FOR RELEASE: March 12, 2019

CONTACT: Marketing and Communications at 406.791.5366

GREAT FALLS, MONTANA – The University of Providence today announces the launch of its 10-month Medical Assistant Certificate program in Great Falls. In response to local and national need for well-trained Medical Assistants (MA), the university’s School of Health Professions has worked in collaboration with local medical groups to bring this program to Great Falls starting in May. The university’s MA program offers students online convenience with local hands-on training in a clinical setting.

“Medical Assistants are an important part of the patient care team. They work alongside doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, caring for a variety of patients from babies to seniors. They provide patient-centered care with a wide range of skills including clinical, administrative, technical, communication, ethical behaviors and interpersonal abilities,” says Deborah Burton, RN, PhD and VP, School of Health Professions.

This MA program is the first local launch of a hands-on clinical program since the School of Health Professions was created at the university in 2016. The MA program was born out of a mutual concern between Benefis Health System leadership and the university about MA shortages in Great Falls and surrounding communities.

“This MA program launch exemplifies how a community can work together to meet its own clinical workforce needs. With no other MA program available in Great Falls, it is a community win for the major medical groups to collaborate with us in providing this educational opportunity. This is a monumental leap forward in filling the future healthcare workforce gaps together,” says Burton.

“At Benefis, our mission is to provide excellent care, and it takes many types of healthcare employees for us to do that. The education of community members, including existing employees within our organization, through a Medical Assistant program right here in Great Falls at the University of Providence will be a great way to support our efforts.” says Amy Linder, Benefis Provider Clinic Operations Director.

The Medical Assistant Certificate program tuition is set at an affordable tuition rate for community members with a special partner tuition rate for Benefis and Great Falls Clinic employees. The program is taught by licensed RN faculty with additional MA faculty for skills lab support. MA students earn 15 college credits through this certificate program.

The summer MA program begins May 6, 2019 and ends March 6, 2020. The application deadline for summer semester is April 15, 2019. The next cohort begins January 2020. Those interested in more information or submitting an application can visit or contact the School of Health Professions at 406-791-5258.

The University of Providence is a private Catholic university located in Great Falls, Montana. Founded in 1932, the university includes both a School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a School of Health Professions. For more information, go to