NEW ORLEANS, La. – Ochsner Health System, Jefferson Parish and the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) recently announced plans to expand Ochsner’s Medical Assistant (MA) Training Program in Jefferson Parish. The Shrewsbury Medical Assistant Training Program, which will host its first session in January 2018, is tuition-free and open to Jefferson Parish residents ages 18 and older* through funding provided by the LWC. January 2018 session enrollment is now open.

Launched in New Orleans in 2013, the six-month MA Training Program, beginning January 29, 2018, features accelerated classroom, clinical and on-the-job training and addresses both the need for Certified MAs and to build additional career pathways. The program includes certification training for students in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Phlebotomy and EKG.

All interested applicants are required to attend one of two informational sessions open to the public on Monday, December 11, 2017.

  • What: Become a Medical Assistant at Ochsner Health System—Info Session
  • When: Monday, December 11, 2017, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. OR 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. **Must attend one session to qualify**
  • Where: Hazel Hurst Community Center, 1121 Causeway Blvd., Jefferson, La. 70121

Applications for the Shrewsbury Medical Assistant Training Program are due Friday, December 15, 2017 in the Jefferson American Job Center in Metairie (1801 Airline Drive, Ste. F) or Gretna (1900 Lafayette Street) by 4:00 p.m. Applicants can also apply online. The Jefferson American Job Center will recruit applicants for clinical MA training, located in the Shrewsbury Community in East Jefferson.

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 six-month program. After successfully completing the program and hiring requirements, 100 percent of graduates will have the opportunity to interview for positions and 75 percent or more will be hired as a full-time MA at one of Ochsner’s Health Centers in the Southeast Louisiana area.

Currently, Ochsner employs more than 700 MAs, all playing an increasingly important role in healthcare delivery. These professionals are typically the first and last to see a patient, taking vitals and relaying patients’ concerns to the physician before circling back at the end of the appointment to take questions and schedule follow-ups.

Since its inception, more than 100 individuals have completed the MA Training Program, with 94 percent currently employed at Ochsner today. All Ochsner MAs also receive additional MA training after they are hired to further develop their skills and increase their scope of practice.

To apply for Ochsner’s MA Training Program, please visit one of the Jefferson Louisiana Workforce Commission Centers (Metairie: 1801 Airline Drive, Ste. F or Gretna: 1900 Lafayette Street) Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or apply online. For additional information or questions on Ochsner’s MA Training Program, please call the Westbank location at 504-227-1283 or Eastbank location at 504-838-5678.

*All Jefferson Parish residents interested in applying for the MA Training Program must be ages 18-21 and meet CSBG- 2017 Low Income Guidelines in order to qualify.


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 80 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across four specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 18,000 employees and over 1,100 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 600 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit 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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