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For Immediate Release         

Ochsner Health Announces Expansion of Medical Assistant Training Program

Enrollment for March 2021 session will open during information sessions on December 17th 2020; Ouachita Parish applicants required to attend a session

Monroe– Ochsner Health, LWDB 81 Board and Louisiana Delta Community College announced plans to expand Ochsner’s Medical Assistant (MA) Training Program in Ouachita Parish. The MA Now Program is tuition-free and open to Ouachita Parish residents ages 18 and older* through funding provided by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Originally launched in New Orleans in 2013, the six-month training program 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 information sessions open to the public on December 17th, 2020.

What: Become a Medical Assistant at Ochsner Health—Info Session

When: December 17th, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. OR 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
**Must attend one session to qualify** Use the links below to register for virtual sessions

Where: Session 1:

Where: Session 2:

Medical Assistant Training Program Flyer

Applications for the MA Now Program are due by December 22, in the Ouachita Parish American Job Center 24 Accent Drive, Suite 151 Monroe, LA 71202 (318)-362-3058. The LWDB 81 American Job Center will also recruit applicants for clinical MA training, which will be held via Zoom.

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 as a full-time MA at an Ochsner.

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistant is one of the nation's fastest growing careers, attributing to job growth across the country.  In addition, MA is a position of strong need within Ochsner Health System.

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.  For any questions about the program, please email

*All Ouachita Parish residents interested in applying for the MA Training Program must be 18 years or older AND meet Low Income Guidelines to qualify.


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