishes community.”

To be eligible to apply, the applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalency, successful completion of drug screen and criminal background check and ability to commit to the 20-week program. After successfully completing the program and hiring requirements, 100% of the graduates will have the opportunity to interview for positions and 75% or more will be hired as a full-time Medical Assistant at one of the Ochsner Health Centers in the Southeast Louisiana area.

Since its inception, more than 100 individuals have completed the Medical Assistant Training Program and 94 percent are still part of our team today. Additionally, more than 400 Ochsner employees have received additional MA training to further develop their skills and increase their scope of practice.

Enrollment for the spring 2017 session is now open and there will be two informational sessions open to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center in Luling. For more information on the Ochsner Medical Assistant Training Program, please email workforce@ochsner.org or call LWC at 985-783-5090 or 985-331-3795

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About Ochsner Health System

Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 30 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 60 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across three specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 17,000 employees and over 1,000 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 1,000 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About the Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.

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