Medical Assistant Apprenticeship

Important!! Please Read!

Dear Prospective Healthcare Program Students. During this challenging pandemic, the KapCC Health Education Non-Credit Unit (HENC) has numerous short-term training courses called RHEP-Rapid Healthcare Education Programs. We hope this page is informative as you contemplate upskilling or changing careers.

It is important that you attend a mandatory program Information Session for each program you are interested in. Due to social distancing and online delivery of programs in the near future, some details related to applying and registering for the program you are interested in may not be accurate on this web page. The Information Session via Zoom WILL have all the correct instructions you need.

You must attend the mandatory program Information Session(s) via Zoom and qualify for program entry in order to participate in these programs. Please refer to the RHEP Information Session Schedule (PDF).

Program Description

The Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program is a 525 hour non-credit program that prepares students with no background in the field for the national certification examination offered through the NHA-National Heathcare Association. The course duration is 15 weeks long that consists of 32 hours of independent study and 3 hours of guided online instruction each week. Students (Apprentices) are asked to be simultaneously employed as medical assistants or at minimum, actively seeking employment as a medical assistant.

Medical Assistants’ duties include administrative and clinical tasks in hospitals, physician offices and other healthcare facilities. They work directly with patients, which involves interviewing, recording medical history and verifying patient information. They also prepare patients for examination by performing preliminary physical tests; taking blood pressure, weight, and temperature, and reporting patient history summary. Medical assistants are key members of the clinical treatment team. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of medical assistants is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations in the next decade. Wages for Medical Assistants range from $14 to $16 per hour.

Medical Assistant Program Options and Comparisons at Kapi‘olani CC

*** We reserve the right to cancel the course due to insufficient enrollment or for other reasons. All dates, times and course details may be subject to change.


Program Info

Program Dates & Schedule

Section Dates

  • November 30, 2020 to March 19, 2021

Meeting Days and Times

  • 15-week course consisting of 32 hours per week independent study and 3 hours via two-90 minute Zoom sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays 12:00noon to 1:30 pm


  • Qualified students’ tuition will be covered through grant funding from U.S Dept. of Labor State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant. Those that do not qualify for the grant subsidy may pay the usual tuition of $3,000.
Program Admission

Step one: Attend a mandatory information session conducted online through Zoom on one of the following dates and times. No appointment is needed. If you do not have the Zoom application on your device, please be sure to download and create your account.

Zoom meeting link —

Or use Zoom meeting ID number: 930 4729 9098

  • September 17, 2020 Thursday 4:00pm to 5:00pm Via Zoom
  • October 15, 2020 Thursday 4:00pm to 5:00pm Via Zoom
  • November 5, 2020 Thursday 4:00pm to 5:00pm Via Zoom
  • November 19, 2020 Thursday 4:00pm to 5:00pm Via Zoom

To qualify for program entry, you must meet the following prerequisites with supporting documentation provided to the program coordinator after the information session. Documents will not be accepted before or during the information session that you plan to attend.

  • Evidence of minimum one (1) successful college course completion in any subject above 100 level and recommended preparation of pre-algebra course completion.
  • Other acceptable substitutions include high school GPA of 2.0 or higher;
  • COMPASS or Acuplacer scores with placement levels at College English and Algebra
  • passing grades in high school English and algebra;
  • acceptable levels of SAT or ACT scores;
  • prior college degree;
  • certificate of vocational training in any subject.

Step two: Admission into this program is on a First Qualified, First Accepted Basis. After attending the scheduled information session, you will be provided with an application form and instructions on how to submit supporting documents that meet the minimum prerequisites to qualify for entry into this course.

Step three: Our office will review all applications and if approved, the student will be automatically registered and will receive a registration receipt through email.

Financial Aid and Tuition Cost

Qualified students’ tuition will be covered through grant funding from U.S Dept. of Labor State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant. Those that do not qualify for the grant subsidy may pay the usual tuition of $3,000.

Contact Information


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